6 Ways Music Can Lift Your Mood

Listening to music can instill calmness and relaxation, as indicated by reduced cortisol levels and lowered heart rate (de Witte et al., 2020). A large-scale review of 400 studies showed that playing and listening to music also improves the body’s…

Laughter Can Provoke Very Different Emotional Reactions

I’ve come to believe that laughter is best understood as a vocal affirmation of mutual vulnerability. Having discussed “vulnerability” at some length in prior posts, I’d like to relate what I mean by “mutual” and how it helps explain laughter’s…

A New Year Is Coming—How Do You Face Change?

Source: Chris Lawton/Unsplash Every day we face moments of transition—change from one state or condition to another. Some transitions occur daily, like the mental shift between work and home mode, or the energy shift that blows in when the kids…