What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you're mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.

Recent Posts on Mindfulness

Relationship Secrets of Happy Couples

We all want loving and successful relationships but we don't all know how to achieve them! Research shows that certain ways of being together can create the glue that holds your relationship intact for the long haul. Read about some things you can do right now to make your relationship happier and healthier.

Protective Parenting an Adolescent

With all the media attention devoted to adolescents getting in trouble, getting hurt, and getting killed, it's hard for parents not to worry about their teenager and to act restrictively in her or her defense. However, the best protection parents can provide is self-management preparation for safely functioning in a hazardous world.

Can You Stop Thinking?

By Steve Taylor Ph.D. on March 30, 2015 in Out of the Darkness
Why do our minds chatter away so much? Why involuntary mental chatter is bad for us, and how can we quieten it.

Crossing Borders with Humor

I'm amazed to realize that he did those crazy things to connect with people

Do You Work in a Hostile Environment?

If you're feeling stressed at work, mindfulness may be the answer

Don't Let Anxiety Hold You Back From Living Your Dreams

Are anxiety and excessive caution getting in your way and stopping you from living a more meaningful and fulfilling life. Avoidance feeds on itself and makes you less confident, while getting started and taking action creates a positive cycle that naturally helps your anxiety go down. Learn five effective ways to get a handle on anxiety so you can move forward.

Life is a Like a Metaphor

When you stand alone like scraps of paper instead of “high-piled books” on Keats’s “shore of the wide world,” and love and fame “to nothingness do sink,” it might help to recognize that your current construction of the situation is a metaphor, and that you are not literally littoral litter.

How to Cope with Side-Effects of Medications

Many of us who suffer from chronic pain and illness are on medications with side-effects that, in some cases, can be as difficult to cope with as our initial health problems.

Don’t Forget to Remember

Memory isn't just about dwelling in the past. Prospective memory is intimately involved in planning and goal-setting for the future. Remembering to remember is fraught with challenges. Lists, post it notes, strings around fingers, knotted handkerchiefs? How do you remember to remember?

Easing Flying Fears after the Germanwings Crash

Don't let the crash in the Alps make your flying phobia resurface.

Habits Are Necessary but Make Us Thoughtless

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on March 24, 2015 in Am I Right?
Habits work so well because they don’t require thinking.

Resilience: 4 Ways to Move Forward After Time Stands Still

Resiliency is a gift, but in some ways it is an art that can be cultivated.

You Can't Have Real Intimacy Without This

Being human means being vulnerable. But oftentimes we try to control love and intimacy, not realizing that true intimacy can only arise as we develop the awareness to notice and the courage to embrace our vulnerabilities. Our task is not to transcend our humanity or take flight into a spiritual self-image, but rather to engage with vulnerability in a skillful, gentle way.

The One-Minute Group Meditation

Of all the interventions available for facilitators, this one minute at the end of group has impressed me most.

The 4 Secrets to Increasing Your Team's Productivity

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on March 18, 2015 in Feeling It
Here's How Positivity Dramatically Improves A Team's Productivity & What You Can Do To Implement It

Momentary Living

For me, it’s been a 30-year career in psycho-oncology and palliative care. The struggle and the central questions have always been the same, however I didn’t always realize it.

The 5 Secrets for a Happy Life

Happiness is in fact a practice and a lifestyle. We can all be happy right now. Here are 5 Secrets to Happiness to begin the practice of happiness in your life today.

When It Comes to Pain Treatment, Less Is Often More

By Dan Mager MSW on March 18, 2015 in Some Assembly Required
Pain brings more people into contact with medical professionals than any other presenting problem. According to the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics, it affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease, & cancer combined. However, recent research when it comes to chronic pain, more treatment does not equate to better outcomes.

4 Exercise Tips for People Who Hate to Exercise

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on March 16, 2015 in Minding the Body
Hate exercise? You can learn to enjoy it more with these simple but effective strategies.

Tackling Mid-Life Weight Issues: A 5-Step Plan

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on March 16, 2015 in Cravings
Maintaining a healthy weight and fitness level as you get older is as much about getting enough sleep and stress relief as it is about eating right and exercising.

Spring Cleaning for Your Psyche

"Dr. Laura....When I stop and take a breath, I am amazed at the amount of negative thoughts in my head—typically criticizing my ability as a mom, or a wife, or an employee, or a daughter or a friend. It’s so hard to feel like I’m doing anything well at all. How do we get out of the negative thought patterns?" -- Amy

How to Escape the Drama Going On in Our Own Heads

By Gregg McBride on March 14, 2015 in The Weight-ing Game
It's often when caught up in life's to-do list that we get caught up in our own mental interpretation of what's going on in the world around us—and then make it all about us, when in fact, it has nothing to do with us. And if we would instead take a moment to breathe and observe, we just might learn something and/or find a reason to count our and others' life blessings.

10 Quick Tips to Improve Your Mood

If you are not suffering from major depression, improving your mood is easy. Here are 10 quick tips.

24 Ways to Make Mindfulness Stickier

Learn how to "supercharge" your mindful breathing, mindful walking, or other meditation practice. Enhance your intrinsic motivation by bringing your best strengths to your practice. Here are 24 examples to help you get started!

The Two Main Barriers to Self Knowledge

By being mindful—observing yourself in an unbiased and non-elaborative way—you can counteract informational barriers and motivational barriers to self-knowledge.

When Do Religious Values Harm Children? When Do They Help?

When children's mental health is put in danger because of religious intolerance, there are good reasons for mental health professionals to argue for what's right. Gay-straight alliances save children's lives. And religious tolerance for practices like the wearing of a niqab improves social cohesion.

Why Some People Are More Resilient Than Others

By Denise Cummins Ph.D. on March 11, 2015 in Good Thinking
Everyone suffers at least one negative life event. A recent study discovered two factors that characterize resilient people following negative or even traumatic life events.

After 15 Years, What Does Positive Psychology Teach?

By Temma Ehrenfeld on March 10, 2015 in Open Gently
The positive psychology movement is 15 years old. What have we learned?

Why Does Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Work?

By Warren W Tryon Ph.D. on March 10, 2015 in The Missing Link
What mechanism explains how mindfulness-based treatments work?

5 Mind-Body-Behavior Practices That Can Change Your Life

By practicing these research-supported actions in your emotional life, physical actions and behavior, you can enhance your overall health and wellbeing.