Essential Reads

Reducing the Pain

By Debbie Joffe Ellis on May 29, 2016 in Tried and True
When rotten happenings occur such as tragic events, not getting what we want or getting what we don't want: we can choose to make effort to minimize our suffering and maximize joy.

How to enjoy life (more)

Lessons I learned as a spy for U.S. Intelligence

Are You Flirting More Than You Realize?

Whether or not you intend to, you may be sending out signals that you’re sexually available. See which of the 5 flirting types fits your own behavior.

Is there any way to save the world?

Do our big comfort-seeking brains doom us to destroy our world? A self-sustaining community called Earthship raises hope, but psychology is needed to change our choices.

More Posts on Happiness

Modern Understandings of 2000 year-old Words of Wisdom

Wisdom from the ancients is as applicable today as it was thousands of years ago.

The Standard Successful Life

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 30, 2016 in How To Do Life
Would you want that?

500 Hours of Happiness

By Susan Hooper on May 29, 2016 in Detours and Tangents
As a volunteer music therapy aide at a busy urban hospital, I have learned firsthand the power of a piano to lift spirits and ease cares—at least for the length of a song or two.
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Mindful Working

What if you can change the dynamic so even in the midst of the stress, you stay calm and mindful? Shake off the stress with these 5 practices you can employ in your workplace.
It's Great To Be Home, flickr

Got the Urge to Do Some Spring Cleaning?

One of the things about happiness that continually surprises me is the degree to which, for most people, outer order contributes to inner calm, and inner self-command.

At CAMH, Pet Therapy Helps Decrease Stigma

Pet therapy increases connection and reduces isolation and loneliness.

We Need to Talk About Books!

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on May 26, 2016 in Trouble in Mind
Are you a reader of ‘light’ or ‘heavy’ books? Why do so many of us love books set in war time, yet that is the last place we would really want to be?

Balancing the Commitment to Self and Other

Balancing the commitment to self and other is one of the hardest things we do in a long-term partnership, requiring on-going calibration.

10 Ways to Jumpstart a Better Social Life

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D. on May 25, 2016 in Friendship 2.0
Are you stuck in a friendship rut? Not enough friends, or too many superficial friends or toxic friends? Try these steps to work toward the relationships you've wanted.

The 9 Superpowers of Your Smile

By Meg Selig on May 25, 2016 in Changepower
Anyone who can smile is gifted with these 9 superpowers. See the latest benefits of smiling here!

Using Design Psychology to Feel at Home in Divorce

By Wendy Paris on May 24, 2016 in Splitopia
Using colors and images that remind you of your positive past can help you feel more at home, after divorce, and support your vision of your future life.
Gretchen Rubin

Have You Ever Been Made Happier by a “Modest Splurge?”

I remind myself that sometimes, it makes me happy to indulge in a modest splurge—to buy something that I don’t absolutely need, but that makes my day brighter in some way.

How Healthy Are You? Take this 10 Second Quiz

A quiz that leads you to 10 steps to better health

When Gratitude Works; and When It Doesn't

Many people find that gratitude helps them to savor life. The secret lies in what they choose to be grateful for and how willing they are to open themselves up.

What Opera Legend Andrea Bocelli Taught Me About Peace

What did world renowned opera singer Andre Bocelli teach me about inner peace?

More Than ‘Man’s Best Friend’

It is true that dogs play a major role in society; from their formal professions as work dogs to their important roles as companions, dogs touch and help many lives.

The Marriage Narrative: Will We Look Back in Shame?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on May 23, 2016 in Living Single
Social scientists and journalists are perpetuating a misleading narrative about the superiority of people who get married. Years from now, will we look back in shame?
J. Brasse

K-9s and Cops: A Softer Side

Law enforcement agencies that attend to the nuances of human-dog psychology will get best results and higher satisfaction from their K-9 units.

The Suppression of Individual Liberty

Humans are the only animals with free will. With freedom comes responsibility and despite so much perceived “freedom,” many are unhappy. Loss of individual liberty may be to blame

The Value of Asking

To live a more satisfying life, ask questions, don’t make assumptions. And when you're confronted by assumptions, question them.

4 Ways to Survive Unexpected Situations

Life throws unexpected things at us all the time. The four tips will help you survive unexpected stress—and maybe even come out ahead.

The Myth of Being Unlovable Part 2

For those of us who have been limited by the mistaken notion that we are unlovable, busting this particular myth with take us a long way toward well-being.

Flying the Stressful Skies

Airplane interiors are about the least hospitable places around, from a psychological perspective.

The Seductive Allure of Psychological Atlases

A psychological atlas is a map that depicts regional variations in the observed scores on a psychological measure or test. Why are they often problematic?

Why We Get Caught in Power Struggles, and How to Let Them Go

Are you caught in a power struggle but (truth be told) don't really care about what you're fighting for?

Leisure and Happiness

Many have exaggerated the value of work, and forgotten about something else we need for true happiness, namely, leisure.

The Work-Life Interface

How are leisure, free-time, discretionary activities related to work activities? Do cooks come home dying to do some baking? Whence the concept of a busman's holiday?

The Myth of Being Unlovable, Part 1

When we are feeling unloved, our mind makes up a story about how unlovable we are, filling in details about our supposed faults.

The Surprising Benefit of Talking to Strangers on a Plane

Here's a good reason to take out your earbuds and say hello to the stranger in the seat next to you.

Where Do You Really Come From?

What you say when people ask you where you're from says a lot about how you view yourself—and how you view others.