We are often told how important it is to be there for our spouse or loved one when they are feeling down, but research shows it is just as important to be there when they are feeling good too. So when someone shares something about their day that made them happy or feel good, make sure you’re actually listening and enjoying it with them.

We are often told how important it is to be there for our spouse or loved one when they are feeling down, but research shows it is just as important to be there when they are feeling good too. So when someone shares something about their day that made them happy or feel good, make sure you’re actually listening and enjoying it with them.


Giving Ourselves Permission to Feel Bad

When we look toward others for support, what we’re often searching for is “negative validation” - someone to just listen and accept our negative thoughts and emotions, without trying to change them.

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The Right to Take Up Space

If someone doesn’t feel like they have the right to take up space, they are going to get literally and figuratively walked over throughout their whole life.

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The Just World Fallacy: When Bad Things Happen to Good People

just world fallacy

The “just world fallacy” is the belief that a person always gets what they deserve in life. But why then do bad things happen to good people, for no good reason?

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4 Ways to Reframe “Approach Anxiety” When Meeting New People

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Learn how to overcome and reframe “approach anxiety,” which is the common fear we all have of rejection and embarrassment before we meet someone new.

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First impressions can be sticky. And it can be scary to think that so much about us is judged based on surface-level appearances.  However, it’s good to know that these first impressions can be very flexible depending on our facial expressions. And of course, this makes complete sense. Your first impression of someone smiling is going to be different than your first impression of someone making a disgusted face, even if they are the exact same person at the end of the day.

First impressions can be sticky. And it can be scary to think that so much about us is judged based on surface-level appearances.

However, it’s good to know that these first impressions can be very flexible depending on our facial expressions.

And of course, this makes complete sense. Your first impression of someone smiling is going to be different than your first impression of someone making a disgusted face, even if they are the exact same person at the end of the day.


Enlightened Self-Interest: When Your Values Overlap With Other People

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There’s no difference between “selfish” and “selfless” if you understand how the world works. We live in an interdependent world…every time you cut off somebody else’s opportunities, you shrink your own horizons.

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People can change. You can change. Society can change. Just because some things are difficult here and now doesn’t mean that will always be the case. Understanding this can help make things a lot less stressful and burdensome.

People can change. You can change. Society can change. Just because some things are difficult here and now doesn’t mean that will always be the case. Understanding this can help make things a lot less stressful and burdensome.


As we get to know someone, it’s often the “quirks” that really make us attracted to them, not how society perceives their attractiveness.

As we get to know someone, it’s often the “quirks” that really make us attracted to them, not how society perceives their attractiveness.