Essential Reads

How to Challenge Your Self-Limiting Beliefs

Don't let your mind limit your potential. Train your brain to think differently.

Find Your Happy Place

By Jaime L. Kurtz Ph.D. on October 14, 2016 in Happy Trails
Tired of missing out on good times? A quick personality assessment can lead to better decisions.

7 Essential Keys to a Successful Relationship

Through my work, I have had the satisfaction of seeing positive outcomes when two people work hard at relationship self-improvement.

Gaining Happiness by Losing Yourself

By Marc Wittmann Ph.D. on October 09, 2016 in Sense of Time
A novel scientific perspective on happiness and a potential to treat mental disorders.

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Can’t Get Started? Can’t Catch Up?

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on October 22, 2016 in Off the Couch
Why do we put things off, when it would be so much easier to just go ahead and get them out of the way?

Music Can Be Rocket Fuel for Turbocharging Your Workouts

By Christopher Bergland on October 21, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Do you need a source of motivation that inspires you to exercise more and at a higher intensity? If so, a new study confirms that listening to music makes exercise more enjoyable.

Those Who Make Your Checklist Often Don’t Make It

It’s the one that contains all the characteristics of the partner of your dreams, the one with whom you know you’ll experience happiness forever after.

Willy Wonka and Financial Happiness

By Michael F. Kay on October 21, 2016 in Financial Life Focus
Do you have the discipline to make your dreams become reality?

Why Should You Build Some Nostalgia Into Your Life?

Nostalgia can make your life better.

The Happiness Myth

By Atalanta Beaumont on October 20, 2016 in Handy Hints for Humans
The achievement of happiness is a myth

My Mother's First Love at Age 93, by Caroline Leavitt

By Jennifer Haupt on October 20, 2016 in One True Thing
My mother begins to talk about love differently. It’s no longer the thing that ruins lives, that traps you. Instead, it’s this wonderful secret she wants to share with everyone.

The Secret to Achieving Your Dreams No One Tells You About

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on October 19, 2016 in Feeling It
You're more likely to achieve your dreams if you are happy, here's why.
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How to Handle Observing a Narcissist – 5 Survival Techniques

By Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D. on October 19, 2016 in What Matters Most?
When you know you will be around a narcissist, or observing one in action, what can you do? How can you take care of yourself and grow in the process? Check out these 5 strategies.

Have to Give a Toast, Speech, or Presentation?

By Gretchen Rubin on October 19, 2016 in The Happiness Project
Fear of public speaking or performance is a big happiness stumbling block.

Harsh Views of Singles: Stereotypes or Accurate Perceptions?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on October 19, 2016 in Living Single
Are harsh judgments of single people unfair stereotypes or accurate perceptions? Four kinds of studies all offer the same answer.

Good Communication Alone Doesn't Improve Relationships

By Douglas LaBier Ph.D. on October 18, 2016 in The New Resilience
Research finds that good communication results from a positive relationship that's there to begin with. What, then, creates a lasting, satisfying relationship?

How an Ancient Slave Could Be Happier Than You Are

By Temma Ehrenfeld on October 18, 2016 in Open Gently
The core insight of the Serenity Prayer came from an ancient slave.
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A Journey to the Good Life

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on October 18, 2016 in Tracking Wonder
Author, entrepreneur, and business strategist Jonathan Fields shares his journey to the good life in his latest book How to Live a Good Life released today.
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The Art and Science of Mistakes II

Why and how we sabotage our success

8 Ways to Stop Worrying About What Everyone Thinks of You

For some people, anxiety is the defining characteristic of their interactions with others. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Want to Have a Better Marriage? Here's How

Books and blogs are filled with tips to strengthen your marriage. You don’t need this advice.

Nietzsche vs. the Batek

Could Nietzsche’s 'Superman' survive in a traditional human society?

5 Ways to Deal With Someone Who Never Stops Bragging

Nobody likes a bragger, but what is the best way to stop one? Here are some creative ways to change what you can.

How Can You Tell If You Are a Good Person?

There are many ways to define what it means to be a good person. Here is one way to check.

Six Expressions of Love

By Dianne Grande Ph.D. on October 14, 2016 in In It Together
Do you and your partner have different ideas about how to express love? "Not feeling loved" is a major underlying cause of separation, so this is a conversation worth having.
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5 New Humor Exercises to Boost Your Happiness!

By Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D. on October 14, 2016 in What Matters Most?
Want to learn about 5 new ways to boost your well-being and your strength of humor?

Stoic Truths for a Digital World

By John Sean Doyle on October 14, 2016 in Luminous Things
At every turn there are advertisers ready to sell us an image that speaks to our vulnerabilities and dreams. The Stoics tell us something about living the life we want to live.
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Getting What You Want

By Tim Carey Ph.D. on October 13, 2016 in In Control
We are all wanters. Every one of us wants lots of different things all day, every day.

What Would You Discover in the "Happiness Museum"?

By Meg Selig on October 13, 2016 in Changepower
What if there were a "Happiness Museum?" Here is what you might find inside--all based on the latest studies about positive emotion and happiness. Get happy here!

10 Ways to Get Along Better With the People You Already Love

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on October 13, 2016 in Emotional Fitness
Getting along with the people you care for is usually easy, but every now and then we all hit bumps. Use these tips to smooth things out on the road of life.

Laughter in the Face of Divorce

By Wendy Paris on October 11, 2016 in Splitopia
A divorce comedy improv show helps us take a step back from divorce while creating a positive moment.

Why You Stay Stuck and Unhappy

Fall is a great time to take stock and review what you have done so far this year, where you hoped to be, and what steps you need to take to get where you want to go.
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The Most Effective Way to Convince People to Evacuate?

By Gretchen Rubin on October 11, 2016 in The Happiness Project
How might a mayor word an evacuation notice, to persuade people of all Four Tendencies?

To Play or Not to Play

By Bernard L. De Koven on October 11, 2016 in On Having Fun
Not-play is what we do when we have to. Play is what we do when we are free.