3 ways to stop waking up frequently during the night and improve sleep

Frequent wakings can harm your health. Minimize bathroom breaks, get used to a CPAP machine if you have sleep apnea and relax hypervigilance to sleep better.

By Lisa StraussFebruary 3, 2023

Spending time in nature may protect against the risk of dementia

Older adults who lived in an area with more green space had a lower rate of hospitalization for some diseases and dementias, a large study showed.

By Meeri KimFebruary 2, 2023

Yale’s hugely popular happiness course is revamped for teens

The class focuses on things teens can do to feel happier — making social connections, maintaining a sense of free time and being more "other" oriented.

By Lindsey BeverJanuary 29, 2023

Traumatized? Gaslit? How to know if you’re misusing therapy words.

These and other words are “fuzzy words” because their misuse gets in the way of clear communication and potential solutions.

By Robin Stern and Marc BrackettJanuary 26, 2023

‘Bionic nose’ may help people experiencing smell loss, researchers say

Two scientists are working on a neuroprosthetic that may help millions with anosmia, such as those who lost their sense of smell because of covid.

By Eileen AbbottJanuary 26, 2023

Mindfulness exercises can be as effective as anxiety drugs, study shows

Breathing and body exercises helped relieve anxiety as effectively as medications over an eight-week study of 208 people.

By Amanda MorrisJanuary 23, 2023

‘Be delusional,’ ‘Lucky Girl Syndrome’ is Gen Z’s answer to optimism

Influencers with "Lucky Girl Syndrome" are adopting the belief that everything works out for them. But experts say it won't solve life's problems.

By Teddy AmenabarJanuary 20, 2023

Jacinda Ardern resignation spotlights burnout. Here’s how to cope.

Jacinda Ardern's resignation as New Zealand's prime minister shows that burnout is real. Here's what to know about burnout and how to cope with it.

By Kelyn SoongJanuary 19, 2023

‘Drinking until I passed out’: Quit Lit targets women’s sobriety

Quit Lit, a new genre of storytelling, focuses on alcohol dependence and is helping some women curtail drinking or quit altogether.

By Lesley AldermanJanuary 19, 2023

I have seasonal depression and a love-hate relationship with my light box

My light box allows me to start each day with a little more energy and a lighter mood, but it also blasts me light so bright that I find it quite aversive.

By Richard SimaJanuary 19, 2023

How cutting back on alcohol can help depression and anxiety

People taking part in Dry January may notice they have an improved mood, clearer thinking and better sleep.

By Richard A. Friedman MDJanuary 12, 2023

Why do we get our best ideas in the shower?

The science of shower thoughts teaches us the importance of mind-wandering for creativity.

By Richard SimaJanuary 12, 2023

Seasonal affective disorder can last for months. Here are the signs.

Some people experience seasonal depression, also called seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which may be triggered by lower levels of sunlight in the winter.

By Lindsey Bever and Lauren TierneyJanuary 12, 2023

Don’t try to worry less. Worry smarter.

Try these steps to make worry less of a burden — locate it in your body, make it concrete, problem solve and let it go.

By Tracy Dennis-TiwaryJanuary 6, 2023

What causes your brain to procrastinate and how to face it

A study shows that two actions may help in tackling procrastination — setting reminders and envisioning your future self.

By Richard SimaJanuary 5, 2023

Why do people like being tipsy? Here’s how alcohol affects the brain.

The buzz produced by alcohol comes from a cocktail of pharmacology and social ingredients, research shows.

By Richard SimaDecember 29, 2022

Mindfulness can build stronger marriages. Here’s how to practice it.

Mindfulness — being present and intentional — is vital to the appreciation, satisfaction and longevity of your relationship.

By Tricia WolaninDecember 29, 2022

How to be alone with your thoughts

Thinking for pleasure can have many benefits such as helping us tolerate uncomfortable situations, and making us feel calm and peaceful.

By Richard SimaDecember 22, 2022

Some causes of anxiety are physical. Here’s how to recognize them.

The determinants of our mental well-being go beyond our genes and brain chemistry to include inflammation, gut health, sleep, hormones and other body issues.

By Ellen Vora, MDDecember 21, 2022

Suicidal thoughts are often hidden. Here’s how to talk about it.

Dancer and "Ellen" DJ Stephen "tWitch" Boss’s death has opened more conversations about suicide.

By Stacey FreedenthalDecember 17, 2022