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Positive Emotions

Feel Starved for Time? Here's a Surprising (and Easy) Solution

Christine Carter, PhD | Posted 11.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Christine Carter, PhD

So if you are feeling overwhelmed and time-starved: Stop. Remember that what you need more than time (to work, to check tasks off your list) is downtime, sans stimulation.

Nervous Laughter, Tears of Joy

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.06.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Everyone has witnessed or experienced discordant expressions -- crying at a wedding, growling at the sight of a newborn baby, screaming in the presence of a teen idol. Are these inappropriate emotional expressions simply embarrassing aberrations? What psychological purpose could they serve?

Tapped Out Teens: 4 Stress Relief Strategies That Work

Paula Davis-Laack | Posted 10.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Paula Davis-Laack

Not ready to try meditation? Try to practice slowing your breathing down to four to six breaths per minute. Regular practice of this technique has been shown to build both your stress resilience and your willpower reserve.

3 Ways To Succeed In A Divorce Settlement Negotiation

Caroline Choi | Posted 12.31.2013 | Divorce
Caroline Choi

So is there anything you can do to avoid moving your negotiated divorce into a litigated one? Here are some simple pointers to keep in mind when you are about to enter into your settlement meeting.

Mapping Emotions in the Brain

Karim Kassam | Posted 09.21.2013 | Science
Karim Kassam

We don't know what processes give rise to emotion, we're not sure how different emotions relate to one another, and we don't know how emotion is represented in the brain. But nascent technologies are rapidly expanding the ways we can address these questions.

Could This Change In Thinking Lead To Happiness?

Paula Davis-Laack | Posted 06.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Paula Davis-Laack

Whether you want more happiness, less stress, or to build your resilience reserves, the key is to get FAT -- flexible, accurate and thorough -- about your thinking. The ripple effects will astound you.

The Relationship Between Positive Emotions And Good Health

Posted 03.25.2013 | Healthy Living

Is the concept of emotions having an effect on health a "First World" problem? According to a new study, no, it is not -- and in fact, the association...

Heart-Centered Living: The Key To A Less Stressful Life?

Susanna Bair | Posted 05.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Susanna Bair

As I have traveled the world, offering my own vision of heart-centered living, I have had the honor of meeting extraordinary individuals who walk this path with me. It is always enlightening to learn about the many unique ways of perceiving and working with the heart.

10 Things Happy People Do Differently

Paula Davis-Laack | Posted 03.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Paula Davis-Laack

Since graduating with my master's degree in positive psychology, I've worked with and observed thousands of people in a wide variety of settings, and happy people just flow with the groove of life in a unique way. Here is what they do differently.

13 Ways To Limit Negativity In Your Life

Ora Nadrich | Posted 02.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Ora Nadrich

By making a conscious decision to live your life with less negativity in it, you become the arbiter of what you let in and what you don't. We always have a choice as to how we want to live our life and what kind of quality we want it to have.

Can You Resist a Smile?

David R. Hamilton, Ph.D. | Posted 01.07.2013 | Healthy Living
David R. Hamilton, Ph.D.

Have you noticed that when you smile at someone, especially if you catch them off-guard, that they smile back? OK, not everyone smiles back! Or do they?

7 Ways To Let Go Of Negative Emotions

Luminita Daniela Saviuc | Posted 01.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Luminita Daniela Saviuc

Whether there is any negativity in your life right now or not, it is wise to know what would be the best way to release the toxic emotions from your life when they arise, because in the end we are all human and we will all experience negative emotions at one point or another.

As Science Turns Its Attention to Feeling

Sir Ken Robinson | Posted 03.14.2012 | Science
Sir Ken Robinson

One of corollaries on the rise of science has been a schism between the arts and sciences. The sciences are thought to be all about truth and objectivity: the arts about feelings and creativity. Neither stereotype holds up.

Finding Love after Divorce

Eva M. Selhub, M.D. | Posted 10.10.2011 | Divorce
Eva M. Selhub, M.D.

According to The Americans for Divorce Reform it is estimated that 40 or possibly 50 percent of marriages will end in divorce. This means one in two couples will break their vows.

Can We Be Emotionally Free?

Anne Naylor | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Anne Naylor

What would it be like to be without emotional burdens, such as anxiety, depression, guilt, rage, self-doubt or shame? What does it mean to be "emotionally free"? Is it possible? Is it even desirable?

Sandra Bullock, David Brooks, and Misleading Claims About Marrying

Bella DePaulo | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Bella DePaulo

In his column today, David Brooks writes that, "According to [one study], being married produces a psychic gain equivalent to more than $100,000 a year." What exactly does this mean?