Mudita: Delight in the Happiness and Success of Others
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Mudita is a Sanskrit word that refers to the joy (rather than envy or resentment) we feel when others experience happiness and good fortune. The opposite of the German word Schadenfreude, this post... Read More...
Why We Help Others: The Science of Empathy and Altruism (Positive Psychology Series #6)
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Read about the latest science on empathy, altruism, and prosocial behavior—including research examining ways that empathy and prosociality can be increased.

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The Study of Authenticity (Positive Psychology Series #3)
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What is authenticity? What does the research say about its relationship to well-being? How can we cultivate more of it? Learn more here from social psychologist, Elizabeth Hopper, PhD.

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20 Ways to Let Go of Ego (from David Richo, PhD)

Use this list to help cultivate healthy self-esteem, rather than egotism. From psychotherapist, teacher, and best-selling author, David Richo.

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Supporting a Loved One With PTSD
PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is a medical condition some people develop after experiencing or witnessing an emotionally disturbing or life-threatening event. The distressing combination of... Read More...
Differentiation, Or What Makes Relationships Work
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Unless we were fortunate enough to have had good role models available when we grew up, most of us get into relationships little prepared and often overwhelmed by the complexities. The quick-fix... Read More...
Are You Overestimating How Much Things Affect You?
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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...
How Gratitude Helps Us Build Better Relationships
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When was the last time that you thanked a friend, coworker, or family member for something they did for you? Although we’ve been taught that it’s important to say thank you, it’s easy to take... Read More...
Getting to Know Your Emotions
One of the most useful skills we need in order to be in good relationship with others is the ability to identify our emotions or feelings. This article offers a jump-start to learn this skill. What... Read More...
Individualist or Collectivist? How Culture Influences Behavior
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If someone asked you to finish the sentence, “I am ________”, what sorts of things would you include in your responses? Your personality traits? Your job title? Your relationships to others?... Read More...

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