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How to Say What You Mean without Sounding Like You're Mean

In a time when opinions are key to almost any dialogue between people, you may wonder- what’s the best way to express yours? This simple approach will help you find your voice.

Work-Family Conflict... and Its Far Prettier Sister

By Yael Schonbrun Ph.D. on July 21, 2016 in Moderating
Are you overlooking the gifts of work-family enrichment?

Unexpected Ways to Address the Obesity Epidemic

Free, simple and fun solutions may beat many years and billions of dollars of medical research

5 Ways to Get What You Want, on Your Terms

Always getting what you want is tempting, but also unrealistic. With some grit and goal-setting, you can get close.

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How to Only Do Things You Actually Want to Do

Can you remember the last time your to-do list was short enough to be, well, do-able? How about the last time you looked at your list and actually wanted to do everything on it?

Mastering The Art of Negotiation-Part 1

When we each know ourselves well, and develop negotiation skills to lobby for have our needs met, we thrive.

Sick and Tired of Politics?

By Renee Garfinkel Ph.D. on July 23, 2016 in Time Out
Take control of your life by paying it forward.
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Is Your School Helping or Hurting Your Child’s Literacy?

Reading is key to success. Five common teaching practices that don't work; and six ways to support kids in acquiring a love of reading that encourages learning across the lifespan.

Do You Get Just What You Deserve?

How to sweet-talk yourself into getting what you need and want.

What Yoga Style is Best for Your Health?

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on July 22, 2016 in Urban Survival
New study compares different styles of yoga to answer the question is one yoga style better than another. The answer will surprise you.

A Day in the Life of a Doggie's Daddy

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 22, 2016 in How To Do Life
Details that may help you decide whether to adopt a pooch.
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The Best Thing to Do Before Handling a Problem

What is one easy thing you can do before walking into a difficult situation?

International Positive Education Network (IPEN) Festival

Flip your lid, settle your glitter, stand on your head, use your red cape and green cape, use your soaring words, and be an orange frog! Every school should host a mini-festival!

Help Me: A Psychotherapist’s Tried-and-True Techniques

By The Book Brigade on July 21, 2016 in The Author Speaks
Those who strive for perfection rather than excellence often end up with self-condemnation. Yet they often justify their self-defeating beliefs with “personal propaganda."

Why Every Leader Should Understand Narrative Psychology

What does narrative psychology have to do with being an impactful leader? The answer might surprise you.

Micro-Triumphs

I expected last Friday to be one of those terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days. Instead, I had a series of micro-triumphs. Here’s what I learned, Alexander.
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Behaving Badly for Good Reasons

By Tim Carey Ph.D. on July 20, 2016 in In Control
The key to changing unwanted behavior is to find and get to know that place in your mind where the behavior is not unwanted.

The Search For Happiness

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on July 20, 2016 in In Excess
"Beware of Destination Addiction - a preoccupation with the idea that happiness is in the next place, the next job and with the next partner" (Robert Holden)

Sitting Is the New Smoking and Mindfulness Is the New Black

The Aspen Brain Lab convenes experts on living life to its fullest
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The Energy of Anger

By Matt James Ph.D. on July 19, 2016 in Focus on Forgiveness
Is it just me or are there a lot of angry folks out there? It just seems to be getting worse and worse. How do handle the energy of anger?

I Cannot Do It All

By Colleen Long Psy.D. on July 19, 2016 in The Happiness Rx
Dr. Colleen Long is a psychologist and a mom who has come to the conclusion that one simply cannot have it all

Status Is the Enemy of Contentment

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 19, 2016 in How To Do Life
Are you paying too big a price for prestige?

Gotta Catch ‘Em All: The Poké-Demic of 2016

By Ryan Anderson on July 18, 2016 in The Mating Game
In 2016, the mobile gaming world has thus far been defined by one thing above all others: Pokemon Go. This article looks at some of the ingenious psychology behind the app
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What is the Fundamental Key to Happiness?

The key ingredients to achieving happiness are twofold, yet they are really two faces of the same coin.

The Causes of Misery: Column A and Column B

Why do we become unhappy? There are two sets of factors, and knowing the difference between them can help us know how to cope.

Dr. G's 10 Rules to Love By

All couples go through all kinds of ups and downs. As long as we are learning, then we have the ability to keep our relationships moving forward.

The 4 Stages of Unplugging a Child's Brain

By Garth Sundem on July 15, 2016 in Brain Trust
We've all seen research on kids and screen time. Here's what it really looks like to unplug.

Go Wild and Grow Happy, Part 1

Most agree, hunter-gatherers didn't suffer as we do today. While blessed with many gifts of civilization, we also suffer catastrophic consequences. Let's be wild and happy again...
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Would More Sex Really Make You and Your Partner Happier?

By Michael Castleman M.A. on July 14, 2016 in All About Sex
Sex makes most people happy, but a sudden jump in frequency may cause problems.

Is Serving Others the Key to Meaning and Purpose?

Are you going through the motions day after day without feeling fulfilled, and tired of not having a sense of meaning and purpose in your life? Serving others might be the answer!

Psychological and Political Polarization Are Toxic

Humans are divided by political sentiments based more on psychological perceptions and feelings than with policies. To survive, we must address our communication and community.

Why Limit Yourself?

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on July 14, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
Sometimes what seems like a self-esteem problem turns out to be our intuition telling us we're capable of more.

Why Jared Watson Is a ‘Feel Good’ Addict

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on July 14, 2016 in Brick by Brick
Jared Watson, lead vocalist for the band Dirty Heads, told me, “I was the guy. If you wanted to party, it wasn’t just going to be one night..."

The Presence of Playfulness

By Bernard L. De Koven on July 14, 2016 in On Having Fun
How about this instead? How about just being open to the possibility of joy?