Essential Reads

Coping With Not Knowing What Happened to a Missing Loved One

We have become used to images of missing people collecting on street corners as signifying the hope of those searching for any news.

What Are My Brain Tumors Trying to Tell Me?

By Sophie Sabbage on June 15, 2017 in The Cancer Whisperer
What if illnesses mark the places in your being where parts of you got lost?

The Meaning of Disaster

Disasters have many different meanings for many different people. Here is a personal perspective on disasters from the point of view of a volunteer disaster responder.

Acceptance, Gratitude and Celebrating Life

By Debbie Joffe Ellis on May 14, 2017 in Tried and True
On some occasions when many people feel joy, others may suffer painful emotions. We can choose to adopt a healthy perspective - and feel uplifted instead of deprived & depressed.

More Posts on Gratitude

Bragitude

Don’t brag about how grateful you are. It’s too transparent.

Thank You, Mrs. Price

By Karl Albrecht Ph.D. on June 25, 2017 in BrainSnacks
If you love someone; if you appreciate them; if you're grateful to them - tell them now. One day it will be too late.

A Note of Gratitude for My Friend

Dr. Leigh Shaffer has been an inspiration to me and I want to share my feelings of gratitude.

Quick Tips to Shift Your Mood with Gratitude—Permanently!

Throughout your day, stop, breathe deeply and express gratitude for life having brought you to this moment. Notice that this doesn't take any extra time at all out of your day.
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Finding Their Way Home: Posttraumatic Growth in Veterans

The same skills forged in battle can be leveraged to thrive at home.

The Three Types of Complaining

There are three types of complainers. Which are you?

A Sneaky Idea for Your Next Staff Meeting

Have you ever left a regular staff meeting feeling fantastic and energized? Probably not. Fortunately, Ron Friedman, the author of The Best Place to Work, has an idea.

Why Do We Struggle to Express Affection?

New research shows that low self-esteem can cause us to underestimate the benefits of showing affection and gratitude to our loved ones.

The Mind of God

"The Mind of God" is an elegant and wise book that leads us to wonder about and fashion our own unique answers to some of the most baffling and vital of questions.

Chasing Happiness Steals Joy

It is ironic that we can get so busy chasing happiness that we fail to notice the things that could be bringing joy to us in the present. Yeah, that was my morning.
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13 Reasons Why to Live

By Ana Nogales, Ph.D. on May 30, 2017 in Family Secrets
Sometimes depression doesn't let us see the beauty of life.

3 Exercises That Build Mental Strength in Just 5 Minutes

These mental strength building exercises are like push ups for your brain. Do them consistently and build your mental muscle in less than five minutes a day.
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You Are Lucky to Have Found Mindfulness

Why are you lucky to have discovered the practice of mindfulness?

Marriage Can Heal Old Wounds From the Family

Sometimes, the greatest lessons that we learn in our family of origin have more to do with what we don’t want than what we do.

Is Happiness a Choice?

Researchers Shawn Achor and Michelle Gielan on choosing happiness.

Old Friends: Some of the Best Stuff of Life

Long term, close friendships enhance the substance and quality of our lives, and are important in times of celebration and sorrow: Appreciate them, nurture them, cherish them.

Want Greater Health and Well-Being? Try Showing Gratitude!

You might think it's "good" to feel grateful towards others' acts of kindness, but did you know that doing so increases your physical and psychological health
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If I Were a Rich Man

Some of the things money can—and cannot—do for us.

31 Ways to Embrace May: Celebrations, Gratitude, and Marches

May is full of reasons to feel grateful and share in life-affirming activities.

Invest 5 Minutes, Enjoy a Wealth of Well-Being

By Meg Selig on May 01, 2017 in Changepower
Can you change your life for the better in minutes? Yes! These 5 research-based activities have a magical power to make you healthier and happier in only 5 minutes.

How to Win the Weekend in 3 Steps

By Jonathan Fader Ph.D. on April 28, 2017 in The New You
Had a long week of work or relationship stress? Take a few minutes to practice these three strategies to make your Saturday and Sunday more enjoyable and satisfying.

How Cinema Cinema Stays in the Equation

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on April 28, 2017 in Brick by Brick
“Every night we are going to play to the point where we try to die.”

Does Prince Harry Reveal How To Cope With Loss?

...the counterintuitive finding is that such a profoundly negative experience as losing a parent during childhood, can lead you to feel more gratitude or appreciation for life...

What Gifts Do Men and Women Buy for Each Other?

What types of gifts to men and women give each other? Well, it depends on who is doing the giving!

Forgiveness Research and the Gratitude Factor

While forgiveness is related to the brain's grey matter, building a neural pathway for gratitude in the brain can help in achieving a certain peace of mind.

Ladies, Want Your Man to Pay More Attention to You?

By Steve Albrecht DBA on April 09, 2017 in The Act of Violence
Ladies, men need more praise than you think.

7 Secrets to a Successful Relationship After 50

Do you feel that your partner truly hears you, sees you, and accepts you as you are and that he or she wants the best for you?

How to Build a Rewarding Romantic Relationship

How can you make your love life more affectionate and satisfying? Research says that a bit of positive reinforcement and reward can help. Find out how.

Gratitude and the Nurturing of Relationships

When we feel and express gratitude, it can cause a chain reaction of reciprocal good deeds which reinforces feelings of appreciation between those in the relationship.