Category: Relationship Counseling

Can Government Policies Make Us Happier?

World happiness expert Richard Layard explains why policymakers need to focus on improving mental health and human relationships, not just the economy. The World Happiness Report has been published every year sinc... Read more

How to Build a Relationship Based on Interdependence

Most of us value connection with others, especially in our romantic relationships. In fact, we are wired for connection and it allows us to create bonds and intimacy with our partner. The success of long-term relatio... Read more

Addicted to digital technology? Here’s how to beat the habit

Banning yourself can have the perverse effect of making your phone more enticing. What you need to do is make it boring Recently, I bought a piece of digital technology to help me conquer my low-level addiction ... Read more

Do the Patterns in Your Past Predict Your Future?

On paper, Shon Hopwood's life doesn't make a lot of sense, not even to him. "I don't have a great excuse as to why I did these things. And everybody always wants that," he tells me. "It closes the circle for peo... Read more

7 Creative Insights To Give Your Career a Boost This Very Second

Catchy headline, huh? We swear it's true, too. There’s gobs of merit in chiseling away at one of your bad habits for months in order to make a long-term improvement to some aspect of your career. In fact, we cha... Read more

How To Make Stress Your Friend

Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you belie... Read more

New Study Finds Tea Enhances Creativity

A study in the journal Food Quality and Preference suggests that tea-drinking benefits divergent thinking, a key element of creativity that’s associated with generating ideas or identifying patterns. The research... Read more

How do you know if you’re a jerk?

I’m sure you don’t feel like a jerk. Nobody does. Few of us like to believe anything negative about ourselves. Do you think it’s possible you might be a jerk? It’s a rude question, I know, but not a totall... Read more

Smart or Determined? Examining The Role of Motivation in IQ Tests

Intelligence tests are meant to tell you something about a person’s inherent abilities. But what if the results are distorted by the motivation to perform well? That would undermine the tests’ validity and have i... Read more

Why Change is Your Greatest Ally

Changes often hurt when they first emerge, but resisting them goes against the way the world works. In my teens and 20s I lived in a spiritual community where days and nights of ordered living, rules, and obedience m... Read more