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Study: Empathy Goes A Lot Further Than Telling Depressed Friends To Think Positive

There’s often nothing more isolating than being told to “cheer up” or “it’s not so bad” when in the throes of a rough patch. Even when it’s clear that a shift in perspective or a perkier outlook could make a situation seem better, it’s not always possible to just flip an internal switch and suddenly decide to feel better. A new study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology┬áreminds us of what psychologists have been saying for years — that these “positive reframing” phrases, which we use in an attempt to create perspective, are sometimes anything but helpful. Keep reading »

How Do You Know A Day Is Starting Off On The Right Foot?

I always know when my day is starting off on the wrong foot. The lid on my coffee cup is leaking; I can’t find anything to wear; I just miss the train and have to wait forever for the next one; my bagel order is messed up. Silly stuff that immediately indicates, “Amelia, today is going to suck.” Of course, an attitude adjustment can turn a bad day into a decent one, but what about those signs that a day is going to be awesome? I had a moment like that this morning. Keep reading »

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