The Power of a Neutral Mind: How to Keep a Stoic Focus Whether You’re Winning or Losing

A neutral mind can be even better than a positive mind, especially when you’re trying to achieve your goals. Of course, it should go without saying that trying to be positive all of the time is not only unrealistic, but … Continue reading

The Best Psychology and Self Improvement Articles of 2016

Time flies when you’re learning, growing, and improving. This is officially the 7th year of The Emotion Machine and it was easily one of our best yet. As many of you know, every year I try to put together a … Continue reading

The Power of Choosing Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

We are all here on this planet searching for something, evolving, waking up. In a world where we are trying to survive everyday struggles, wouldn’t it be wonderful for us to have more joy in our lives as we learn … Continue reading

Effective Altruism vs. Feel Good Altruism: How to Make a Bigger Difference in the World

Many of us have a desire to do good in the world but we don’t quite know how to do it. If a charity advocate comes to your door or approaches you on the street, you may be compelled to … Continue reading

Body Language Is More Revealing Than Words: How to Read People More Clearly

Our bodies can often be more honest than our words when it comes to communicating our thoughts, feelings, and intentions. When we choose what to say, we’re often using the executive parts of our brains (the “neocortex”). This part of … Continue reading