Psychology

3 Ways to Amp Up Happiness

The happiness movement is in full gear with piles of positive psychology research and even a happy magazine (“Like” Live Happy magazine on Facebook for daily tips to amp up your smile). Most of us already sense how we can get happy but now research backs what our gut’s been telling us. Live Happy tips: Vitamin D. Before the skin…

Feeling joy: living intentionally to re-wire your brain

As it turns out, we humans adapt pretty well to feeling awful or to living the less dire but equally joyless neutral and numb existence. Kids, relationships, jobs, falling finances and health vie for every inch of our energy. For some, crippling pain or depression or anxiety or loneliness overshadows sensations of joy, stifling an existence that is designed for…

Your original perfection

All of us it seems, have two voices in our head. Sometimes all we hear is the critical nudge who insists we’re never enough, that we find a new job or new relationship or lose weight or parent better or volunteer more, that we make more homemade or wipe away more piles of dust. It doesn’t matter how this voice…

Changing people’s minds? Start with self-esteem.

“There should be a common body of facts that everybody can agree on and yet have a difference of opinion……It’s important to make a distinction between beliefs that people hold and the facts.” ~ Dana Milbank National Political Columnist, Washington Post. We don’t like to admit we’re wrong, our ego flinches automatically.  Admitting we’re wrong after holding a view for a…

How he looks at you. How you look at him. Attractiveness unraveled.

Image credit: fashioncurse.blogspot.com Men, women and how we view attractiveness. (Where I agree with Dennis Prager and where I don’t). Driving home the other day I heard the Dennis Prager Show. As a conservative Republican he’s not my usual radio show pick (although I try to at least sample all political points of view). But I agreed with what he said,…

How to stop bad news from feeding on itself

Image courtesy of: Stuart Miles When economic bad news piles on as it has since 2007, end of times feels certain. The truth is however, economies cycle. What falls off the cliff creeps back and in the process, we gain insights and wisdom.  So stay hopeful.  Happy days will be here again. Doom and gloom popular programming Apocalyptic gloom has become…

School shooting: It’s not just our own kids we need to hug

Perception is reality but the probability of a mass killing, while seemingly high, is actually quite low. The probability we’re missing critical signs among our mentally ill? Much higher. In this NPR interview, Jack Levin, co-director of the Brudnick Center on Violence at Northeastern University in Boston helps listeners understand the profile of mass murderers. First, do we need to be more afraid?  Read…

Conserve your willpower, because it can get tired and run out……

Decision fatigue, a phenomenon increasingly intriguing psychologists today given the growing culture of endless distractions and over-stimulation, is a term coined by social psychologist Roy F. Baumeister. Vaguely introduced by Freud, he believed people constantly struggle to manage their inner desires against the external pressures of the ego, which in turn requires mental energy.   Willpower is much like a muscle…

Secrets to Happiness Don’t Change. Timeless Wisdom Prevails.

Philosophers, spiritual leaders, self-help gurus, even scientists profess to know what makes a person happy, yet the core principles remain unchanged. Photo by dumplife (Mihai Romanciuc) on Flickr The theories behind what creates happiness have been dissected, discussed and debated since the beginning of time. New disciplines are blended with ancient philosophies in an attempt to understand the nature of positive emotion. Humans…

Narcissists Spotted From Facebook Posts and Profile, Find Psychologists

Photo credit link: Flickr Let me disclaim upfront, the findings represented in this article don’t suggest Facebook users are narcissists, rather narcissists can be spotted on Facebook based on certain indicators.   I’d also like to look at more current research to see if the 2008 findings I reference in my article change over time. As social media, particularly Facebook, becomes increasingly the…

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