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New Ideas for a New Year

November 29, 2018

Who doesn’t want some fresh ideas to start 2019? Cynthia Ransley (’15) shares a few of her favorite places to source some new thoughts online.

I spend a good part of each day searching for thoughtful mental health content for MSP’s social media. There is plenty to choose from – every major (and plenty of minor) news and information outlets weigh in on everything from the difficulty of grad school to avoiding social isolation. Having time to read so much each day is a dream for me. In years past, as a student or stay-at-home mom (SAHM in the biz), I never had the time or the energy to delve into so many thoughts and ideas on a daily basis.

Over the past three years, I have curated a list of the most reliable sources for articles worth reading. Reliable sources regularly produce engaging articles about or relating to psychology – the kind of articles I want to discuss or dissect with a friend. Below are a few favorites.


The British Psychological Society Research Digest – Excellent source for what’s new in psychology research, beautifully written (“New findings suggest post-traumatic growth may often be illusory”).

Child Mind Institute – Go-to online reference for clear and concise information on anything relating to kids and mental health (“Why kids lie and what parents can do about it”).

The Mighty – Personal accounts (“When I Say I’m Fine I Never Really Mean It”) on the experience of living with mental health challenges. 

Scientific American – Mix of psychology research and informational articles (“Why Don’t We Forget to Ride a Bike”?).

Motherly & Fatherly – Supportive and informative resources for parents (“To help your child be a leader, let them play”).

Medium – Member written articles on a huge variety of topics (“The Total Incompatibility of Mindfulness and Busyness”).

Aeon – Philosophical essays and videos on everything – from bee moods to the morality of shame to a “mathematical equation for unconditional love.”

Mindful – Mindfulness in every day life, backed by curiosity and science (“Why Is It So Hard to Be Vulnerable?”)

Greater Good Magazine – “Science-based insights for a meaningful life” pretty much sums it up, with free exercises and courses to try.

Ravishly – More personal essays, with depth (“It Took Me Years to Realize I Deserve Good Things”) and plenty of personality (“It’s Ok for Your Kids To Say No to Things”).

Cynthia Ransley, MA, LLPCynthia Ransley, MA is Communications Coordinator for MSP. On a slightly more personal note, she wholeheartedly recommends making Positive.News, The Book of Life, and Brain Pickings part of your daily routine whenever possible. Email her ([email protected]) with your recommendations.