What Should You Choose: Time or Money?

Given the choice between more time or more money, which would you pick? For a beach vacation, you might pay more for a direct flight to gain a couple of extra hours getting sand between your toes. On the other hand, you might take a better-paying ...

Sep 20

Categories: Happiness, Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance

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Loneliness can be depressing, but it helps us survive

Loneliness not only feels nasty, it can also make you depressed, shatter your sleep, even kill you. Yet scientists think loneliness evolved because it was good for us. It still is - sometimes.

Sep 8

Categories: Depression, Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance

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Older people are Happier Year after year

Conventional notions have described aging as an ongoing process of physical and cognitive decline, with mental health mirroring the downward trend. However, a new study by researchers at the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine ...

Aug 30

Categories: Aging & Geriatric Issues, Happiness, Life Purpose / Meaning / ...

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How Long Do You Want to Live? Expectations Matter!

Why do some people want to live a very long time, while others would prefer to die relatively young? In a latest study, a team of researchers investigated how long young and middle-aged adults in the United States say they want to live in relation ...

Aug 30

Categories: Health / Illness / Medical Issues, Health Psychology, Life Purpose / ...

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On Finding Value in Boredom

We usually think of boredom as a state to be avoided. The existentialist philosopher Søren Kierkegaard even went so far as to say that "boredom is the root of all evil". But in a new paper in Qualitative Research in Psychology, Tim Lomas at the ...

Aug 27

Categories: Emptiness, Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance

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The Truth about Lying

In his Fred Kavli Keynote Address at the 2016 APS Annual Convention in Chicago, Dan Ariely, James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University, explains the science behind dishonesty. Through his many experiments ...

Aug 25

Categories: Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance, Relationships & ...

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Curiosity Has the Power to Change Behavior for the Better

Piquing people’s interest can entice them to choose healthier behaviors over more tempting, unhealthy ones, study finds. New research shows that piquing people’s curiosity can influence their choices by steering them away from tempting desires, ...

Aug 23

Categories: Health / Illness / Medical Issues, Health Psychology, Life Purpose / ...

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Primary Selves, Disowned Selves and Self-Awareness

Self-awareness involves recognising the many selves in you, both primary and disowned, and how they affect your thoughts, feelings and behaviour. What are primary and disowned selves, and how do they work in you?

Oct 30

Categories: Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance, Self-Care / Self Compassion

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Do Good or Make Money: Which Side are YOU on?

It is possible to both do good and make money.

Oct 29

Categories: Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance, Mental Health Professions, ...

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Social Media Can Create Surprising Behavioural Changes

"You just have to put people into the right kind of social environment where they can interact with each other, and even anonymous social interaction will create behavior change,” says Professor Damon Centola of the Annenberg School for ...

Oct 8

Categories: Adult psychological development, Life Purpose / Meaning / ...

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The Psychology of Procrastination - How To Stop Procrastinating

The decision to work on something is driven by how much we value accomplishing the project in that moment – what psychologists call its subjective value. And procrastination, in psychological terms, is what happens when the value of doing ...

Oct 8

Categories: Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance

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How we form habits and change existing ones

Much of our daily lives are taken up by habits that we've formed over our lifetime. An important characteristic of a habit is that it's automatic - we don't always recognize habits in our own behavior. Studies show that about 40 percent of people's ...

Aug 11

Categories: Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions, Identity Problems, Life ...

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A Happy Life May Not Be a Meaningful Life

Psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl once wrote, “Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.” For most people, feeling happy and finding life meaningful are both important and related ...

Feb 28

Categories: Happiness, Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance

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Retirement 'harmful to health', study says

Retirement has a detrimental impact on mental and physical health, a new study has found. The study, published by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), a think tank, found that retirement results in a "drastic decline in health" in the medium ...

May 21

Categories: Health / Illness / Medical Issues, Life Purpose / Meaning / ...

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Feeling connectedness and coherence in your environment makes Life ...

Experiencing connections, regularities, and coherence in their environment may lead people to feel a greater sense of meaning in life, according to a new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological ...

May 1

Categories: Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance

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