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
The Whole World Smiles Back at You by Zanastardust @ FlickrPhoto Credit: Zanastardust
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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Smart Phone AppsPhoto Credit: iPod in 30 minutes
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...
5 Foods to Boost Your Mood (that you are probably not eating enough)
October 29, 2014
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Kale by Terren in Virginia @ FlickrPhoto Credit: Terren@Flickr
While our physical health is regularly linked with our diet, our mental health is almost always attributed to biochemical or emotional factors. But with an increasing number of studies on brain... Read More...
Can You Laugh Your Way to Good Health? Let’s See What the Data Shows!
August 28, 2014
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Laughter is the shortest distance between two people picture. People look happy, healthy.Photo Credit: Jack Delano
We’ve all heard the saying that “laughter is the best medicine.” But how much truth is there to this idea? The good news is that preliminary research suggests that humor has a... Read More...
Stress Management 101
March 29, 2014
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This post provides a scientific overview of the the stress response and practical ways to lower it, synthesizing material from several experts in stress management and positive psychology.

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Want To Be Happier? Practice Gratitude
February 23, 2014
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Being grateful for the positive things in life is an excellent way to increase happiness and one’s sense of wellbeing. For centuries, religious traditions have expounded on the value... Read More...
Reduce Depression by Using a CBT Activity Log
February 17, 2014
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Feeling down?  Studies show that an increase in activity can increase happiness, and reduce depressive symptoms.  Using a an Activity Log is one type of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)... Read More...

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