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Torture, Mental Health, and Accountability

Carol Smaldino | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Carol Smaldino

Mental health practitioners, like journalists, are -- as I see it -- obligated to raise even controversial and provocative questions and to help us make sense of, not only individual pathology, but also the group narrative in any given period of time.

Reese Witherspoon, From Legally Blonde to Visionary, Genius Producer

Ira Israel | Posted 12.08.2014 | Entertainment
Ira Israel

"Wild" is a daring, inspiring film of one brave woman's self-overcoming and the journey she had to go on to own her life, to embrace all aspects and every minute of it, and release the "woulda-shoulda-coulda-didn'ts" that our minds are wont to create.

Business as Agent for World Benefit?

Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D. | Posted 10.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D.

Photo: I.Rimanoczy If this statement sounds a bit odd to you, let me share with you the theme of the conference that took place last week in Clevela...

On Being Content...

Dr. Hyder Zahed | Posted 10.27.2014 | Good News
Dr. Hyder Zahed

If you believe being content comes from acquiring luxurious material possessions, living in the best homes money can buy, having all the technological gadgets on the market, and so forth, this is not the case. In fact, it is just the opposite.

Say It So You Lift Your Spirits

Kare Anderson | Posted 04.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Kare Anderson

Even non-Scandinavians and optimists can feel their moods dampen during the dark of night. Luckily there are some easy ways to lift your spirits. Here...

8 Scientifically-Backed Ways That You Can Choose To Be Happy

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 12.13.2013 | Healthy Living

One theory in psychology research suggests that we all have a happiness "set-point" that largely determines our overall well-being. We oscillate aroun...

21 Habits Of Supremely Happy People

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 11.06.2013 | Healthy Living

Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, theorizes that while 60 percent of happiness is determined by our genetics and environment, the re...

The Happiness Tipping Point

Sunnie Groeneveld | Posted 08.03.2013 | Impact
Sunnie Groeneveld

Happiness is not about smiley faces, unicorns and light-hearted merriment. Nor is it about self-proclaimed gurus and their self-help anecdotes of supposed enlightenment.

The Science Of Happiness

Meghan Keener | Posted 03.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Meghan Keener

The field of positive psychology operates from the premise that we ought to acknowledge both the light and the dark sides of life. It focuses on positive elements of life such as character strengths, positive emotion, resilience, purpose, positive relationships, and creative achievement.

Why Getting Fired Was The Best Thing That Could Have Happened To Me

Nancy Sherr | Posted 10.09.2012 | Fifty
Nancy Sherr

Once I got up off the floor and the shock subsided, and I finally stopped feeling like a victimized, washed-up old troll...I realized [my layoff] gave me the gift of liberation: the golden opportunity to create a life I love. A life fully expressed.

What Would It Take to Get Us to Care About Torture?

Carol Smaldino | Posted 06.08.2012 | Politics
Carol Smaldino

I am aiming the question first at mental health practitioners since the idea of helping people towards sanity and well-being has been supported by the...

Mourning in America

Jason Stanford | Posted 04.28.2012 | Politics
Jason Stanford

What happened to the Republican Party that used to have a lease on the White House because it owned optimism?

Fail Thee Well

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 11.20.2011 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

What if the surest indicator of your future success -- of living a happy, meaningful, and productive life -- is how good you are at failing?

What If The Secret To Success Is Failure?

New York Times Magazine | Paul Tough | Posted 11.17.2011 | Education

Dominic Randolph can seem a little out of place at Riverdale Country School -- which is odd, because he's the headmaster. Riverdale is one of New York...

Why The Founder Of Positive Psychology Thinks Happiness Is Overrated

nytimes.com | JOHN TIERNEY | Posted 07.17.2011 | Healthy Living

By John Tierney The New York Times As the investigation of happiness proceeded, Dr. Seligman began seeing certain limitations of the concept....

Happy Is as Happy Does

Dennis Whittle | Posted 06.04.2011 | Books
Dennis Whittle

Artists create and critics analyze; few artists analyze well and few critics create good art. That was my reaction to Martin Seligman's new book Flourish: A New Understanding of Happiness and Well Being.

OMB Orders Government Agencies to Monitor Disgruntled Employees -- What's Next?

Coleen Rowley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

The White House and its paranoid Barney Fife bureaucrats have set their gun sights on the "insider threat" lurking within top secret America itself.

The Secret Key To Happiness

Joe Robinson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joe Robinson

If there's one thing that people around the world agree on, it's that being happy beats being miserable. But what exactly makes us happy?

Psychologists Profit on Unending U.S. Wars by Teaching Positive Thinking to Soldiers

Bruce E. Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Bruce E. Levine

While pushing drugs and teaching positive thinking earns mental health professionals money and brownie points with the elite, there is another path for mental health professionals working with U.S. soldiers.

'Soul Of A Citizen' EXCERPT: Learned Helplessness

Paul Loeb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Paul Loeb

The reason many of us retreat from social involvement is not that we think all is well with the world. Rather, what leaves too many of us sitting on the sidelines is what psychologists call learned helplessness.

The Right Mental Health Care for Returning Vets: Neglecting Them This Time Will Be Dangerous

Bryant Welch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bryant Welch

If, as a nation, we do not provide appropriate care for returning veterans, terrorism will take yet another horrible toll on America by turning our own troops against us and against themselves.

Fort Hood: A Harbinger of Things to Come?

Bryant Welch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bryant Welch

If we can identify the real problem that caused the tragedy at Ford Hood we can possibly prevent such episodes in the future. Our troops have been through enough.

Who's Happy And Why?

Ken Dychtwald Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ken Dychtwald Ph.D.

We're caught up in the myth that by achieving and going up the ladder and having more stuff we'll feel full inside. Yet it isn't so.

Positive Psychology: Hard Core 'Happiness' Nerds -- and Goldie Hawn

Kari Henley | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kari Henley

Instead of psychologists spending all their time focusing on anger, depression and fear, they've decided to research the other end of the emotional spectrum, via Positive Psychology.