What is Mindfulness?

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

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Life-Changing Moments

It doesn't take long to have a life-changing experience. Sometimes a weekend workshop will do it. Sometimes a chance encounter is sufficient. Sometimes a moment...
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Facing the Pain of Child Abuse

It can be difficult to allow yourself to experience the pain of childhood abuse but having self-compassion can help.

Say This One Word to Move Past Worries That Get In Your Way!

Including this one really empowering word in your self-talk is very effective for moving out of "Worry Wasteland."
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Three Tips on Mindfulness from a Buddhist Psychiatrist

Mark Epstein has long been interested in bridging psychology and Buddhism. His latest book offers wisdom for both mindfulness beginners and seasoned practitioners.

Your Core Negative Beliefs Are a Lie

The practice of mindfulness is an attempt to identify the core negative beliefs that each of us holds, and then to reject them and challenge them.

Choose Meaning and Live Better

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on February 13, 2018 in In the Name of Love
We have a bad habit of focusing on people's superficial, negative qualities. Profound qualities have more meaning in the long run, so their behavioral influence should be greater.

Falling in Love With Your Authentic Self

By Tara Well Ph.D. on February 12, 2018 in The Clarity
Do you struggle to reveal your authentic self in relationships? Here's a surprising remedy.

Mind Your Presence, It Matters

Do you wish to make a contribution to the world? Working on your presence and the way you connect with others can go a long way.
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Defeating Depression, Evading Anxiety

By Elizabeth Young on February 11, 2018 in Adaptations
He died suddenly, and the trauma of finding him dead hit me pretty hard.
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3 Keys to a Great Valentine's Day

By David Evans on February 10, 2018 in Can’t We All Just Get Along?
3 keys to a Happy Valentine's Day, Courtesy of Mindfulness, Valentine's Day Resolutions, and Imagination. From a Professional Greeting Card Writer

3 Sweet Ways to Catch Your Kids Being Good

By Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on February 10, 2018 in Joyful Parenting
Acknowledging your kids' positive behaviors spreads joy, creates warmth, reinforces positive behaviors, and models sweetness.

Feeling Lucky?

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on February 09, 2018 in Evil Deeds
Do we really make our own luck?

Finding Inspiration Along the Way

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on February 09, 2018 in Boundless
Tanaaz Chubb provides a new take on positive psychology.

To Heal a Wounded Heart: Pilar Jennings' Daring Experiment

By Mark Matousek on February 08, 2018 in Ethical Wisdom
When the New York psychotherapist invited her friend, a kindly Tibetan lama, to help her with an especially difficult case, the results were remarkable

5 Mindfulness Apps (for Children)

By Maureen Healy on February 06, 2018 in Creative Development
Want to raise mindful children? If yes, there are apps to help!

Dealing With Anxiety By Cutting to the (Cognitive) Core

By Nick Hobson Ph.D. on February 05, 2018 in Ritual and the Brain
Reframing attention to help reduce anxiety and alter brain activity.
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Advice Not Given: A Guide to Getting Over Yourself

By Tara Well Ph.D. on February 05, 2018 in The Clarity
Mark Epstein, M.D., shares fascinating secrets to taming the ego in his popular new book.

The Overlooked Factor that Helps You Bond With Your Kids

By Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on February 03, 2018 in Joyful Parenting
Science suggests that family routines calm stress and promote bonding. Adding rituals, or “the sweetness, fun, or warmth that accompany routines” makes them even better.

The Invisible Wounds of Soldiers

By Jennifer A. Samp Ph.D. on February 03, 2018 in Conflict Matters
The honor of military service can often come with some challenges: Facing the dark side of the moral injuries that come with service.

3 Keys to Enhancing Your Love Life After Retirement

By Andrea Brandt Ph.D. M.F.T. on February 02, 2018 in Mindful Anger
Treat your partner like you did when you first met — with the newness and sexiness of young love — and you’ll live happily ever after-retirement.

How to Deal with Negative Emotions at Work

Are you feeling anxious, angry, or overwhelmed at work? Here are some tips for how to manage these emotions and enjoy your day more.
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How To Put Down Our Devices and Step Into Our Lives

Are you more addicted to your devices than you care to admit? A little mindfulness can go a long way.

Be Kind to Yourself

By Marianna Pogosyan Ph.D. on February 02, 2018 in Between Cultures
There are many paths toward well-being through kindness and self-compassion. Yet the success of these strategies depends on one key caveat: It’s not what you do, but why you do it.

Why Does Compassion Feel So Good? Here Are Five Reasons

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on February 01, 2018 in Think, Act, Be
Recent research has explored ways to increase our ability to show compassion, both for others and for ourselves.

Living Through Fear and Anxiety

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on February 01, 2018 in Emotional Fitness
These teachings are not meant to train us to change after hearing the words but are rather a guide to what would be ideal.

Risky Business

By Bryan E. Robinson Ph.D. on February 01, 2018 in The Right Mindset
Are you chained to the desk? Find out what you can do.
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Is Empathy Our Most Dangerous and Self-Indulgent Emotion?

You can harness empathy for good or evil and it carries with it a slight tinge of entertainment or even voyeurism. Shouldn't we cultivate compassion instead?

All You Need Is Love. Plus.

Happiness and psychological health are intertwined to such a degree, we can consider them to be almost congruent. Discover for yourself toxins that harm and nutrients you need.

Listening to Anxiety

Anxiety shows up in more ways than we might think. Learning how to identify physical signs of anxiety can go a long way to helping you feel better.

7 Nighttime Habits that Help You Get to Sleep

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on January 31, 2018 in Minding the Body
At the end of a long, busy day, these soothing wind-down routines help your brain get ready for sleep.