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 Sima
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 Sima
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, LCSW
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 Zimmerman
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 Kam
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 Chiu
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 Chiu
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 Mecking
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 Das
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 Fuchs
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
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 Chiu
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 Moore
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 Deitcher
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 Chiu
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.
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.