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Anxiety as Depression Waiting to Happen

Why does anxiety often lead to depression, and even create further anxiety? This article provides an answer, and discusses a key factor in overcoming the comorbidity.

Are You Stressed Or Upset?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on June 05, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
We move back and forth between Green and Red, which our ancestors evolved to survive and pass on to us in their genes.

Psychology of Peak Performance, Continued

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on June 02, 2017 in Boundless
Endurance athletes teach lessons about mental toughness for everyone.

What's Changing?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on May 29, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
Nothing about opening to the changing nature of both internal experiences and external conditions means that we should pursue wholesome ends and means any less wholeheartedly.

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Republican or Democrat, We Are All Stressed Out

As stress levels increase, what are the best strategies? We need new approaches to help cope as challenges arise. That's where strengths come in.

Between a Molehill and Mount Everest

Recent studies confirm that in matters of personal motivation and satisfaction, it’s not whether you win or lose; it's how hard you have to play the game.

Why Negative Thoughts Are Normal

We're all wired for negativity for good reason: It helped us survive. But today these tendencies backfire. So forgive yourself, move on, and feel joy for a change.

Three Ways to Grow Your Leadership Potential

Do you wish you had more leadership development opportunities at work? Are you tired of waiting for people to see your potential and tap you on the shoulder?

Be Positive. Be Neutral. Which Is It?

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on May 05, 2017 in Ambigamy
Six practical tips for managing your loyalties and doubts, your positive certainty and your neutral receptivity, your open-mindedness and your closed-mindedness.

Simplify Your Life to Find Peace

The "Progress Paradox" is difficult to deny.

Harnessing the Power of Anticipation

By Jaime L. Kurtz Ph.D. on May 02, 2017 in Happy Trails
How to get even more enjoyment out of your summer adventures.

A Little Bit of Magic Please

If science were a man, I would marry him, even though I’d know of his imperfections. However, we all benefit from a bit of magic....

What Gets You Stuck?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on April 24, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
Remind yourself how it's in your own best interest to admit fault and move on. It takes a strong person to admit fault, and it puts us in a stronger position with others.

Play: A Different Perspective

Much has been studied and written about play, and we would like to consider play from a somewhat different perspective, namely, that of affect theory.
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Can You make Your Employees Happier?

Let’s face it managing people can be tough, and despite your best efforts your people may be part of the growing numbers who feel disengaged from their jobs.

Where Do You Live?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on April 17, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
Be aware of breathing and let everything else go. There's always a doorway to a deeper sense of presence and peace: being the body.

Fallingwater: Where Design, Structure, & Psychology Converge

Asked to describe Fallingwater in one word, its owner replied, "Romance." Frank Lloyd Wright used design and structure to evoke psychological reactions.

How Much Does Homework Matter in Therapy?

By Joel Minden, Ph.D. on April 16, 2017 in CBT and Me
What research reveals about the work you do outside of therapy sessions.

Hiding in the Basement? Life's Scary But Fear Shouldn't Win

Do you want to be measured by what you avoided in life or by what you embraced?

How to Live 7.2 (Happy) Years Longer

Positive psychology research consistently shows that happiness is linked to longevity even after accounting for initial health, obesity and socio demographic factors.
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What Is Dance Movement Therapy?

The same endorphins that make you feel better when moving also help you concentrate, sleep better, have more energy, and deal with mental and emotional challenges in life.

What Do You Notice in People?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on April 10, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
See the good in others - it's a simple but very powerful way to feel happier and more confident, and become more loving and more productive in the world.

Positive Heuristics

Researchers are looking at heuristics the wrong way — as sources of bias and error. In fact, they are powerful strategies for making inferences under uncertainty and ambiguity.

Are We Meant For Each Other? Is There a Way to Find Out?

What do couples fight about and are these disagreements inevitable?
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Is It Worth Trying to Improve Our Wellbeing?

Can the wellbeing of people and populations really be improved? an interview with Professor Martin Seligman.

Hope

Hope remains, psychologically, a paradoxical mental phenomenon.

Toward a Quantum Model of Humor

By Liane Gabora Ph.D. on April 06, 2017 in Mindbloggling
The bisociation of incongruous frames or word meanings in jokes is modelled as a linear superposition of basis states, or possible interpretations, in a complex Hilbert space.

4 Secrets to Improving our Health and Mental Health

Do you know the 4 secrets, hiding in plain sight, to improve our health and mental health? Take a read...

Seeking Common Ground I: The Conservative Tradition

There are people today who believe that the past presents a worthy, indeed better, model for living. Past times were simpler, or at least more blinkered in their resolve.
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Having a Religion Doesn't Help You, But Practicing One Does

Religious with a practice? Religious without a practice? No religion? Learn new research on these 3 groups and practical strategies for each.

Who Are You, Deep Down?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on April 03, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
Try to take in the good of feeling cared about; recognize goodness in your acts of thought, word, and deed. Enjoy this beautiful goodness, so real and so true.

How to Build a Rewarding Romantic Relationship

How can you make your love life more affectionate and satisfying? Research says that a bit of positive reinforcement and reward can help. Find out how.

Vicarious Resilience and Healthy Helping Professionals

Vicarious resilience is the positive effects on helping professionals witnessing the healing, recovery and resilience of persons who have survived severe traumas.

11 Ways to Sound Like a Better Lover

By Donna Barstow on March 29, 2017 in Ink Blots Cartoons
A great way to say goodbye that guarantees more hellos.