Essential Reads

How You Use Mindfulness Matters

By John P Forsyth Ph.D. on September 21, 2017 in Peace of Mind
Are you struggling to be more mindful? A tweak in how you use it may be all you need.

How Many Americans Want to Be Single? Results of 5 Studies

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on September 20, 2017 in Living Single
How many unmarried Americans want to be married? 5 studies suggest answers, but it will take a revolution to know for sure.

Why Do We Love the View From High Above?

By Andrea Bartz on September 19, 2017 in The Wandering Mind
The weird psychological reason you'll take an elevator to the 102nd floor.

Longing for More

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on September 19, 2017 in The Pursuit of Peace
What do you really want in life? Applying theory and research on the German concept of Sehnsucht may help you to better understand your quest and live well.

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Three Tips for Staying Heart Healthy

Hint: Positive emotions can be good for your body.

Profanity and Seemingly Inappropriate Words in the Classroom

By Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D. on September 20, 2017 in Curious?
What is unacceptable in a classroom setting? Besides profanity, there are certain words that are antithetical to thinking. I had to put an end to what was wearing me out.

How to Leave a Toxic Relationship and Still Love Yourself

"I am leaving you for me. Whether I am incomplete or you are incomplete is irrelevant. Relationships can only be built with two wholes..."
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The Art of Bliss

By Diana Raab PhD on September 20, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
Have you ever thought that activities, such as writing, can lead to bliss?

Can Embracing Negative Emotions Increase Your Well-Being?

By Douglas LaBier Ph.D. on September 19, 2017 in The New Resilience
Is it possible that you can increase your happiness in life by embracing unhappy feelings -- your anxieties, fears, anger, resentments, and all sorts of negative emotions?
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Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset

By Robert Puff Ph.D. on September 19, 2017 in Meditation for Modern Life
We have to do specific things to improve our level of happiness.

6 Ways to Turn the Worst Part of Your Day into the Best

Getting to places on time, whether work or social occasions, can be a hassle. New research based on travel habits of commuters shows how to be less stressed and more punctual.

How Can We Fix the Conflict Between Work and Family?

By Yael Schonbrun Ph.D. on September 19, 2017 in Moderating
How do we repair work-family conflict? We first need to get the diagnosis right.

How Can Leaders Find Happiness?

By Peter Bregman on September 18, 2017 in How We Work
Discover the SHARP model for a happier life, an easy way to beat procrastination, and the number-one factor in predicting well-being.

What Would Bear Lots of Fruit?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on September 18, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
What's on your short list of things that support you? Try to do one thing on the list each day. "Pass forward" a gift to the person you will be tomorrow...and a year from now.

Seek Your Whys and Find Happiness.

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on September 17, 2017 in Trouble in Mind
Simon Sinek’s mission to encourage us to find the work that makes us happy can be extended to everything we do.

Deconstructing the Pumpkin Spice Latte Craze

September is here and that means one thing…Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte is Back! Have you ever wondered why this seems to be such a big deal to the general populace?

BIG FUN

By Bernard L. De Koven on September 17, 2017 in On Having Fun
There's a certain kind of fun we call "Big Fun." It's something massive, usually, demonstrably fun, alluring, freeing, even.
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Self-Critical? Time to Lighten Up on Yourself

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on September 16, 2017 in Fixing Families
Self-criticism can erode your self-esteem, keep you constantly anxious, sap you of any of life's rewards. Time to calm those scolding voices.

Maybe You Should Get Married

By Zack Carter Ph.D. on September 15, 2017 in Clear Communication
Before you make a copy of your house key, read this before cohabitating.
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Two Essential Ingredients for Effective Communication

We may think we have a communication problem, and perhaps we do. But more fundamentally, we often have difficulty practicing these two things, which can help us break through.

What Are You Waiting For?

By Atalanta Beaumont on September 15, 2017 in Handy Hints for Humans
Carpe Diem: You'll never get today back.

Beyond Self-Love: What Marrying Yourself is Really All About

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on September 14, 2017 in Living Single
I used to think marrying yourself was a bad idea because it borrows the wedding template. Now I think that template makes a statement about single people that needs to be heard.

5 Common Reasons We Hold Grudges

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on September 14, 2017 in The Teen Doctor
Learn what causes people to hold on to grudges.
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Getting to Where You Want to Go

Don't beat yourself up; instead follow these five steps to pull yourself up and get back to making important progress.
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Operating From Fear

By Matt James Ph.D. on September 14, 2017 in Focus on Forgiveness
Is fear holding you back? Try one of these techniques whenever you feel an old fear keeping you from what you really want in life.

The Kind of Support That Will Nourish a Lasting Marriage

By Meg Selig on September 14, 2017 in Changepower
When one member of a couple encourages the other in this specific way, it can make for long-lasting magic within their relationship.

3 Ways to Regulate Your Emotions

By Marianna Pogosyan Ph.D. on September 14, 2017 in Between Cultures
We can influence our emotions using different strategies—some more effective than others.

Playing Hurt

By Michael W. Austin Ph.D. on September 14, 2017 in Ethics for Everyone
A vulnerable and inspiring story from sportscaster John Saunders.

Top 5 Payoffs to Staying Stuck

By Ronald Alexander Ph.D. on September 14, 2017 in The Wise Open Mind
Why do some people seemingly embrace the process of transformation, while others get stuck. Discover the payoffs to change that keeps us from making a change in our lives.

Pure-ly Delicious

The evidence against many current dietary recommendations is becoming impossible to ignore. It's time once again to enjoy an omelet and crack a few eggs.

6 Simple Steps to Make Happiness Happen

Welcome happiness into your life with these six simple practices from the field of positive psychology.

How to Find Happiness Where You Least Expect It

By Rob Kendall on September 13, 2017 in Blamestorming
Research shows that we pay a heavy price for mind-wandering and rumination.
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Your Two Choices: Presented to You Every Moment of Your Life

Are your habits taking you down the wrong road?

Truth Is Not the Only Truth

By Theodore Dalrymple M.D. on September 12, 2017 in Psychiatric Disorder
Is it necessary always to tell the truth? Shakespeare denied it and he was right.