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Optimistic, happy, young couple outdoors.

The Surprising Reason to Marry an Optimist

Aside from the obvious (who doesn’t want to do life with a mostly positive person?), a happy partner may reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

By Lara DeSanto
Elizabeth and her father

Piecing Together My Family’s Mental Health History

After my father’s suicide, I learned an enormous amount about my family—and about myself.

By Elizabeth Millard
Cat and dog sniffing each other.

A Pet's Love is "Furever": Handling Grief When a Pet is Sick or Dies

As a pet owner you really can experience a surprising level of pain in the absence of your pet’s presence after building a lifelong routine.

By Stephanie Stephens
Family therapy

The Many Ways Bipolar Disorder Affects Families

Mental illness takes a toll on the sick and those who care for them. Here are some ways to cope.

By Joseph Saling