Elizabeth Gilbert, JD, PhD, is Head of Research at PsychologyCompass, which merges psychology and technology to help people develop habits to improve their mental well-being and performance. Her research expertise is in social cognition and sense-making. Her interests are broad, and she loves all things science, from astrophysics to zoology.
"Downward counterfactual thinking" — that is, imagining how things could be worse — is a quick and easy way to boost your well-being and gratitude.
By exposing people to small doses of misinformation and encouraging them to develop resistance strategies, "prebunking" can fight fake news.
It's perhaps never been harder to resist the urge to overspend.
More than half of Americans feel anxious over their financial situation.
The same brain differences that contribute to left-handedness also contribute to psychotic disorders. But there's a bright side.
When you hold yourself financially accountable, you’re likely to gain more than just some extra money.
Science doesn't fit neatly into ideology.
In the pursuit of happiness, money probably trumps meaning.
It is normal for parents to experience intrusive thoughts about harming their children. Don't let the thoughts worry you.
Kids' underdeveloped brains seem to help them acquire new languages with little effort.
Personality is not set in stone. If you don’t like some aspect of it, you can work to change it — "fake it till you make it."