Boredom is a warning sign. Here’s what it’s telling you.

Nobody likes being bored, but the emotion is your brain's way of telling you to check your priorities and find something more meaningful.

By Richard SimaSeptember 22, 2022

How to make friends with your inner critic

Try to quiet your inner critic by naming it, offering counter examples and staying mindful.

By Lakeasha SullivanSeptember 21, 2022

Why it is awesome that your brain can experience awe

By transforming our sense of self and meaning, and enhancing our relationship with others and the wider world, awe can improve our mental and physical health.

By Richard SimaSeptember 15, 2022

8 ways to feel less anxious about things beyond your control

How to feel less anxious and hopeless about climate change, the war in Ukraine and other things beyond your control.

By Lesley Alderman, LCSWSeptember 13, 2022

Ketamine for depression: What it feels like and who it can help

Does ketamine therapy work to treat depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses? Answers to 10 common questions about the drug and its uses.

By Rachel ZimmermanSeptember 12, 2022

How unconscious feelings about ourselves drive scapegoating

Experts describe scapegoating as a defense mechanism, an unconscious coping strategy that reflects feelings about ourselves that make us deeply uncomfortable.

By Katherine KamJuly 19, 2022

Why you feel better as soon as that covid test comes back negative

“We have learned that social, emotional and behavioral factors influence health,” one expert said. “This mind-body connection is not to be underestimated.”

By Allyson ChiuJune 17, 2022

How to know if you’re a people-pleaser and what to do about it

People-pleasing can negatively affect individuals and their relationships. Here's how to break those habits.

By Allyson ChiuJune 15, 2022

The flip side of toxic positivity: Emotional perfectionism

Emotional perfectionism is related to toxic positivity. But instead of urging others to always look on the bright side (toxic positivity), emotional perfectionists expect themselves to be unfailingly upbeat.

By Olga MeckingJune 9, 2022

What science tells us about the mood-boosting effects of indoor plants

Decades of research have shown that houseplants reduce stress, bring relief in enclosed spaces and recharge us. Studies on their positive effects can also help you choose which ones to buy.

By Lala Tanmoy DasJune 7, 2022
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Teletherapy works, and it is vitally needed

States are ending emergency orders that increased access to telepsychology, and some insurance companies are cutting back on coverage, but the need remains great.

By Amy EttingerMay 23, 2022
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Virtual reality meditation: Awe, avatars and psychedelic designs

Virtual reality meditation apps can inspire awe, enhance relaxation and serve as a gateway to meditation.

By Matt FuchsMay 17, 2022
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Therapist or coach: Understanding the difference and how to pick one

Confusion about which approach suits you is understandable, because despite their differences, therapy and coaching have a lot in common.

By Yael Schonbrun and Brad Stulberg May 5, 2022

How to make self-affirmation work, based on science

Studies have found that affirming yourself can produce wide-ranging benefits, but experts emphasize that how you affirm — particularly what you’re focusing on — matters.

By Allyson ChiuMay 2, 2022

How to recognize gaslighting and respond to it

The term gets thrown around a lot, but gaslighting is a very specific form of abuse.

By Angela HauptApril 18, 2022

Here’s why you should let your mind wander — and how to set it free

Experts say letting your mind wander can boost your creativity, improve your mood and ease your anxiety.

By Pam MooreApril 4, 2022
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Mourning our parents can start before they die. Here’s how to cope with anticipatory grief.

Anticipatory grief involves mourning someone before you actually lose them. But it can detract from the remaining time you have with your loved ones.

By Jay DeitcherMarch 11, 2022

What does ‘high-functioning depression’ mean? We asked experts.

The phrase “high-functioning depression” has been the subject of conversation on social media and in the news after the death of Miss USA 2019 Cheslie Kryst on Jan. 30. Here’s what experts think about the label.

By Allyson ChiuFebruary 17, 2022

Building social capital is critical for strong relationships. ADHD can get in the way.

A lack of social capital can lead to a lack of friends. But there are steps you can take to build social capital.

February 3, 2022

The emotion that’s standing in the way of your healthy change: Ambivalence

Change takes us out of our comfort zone, which generates ambivalence. It's best to face that head-on.

January 10, 2022