Maslow's highest level on the hierarchy of needs.
- Self-transcendence is the final and oft forgotten peak of Maslow's pyramid.
- Before transcending yourself, however, you need to be self-actualized.
- The foundation of self-transcended people is caring for others and higher ideals.
A revival is occurring, and we sure can use it.
- For the first decade after it was synthesized, MDMA was used in individual and couples therapy.
- Many therapists spoke against the criminalization of MDMA in 1985 due to the drug's therapeutic potential.
- A revival has occurred in recent years, with the government allowing clinical trials to move forward.
A study looks at the chemistry of couples engaged in different activities.
- Leisure activities can help release more oxytocin, say researchers.
- Oxytocin is a hormone linked to social and sexual interaction.
- Couples who took art classes and played board games together released oxytocin.
It feels crazy good when someone is excited to see you. Give that gift to your family every day – but especially on Valentine's day.
- The research is sad but true: People are often more considerate to friends and strangers than they are to their partners.
- Gretchen Rubin's advice? When your partner walks in the door, show them as much affection as your dog does. Be excited to see them! Give a real hello and a real goodbye.
- Appreciate your partner: It's the easiest thing to do, and the easiest thing to forget.
Who you let into your mental space matters.
- Wanting to be a "nice person" often stops people from establishing the boundaries they need to protect their mental space from toxic people.
- For Shaka Senghor, self-pity and pessimism are two traits that turn relationships toxic. Consider that people may not know what they are doing: "[T]hey're just repeating the cycle of hurt people hurting people," says Senghor.
- It takes courage to confront a problem head on, but an honest conversation is often the best way for things to change – and if nothing improves, value yourself enough to walk away.
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