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...

Yes, You Can Cultivate Luck – Here’s How

Why do some people seem to have all the luck? Psychologist Richard Wiseman has been researching this question for most of his career and uncovered some surprising results. By interviewing over 400 self-described lucky and...

How Much Does Happiness Cost?

We know that money can’t buy you happiness. In an effort to understand the link between money and well-being, psychologists Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton’s studies provide valuable insight into how much money is...

Why Can’t I Get Into Meditation?

I had a patient who felt something was wrong with her because she couldn't get into meditating the way her friends had. Another patient said he felt "meditation-shamed" by colleagues because he didn't join...

No More Howling At The Moon: A Popular Myth Debunked

Ideas about the moon’s influence on human beings are ancient and widespread, so much so that even a majority of health professionals consider lunar cycles a significant factor in mental health.  There are stories...

Those Moments That Make You Want to Be A Better Person

Remember hearing about the New York City police officer who bought socks and shoes for a barefoot homeless man on a cold night? Unbeknownst to him, the random act of kindness was captured on...