Positive Psychology Essential Reads

The Many Mini Ways to Show You Care

It doesn't take a grand gesture to show someone that you care. With a "micro" act of kindness, according to new research, the payoff can be surprisingly high for both of you.

Are You Working Together?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on December 05, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
Minor differences in parenting style are okay. But children get confused when there are major differences. Here are five ways to work effectively and get the best possible results.

Maintaining Positivity in Difficult Times

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on December 05, 2017 in Boundless
Having a bad day or a bad season? Check out these media links.

How Our Personal Finances Can Make Us Happy

By Utpal Dholakia on December 04, 2017 in The Science Behind Behavior
Financial well-being research focuses on security and stress-relief, but not on contentment or joy that we get from money.
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Five "Thank Yous" to Say Each Day

By Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D. on November 22, 2017 in What Matters Most?
Want to transform the stress of your holidays? Want to boost your well-being? Practice this list of five gratitudes and you'll be on your way.

Ferdinand the Bull Can Teach Your Kids About Their Strengths

The classic story of Ferdinand the Bull is now an animated film. Ferdinand is family-friendly but it can be so much more if you use it to help your kids find their strengths.

Pure Solitude, Away From Devices, Is Calming: New Research

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in Living Single
Four new studies show that pure solitude, away from electronic devices, is calming. They also help explain when time alone is and is not experienced as sad, lonely, or boring.
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Seven Pathways to Thriving

By Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D. on November 08, 2017 in What Matters Most?
New research reveals key personal enablers of thriving in life. Learn these seven pathways and the ingredients that can help you create them.

Awe in Religious and Spiritual Experience

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on November 07, 2017 in The Pursuit of Peace
Recent research is uncovering new connections between awe and spiritual experience.

The Lead With Kindness Experiment

By Mica B. Estrada, Ph.D. on November 06, 2017 in Lead with Kindness
Want to learn how to make mean people your great teachers? Sometimes big life lessons come from unlikely places and give us healthier ways to be in the world.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Transform a Negative Experience

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on November 05, 2017 in Life, Refracted
Negative moments are inevitable, whether they come from outside ourselves, our perceptions, or our interpretations. Transforming them with creativity or kindness shows love.

The Characteristics of the Conspiracist

The desire to feel special can result in some poor decision-making.
Derek Jensen/A glass of water demonstrating the eternal conundrum of whether the glass is half full or half empty, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

A Winning Frame of Mind

By Bryan E. Robinson Ph.D. on October 28, 2017 in The Right Mindset
Has your frame of mind stunted your growth? A few winning strategies can catapult you to success.

Optimism Challenge Conclusion

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on October 23, 2017 in Boundless
Optimism enables the belief that life is worth living.

The Absolute Best Way to Start Your Happiness Journey

Are you ready to jumpstart your happiness. Here's some tips for getting started on the right foot.

Feel the Wind at Your Back

By Jaime L. Kurtz Ph.D. on October 12, 2017 in Happy Trails
Consider a new type of gratitude question.

Positive Psychology and Elite Sports Performance

By Michael D. Matthews Ph.D. on September 30, 2017 in Head Strong
Positive psychology offers a conceptual model for helping elite athletes learn to perform at their best, and to optimize off-field adjustment and balance in their personal lives.

Does Having Children Make Us Happy?

By Mark Holder, Ph.D. on September 27, 2017 in The Happiness Doctor
Does having children increase or decrease a parent's happiness? Research suggests that it depends on where you live, and that the U.S. may be a particularly bad place for parents.

Refining the Definition of Synchronicity

Our cosmos is finely tuned by numerous constants without which life on Earth would not be. Some of these coincidences have probabilities much lower than any personal coincidence.

Done and Dusted

By Bruce Grierson on September 13, 2017 in The Carpe Diem Project
How do you spell relief? Closing the file on a half-finished job.
Amelia Watkins, used with permission

The Educational Surprise of My Life: Community College

My first year of college was substantially different than I had anticipated, in ways both good and bad.

Keep Daydreaming: Why Only Dreamers Create Consciously

Understand the concept of unintentional creation of reality: Worrying vs. daydreaming.

Is Our Western Happiness Fetish Causing Depression?

By Brock Bastian Ph.D. on August 02, 2017 in The Other Side
In a series of experiments, we showed the high value we place on happiness is not only associated with increased levels of depression, it may actually be the underlying factor.

What's Precious to You?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on July 31, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
Try to identify what is sacred to you. Maybe you already know. You could also find a place or time that is peaceful or meaningful. Different answers come to different people.

Why Are Our Workplaces Getting Ruder?

Incivility is costing us personally and professionally. So what can we do to deal with it?

Are You High in Moral Development? Do You Love?

Is the field of moral development as morally developed as it should be? If not, maybe you are under-striving to be the most highly developed person you can be. See where you stand.

Why Meticulously Made Decisions Motivate Us to Persist

Decision effort signals the task's worth, raises confidence & increases chances of succeeding.

The Cure for Self Loathing? Self-Forgiveness

Self-loathing can take its toll on a person, robbing the self of vitality and happiness. Self-forgiveness can restore that vitality and set you free from the bondage of your past.

No, Empathy Isn’t a Universal Value

By Sara Konrath Ph.D. on July 17, 2017 in The Empathy Gap
Which countries score the highest on empathy?