Exposure to Nature Can Be Soothing and Good for Healing

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Image by a.canvas.of.light / CC BY

I never really gave much thought to the fact that I grew up in the woods (in Maine, more specifically).

The other night, however, my partner was showing me their white noise app (Relaxio). It has a bunch of sliding bars in it that are marked with icons. There are a couple for rain (either how it sounds if you’re outside or how it sounds inside hitting the roof).  » Read more

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What Kind of Person Is More Likely to Use a Cell Phone Dangerously While Driving?

a drawing of a no cells phone allowed sign
Image by Mike Kline / CC BY

I’m sure you’ve been there.

You’re driving down the highway, just trying to get where you’re trying to go. Staying in your own lane. Driving as safely as you can with both hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road…

When you come upon someone that’s driving like they’re a zombie who stole a car.  » Read more

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You Can’t Communicate About Something You Don’t Know

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Fairly frequently, I’ll write articles describing a relationship situation where something changes, and it puts the people in the relationship into a difficult situation (here’s a recent example).

And invariably, whenever I write one of these pieces, I’ll get a few comments that go a little something like this:

“If everyone knew there were problems,  » Read more

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Being Alone and Feeling Lonely Are Different Things

a bird sitting alone on power lines
Image by nimble photography / CC BY

Can you be lonely with others around? And does being alone naturally lead to loneliness?

I’ve wondered these very same things myself. And so have others apparently — because there was a large study on loneliness last year looking into these issues and other matters related to it.

A Large-Scale Study on Loneliness

In 2018,  » Read more

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Malicious Envy, Benign Envy, and Deservingness

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Image by Kyle MacKenzie / CC BY

At this point, Poly Land has featured a number of articles on jealousy (including this article that many have found quite helpful in coping with jealousy).

As I’ve mentioned before, it can be difficult when experiencing jealousy to figure out exactly what you’re feeling. Jealousy isn’t a single discrete emotion but a system of emotions,  » Read more

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