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“Stop comparing yourself to everyone else.” It’s something mothers say all the time and yet it may be something we are hardwired to do. In...

What Art Dealers Know and You Don’t

If you want to increase the value of a painting, pay attention to where you hang it. What makes you fall in love with...

Do “Perfect” People Annoy You?

For all those who live in fear of making a mistake, take heart. Kevan Lee explains: “Those who never make mistakes are perceived as less...

Gain Time By Giving It Away

Here’s a novel idea that has science to back it up: The best way to feel like you have more time is to give...

Did Your Mother Ever Tell You To Sit Up Straight?

Did your mother ever tell you to sit up straight? Yet again, she was right. In addition to making you look more attractive, feel...

Makeup Mismanagement

Ancient Egyptians used copper, lead and malachite to color and define their faces and kohl to line their eyes. Ancient Greeks used crushed mulberries...

Make Love Last

Novelty wears off in life and love. Researchers call this process of getting used to things hedonic adaptation. Positive psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky explores how...

Should You Come Clean?

Imagine interviewing for your dream job and being asked, “What is the worst grade you’ve ever received on an exam?” Do you come clean...
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What does your bunny-eating style say about you?

Dear Positive Prescription readers, It is time to address a serious matter. When you eat a chocolate bunny, what part of the bunny do you...

How Not To Make the Same Mistake Twice

Mike, 41, came to see me after splitting up with his girlfriend. It was the fourth relationships in five years that had gone wrong. He...

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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...

How To Take Criticism Like A Pro

We humans are really good at dwelling on stuff that make us feel bad. This negativity bias was helpful to our ancestors when survival...

Does Chilling Out Stress You Out?

Does going on vacation stress you out? You are not alone. I have a number of patients who have difficulty winding down. As one...

Can Happiness Really Be Taught?

Genuine happiness was not given much thought when I was training to become a psychiatrist. The goal of treatment was to get a patient...
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How To Conquer Fear From A Man Who Swims With Sharks

William Winram is a record-holding free diver (no cage, no breathing apparatus) and a chance encounter with a shark over 25 years ago changed...

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