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The Yerkes-Dodson Law and Its Application to Life

The Yerkes-Dodson Law and Its Application to Life

One of the first things I learned in my introduction to psychology class in college was the Yerkes-Dodson Law. The Yerkes-Dodson Law has to do with the relationship between arousal and performance. The relationship looked like an upside-down U-shaped curve. Higher...
Are People Who Live in California Happier?

Are People Who Live in California Happier?

Not too long ago, I took a weekend trip to Los Angeles, California to give a talk at a conference. The day I left California, it was 70 degrees. The sun was shining, and everything seemed right with the world. When I got back to Dallas, the temperature was in the 30s....
Thanksgiving and Expressing Gratitude

Thanksgiving and Expressing Gratitude

Happy early Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I love the food, watching football, spending time with family… everything! So, in honor of Thanksgiving, I want to talk about the importance of expressing gratitude. Struggle with Gratitude?...
When Trouble Hits, Look for the Blessing in Disguise

When Trouble Hits, Look for the Blessing in Disguise

Research is clear that people who experience higher levels of gratitude also tend to be happier. But gratitude can be tough, especially when you’re struggling with difficulties or problems in your life. Look for the Blessing in Disguise One thing that has been helpful...
Who Moved My Cheese?

Who Moved My Cheese?

One of my favorite books is “Who Moved My Cheese” by Spencer Johnson. (If you don’t like to read, there’s a great 10-minute video you can watch here.) The story is about two mice and two humans who live in a maze. Cheese represents whatever it...
How to Enjoy the Process AND the Outcome

How to Enjoy the Process AND the Outcome

In life, it is important to enjoy the process, not just focus on the outcome. This is something I struggle with a lot. At work, I’m often focused on outcome. “Let’s get this paper published ASAP!” “What’s your plan for defending your dissertation and graduating?”...
Struggling with Depression? 4 Ways to Get Help

Struggling with Depression? 4 Ways to Get Help

Depression can be one of the most painful experiences we can have as human beings. I have sat across from clients who couldn’t muster up the energy to get out of bed in the morning, thought they were worthless, and considered ending their lives. I haven’t personally...
Self-Care: What is It? How Do We Do It?

Self-Care: What is It? How Do We Do It?

If you take a look at the self-help or psychology section at your local bookstore (or on Amazon), you will find a lot of books on self-care. As psychologists, we talk a lot about self-care with our clients and students. But what is self-care? And more importantly, how...
4 Steps to Change Anything in Your Life

4 Steps to Change Anything in Your Life

If you want to change or improve something about your life, the key is to actually do something different. You can reflect on your thoughts and feelings all day long, but until you actually change something in your actual behavior, you are likely to stay stuck. But...
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