3 Ways to Increase Adult Happiness

A man's maturity consists in having found again the seriousness one had as a child, at play. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 - 1900)
A number of years ago, I stayed up till 1:30 in the morning watching a long lineup of comics at The Comedy Store in Hollywood, Calif. I remember being thoroughly entertained during each and every one of their routines. Yet, there’s only one act I recall in detail. Like all the others, it was based on the kind of exaggerated truth we can all relate to. I remember it above the others because it’s a truth that stayed with me, a truth of which I believe many of us adults need to be reminded.
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The Purpose of Emotions as Told through ‘Inside Out’

I was a little skeptical of the animated feature film “Inside Out" when I first met Joy. "Not another lesson about replacing everything with positivity," I thought during the first part of the movie. Her dazzling blue hair, her incessant happy attitude, and her “go-get-'er” attitude were almost too much for me to handle.

I suppose one could say that Joy is the epitome of happiness. But her heart is in the right place. She really wants the best for 11-year-old Riley (the protagonist).
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Brain and Behavior

The Power of a Morning Ritual

One of the first things teachers tell new writers is to sit down in the same place at the same time every day to write. It’s the ritual, a way of preparing to write that primes our minds and our bodies to do it. The repetitive steps of sitting down in our writing spot awakens our minds to the process ahead.

Rituals -- from how we stir cream into coffee and blow out birthday candles to wedding vows and funeral prayers -- influence how we experience these moments of our lives.

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Psychology Around the Net: August 22, 2015

Happy Saturday, Psych Central readers!

Check out stories about managing ADHD as a grownup, what do to if you feel a depressive episode coming on, how to handle "ghosting" out of a relationship, and more in this week's Psychology Around the Net.

What It's Like to Have ADHD As a Grown Woman: Read one woman's account of living life as a grown up with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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The Surefire Way I Stopped Feeling Sorry for Myself

“We can always choose to perceive things differently. We can focus on what’s wrong in our life, or we can focus on what’s right.” -- Marianne Williamson
I was down in the dumps the other day and was feeling sorry for myself.

For some reason everything was just off. You know when you have one of those days when nothing seems to go right? And you get easily irritated and extra sensitive with everything?

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6 Practical Pointers for Being Decisive When It Counts

Being indecisive isn’t a bad thing. It might mean using a slower, more deliberate process with an important decision, said Susan Lager, LICSW, a psychotherapist and relationship coach in Portsmouth, N.H. For instance, you’re more intentional about a decision that involves your boss than an acquaintance. That’s because your decision about your boss affects your livelihood, while your problem with the acquaintance is less significant, she said.

In other words, in such situations being “indecisive” is really “being more intentional, painstaking and mindful of possible outcomes.”

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Psychology Around the Net: August 15, 2015

Good morning (or, afternoon!), Psych Central readers!

This week's Psychology Around the Net covers information about mood disorders and heart disease, helpful tips for pursuing happiness, a new study for preventing schizophrenia, and more.

Enjoy reading and the rest of your day!

Teens With Depression, Bipolar Disorder Should Be Screened For Heart Disease, Experts Say: There's much evidence suggesting heart disease and depression are interlinked in older adults, but now the American Heart Association has stated teens with mood disorders might be at an increased risk for heart disease, too.

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Say Cheese! 5 Testimonies that Show Selfies Could Be Healthy

Every click brings you closer to loving yourself.

To me, the second best moment of the 2014 Oscars, after Ellen passed out slices of pizza to rows of America's most beloved movie stars, was when she made a group of them clump together for a group selfie.

It doesn't matter -- young or old -- selfies have become an epidemic. A study from a project called Selfiecity, backed by the City University of New York, California Institute of Telecommunication and Information, shows that selfies are more popular with women under 40 and men over 40.
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5 More Ways to Be Assertive with Intimidating People

In the previous piece about being assertive with people who intimidate you, we talked about clarifying your values, starting small and shifting your thinking about the intimidating person. That is, we can change our perception of the person, so we no longer feel intimidated by them. We can choose to feel secure.

Today, we’re talking about other tools you can use. Because that’s the great thing about being assertive: It’s a skill we can learn and practice. And there are many ways to approach it.
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