Sharing your complaints can bring you and your friends closer together — but it has some dangerous side effects. Psychologist Guy Winch tells one reader how to break out of this way of relating.

Often the best and easiest way to improve your own sense of well-being and meaningfulness is to switch your lens: Concentrate less on yourself and more on being connected with others, says philosopher and psychology researcher Frank Martela. Identify the people who give you vitality, strength and love, and spend time with them.

By not settling for platitudes about treating everyone the same and by talking openly with them about the roots of racism and its pernicious consequences, you can help raise informed and empathic individuals.

It’s fine to choose styles from other cultures; the key is to be conscious about what you’re doing. Fashion psychologist Dr. Dawnn Karen provides some thoughtful advice.

In this column, Guy Winch counsels a worker who was laid off due to the pandemic and asks him to look at the psychological factors that might be hindering his job search.

Turns out, mask wearers and non-mask wearers have two different mindsets: tight and loose. And understanding them can help us navigate our differences as communities re-open, says psychology researcher Michele Gelfand.

In this column, psychologist Guy Winch advises a college student who’s agonizing about what to major in and who worries: “What if I make the wrong choice?”