The Psychology of Spring Cleaning

The Psychology of Spring Cleaning

For many of us the onset of spring is a reminder to start our annual spring overhauls – decluttering, organizing, and cleaning. While spring cleaning has the obvious benefits of an organized closet, a sparkling counter top, and possibly more open spaces, more importantly, it has been associated with improved mood, decreased stress, and heightened creativity. …continue reading

How Valentine’s Day is Ruining Relationships

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Valentine’s Day is the holiday of love – a day to celebrate your significant others. But for some, it’s not all roses and chocolates. Multiple studies, including one tracking Facebook breakup statuses, have shown that couples are more likely to break up in the weeks before and after Valentine’s Day. So, why does a holiday meant to celebrate relationships result in more break-ups?

Research points to a few reasons: …continue reading

Three Ways to Enjoy Your Life More

Three Ways to Enjoy Your Life More
Enjoyment is an incredible energizer to the human spirit -John C. Maxwell

We all want to be happier: a simple sentence, only six words long. And yet every time it crosses my mind, it’s a powerful reminder of why my job — psychologist —even exists; every patient I work with wants my help in order to enjoy their life more. These individuals come from all walks of life, and each has his or her own story, but this desire is perhaps the only thing that they have in common with each other —and, for that matter with you or me. They all want to “be happier”. …continue reading

3 Tips on How to Coach Your College Bound Kid

3 Tips on How to Coach Your College Bound Kid

A friend of mine has a son who’s going off to college on a baseball scholarship, and whenever she hears the phrase “student-athlete”, she snorts. “He’s going to college to learn, not play. He’s a studentas far as I’m concerned–not an athlete!”

To which I always want to say: what’s the difference, exactly?

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Not All Motivation is Created Equal: The Single Most Effective Means to Achieve Your Goals

Not All Motivation is Created Equal

Want to hear the oldest joke in Hollywood? Of course you do:

On the first day of shooting, a young American actor is unable to get into character. Frantically turning the pages of the script, he moans to the director, “It’s no use! I just don’t know how to approach this scene, it’s just too problematic! In this scene, my character leaves and goes to the bathroom. But what’s my character’s thought process for going to the bathroom at that moment?

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