Essential Reads

6 Signs You Don’t Know What Matters

By Steven C. Hayes Ph.D. on February 18, 2018 in Get Out of Your Mind
Does life feel empty and meaningless? Then you might be chasing the wrong goals.

The Dangerous Doctrine of Free Will

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on February 15, 2018 in One Among Many
The Florida shooter planned and executed his gruesome deed. He is responsible. To say that he acted out of his free will is pointless. It undermines our understanding.

Alternatives to Punishment and Rewards

By Jon Lasser, Ph.D. on February 10, 2018 in School and Family Matters
Punishing my child doesn't work? Here's an alternative.

“That Decision Wasn’t Made There”

By Scott M. Stanley Ph.D. on February 09, 2018 in Sliding vs. Deciding
When it comes to commitment, timing may not be everything but it's a lot of the things. This insight from a sports commentator of Super Bowl XII is not just about football.

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Happiness Hacks: 7 Creative Ways to Boost Your Mood

Here's some of the most creative ways I've ever seen to build your happiness. They're from the new book, "Happiness Hacks".

Create a Narrative to Better Yourself

By Nick Hobson Ph.D. on February 21, 2018 in Ritual and the Brain
Life is marked by a series of successes and failures. What do you do with them? New research says personal narratives are key to goal persistence and achievement.

Can Being Out of Shape Speed Up Brain Deterioration?

By Christopher Bergland on February 15, 2018 in The Athlete's Way
Aerobic fitness is linked to more robust white matter connectivity between various brain regions and better cognitive function, according to a growing body of evidence.

How Seizing the Moment Can Help Secure Your Financial Future

By Alain Samson Ph.D. on February 13, 2018 in Consumed
About to file your taxes? Make the moment count!

Stop Making New Goals—Create Habits Instead

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on February 11, 2018 in Wander Woman
Do you keep setting goals you find you can't keep? Try these steps to create a habit instead of setting more goals.

The Benefits of Learning Outdoors

By Lydia Denworth on February 09, 2018 in Brain Waves
What's the best to motivate students to learn? At least some time studying outdoors seems to help.

Personal Value Exploration: An Experiential Activity

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on February 07, 2018 in Theory of Knowledge
Values clarification is an important part of life. This blog describes an activity that therapist and group leaders can use to guide individuals to get clear about their values.

Can't Get Yourself to Declutter? Try "Death Cleaning"

By Meg Selig on February 06, 2018 in Changepower
Sometimes decluttering can be an unselfish way to show love to those who will have to clean up after you. A new book explains the why and how.

What is a Learning Community?

In our hyper-individualistic culture, education focuses primarily on the individual when it comes learning. An evolutionarily informed perspective gives us more options.
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Legal Rights of Students with ADHD

By Mark Bertin M.D. on February 05, 2018 in Child Development Central
The best approach is to accommodations for ADHD is to support them in the moment, while teaching student skills to be more independent and successful in the future.

Are You Using Open Questions as Springboards to Creativity?

By Wilma Koutstaal Ph.D. on February 04, 2018 in Our Innovating Minds
What makes for good creative feedback?
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Why You Need to Cry Over Spilt Milk

Allowing yourself to feel bad about a failure may not come naturally, but it turns out to be predictive of future success.

3 Reasons to Ditch Your Relationship Goals Right Now

By Kira Asatryan on February 01, 2018 in The Art of Closeness
Relationship goals may be a popular hashtag but it’s a counterproductive pursuit.

Why Think Time Is So Important in a Distracted World

By Michael Woodward Ph.D. on February 01, 2018 in Spotting Opportunity
Is your mind constantly spinning? Take a little Think Time!

Leading Toward Superior Performance

By James Bailey Ph.D. on January 30, 2018 in At the Helm
Want to know why people choose to follow? Here's the data.

The Power of the Imagination in Early Recollections

By Arthur J. Clark Ed.D. on January 27, 2018 in Dawn of Memories
The capacity of the imagination in understanding life's first memories.

Which Dogs Eat Poop and Why Do They Do It?

Poop eating behavior in dogs may have begun as an attempt to keep the den area clean. It is a difficult behavior to change.

Tali Sharot On Motivating Others

By Isaac Lidsky on January 25, 2018 in Mastering Your Reality
If you want to convince someone, consider their desires, not your “logic.”

How Building Resilience Could Save Your Relationship

By Michael F. Kay on January 25, 2018 in Financial Life Focus
How do we build this important characteristic not only in ourselves individually, but in our relationships to grow as a unit?

A Dominatrix Reveals the Secret to Power Dynamics

By Tara Well Ph.D. on January 24, 2018 in The Clarity
Stay on top with this simple trick.

How to Conquer Fear of Failure

Is fear of failure getting in your way? Here are 5 simple ways to tame it.

High-Tech Exercise Trackers Get People Moving—Sometimes

By Meg Selig on January 23, 2018 in Changepower
Warning: This coveted object could be hazardous to your exercise health...unless you do this one thing.

The Motivation Behind Mission-Driven Brands

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on January 23, 2018 in Tracking Wonder
Mission-centered brands are improving their bottom line, gaining a more genuine community loyalty, shifting our attitude about what branding is, and improving employee retention.

Exercise May Help Reduce Depression in Teens

New research finds that exercise reduces depression symptoms among teens.

Talking About the Things That Matter

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on January 20, 2018 in Emotional Fitness
When the two of you can spend the entire night talking, you know this is someone you can spend a lifetime with.

9 Proven Strategies to Help You Change Problematic Behaviors

By David Susman, Ph.D. on January 19, 2018 in The Recovery Coach
Use science-based tactics to tackle those pesky bad habits.

Why Leaders Treat People Unfairly

5 reasons why leaders treat others unfairly and what to do about it
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Fight Emotion With Emotion

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on January 17, 2018 in Science of Choice
An important way to enhance self-control is to use our emotions to achieve challenging goals.

Why Are Others So Successful in Making Lifestyle Changes?

Want to change your life? Three simple findings from the scientific literature may help you.

A Winning Combination For a Successful Life Change

It’s important to set goals that align with our interests.