Our emotions are strongly tied to our memories, but there are ways in which we can stretch our positive emotions so that they linger with us for just that bit longer. Check out our article here on how to craft, and subsequently savour days well-spent.
Chills and Thrills: The Psychology of Horror Movies
Enjoy a good horror movie every once in a while? Psychological research has an explanation for why some of us enjoy the thrills of the gruesome and gory genre, and from being scared out of our wits. Check out our article here on what psychologists think make horror movies so appealing - just in time for Haloween!
Those with whom we are closest to are also those who are most capable of hurting us. Eugene Tee discusses how gaslighting and emotional blackmail are used - often in close, personal relationships, to control and manipulate others.
We often associate joy as an emotion state with a rather childish, immature, but pleasant quality. And yet, we seek this positive emotion state by making it dependent on external events. Joy is everywhere – in everyday mundane objects and events, according to guest contributor Joey Koh. Read what she has to say about finding and experiencing joy from everyday objects and events.
Reliving the Past, Rejuvenating the Present: How Nostalgia Enhances our Well-Being
Nostalgia is a form of mental time travelling – but research evidence also suggests that it can have positive effects on our overall well-being. Read about some of the fascinating science of this misunderstood emotion here.
Mindfulness and Emotions: Understanding Your Mind and the Benefits of Being Present
What is Mindfulness, and why is it so crucial for our psychological well-being?
Sandy Clarke and Eugene Tee present an accessible and informative read on the science of mindfulness, along with practical tips on how to develop this important skill.