A long-standing debate in the field of psychology has been whether moving to a new location makes people happier. One school of thought says yes. In fact, it may be exactly the type of "fresh start" people need to re-calibrate their happiness. Another suggests that while a move might provide us with a temporary lift in mood, it is most common for our happiness to return to its baseline, pre-move level. … [Read more...] about Would Moving to a New City or Country Make You Happier?
Horoscope 6 september 2018
I teach a psychology course at Vassar College on “The Science of Health and Happiness.” Around the Thanksgiving holiday (as well as other times of the year), one assignment I have my students complete is a “gratitude letter.” Bring to mind someone who did something for you, for which you have been grateful, but to whom you never fully expressed your gratitude. Write a letter, describing where you are now in life, and how often you remember his or her efforts. If possible, deliver the letter in person (or via phone or video chat), read the letter of gratitude, and then give the letter to this special person before you leave. Expressing gratitude provides benefits for the receiver and the expresser. … [Read more...] about Finding Gratitude in Challenging Times
"When the actual video was released, um, well, I can admit now that I was suicidal, and... to let you know how suicidal I was, I didn’t tell anybody because I knew if I told anyone that I just wanted to kill myself that they would try to stop me, so I didn’t tell anyone because I didn’t want anyone to stop me... I lost my reputation... financially I’m ruined, I lost my career, a 25-year stellar career... I had a doctorate degree. I lost everything. So, how did that make me feel? Um, devastated. I just don’t even have words to describe it. Horrifying, humiliated, embarrassed, betrayed, I mean, I just never thought that a man I had loved, I married him, he was my husband, I trusted him. How could he do something like this? So I just felt very, very worthless." … [Read more...] about Is the Pandemic Leading to a New Normal of Revenge Porn?