Essential Reads

Should You Let Your Dog Sleep in Bed With You?

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on September 14, 2017 in Canine Corner
A new study offers guidance on the choice to snuggle up with a favorite canine.

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.

Young Yogis Rock

By Gail F. Melson Ph.D. on September 13, 2017 in Why the Wild Things Are
Contemplative practices, like yoga, mindfulness meditation, guided imagery and relaxation breathing can help children deal with stress, reduce anxiety and improve well-being.

The Importance of Cuddling

By Vanessa LoBue, Ph.D. on September 11, 2017 in The Baby Scientist
Doctors are starting to tout the importance of skin-to-skin contact for newborns. Here's what science says about why touch is so important for babies, and for you.

More Posts on Stress

Art Therapy and Non-First-Person Narratives

Talking to your therapist about your art? Try shifting your perspective from first person to "non-first-person" language. It can make a big difference.

Keeping Your Job, Losing Your Identity

By Dawn R. Norris, Ph.D. on August 29, 2017 in The Next Step
What if others tell you that you’re not the employee you think you are?

3 Negative Thinking Patterns to Avoid - What to Do Instead

Although you can’t always control what you think, you can learn to identify when you’re sinking into a negative pattern and reboot to a more constructive cognitive pathway.

What You Need to Know About L-theanine

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on August 29, 2017 in Sleep Newzzz
Are you looking for ways to sleep better at night while also feeling relaxed during the day?

Can Dogs Detect Ghosts, Spirits, or Hallucinations?

Whether dogs can sense the presence of ghosts or spirits is ambiguous; however, they can be trained to alert to their owner's hallucinations.

You Can Use Mindfulness to Choose How to Live

We can learn to be present for our experience without our habitual responses automatically kicking in—responses that are often unskillful, knee-jerk reactions that we later regret.

Design Empathy

Designing with empathy is designing for everyone's comfort.

Understanding Anxiety from a Different Perspective

As healthcare professionals, are we treating anxiety through rose colored glasses? Exploring alternative treatment perspectives to help relieve symptoms of anxiety in everyday life

How to Deal When a Friend's Success Leaves You in the Dust

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D. on August 28, 2017 in Friendship 2.0
Most of us want to be happy for our friend's successes. But when they hit us where it hurts, weathering the disruption can be tough. Here's how to handle it.

What Do You Do When Someone Is Wrong?

By Peter Bregman on August 28, 2017 in How We Work
Discover the lines of reasoning that actually break through to people who subscribe to conspiratorial, irrational, and unscientific theories.
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The Fast Food Guide to Happiness

The set point for happiness is psychological term that describes our general level of well-being.

The Flip Side of Fertility Stress

By Joann P. Galst Ph.D. on August 26, 2017 in Fertility Factor
Great news for the fertility-challenged in that mindset has been found to alter one's response to stress.

Chronic Stress Discombobulates Gut Microbiome Communities

By Christopher Bergland on August 25, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
When people are relaxed, gut microbiome communities hum in perfect harmony. However, stress wreaks havoc on the gut-brain axis in unpredictable ways, according to a new study.

Are Your Wellbeing Approaches Backfiring?

Do you struggle to consistently make healthy choices when it comes to your wellbeing? What can you do to better align your healthy intentions with your actions?

Moods for Overeating: Good, Bad, and Bored

We all overeat for different reasons.

Overwhelmed with the Busy Back-to-School Pace?

Don't let the crazy back-school-pace wear you down. With a quick Life as Pie exercise you can create some delicious slices of peace, quiet, and calm in your day.

A Back to School Stress-Management Toolkit for Teens

This time of year involves transition. Whether it's adjusting to high school, the new academic semester, or going off to college, teens need new coping tools to de-stress!

Dealing With Technostress

By Alex Korb Ph.D. on August 22, 2017 in PreFrontal Nudity
Humans shape technologies, but our lives are then shaped by the technologies we create - for better or worse. Here's how to protect your mind and brain.

How to Tell The Truth in Difficult Situations

By Peter Bregman on August 21, 2017 in How We Work
Discover the eight steps in a “truth talk,” the key to getting someone else to understand your perspective, and how to distinguish for yourself between facts and interpretations.
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Life’s Imaginary Prison Bars

By Alex Pattakos Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in The Meaningful Life
"Prison bars imagined are no less solid steel."
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Professional Suicide

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
Even great men with ground-breaking accomplishments can experience circumstances that break their spirit.

Where Do You Really Stand in the Wake of Charlottesville?

By Deborah L. Davis Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in Laugh, Cry, Live
Following the Charlottesville riots, reactions are disturbingly mixed. Here’s how to strengthen your thinking about the effects of racism.
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Hey Doc, I’m Not Crazy! Part II

Mental health and physical health are linked more than you know.

Can Rest Make Us More Productive?

By Peter Bregman on August 14, 2017 in How We Work
Discover why even an hour of rest a week can increase your productivity and Marilyn’s principles for establishing a rest routine that works.
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It's Poverty, Stupid!

Billions spent to raise U.S. reading scores have had little, if any, effect. Is the money misspent? Maybe, but there is another major factor holding us back.

Holding the "Both-And" in Times of Stress

Compassion, wisdom, and curiosity may just be able to help us avoid the well trodden path to polarization, them vs us, and the limits of right and wrong. We are more than all that!

Personality and Potential Nuclear Confrontation

By Ian H. Robertson Ph.D. on August 12, 2017 in The Stress Test
The possible catastrophe of nuclear war rests on the psychology of just two men

You Won’t Believe Who Can Help You Relieve Stress

Is even vacation time grueling? A new way of thinking can reduce stress.

Four Tools to Stress-Proof Your Parenting Brain

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on August 10, 2017 in Singletons
How to get the stress related to your children under control and keep sane and calm during the parenting journey

The Case for Not Giving Grades

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 10, 2017 in How To Do Life
Furthering intrinsic motivation while reducing undue student stress.