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Gratitude Essential Reads
Feel the Wind at Your Back
Jaime L. Kurtz Ph.D.
on October 12, 2017
Consider a new type of gratitude question.
When Music Makes You Cry
R. Douglas Fields Ph.D.
on September 28, 2017
The New Brain
A new study suggests that the reasons music makes us feel like crying reveal something about our personalities.
Combatting the Loneliness of Transition
Marika Lindholm Ph.D.
on September 26, 2017
More Than Women’s Work
Five strategies to feel less lonely even in the midst of transition.
on September 17, 2017
A Widow's Guide to Healing
Practicing Gratitude: A Guide To Help You Find Goodness
Young Yogis Rock
Gail F. Melson Ph.D.
on September 13, 2017
Why the Wild Things Are
Contemplative practices, like yoga, mindfulness meditation, guided imagery and relaxation breathing can help children deal with stress, reduce anxiety and improve well-being.
How Can We Build and Nurture Our Circle of Support?
Caren Osten Gerszberg
on August 01, 2017
The Right Balance
Are you making time to connect with those you care about? Are you looking to widen your circle of support? Finding time and reaching out can go a long way.
The Kismet List
on July 11, 2017
The Guest Room
We need to have the guts to stare deeply and intently into the abyss, until gratitude blooms, and we vow to get everything we can out of our one wild and precious life.
5 Strategies for Accepting Your Mortality
Andrea Brandt Ph.D. M.F.T.
on July 03, 2017
You can't fall in love, make new friends, or teach your grandchildren to read if you're feeling scared and bitter - free yourself from death!
What We Know About Gratitude And Giving Back
The Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research
on June 27, 2017
There is no question that gratitude is good for you. But is it good for society too?
Coping With Not Knowing What Happened to a Missing Loved One
Raj Persaud, M.D. and Peter Bruggen, M.D.
on June 17, 2017
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?
on June 15, 2017
The Cancer Whisperer
What if illnesses mark the places in your being where parts of you got lost?
The Meaning of Disaster
Grant H. Brenner M.D.
on May 23, 2017
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
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.
Peekaboo: Joy Might Just Surprise You
Gina Barreca Ph.D.
on April 24, 2017
Snow White Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Remembering to laugh is essential. It can’t make the darkness go away, but it does admit the light.
The Beauty of a Difficult Marriage
Josh Gressel Ph.D.
on April 02, 2017
Putting Psyche Back Into Psychotherapy
It can be easy to judge a long term, but difficult marriage as flawed. What if we learned to appreciate this marriage as much as the marriage of the beautiful, young couple?
So You Want to Be Happy? OK, But Consider This...
By John W. Reich, Ph.D. and Frank J. Infurna, Ph.D.
on February 25, 2017
Mastering Your Daily Life
Research suggests that you should carefully evaluate your positive experiences. Those that you do not control can relate to negative outcomes.
8 Ways to Be an Adult
John Kim, LMFT
on February 13, 2017
The Angry Therapist
We were not born with adulting skills.
How Does Gratitude Enhance Trust?
Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D.
on February 07, 2017
New research on how a weekly gratitude intervention influences monetary decisions, physiological responses, and emotional experiences during a decision to trust a stranger.
What Makes a Great Gift?
By Jeff Galak Ph.D.
on January 04, 2017
The Psychology of Everyday Life
What really makes a great gift? Did we get it right in 2016 or can we do better?
Why Gratitude Is So Hard
Neel Burton M.D.
on December 24, 2016
Hide and Seek
Gratitude has many benefits, but is hard to cultivate.
Reconciling the Mismatch Between Giving and Receiving Gifts
Amie M. Gordon, Ph.D.
on December 21, 2016
Between You and Me
Research on giving and receiving gifts shows how we can maintain perspective during the gift-giving season and reconcile our differing desires as gift-giver and gift-receiver.
Gratitude, Resolutions, and Cancer?
Anne Moyer Ph.D.
on December 16, 2016
This is the season when many of us pause to give thanks and perhaps look toward the future for renewal. How can these themes be connected to the cancer experience?
The Biggest Mistake Gift Givers Make
Bella DePaulo Ph.D.
on December 10, 2016
A new study on the science of giving and receiving gifts offers some useful advice.
This Holiday Season, Choose What You're Going to Savor
Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D.
on November 28, 2016
Research suggests that the effects are different when you just do something versus when you savor that something.
10 Essentials About Midlife Love Relationships
Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP
on November 27, 2016
Adaptations face us as we enter and move through love in midlife. We must re-examine our needs, wants and dreams as well as allow alternate ways of loving into our lives.
Treasuring Memories Through Memoirs, Stories, or Videos
Rita Watson MPH
on November 26, 2016
With Love and Gratitude
With holidays approaching, begin to think about treasuring family memories.
Face-to-Face Social Participation Nourishes Quality of Life
on November 24, 2016
The Athlete's Way
New research suggests that it wouldn't be such a bad idea to practice the core values of Thanksgiving—gratitude and social connectedness—365 days a year.
Talking Politics at the Thanksgiving Table
Daniel L Shapiro Ph.D.
on November 22, 2016
How can we heal the divides in our country -- and our family? A few simple tools can go a long way.
Why We All Just Need a Little Attention
Robert J Maurer Ph.D.
on November 18, 2016
The Traits of Excellence
Attention is an essential component for our physical health, and it is crucial to all of our closest relationships.
7 Ways to Make a Long Commute Less Painful
By Juliana Breines Ph.D.
on September 29, 2016
In Love and War
Lengthy commutes can threaten health and happiness, but they don’t have to. Here are seven research-based suggestions for surviving (and maybe even enjoying) your commute.
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