When Trying to Fake Happiness Can Backfire on You

A popular piece of advice in psychology is to “fake it ’till you make it.” In other words, if we fake happiness (such as creating a “fake smile”) then eventually it actually becomes real and genuine happiness. I believe this … Continue reading

The Scientifically Proven Benefits of Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a state of deliberate and conscious awareness directed toward the present moment. The practice is incredibly simple on paper, but with diligent practice can reap many, many benefits. A great entry level exercise to mindfulness is the 100 … Continue reading

Realigning Your Locus of Control

“Locus of control” is the extent to which individuals believe that they have control over an event in their lives. Having a more internal locus of control means we believe we have more control over the event. Having a more … Continue reading

How Fictional Social Hierarchies Can Hurt Our Relationships

All societies and cultures have certain spoken and unspoken rules that influence how we judge people, label them, and rank their overall “value” in society. Those who we typically perceive as “high value” (like CEOs, celebrities, athletes, politicians, good-looking people, … Continue reading

Slow Breathing Exercise for Reducing Anxiety

This article provides a step-by-step guideline for how to practice slow breathing in order to reduce long-term anxiety and increase relaxation. According to research, 1 in every 5 adults has an anxiety disorder that affects their ability to function effectively … Continue reading