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Genuine happiness was not given much thought when I was training to become a psychiatrist. The goal of treatment was to get a patient...

Can You Force Someone To Be Healthier?

In wellness, there’s no one-size-fits-all regimen. In fact, the first step on the path to a better, healthier, happier life, is choice. In a classic...

The One Thing Happy People Do Daily That Makes a Difference

We all know people who seem to be just naturally cheerful and upbeat. Our friend, “Sam,” immediately comes to mind. His partner “Beth” told...

Do You Have a Ghost Life?

Do you ever wonder about your unlived life? Do you ever wonder about the life you might have had? I have a patient, S,...

Not Your Mother’s Manners

It is not unusual to hear manners dismissed as artificial or outdated vestiges of a formal and stuffy past. Some argue that manners constrain...

Does Appearance Matter?

It was junior year of high school when I discovered the boy I had a crush on had a crush on someone else. Heartbroken,...

Do You Perform Differently When Someone Is Watching?

What is the simplest way to make tastier food? According to a study from Harvard Business School, cooks make significantly better food when they can...

Throw Money At It

“There just isn’t enough time in the day,” explained Jennifer, a new patient. Jennifer had initially come to see me because of a conflict...
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Nathan Kravis Reflects on the Enduring Nature of the Psychiatrists’ Couch

In 1991, the New York City subway was plastered with enormous couch posters, part of an ad campaign by the Catholic Archdiocese of New...

Q & A With Dr. Boardman: How To Dress the Part

Q: I once heard you should dress for the job you want, not the one you have. Does this really work in getting a...

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Does Your Weekend Exhaust You?

Do you feel exhausted after the weekend? The allure of pleasant, in the moment, and easy activities is powerful. After a long week, it’s...

Lean Into Your Mistakes

For many of us, rationalizing what went wrong in the wake of a failure or disappointment is a common response. It protects us from...

What Good Are Positive Emotions?

Pleasure makes us feel good. So do positive emotions. So what is the difference between the two, especially when it comes to experiencing them...

The Hidden Force of Fragrance

Thanks to a growing body of research, scientists are gaining a better understanding of the link between smell, emotion and wellbeing. Faces appear more...

Why Is Making Friends As An Adult Difficult?

According to Aristotle, there are three kinds of friendship. The first is strategic—both people get something out of it. The second type of friendship...

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