Reading a book might not just be a fun way to kill some time. According to a growing body of research, it can also make you better at understanding what other people are thinking and feeling. When you start a
“That’s just how we do things.” “That’s just the way things are.” “I don’t see any reason not to do things that way.” None of these are very compelling explanations for why we should do something. But if most of
Envy gets a bad rap. I mean, let’s be real: being on a list of “seven deadly sins” isn’t good PR for anyone. Fortunately, psychologists aren’t always the types to judge a sin by its cover, and research into this
If you’re like me, you spend a lot of time thinking about things other than what you’re doing in the present moment. In fact, if you’re like most people, your mind is wandering for almost half of your waking life.
Decades of psychology research have shown something that pretty much makes sense: people who belong to more social groups tend to be happier. People who belong to multiple social groups have more access to social support, so it didn’t really
Over the last couple decades, it has become common knowledge that we’ve got some problems with the environment. “Global warming” has become a household word, and people are starting to realize that some of the ways we do things aren’t
It’s no secret that trying new things is a good way to keep life interesting, but research suggests it can also improve your health by helping you lose weight and kick habits like smoking. In 2010, a group of psychologists
One thing psychologists have been interested in for a long time is the extent to which people put their “true selves” forward vs. projecting “false selves.” With the rise of social media, this question has taken an interesting digital twist.
Sports is as much about the mental game as the physical game. Competitive athletes have to perform well under pressure, keep their cool during shifts in momentum, and stay focused while they push their bodies to the limit. Athletes have
There’s often some cognitive dissonance involved in the act of eating meat. On one hand, you might like animals and not want any of them to suffer. On the other hand, you might really enjoy eating them. So how do