mind Tonic

What Are the Building Blocks of a Good Life?

I spent years studying damage, deficit and dysfunction in the human mind. I don’t remember once in my training hearing the words “joy,” “awe” or “wellbeing.” We talked about “happiness” but only in a negative sense. During a manic phase of bipolar illness, patients may experience excessive happiness. The diagnostic criterion of mania includes a persistently elevated […]

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22 Reasons Fathers Know Best

Who needs Superman when you have a father? Fathers are everyday heroes. Children who are close to their fathers display more advanced problem solving, higher IQs and better quantitative and verbal abilities. Studies show they exhibit greater empathy, get along better with friends and are more independent. In the spirit of Father’s Day, here is some timeless fatherly advice […]

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The Real Housewives Made Me Do It: How TV Influences Behavior

Television has a terrible reputation. I vividly remember my mother telling me my eyes would become square if I watched too much of it. To my knowledge, no studies link watching television with the development of square eyes yet. However, research does show that too much time in front of the television takes a toll […]

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Unlock Your Resilience

If the subway is pulling away just as you reach the platform do you take it personally? Will it affect the rest of your day? Do you become angry with yourself for not leaving earlier? Does self-loathing spill over into other areas in your life? Alternatively, do you shrug off the missed train and think […]

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