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Posts Tagged ‘Happiness’

How to Create Your Own Placebo Pills

The more we study the mind, the more we find just how mysterious it can be sometimes. The placebo effect is one great example of this. It’s a popular concept in psychology that describes how individuals can receive physical and mental benefits from a “pill” or “drug,” even when there are no medicinal properties in […]

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Why Meaningful Happiness is Better Than Pleasurable Happiness

What does happiness mean to you? Often times people think of happiness in two different ways. The common view of happiness is hedonic well-being – which is the belief that happiness is based on the amount of joyful and pleasurable experiences you have. This is the kind of happiness you get from eating a delicious […]

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When Rationalization Gets in the Way of Happiness

Can thinking too much about your choices get in the way of happiness? A new study published in Personality and Social Psychology shows when this may be the case. Psychologists gave subjects two posters to choose from. In one group, they let individuals choose their favorite poster based on gut instinct, while the other group […]

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Mind Is A Verb, Not A Noun

When talking about our minds, we have a tendency to take complicated processes and treat them as simplified things. For example, we say we want “happiness” or “confidence” or “motivation” but how do we know when we really have them? These things aren’t something you can see, hear, touch, taste, or smell, they aren’t something […]

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Be Specific About Your Goals

The way you describe your goals to yourself is going to make a big difference in how successful you are when pursuing those goals. One recent study published in PLOS One found that depressed individuals describe their goals in more general and abstract terms, which may contribute to their lack of motivation and goal attainment. […]

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