Look on the Bright Side: The Science of Optimism (Positive Psychology Series #2)
November 14, 2017
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Ticket stub with text Yes - a word for optimismPhoto Credit: Quinn Dombrowski

Most studies show that being optimistic is good for us: optimists have better mental health and may even live longer.

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Positive Psychology: The Theory and Science – Part I
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Rather than removing pathology, the field of Positive Psychology focuses on ways to cultivate qualities like optimism, gratitude, generosity and resilience. This is the first in a series of upcoming... Read More...
Feeling Stressed? Awe Might Be What You Need
Awe, Photo titled 'Seashell' by Moyan BrennPhoto Credit: Moyan Breen
I still remember feeling awestruck when I saw the Pacific Ocean for the first time as a child. I remember how incredible it felt looking at the waves and realizing that they stretched so much farther... Read More...
Money and Happiness: An Interview with Dr. Elizabeth Dunn
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Imagine if your job was to think about, and study, what makes people happy. This job actually exists and it belongs to Dr. Elizabeth Dunn, an associate professor of psychology at the University of... Read More...
20 Quotes in Memory of Dr. Wayne Dyer, Self-Help Psychologist
September 5, 2015
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Wayne Dyer Tribute: "You are in partnership with all other human beings, not a contest to be judged better than some and worse than others."Photo Credit: Marti W
He came from humble beginnings, raised in foster homes and an orphanage, and died a giant. On August 29, 2015, Wayne Dyer, PhD., prolific author and public speaker in the field of self-help... Read More...
Are You Overestimating How Much Things Affect You?
Nicole's many emotions, affective forecastingPhoto Credit: allyaubry
If you’re like many of us, you’d probably guess that major life events will have strong, relatively long-lasting effects on your emotions. But this is often not the case. Affective forecasting is... Read More...
Turn That Frown Upside Down: How Smiling Gets You Through Tough Times
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We’ve all heard that having a positive attitude can help us cope with stressful events, but can putting a smile on your face really change how you feel about a situation? Psychologists have found... Read More...
How to Combat Boredom? Start by Understanding It
February 5, 2015
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Young man looking bored, needing help with overcoming boredom and increasing motivationPhoto Credit: Leon Fishman
All of us feel bored at times. Finding the inspiration to create something new, or the energy to complete a routine task, can be particularly difficult when we feel uninterested. Boredom can also... Read More...
Can You Find Happiness From an App?
January 13, 2015
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Today, there seems to be an app for pretty much everything. However, you might be surprised to learn that there are actually apps designed to help make us happier. Psychologists have found that apps... Read More...
Living in the Present Moment = More Happiness?
December 22, 2014
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Sunset by Moyan Brenn with quote You can buy happiness, and it's cheap, by Tammy StrobelOriginal Photo Credit: Moyan Brenn
People are happier when living in the present moment. At least that’s what former Harvard researcher Matt Killingsworth believes. As a long-term meditator and expert on human behavior, I have to... Read More...