A Better Self

Embrace Happiness

What’s the spark and what’s the fuel? The Practice: Embrace Happiness. Why? Positive emotions—such as feelings of gratitude, love, and confidence—strengthen the immune system, protect the heart against loss and trauma, build relationships, increase resilience, and promote success. Based on studies that have already been done, if a drug company could patent a happiness pill, …

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Does Disinterest in Meaning Reveal a Meaningless Life?

Some people have confided with me, occasionally in great embarrassment, that they are not at all busy with the meaning of their lives. They are not wondering what the meaning of their lives is. They are not asking themselves whether their lives are or are not meaningful. They are not searching for what would make …

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My Spouse Is in the Mood but I’m Not. What Should I Do?

How often should you and your spouse have sex?  The answer: As often as it takes for you both to feel satisfied— which, according to a 2015 study published in Social Psychological and Personality Science, is about once a week for most happily married couples. Of course, you and your partner might have sex more often than this, which is great. Just know you …

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How to Talk to a Resistant Husband

Despite the entrance of women into the workforce, men and women today still live in a world in which the demands of balancing parenting and work, autonomy and commitment, and time and money are left largely unresolved. Here are a few recent stats: Overall, women now do a little less housework and childcare, and men do …

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If I Cheat, Will I Be Forgiven?

We may never know how many men or women “cheat” on their spouses, largely because on questionnaires people do not always tell the truth about such matters. Cheating was defined by McAllister and colleagues as “a general term for extradyadic romantic or sexual behavior that violates expectations in a committed romantic relationship.” The key word …

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