Let’s say you find someone who just did something generous and put them on the spot by interviewing them. You ask them, “Why did you do that generous thing?” They might say “because it was the right thing to do”
A few months ago, I saw the documentary Stress: Portrait of a Killer. As you can tell from the name, it’s not a film that has a lot of good things to say about stress. It goes into the very
Honestly, I tend to tune out when people talk about the power of positive thinking. The idea that being optimistic can solve all your problems never really rang true to me. Surely it should go in the other direction, that
People are switching jobs more than ever before. An analysis published by LinkedIn this week found that job-hopping has almost doubled in the last two decades. Chalk it up to a changing economy, or maybe just another problem with millennials.
Rejection is a part of life, but it’s a part of life that isn’t particularly fun. Because we’re social animals, we respond to rejection in a predictable way: we feel bad. But it turns out we can respond to rejection
No mount of money is a substitute for happiness, or so the traditional wisdom goes. And science has tended to suggest that the traditional wisdom is right – that is, until a team of researchers from Cambridge came along this
School is more than just a place for learning academic subjects. It’s also where students mature as people and figure out how to be part of society. Kids take the more general lessons they learn in school out into the
In my last post, I wrote that people who’re primed to think about free will tend to make riskier decisions. This is true, but like many things in psychology, it’s not quite as simple as it sounds at first. The
One of the things we can learn from psychology is that a lot of different factors outside our control influence our behavior. And one of those factors itself is whether we believe factors outside our control are influencing our behavior.
Last week I wrote about a study on what happy people tweet. But there’s some research out that looks at another question: what do happy people eat? I always just assumed there must be a strong positive relationship between number