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By Elaine Dundon on May 21, 2019 in The Search for Meaning After Age 50
Socrates wisely taught us, “The unexamined life is not worth living!”
By Steven Stosny, Ph.D. on May 17, 2019 in Anger in the Age of Entitlement
Due to the vast contagion of emotions, even our most subtle interactions with other people help determine whether they treat their loved ones well, ignore them, or hurt them.
By Zoe Weil M.A., M.T.S on May 14, 2019 in Becoming a Solutionary
Things can be bad and better at the same time. It's import to cultivate evidence-based optimism and a solution-focused mindset.
By Blake Griffin Edwards LMFT on May 11, 2019 in Progress Notes
We make difficult decisions, live into them as best we can, then tell tales, not accounts. We engage in meaning-making not just to cope but as part of a long process of acceptance.
By Gustavo Razzetti on May 07, 2019 in The Adaptive Mind
Is the world becoming better or worse? Less than 10 percent of people believe the world is improving. But statistical data shows that we should be more optimistic.
By Mark Travers Ph.D. on April 25, 2019 in Social Instincts
New research charts the trajectory of optimism over the lifespan.
By George S. Everly, Jr. Ph.D., ABPP on April 23, 2019 in When Disaster Strikes: Inside Disaster Psychology
One of the newly discovered "secrets" of success and happiness has been hiding in plain sight for years.
By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D., MPP on April 09, 2019 in Ambigamy
Tired of being jerked up and down by every bit of news? Get yourself a psychic clutch pedal so you can couple and decouple your hope and realism.
By Jen Kim on March 31, 2019 in Valley Girl With a Brain
The case for why bad days (and good days) might just be in your head.
By Alex Pattakos Ph.D. on March 26, 2019 in The Meaningful Life
Say yes to life!
By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on March 24, 2019 in Why Bad Looks Good
Recent breakup got you down? Here are a few ways to get back up on your feet.
By Peg O'Connor Ph.D. on March 19, 2019 in Philosophy Stirred, Not Shaken
When fear-thought reigns, a person will make herself miserable.
By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on March 16, 2019 in Living Single
The book 'Happy Singlehood' documents what single people are doing right, and how they are getting more happiness out of their social lives and their values than married people are
By Gregg McBride on March 09, 2019 in The Weight-ing Game
A bright outlook can be a gift to ourselves—a gift that has the potential to remind us that no matter what we’re going through, there is always joy to be had.
By David B. Feldman Ph.D. on February 28, 2019 in Supersurvivors
According to research, not all goals are equally good for us. Here are five tips for setting yourself up for success and happiness.
By Tia Powell MD on February 22, 2019 in Dementia Reimagined
Can we find ways of being happy—even with dementia?
By Brock Bastian Ph.D. on February 20, 2019 in The Other Side
Resilience is pretty much the holy grail of positive human functioning, but we often look in the wrong places to build it.
By David Fryburg M.D. on February 13, 2019 in The Science of Kindness
Images of kindness potently inspire increases in joy, hope, love, gratitude, and compassion. Learn the value of a balanced visual diet.
By William L. Mace Ph.D. on February 11, 2019 in Campus Confidential: Coping with College
Overcoming stress and anxiety at the workplace
By David B. Feldman Ph.D. on February 08, 2019 in Supersurvivors
As children, many of us were taught to think positively. But is it possible to have too much of a good thing?
By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on February 07, 2019 in Animal Emotions
New research shows allowing dogs to exercise their noses, to do "nosework," makes them optimistic. Not allowing dogs to sniff may be a form of sensory deprivation.
By Gillian McCann, Ph.D., and Gitte Bechsgaard, RP on February 02, 2019 in Return to Stillness
Let's talk about human potential rather than pathology.
By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on January 17, 2019 in Emotional Fitness
My wife comes from a foreign land, and she is still experiencing new and different things. Whenever she finds something she loves she says, “God bless America!"
By Dena Kouremetis on January 14, 2019 in (R)aging with Grace
Why, when you pack away the holiday decorations, does it feels like it’s nearly time to unpack them again?
By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on January 10, 2019 in Why Bad Looks Good
Any couple can work towards reviving a fulfilling, healthy romantic relationship. The first step is believing that you can.
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