Essential Reads

The Best Kept Secret to Energy Management—Backed by Science

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on February 04, 2016 in Feeling It
Work hard, play hard? Think again, data shows. Why living life in the fast lane can slow you down, and what to do instead.

The Replacement of Awe

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on February 03, 2016 in The Pursuit of Peace
Many of the most popular media events in history are similar in that they elicit a sense of awe. In doing this, they can replace sources that traditionally have inspired people.

4 Ways To Stay Resilient No Matter What Happens

By Jennifer Mattson on February 02, 2016 in The Wellness List
Are you looking for ways to deal with stress without being overwhelmed?
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Rewriting the Narrative of Divorce

By Wendy Paris on February 02, 2016 in Splitopia
We've grown up reading and watching stories of passionate love affairs, and our own can feel flat in comparison. But there is no "canon of the good divorce."

More Posts on Happiness

Is it Ever Too Late to Exercise?

The more out of shape you are, the more pointless you may think it is to exercise. Research shows that anyone can exercise, and reap the benefits, regardless of age or fitness.

Don't Marry Your Future Ex-Husband

Here is my difficult but wise dating advice for women.

The Most Beautiful Embrace of Solitude and Single Life

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on February 05, 2016 Living Single
The most beautiful expression of the single-at-heart sentiment was written nearly 200 years ago by the poet John Keats.

The Secret to Finding Your Bliss

By Diana Raab Ph.D. on February 05, 2016 The Empowerment Diary
Joseph Campbell suggested that we find our bliss which requires being tuned into your joy. This article helps the reader seek bliss and identify it when it arrives.

Do Citizens or Politicians Make the Best Political Choices?

New research suggests that ballot initiatives produce more happiness and equality than the "oligarchy" of representative institutions.

Yes, Just 10 Minutes a Day Can Turn Your Life Around

This simple exercise creates a positive feedback loop of better physical and mental health.

The Group Grump

By Bernard L. De Koven on February 04, 2016 On Having Fun
It’s fun to say it: “group grump.” And it could actually, just by the sheer power of its silly-soundingness, defuse the very grump it names.

How to Put More Magic in Your Meditation Practice

Have you tried meditating before and felt like you failed? This tweak can go a long way.

Practicing the Art of Living

When we commit to love relationships we do not renounce our individual powers; we do not give ourselves away. Instead, we build those selves.

Working With the Shadow

What if our yearning for the light is keeping us from what we most long for? What if the healing and treasure we seek is hiding in the shadows?

Which Toys Do Dogs Prefer?

Research shows that dogs get bored quickly with their toys, so new is always better — although there are exceptions.

Is Nostalgia a Fountain of Youth?

By Clay Routledge Ph.D. on February 02, 2016 More Than Mortal
My research lab has tested and found evidence for the assertion that people feel younger after engaging in nostalgia.

Nine Steps When Someone Hurts You

Being able to put your past abuse into perspective doesn’t mean you will be immune from being hurt in the present. Here are nine steps to help you move towards forgiveness.

Why We Get So Emotionally Attached to a Favorite Coffee Mug

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on February 02, 2016 Minding the Body
Do you cherish a favorite coffee mug and feel ultra-possessive about it? Here's the scoop on the deep psychological appeal of a treasured mug.

The Surprising Link Between Compassion and Success

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on February 02, 2016 Feeling It
Why nice guys do finish first.

The Importance of Friendship

Friendships are a vital and enhancing part of life. Old close friends provide comfort, camaraderie and support, and they share feelings, celebrations and sadnesses.

6 Steps to Bring Out the Best in Each Other

Would you like to rekindle feelings of love that might have gotten lost along the way? This simple 6-step exercise can really help!

Find Out What's Going On With Customers and Team Members

How you can get valid information from customers and employees while honoring the chain of command.

7 Signs It's More Than Just the Winter Blues

A winter slump isn't unusual but for some people, seasonal affective disorder is a serious problem.

Love Researchers Pinpoint Happily-Ever-After Secrets

Oxytocin fires up love, but kindness and generosity of spirit, along with gratitude, are the secrets to happily-ever-after.

Say Yes to Happiness and No to Depression

Has life taken on never-ending gray skies? Find out how to get the sun to shine.

6 Things Resilient People Do Better

By Jennifer Mattson on January 31, 2016 The Wellness List
How to cope with life difficulties using this set of tools.

Why You Have to Love Yourself First

By Juliana Breines Ph.D. on January 30, 2016 In Love and War
Popular wisdom tells us that self-esteem is a prerequisite for a healthy relationship; research suggests that the truth may be more complicated.

How Religion Can Disconnect Us from Ourselves and Others

We're familiar with common addiction, but might we consider how religious beliefs can become an addition?

For Those About to Rock…Here are 5 Sensational Ideas

By Kevin Bennett on January 29, 2016 Modern Minds
Learn 5 new ways to be inspired by live music and improve your next concert experience.

How to Best Help Your Children to Thrive

Our birth marks the beginning of a lifelong tension between our personal self-expression and the challenge of meeting the demands/wishes of others. We have two choices...

The Best Therapy Is a Great Relationship

At its best, psychotherapy creates a warm and understanding relationship.

The Consequences of Playing Playfully

By Bernard L. De Koven on January 29, 2016 On Having Fun
Is being playful good for you? Just being playful? For no reason other than the fun of it?

5 Ways to Flourish at Work

Researchers suggest that our workplaces have much to gain and much to offer by helping us to cultivate wellbeing.

Achieving Happiness: Advice from Pascal

Pascal wants us to consider the big questions of life and give them the attention and deep thought that they deserve.