Essential Reads

Amy Sue Nathan: Learning to Love Being Alone

By Jennifer Haupt on November 23, 2017 in One True Thing
I had tackled the layers of divorce, both legal and personal... But I had never spent so much as a weekend alone in ten years, until the kids went to visit their dad.
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Five "Thank Yous" to Say Each Day

By Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D. on November 22, 2017 in What Matters Most?
Want to transform the stress of your holidays? Want to boost your well-being? Practice this list of five gratitudes and you'll be on your way.

The Best Way to Counteract Rude Behavior

Whether they intend to or not, people may at times behave rudely. A new study on incivility’s effects shows why rudeness hurts so much and how you can negate its effects on you.

Letter to Dads of Daughters on a Sexual Misconduct Epidemic

By Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D. on November 13, 2017 in Curious?
I wanted to write a letter to dads of daughters everywhere on the sexual misconduct mayhem that is being revealed daily.

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Ten Varieties of Gratitude

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 23, 2017 in Ambigamy
Gratitude isn't just one thing. In addition to listing all the things you're grateful for today, list the varieties of gratitude.

52 Ways: Learn How to Deal with People Toxic to Your Couple

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on November 23, 2017 in Life, Refracted
After you identify a third-party threat to your couple, you can take several actions to limit current and prevent future damage. Many describe expressing love to the third-party.
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Seven Tips for Enjoying a Family Thanksgiving Celebration

Don't want your family dinner to degenerate into arguments? Here are a few ideas that will help you this Thanksgiving or at any family gathering.

How Practicing Humility Can Help Your Love Life

In terms of dating and relationships, there is a lid that fits every pot and it is easier to find the lid for your pot if you’re not blowing off every lid with steam and arrogance.
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It Depends

By Tim Carey Ph.D. on November 22, 2017 in In Control
We always make decisions relative to other decisions we could have made or different goals we could have achieved.
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Surrendering to Gratitude

By Diana Raab PhD on November 22, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
Are you feeling overwhelmed by all the downer things happening in the news?This week is a good time to consider and write about all you have to be thankful for. There's plenty!

Four Ways to Feel Better about Yourself

Not feeling confident? Silence that inner critic and boost your self-worth with these tips.
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Giving Is Good for You

It's a popular time of year for making donations. What does the evidence say about charitable giving?

Researchers Identify Why Favorite Songs Make Us Feel So Good

By Christopher Bergland on November 22, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Neuroscientists have pinpointed why the songs we love give us intense pleasure.

Three Signs You Are Winning at Life

By Jonathan Fader Ph.D. on November 21, 2017 in The New You
Looking to get a great job, earn more money, or buy a new house or car? You're likely on the wrong track.

Interview with Janet Fitch: Why Historical Fiction?

By Jennifer Haupt on November 21, 2017 in One True Thing
"People think you get to this magical place where you know what you’re doing....But every novel is a completely new animal. You’re always a beginner. That makes it interesting."

Be Home

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on November 21, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
The responsive and reactive modes of living are the foundation of human nature. We have no choice about the vital aims they serve. Our only choice is which mode we’re in.
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You Can’t Make Someone “Care”

Five things you can do if you find yourself in a relationship where you think you can to make your partner care but they don’t respond.

9 Ways Adult Children Can Avoid Regressing During Holidays

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on November 20, 2017 in Singletons
At what point do you get to be the grown-up? Adult children can change holiday traditions and family plans without reverting back to past mommy-daddy child roles.

The Truth Shall Set You Free

By Russell Grieger Ph.D. on November 20, 2017 in Happiness on Purpose
The purpose of all psychotherapy is to free people from the ravages of misery. But first, they must think and act truthfully. Find how with this 5-step process to find happiness.

East-West Cultural Differences in Depression

By David Ludden Ph.D. on November 20, 2017 in Talking Apes
The incidence of depressive and anxiety disorders is far lower in Asia than in the West. Different ways of thinking about negative feelings may be the key.

Thoughts of Absence Make the Heart Grow Fonder

By Holly Parker, Ph.D. on November 20, 2017 in Your Future Self
So what if, instead of relishing what we appreciate, we mentally erase the past and imagine our good fortunes had never happened?

Don't Let Anxiety Ruin Your Day

By Barbara Markway Ph.D. on November 19, 2017 in Shyness Is Nice
Do you feel anxious before you even get out of bed? A few simple strategies can help you cope.

What is Love?

Most view love as the most important aspect in life. Why, then, do we spend most of our lives focusing on something else?

10 Things to Be Thankful For

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on November 18, 2017 in Emotional Fitness
Thanksgiving is a very special holiday. Embrace those around you and your ability to give thanks with the people you love.

7 Ways the Insecure Try to Seem Important

Some people will go through extreme and perhaps ridiculous efforts to seem important. These seven behaviors may be covering up their feelings of loneliness and inferiority.

6 Things That Make Me Truly Grateful This Thanksgiving

My fears and anxieties have taught me that even if they can't be entirely overcome, they can be faced and sometimes outwitted. For that knowledge, I am grateful.
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Tis The Season

If you aren't looking forward to this holiday season, you aren't alone.

Building Up Your Resilience Muscle

By Michael F. Kay on November 16, 2017 in Financial Life Focus
Resilience is the ability to bounce back from a challenging event or overcome a series of obstacles that have gotten in the way of an individual achieving their goals.

Lidia Yuknavitch's Love Letter to Fellow Misfits

By Jennifer Haupt on November 16, 2017 in One True Thing
Some of us manage to invent bodies, voices, and lives worth living even though we don’t fit in to the normative socius.

Five Ways to Practice Gratitude

Need a gratitude boost this holiday season? Try these five gratitude practices.

Why Random Acts of Kindness Matter to Your Wellbeing

Don't underestimate the value of being kind to others. One act of small kindness can release an enormous chain of positive events.

Saving Silence: Finding Quiet in a Chaotic World

By Anna Akbari Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in Startup Your Life
When is the last time you were truly in just one place and not on-call to the rest of the world?
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The Nine Ingredients of Great Sex

By Michael Castleman M.A. on November 15, 2017 in All About Sex
It's not that difficult to enjoy great sex. Just incorporate these nine elements into lovemaking.