Elizabeth Bernstein has been a reporter for The Wall Street Journal for 13 years. For the past five years, she has written a column she created called “Bonds: On Relationships,” about the psychology of relationships. It runs every other week in the Personal Journal section of the paper.
Everyone—moms, therapists, rock stars—says the waiting is the hardest part. It turns out there is a way to “wait well,” researchers say. People who feel anxious or pessimistic or who ruminate while awaiting news fare better than others when it finally arrives, the researchers say. They’re more prepared for bad news and more excited about...
Do you have a personal mantra? Research shows that thinking of a word or phrase that affirms our values—and repeating it over and over—produces powerful physiological changes. It can lower our cortisol levels, enhance endurance and reduce perception of effort during physical exertion. Perhaps even more compelling, a...