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You are going to assert your values whether they make you happy or miserable. So will your kids. So will your employees. Here are 16 different desires that motivate people to take action. Once you learn how people prioritize these 16 desires, you will know how to optimally motivate them.
Scientists have been conducting moment-to-moment analyses of thousands of working adults. From this, they recently constructed the perfect schedule for a 16-hour day…to be happy. Compare your typical day to this recent discovery...
There are dozens of strategies being tested and written about for how to increase your well-being. What is given minimal attention is effort and efficiency. Can eating ice cream be as good as meditating on what you are grateful about?
For decades, scientists have been trying to understand and predict who is going to go beyond talking about death to actually killing themselves. Here are a few predictors that might help us all in stopping someone and in the end, save lives
New research suggests that our musical preferences offers a window into our personality. Whats on your smartphone? The Jesus Lizard? Coltrane? Huey Lewis and the News? Bob Dylan? Led Zeppelin? Ludacris? Lynyrd Skynyrd? Prince? Read on to figure out what this says about you....
Recent research suggests that what is considered sexually normal is more varied and sophisticated than what is being discussed by writers, journalists, and psychologists. Take a voyage through the love-hate relationship with the DSM-V and more.
A successful mentor relationship in graduate school is one of the keys to success. But how can you make this happen? In this blog post I offer 10 bits of wisdom from several scientists in the field who share their love and pain...
A new look at depression: challenging the chemical imbalance model of depression.
Lessons learned from some of the psychological research in my laboratory. Not all published studies are equal in their contribution. Some studies should raise skepticism instead of confidence. This is my fair, naked assessment of science—the good, bad, and the ugly.
Pseudoscience wastes time and resources and leads to public skepticism of science. If you care about your health and that of people suffering from psychological problems, read on. This is a battle that needs to be fought.
The best books to read over the next year.
kids, adult friendships, triscuits, and the meaning of life all rolled together into a single burrito of wisdom
Despite benevolent intentions, psychology often promotes racism, among other -isms.
Brand new research on resilience. What two strengths in combination decrease the risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors?
Want access to new ideas to end the trite and appallingly boring rehashed discussions about mindfulness? Want to learn about a new character strength that I refer to as Time Shepherding? Then read on.
Hidden universes that you need to traverse in 2013. A book buying guide for the next few months of your life. Seven non-fiction books and two fiction books that will rock your world.
The secrets to being a high impact scientist. To be shared by scientists, professors, educators, and students. Especially graduate students and anyone who wants to go to graduate school.
There are too many books, articles, and websites to keep track of the greatest innovators in the world. Meet the thought leaders you really need to know.
Parenting experts are scary because what works for the hypothetical average kid doesn't work for every kid.
What is the best strategy for teaching your kids how to handle life's uncertainty and pain? If you don't want to be a helicopter parent, if you want to learn some counter-intuitive advice, read on. If only I knew this when I became a parent.
The media has been telling us otherwise. Science has been telling us otherwise, until now. Three yet-to-be-published studies reveal that being a parent leads to greater joy than misery. There are also intriguing differences between moms and dads.
The secret to amazing teachers and successful 6-year-olds, pulled from scientific research that has yet to even hit the library shelves.
Having successfully avoided every year-end recap on television, print, and online, I am required to be a hypocrite and hand you my own. This is not a list of the best books published in 2011, this is my own personal list of books that will transform you into a better companion at the bading pools of your local Korean spa.
Nearly every society in the world has built in advantages for men. Whether money, power, or the freedom to jog at night without fear, men enjoy greater opportunities. With these opportunities come ambition. And for many men who are successful by society's standards, there is a cost that is simply not talked about: loneliness.
Parenting is hard. There is no instruction manual. Television is killing our kids, right? Learn what science has to say.
Don't underestimate the power of ostracism to render someone invisible and meaningless. The science is both astounding and bizarre.
There is a maverick thinker and scientist that never gets his due. By combing through his life and accomplishments, I will share 3 lessons about how to be a more creative person. Want to know who the maverick is? Want to know how to create good, innovative ideas? Read on...
What we value the most is what our schools address the least. Our current school system kills creativity, curiosity, and critical thinking. What can we do? Here are 3 ideas.
Only a few items separate human beings from animals. One of them is that all of us know that we are going to die. Death is an inescapable fact of life. Brand new research suggests that cultivating mindfulness and curiosity can help us manage death, dying, and the existential suffering that comes with it.
Allow me to deviate from the prototypical list of best books in 2010. As someone who studies emotions, let me give you my favorite readings from this year for evoking particular mental states. Decide what emotion you want to feel and choose your weapon from the arsenal provided.
Syllabus for Fall 2012- Science of Well-Being Class- Download Here