Category: Mind & body

How Many Emotions Do We Have?

Dacher Keltner, PhD, is a professor of psychology and director of the Berkeley Social Interaction Laboratory and the Greater Good Science Center at the University of...

Exercise Cuts Depression Risk

To reduce the risk of depression, exercise regularly. The latest evidence to support this advice comes from a British study published in December 2014 in JAMA...

Countering Negative Images of Aging

Older people are bombarded with negative stereotypes about aging. In TV shows, ads, health news, and daily conversation, being old is often equated with being frail,...

Coping with Fear of Heights

Most people are wary of heights—a normal response to a potentially dangerous situation. But when the wariness turns into extreme and irrational fear, it becomes a real...

Is Birth Order Theory Baloney?

Birth order has no measurable effect on personality traits,suggests an analysis of data on 20,000 people in Germany, the U.S., and the U.K., published...

Should Schools Teach Emotional Skills?

Vicki Zakrzewski, PhD, is education director of the Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) at the University of California, Berkeley. She teaches other educators how to...

Do Wealthy People Give Less to Charity?

Wealthy people give more dollars to char­ity because they have more to give. But studies show that middle-class and poorer people give away higher proportions of their...

Altruism: Doing Well by Doing Good

An unselfish regard for the welfare of oth­ers—altruism—is a virtue in nearly all reli­gions and cultures. Some evolutionary psychologists say we’re wired to...

Flow: What It Is and How to Find It

Why do some of us stick to, and enjoy, a sport or exercise pro­gram—or, for that matter, any type of activity—while others drop out? Personality, type of activity,...

Kickstart Healthy Habits on Mondays

Do you remember your New Year’s resolu­tions—to eat better and exercise more, per­haps? Or did they bite the dust a few months ago? If you’ve fallen off the...