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Psychology Around the Net: May 18, 2019

Could establishing a stronger life purpose help you maintain a healthier lifestyle? Which mental health concern is your state most interested in (and does it apply to you)? What’s the difference between healthy and dangerous narcissism and what’s the best way to deal with a narcissist?

Find out the answers to these questions and more in this week’s Psychology Around the Net!

Making Healthier Choices May Take Less Effort for People With Strong Life Purpose: If you struggle to meet fitness goals and maintain a healthy diet, it could be that you’re not sure of your life’s purpose. According to new research out of the University of Pennsylvania, people who have a stronger life purpose are more likely to accept messages that promote positive health behavior changes than people who have a weaker sense of purpose.

What Mental Health Concerns Does Your State Google the Most? Alaskans are studying up onseasonal affective disorder and the south seems pretty stressed out and forgetful. What about you? Find out what’s concerning your state with TermLife2Go’s recent compilation of which mental health concern each state is dealing with.

Why These Companies Are Giving Employees a Mental Health Break: Shine — a startup that provides daily motivational text messages, audio meditations, and prompts to check in with how you’re feeling each day — launched a one-day campaign called “National Mental Health Break” to raise mental health awareness in the workplace and help companies have ongoing dialogues with employees about mental health days. Shine recruited several companies such as Lyft, Giphy, Rent the Runway, Ollie, and Justworks to participate in the campaign on May 15.

How the ‘Teen Angst’ Stereotype Prevented Me From Recognizing My Mental Illness: “The angsty teenager image often prevents kids like me, or their parents and teachers, from recognizing a deeper issue.”

A 75-Year Study Said This Is the #1 Thing That Leads to Happiness (But a New Study Says Americans Just Can’t Do It): A while back, Harvard University released the results of a 75-year-long study; those results told us that relationships contribute more to our happiness and fulfillment than any other factor. However, a new piece of research suggests the average American hasn’t made a new friend in five years. Do we need to form new relationships more often in order to boost happiness? Are our current relationships not enough? If “yes” — and if “no” — why aren’t we making more friends?

Every Leader Needs Some Narcissism, So How Do We Know When It Turns Dangerous? Find out why a touch of narcissism isn’t so bad when it comes to leadership — as well as how to tell the difference among healthy narcissism, moderately problematic narcissism, and dangerous narcissism. (EXTRA: Encountering a narcissist in your personal life? Here are five scientific secrets to handling a narcissist.)

Psychology Around the Net: May 18, 2019

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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