Archive | September, 2021


27 Sep

A recent study found that optimists may live 15% longer than pessimists. (In brief. Look on the bright side. Monitor on Psychology, 2020, 51(1), p. 14)


24 Sep

Eleanor Roosevelt: You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.


19 Sep

A study in the Journal of Personality sampled 2477 college students from around the world and asked which of many qualities they value most in a hypothetical ideal long term partner Across the board, the answer was “kindness.”


16 Sep

Jean Kerr: I’m tired of all this nonsense about beauty being only skin deep. That’s deep enough. What do you want, an adorable pancreas?

Cognition and Partisanship

11 Sep

A study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology found that subjects who were extremely attached to either the Democratic or Republican party showed greater mental rigidity on cognitive tests than those who were moderately or weekly attached to either party. (In brief. What’s behind extreme partisanship? Monitor on Psychology, 2020, 51(1), pp.13-14)


6 Sep

Kurt Vonnegut: The true terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.