Want to live a better life? Well, watching Oprah and 10 other visionary authors give half-hour talks on meaning, purpose, happiness, and personal betterment was a once in a lifetime opportunity and helped provide me and an audience of 1800 a few amazing life lessons.
With the rising popularity of e-cigarettes and recent proposals to adjust regulation of e-cigatrettes, it's important to understand the risks associated with e-cigarette use, particularly in adolescence. A recent article published in the Journal of American Medical Association is the first study to examine how e-cigarette users may be at greater risk for smoking.
Depression is scary to some and familiar to others. But everyone knows how easy it can be to fall into the depression hole. What we all need to realize though is that regardless of whether we fall in the trap or not, we don't have to live there. We don't have to make a home there. This article distinguishes between living in depression and acknowledging that it's there.
We go through so much of our lives judging people, places, and things. We make these judgments our reality and see them as facts. Then we use the same language to judge other people, places, and things, to judge ourselves. By doing this, we don't leave room for compassion towards ourselves and to the experience of others.
We're always changing. We want to stop bad habits and start new ones. We want to move our life in a new direction, but the prospect of doing so is daunting. So let's stop forcing ourselves and others to change and deal with where we are at the moment.
Growing up we learn all the important subjects: Math, English, History, and Science. But at what point do we learn how to handle failure, betrayal, sadness? We need to start creating a language to make it ok to talk about the hardships in our lives because we all experience it, yet few talk about it.
The truth is that all those external things we think will impact our long term happiness are facades and that happiness works much more from the inside out. When we're happy, we see things more positively and go out into the world with a better attitude. And that better attitude will yield results you couldn't even have imagined.
In our search to find the answers to life's big questions, to fix ourselves, to understand what is happening in the world, we lose sight of the reason we want to know. Time passes, motivations change, and answers change, but the fundamental question will always remain the same: How do I do better?
There are a plethora of factors related to why teens use substances, genetics, family environment, friends, and perhaps, boredom. Let's continue the conversation on preventing adolescent substance use problems.
In today's self-help world, we've become so focused on having effective goals and coming to terms with WHAT we have to do. But in the process, we've lost sight of WHY we're doing it. This article helps provide a context to the day-to-day grind.
Forgiveness has been tossed around self-help circles for years, but little has been made of what it means in the context of research and what the science behind forgiveness can teach us about our own lives.
It's been said that the truth will set you free, but what does it mean to be truthful? Are you honest with yourself? We so easily deny our experiences and say things are "OK" but we really don't know what it means to be "OK."
Robin Williams' death can teach us a lot about mental illness, addiction, and depression. Him dealing with substance use and depression reminds us that we all can be vulnerable to our past behaviors and old habits.
We jump from thing to thing always striving for something better. But life is made up of smaller and bigger goals that are part of a larger journey.The question then is how do you stay content where you are while you aim for something else?