Essential Reads


By Cecilia Dintino PsyD on February 12, 2018 in Midlife Matters
It is our stories that define us, and our re-story that will set us anew. But where do we begin?

Finding Inspiration Along the Way

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on February 09, 2018 in Boundless
Tanaaz Chubb provides a new take on positive psychology.

Retirement as Meaningful

Seven older adults retire every minute! Positive expectations about retirement may contribute to longevity.

Positive Psychology: Across the Political Spectrum

Some critics of psychology complain about a lack of political diversity in the field; not so for positive psychology.

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Are You Tougher Than You Think?

Unfortunately, life can sometimes take a turn for the worse. How confident are you to navigate your way through these kinds of challenges?

Talking With Larry King About "Why the Grass Seems Greener"

Are small annoyances in your relationship driving you crazy? Shifting your perspective from what's going wrong to what's going right can make all the difference.
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Intuition and Dreaming: Four Questions to Ask of Each Dream

An easy way of increasing your access to a natural source of intuition is to ask yourself four questions every time you remember a dream.

What Do You Need?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on January 08, 2018 in Your Wise Brain
Daily life is full of opportunities to notice or create experiences of inner strength, a psychological resource. Take it into yourself, making it a part of you.

The Best Happiness Apps of 2018

Compare four happiness apps to find the best one for you.

How to Be Happy: 23 Ways to Be Happier

The complete guide to boosting happiness in 2018, according to science.

Is the Culture of Me Killing Democracy?

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on January 01, 2018 in Jacob's Staff
The "me-first" attitude only begets more selfishness and divisiveness. What is a constructive, positive way to fight for our rights? Millennials may have an answer.

The Archetypal Themes of Synchronicity Stories

Coincidence stories tend to fall into fairly discrete thematic categories. Here is the first attempt at describing them.
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Have a “Happy New Year” by Avoiding a Fixation on Happiness

By Alex Pattakos Ph.D. on January 01, 2018 in The Meaningful Life
Are you looking forward to the New Year? If not, a shift in your attitude and focus of attention can help.

Kindness to You Is Kindness to Me

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on January 01, 2018 in Your Wise Brain
For better or worse, what you do to others ripples back to you; what you do to yourself ripples out to others. Recognizing this will change the lives of others for the better.

Positive Psychology in Martial Arts

Martial arts does not just teach us how to kick and punch. It provides a strong basis for living with positive psychology foundational principles.

5 Alternatives to Traditional New Year's Resolutions

These alternatives will help you go on more adventures, connect with amazing people, learn new things, and grow stronger in 2018.

Bullying is Just Plain Mean

Refuse to give in to bullies who want to drag you down with these five ideas for rising up and being the kind of person you were meant to be!

Is There Really True Love?

Is the idea of a true love that lasts forever an outdated concept?

4 Ways You Can Use Netflix to Cultivate Well-Being

Feeling guilty about spending the entire weekend binging on Netflix? Learn how to use your next video binge to strengthen your emotion regulation skills.

A Mindful Day

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on December 20, 2017 in Boundless
Try these three reflections for a more peaceful day.

Can You Switch Off?

Does being away from your computer or smart phone leave you feeling anxious and a little out of control? Is our addiction to technology making us happier?

Youth Say “Listen to Science” and Do the Kind Thing

By Mica B. Estrada, Ph.D. on December 18, 2017 in Lead with Kindness
Youth feel climate science is clear and the response is to act. But what do we do? Social scientists say we can easily do these three things that go beyond changing a light bulb.

Drop the "Shoulds"

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on December 18, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
Consider a situation that bothers you, and find a deeper "should" that's related to an experience you "must" have or avoid. Face the should, ask this question: "Is it really true?"
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Making Peace with the End of the Year

By Tara Well Ph.D. on December 12, 2017 in The Clarity
Feeling like you're running out time? A few tips for successfully closing out the year and find peace.

Are You Feeling Cross?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on December 11, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
These three things will help guide you to find peace.

Why Am I Here?

By Alex Pattakos Ph.D. on December 11, 2017 in The Meaningful Life
How do you want to be remembered?

Rethinking Authenticity

Being authentic does not mean standing alone; it means making worthy judgments about the people one chooses to stand with.

Trauma Psychotherapy, Pilates, EMDR and Sensorimotor Work

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on December 08, 2017 in The New Normal
Chronic pain, fibromyalgia symptoms, and other physical manifestations can reflect unresolved psychological trauma residuals. But maybe Pilates can help?

The World Responds to Our Emotions: Evidence from Physics

Albertus Maximus: the world responds to our emotions.
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How to Find Happiness in Today's World

By Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D. on December 07, 2017 in What Matters Most?
If less than 20 percent of people are flourishing, what can we do to build more well-being? Check out the latest research and several practical strategies.

What Is Positive Technology?

Everything you need to know about technologies that improve your life.

Are You in the Power Zone?

How often do you feel you’re hitting your power zone at work? We’ve all had these moments (even if they were fleeting), but can you intentionally create more of them?
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How to Be Miserable During the Holidays

By Randy Paterson Ph.D. on December 02, 2017 in How to be Miserable
Tired of "Holiday Stress Tips"? This year, let's embrace the dark side.

Emotions, Cognition, and Language

Emotions, cognition, and language can all be conceptualized as information-processing systems, as they are intimately connected and overlapping.