My Best Psychology and Self Improvement Articles of 2017

As we enter the new year, now is a perfect time to reflect back on the past twelve months and the multiple ways we’ve grown and changed as individuals. The Emotion Machine first started in June of 2009 and currently … Continue reading

Take a Moment to Appreciate Everyday Nature That Is Right in Front of You

Nature is all around us yet we rarely take the time to step back and appreciate it. According to a new study published in The Journal of Positive Psychology, it was discovered that tiny moments spent appreciating everyday nature can … Continue reading

Positive Delusions: Do We Need Them to Reach Our Full Potential?

“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” Les Brown No matter what you believe about yourself and your capabilities, at least part of it is probably full of crap. Our beliefs are very flexible … Continue reading

Mindful Photography: What It Teaches Us About Appreciating Our Surroundings

Can photography teach us how to be more mindful and appreciative of our daily surroundings? According to psychologists, “mindful photography” can be a healthy exercise to practice every now and then. The simple goal is to carry a camera (or … Continue reading

Reframing Your Dark Side: Embracing Your Shadow Is Key to Genuine Mental Health

One of the major themes of this site is that “all emotions serve a valuable function in our lives.” This includes not just the positive, “feel good” aspects of our mind but also the negative, “feel bad” aspects of our … Continue reading