Essential Reads

How Dreams Help Us Transcend Time and Place

Dreams reveal the emotions that connect our past, present, and future.

Finding Meaning Through Mental Time Travel

Imagine walking into the door of your childhood home: What would you learn?

Music's Effects on Cognitive Function of the Elderly

"Where there is life there is music. Where there is music, there is life."

Can Women Ever Be Taken Seriously?

It’s tough, but not impossible, for women to communicate a powerful image

Recent Posts on Happiness

Behaviour for Failures

Top behaviours that guarantee misery for yourself and others

10 Tips for Making a Tough Decision

Stuck in a seemingly impossible dilemma? Consider these 10 research-based strategies for better decision-making.

How Dreams Help Us Transcend Time and Place

Can we benefit from thinking about our dreams? Will attending to our dreams waste our time or, even worse, mislead us into inferences of false meaning?

Research Proves Money Can't Buy Happiness

See if you can identify the kinds of qualities that you will want to strengthen and develop in yourself in order to be able to bring about the outcome that you desire. Give some thought to the kind of behaviors and practices that will support the development of these qualities.

Connect, Act, Evolve

What is today's non-religious approach to community?

Four Steps to Making Change an Opportunity Not a Threat

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on May 04, 2015 in The Power of Prime
In general, people don’t like change. During primitive times, change was perceived as a threat to survival which triggered our ‘fight or flight’ response. Unfortunately, though we like to think that we have evolved far beyond our ancestors, the reality is that we are still quite primitive in some basic ways including our response to change.

Bipolar Disorder and Failure to Launch Syndrome

How does bipolar disorder present as failure to launch syndrome in a young adult? Read on...

Looking to the Future of Positive Psychology

Positive psychology is at a crossroads whether it is a new separate discipline or a force for transformation and integration

Mama Bliss

Mama Bliss, a stellar Portuguese water dog, provides mothering in the most surprising way.

The Six "Caring Words" that Block Intimacy

You want to empathize. But these six words can leave your partner, friend, or sister feeling terribly alone.

A Spiritual Life with a Psychology to Match

Spiritual people, spiritual psychology: hope for the future.

Tattoos and Identity

A website urges you to tattoo a song lyric on "your skin and soul." What's going on?

The Puzzling Unhappiness of Braggarts

What can John Mayer tell us about happiness?

Kindness Is Our Business

By Tim Leberecht on May 01, 2015 in The Romance of Work
Small or big acts of kindness have become an outright trend both at the workplace and in customer experiences—and that’s a good thing!

Finding Meaning Through Mental Time Travel

Imagine returning to the home where you grew up, opening the door, and walking right back into your childhood or youth? What would you learn about yourself and your life story? How would you live your life differently today?

Mental Health Awareness

The month of May celebrates mental health

A Path To Less Suffering

By Allison Carmen on May 01, 2015 in The Gift of Maybe
So what is the key to internal freedom and joy? In a word, it is acceptance. Acceptance does not change your passion or need for change, but allows you to “show up” in the moment with peace about what is, and strength and focus to make things different.

4 Character Strengths Sustain U2’s Success

How does U2 reflect a connection culture? One reason is the band's many character strengths that they express and appreciate in one another, such as love, humility, and appreciation of beauty and excellence.

Regret - 8 Ways to Move On

Regret gnaws at you and won't let go. You said something stupid, or hurt someone, or simply missed a great chance. The mind wraps around these mistakes and can torture us. Consider eight ways to learn important lessons, make changes and then - let go!

Finding Silver Linings in Hard Times

By Juliana Breines Ph.D. on April 30, 2015 in In Love and War
Major negative life events, such as the death of a loved one, the dissolution of an important relationship, or the diagnosis of a serious illness, can be painful and isolating. But these experiences can also sometimes bring about unexpected positive changes.

Winning the Battle with Inner Criticism

Does inner criticism shake your confidence, make you feel that you are not beautiful, intelligent, powerful, or even worthy? Here's how to make a real difference in your struggle to love yourself.

The Greatest Mind in Psychology That You Don't Know

By Todd B Kashdan Ph.D. on April 30, 2015 in Curious?
We lost a great one last month. Learn and read about his work.

Work Hours, Work-Life Conflict, and Well-Being in Academics

By Michael Hogan Ph.D on April 30, 2015 in In One Lifespan
Pressures on academic staff are increasing due to factors such as recruitment and promotion freezes, a targeted reduction in staff numbers, and increasing student numbers.

Music's Effects on Cognitive Function of the Elderly

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on April 30, 2015 in Memory Medic
Music can be therapy for old age.

Want Less Stress and More Happiness? Try Hope

While many people think of hope as an emotion, researchers describe it as a cognitive theory that is tied to goal setting. Hope researcher, Dr. C.R. Snyder, often described hope with this phrase: “You can get there from here.”

No Time For Figuring Out Your Money?

By Michael F. Kay on April 30, 2015 in Financial Life Focus
Life is busy and maybe even overwhelming at times. Work, family, friends, hitting the gym, scheduling, and taxi service for your kids—it's a lot. Finding time to dig into the meat of your finances can be a battle you ignore at your peril.

To Thine Own Self Be True?

By Michael W Austin on April 30, 2015 in Ethics for Everyone
Don't be you. Be a better version of you.

Looking for Mr. Right? 16 Questions to Consider

Look at the research on matters of the heart. Answer 16 questions. And if you are describing a past love who has disappointed you, rewrite your love story, and seek out someone who values you.

Happiness With Life 8: Practice Breakthrough, Not Breakdown

In addition to filling your life with pleasurable and happy moments, how you respond to life’s hardships and hassles also goes a long way toward you leading a happy life. Learn how to make lemonade out of lemons by adopting a Breakthrough rather than a Breakdown way of approaching life.

3 Ways to Outsmart Your Inner Critic

By Christa Smith Psy.D. on April 30, 2015 in Shift
You can’t please your inner critic but you can outsmart it.