Blog: The 21st Century Psyche

Feeling Powerful Fuels Happiness

By: Jenna Savage From time to time, we visit the subject of happiness and the different ways that people can improve their moods and mental states. We’ve addressed how acts of kindness can lead to satisfaction and eating fruits and veggies can improve mental health. We have also explored how diets high in fat can […]

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Being Kind Leads to Happiness

By: Jenna Savage While being considerate may seem to only help the person who is on the receiving end, that isn’t the only benefit. It turns out that performing acts of generosity and expressing gratitude can make people feel happier, according to a recent U.S. News & World Report article. The idea that acting positive […]

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6 More Books for Psychology Students

By: Jenna Savage Whether you’re taking a class to fulfill a social science requirement or majoring in a psychological field, supplementary reading can provide an entertaining medium through which you can learn about psychological concepts. There are many books out there that can appeal to the psychology enthusiast. In fact, we made book recommendations for […]

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If You Need to Study, Put Down the Highlighter

By: Jenna Savage When it comes to studying, half the battle is avoiding distractions so you can focus without interruption. If you accomplish that, then the next step is figuring out the best approach to learning the material on which you’ll be tested. There are a lot of different studying methods out there, but some […]

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7 Ways to Avoid Distractions While Working

By: Jenna Savage Last week, we addressed a study that examined how brief interruptions can make a big impact on a person’s focus. In fact, as the article explains, minor lapses in focus can make people twice as likely to make mistakes. That means that quickly checking your cell phone for text messages or emails […]

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Shopping for Happiness

If you’ve made a purchase lately, whether you got new shoes, added to your DVD collection, or treated yourself to a pricey handbag, you know the feeling of giddiness that often follows acquiring something new and exciting. Particularly in the slow-fading wake of the holiday season, shopping and spending money is a relatively big part […]

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When Working, Minor Interruptions Can Cause Big Problems

By: Jenna Savage When it comes to studying, breaks are important. Taking the time to remove yourself from your books and go for a short walk or have a snack can help your mind stay fresh. It also has the potential to keep you from studying too hard and burning out. But what about short […]

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Study: Diet Soda and Depression are Linked

By: Jenna Savage It has been proven that what we eat can affect the way we learn and the way we feel. Having a high intake of sugar can lead to a lot of problems, like impaired learning, while eating a diet high in fat can lead to depression and anxiety. Our dietary choices therefore […]

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How Many Times Has the World Ended?

Supposedly, the world should have ended about a month ago, on December 21, 2012. If you’re like many other people who were at least kind of expecting the apocalypse to actually come through, don’t beat yourself up about it — the fact is, humans have a long, long history of believing wholeheartedly that the end […]

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How Americans Give to Charity

Wealth and faith could affect your willingness to give to charity. Find out how these factors play into how Americans give.

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