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Trapped at Home With People You Met on Craigslist

Trapped at Home With People You Met on Craigslist

Roommates should “sit down and have a full discussion” about who’s coming and going and where, Keith Renshaw, the director of psychology at George Mason University, told me. “Ask: ‘How strict does everybody want to be about social distancing?’

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Curiosity Is the Secret to a Happy Life

Curiosity Is the Secret to a Happy Life

The more that experts examine curiosity, the more they find evidence to suggest that it’s the secret sauce in a happy, fulfilling life. “If you take the fundamental things that people tend to want out of life — strong social relationships and happiness and accomplishing things — all of these are highly linked to curiosity,” says Todd Kashdan, a professor of psychology at George Mason University and author of Curious?

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Four Ways Music Can Make Exercise Less of a Sufferfest

Four Ways Music Can Make Exercise Less of a Sufferfest

James Maddux, who was not involved in the recent (2020) meta-analytic investigation on music and exercise, reviewed and summarized the findings. Maddux is a professor emeritus in the department of psychology and senior scholar at the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

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Maintaining Peace on Earth (and at Home)

Maintaining Peace on Earth (and at Home)

Returning to normalcy as often as possible can preserve a family’s well being during the holiday season, suggests Jerome Short, Ph.D., professor of psychology at George Mason University. “Maintain household routines leading up to holiday events, such as regular meal, play, and bed times for children,” he said. “Plenty of sleep, including naps, helps children with their attention spans, mood regulation, and self-control of their behaviors,”

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When Thankfulness Can Hurt Us

When Thankfulness Can Hurt Us

In his 11 years of research on gratitude, Kashdan and others have found overwhelming support for its benefits. Among them are findings that gratitude boosts happiness, reduces anxiety and depression, and makes us healthier by strengthening the immune system and encouraging better self-care. It’s even been shown to improve sleep and strengthen relationships.

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