Emotional and Mental Health

Mental and emotional health rank just as high as physical health when it comes to your overall well-being. Whether you have a diagnosed mental health concern like depression or anxiety, or are curious about how to improve your emotional life, investing in robust emotional health is a worthy and important priority.

Thinking hard

Why Doing Things the Hard Way Can Help Power Your Brain

Build “fluid intelligence” to stay more focused and productive.

Kindness leads to happiness

Why Kindness Is So Important to Our Happiness

New research shows most people to be happier when they are generous, thoughtful and kind to others.

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Making anxiety work for you

How to Make Anxiety Work for You

Good Anxiety is a practical and empowering book to help us navigate a misunderstood emotion.

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Woman resting relaxing in a park (Getty Images)

How to Find Calm When You Are Overwhelmed or Anxious

Knit, step away from your screens, light a candle and others ways to turn off your brain and improve your spiritual wellbeing.

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How to deal with loneliness

Positive Reading: ‘Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness’

This graphic memoir helps us name and understand isolation—and take steps to loosen its grip on our lives.

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Spiritual thinking

The Science Behind the Benefits of ‘Spiritual Thinking’

How spirituality expands our thinking and secures our mental health.

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An act of kindness

Can Being Kind to Others Help You Heal?

What studies are showing about the surprising health benefits from acts of kindness.

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A senior woman reads a letter.

An Easy Way to Love Your Elders: Write Them a Letter

A national program tackles the loneliness epidemic, one letter at a time.

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Small losses

Why No Loss Is Too Small to Grieve

Grief isn’t always tied to a big event. For a healthy outlook, there are small moments to be acknowledged as well.

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Positive outlook

For the New Year, Happiness or Positivity?

New social science research suggests that a positive outlook is more sustainable and authentic than a relentless pursuit of happiness.

Friends making up

Why Seeking Forgiveness Is So Important

We may not always get it, but it’s worth asking for.

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Take a positive risk

Post Pandemic: How to Take Risks in a Positive Way

Positive risks are those that do not endanger our safety but urge us to step outside of our comfort zones.

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Grieving

Honoring the Process of Grief and Loss

Notes on Grief—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s slim, profound book—paints a vivid picture of losing a beloved family member.

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Managing social anxiety

6 Positive Ways to Manage Social Anxiety

As we ease back into social experiences, relating to others might feel brand-new and even nerve-wracking. Here’s how to stay gentle with yourself during this transition.

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Power of brain to control emotions

Why We’re Not at the Mercy of Our Feelings

A psychologist’s work shows the brain’s power to adapt, understand and name the emotional reality we encounter.

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Singer, actress and author Michelle Williams; photo by Michael A. Schwarz

How Singer Michelle Williams Copes with Depression and Finds Joy

The Grammy-winning artist outlines five actions that helped her cope during tough times.

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