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Super Bowl LVI: Whether your team won or lost, there’s a positive link between sports and mental health

Super Bowl LVI attracted nearly 100 million viewers this year. As America’s most popular sport, even those who aren’t diehard fans watch the spectacle.  Yet where does our emotional investment in the outcome of a sporting event come from? Some psychologists theorize it dates back to pre-history, with roots in…

From working “hard” to working joyfully: Reddit’s antiwork movement shows why this is the year to re-think your relationship with work

More than 4.5 million people left their jobs at the end of last year as part of the Great Resignation. Many of these individuals were essential workers in the food service, healthcare, and education sectors.  The Reddit forum r/antiwork has become a sounding board for those who feel trapped in…

What is character bonding? Exploring the connection we feel with fictional characters

Character bonding is when we start to emulate the personality traits of fictional characters that we admire and/or feel drawn to. There’s nothing inherently harmful about character bonding; just remember that there is a distinction between them and you.  While people may be drawn towards different fictional characters based on…

How to deal with toxic friends: Tips for identifying friendship red flags and maintaining boundaries

Red flags in romantic relationships are a popular subject—but what about our friendships?  Friendship red flags are real and can be an indication that your friendship is toxic or at least needs some work.  If you spot manipulative or controlling behavior in your friendships, it’s important that you set boundaries….

Holiday on-ramps and off-ramps: Diving into and easing out of vacation with zero regrets

Holidays aren’t just about the vacation days, they’re also about the days leading up to the vacation days… and the days following the vacation days. Fortunately it’s possible to mentally prepare for your winter break and make accommodations for your post-holiday depression.  To ease transitions you can keep your favorite…

Do you really have to quit your job to find yourself? The positive psychology driving the Great Resignation of 2021

Over 40% of the workforce is thinking about resigning this year—after rethinking their priorities during the pandemic, workers are looking for more meaning, more autonomy, and more flexibility in their jobs.  Today’s workers are expected to be emotionally involved in their jobs, and can feel as if they’re missing out…

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