Mind wandering may help us by providing an opportunity for self-reflection that allows us to make meaning of our lives.
When we think of people with a high self-control, we cannot avoid thinking about how restrained and deprived they might be. Whenever we restrain ourselves, we tend to think that we are missing something. Continue reading
Will possessions make us happier?
Pieters (2013) did a longitudinal study of more than 2,500 consumers over a period of six years. The author wanted to identify the association between materialism and loneliness. Continue reading
Help others to help yourself, research shows.
A five-year study by Poulin and colleagues (2013) shows that helping others (such as providing transportation, doing errands, shopping, housework or childcare) is associated with a decreased association between stress and mortality. Continue reading
When we face stressful life events, we typically use many kinds of coping strategies to deal with them. Sometimes we confront problems, and sometimes we avoid problems. Continue reading
People may affect your mood in either a positive or negative way. You might want to avoid that negative moods affect you too much. This post describes how to do it.
The idea of emotional contagion goes back to 400 B.C., when Hippocrates found that some women transferred their strong emotions to others. Continue reading