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Psychology Around the Net: December 22, 2018

Happy Holidays, sweet readers!

Regardless of which holiday you celebrate — or even if you celebrate one at all — you’ve no doubt felt a mix of pleasant and not-so-pleasant emotions this month (why does this read like a horoscope?) — especially if you celebrate Christmas as you now only have a few days to go!

Take a look at this week’s Psychology Around the Net to learn more about how to handle the holidays when they aren’t the most wonderful time of the year for you, ways to navigate the season when it puts a strain on your relationship, and of course a bunch of other non-holiday-related goodies like studies on how your IQ affects your happiness, why it’s important to boost your EQ (and how), and more.

Blue Christmas: It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year–But What If It’s Not for You? Often brought on by grief, illness, job loss, relationship problems, or just the overall stress and pressure the holidays can bring, the “holiday blues” — feeling lonely, isolated, or experiencing loss — can affect people with or without mental illness. Here are a few ways you can combat them before they start, or fight back if they’ve already begun.

Can Intelligence Buy You Happiness? They say ignorance is bliss, but new research suggests the higher your IQ, the greater your well-being (or, at least, the greater your potential for having a greater well-being) because your smarts will enable you to acquire the educational and financial means to boost your quality of life.

21 Ways to Improve Your Emotional Intelligence (Using Just a Few Minutes a Day): OK, so now that we’ve covered IQ and how it can affect your happiness and overall well-being, what about your EQ — your emotional intelligence, e.g. your ability to be aware of, control, and express your own emotions as well as handle relationships?

Mental Health Care Coverage Is Leaving Kids Behind and Families Reeling: Says Gene Beresin, the challenge is that “the treatment of children requires a village, and we don’t have a village. We have silos, and not all these silos are covered by insurance.”

What to Do If the Holidays Make You Question Your Relationship: Some people start to feel a little weird about their relationships during the holidays. Often, this is just a side effect of the stress the holidays can bring. However, what if it’s not? What if it’s a sign of something bigger?

Suggests Study: Depression and Anxiety May Damage Health as Much as Smoking and Obesity: According to new research, people who suffer from depression and anxiety might be at a significantly higher risk for serious health conditions such as heart disease — possibly risk levels comparable to obesity and smoking.

Psychology Around the Net: December 22, 2018

Alicia Sparks

Alicia Sparks is a freelance writer and editor and the creator of, where she blogs to help new freelance writers get their quills in the pot, so to speak. Among animal rights, music, and physical wellness, her passions include mental health and advocacy. Here at Psych Central she works as Syndication Editor as well as authors Your Body, Your Mind and World of Psychology's weekly "Psychology Around the Net."

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Sparks, A. (2018). Psychology Around the Net: December 22, 2018. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 29, 2020, from
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Last updated: 19 Dec 2018 (Originally: 22 Dec 2018)
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