Gratitude Essential Reads

What We Know About Gratitude And Giving Back

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

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.

Peekaboo: Joy Might Just Surprise You

Remembering to laugh is essential. It can’t make the darkness go away, but it does admit the light.
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The Beauty of a Difficult Marriage

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?
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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 in 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.
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8 Ways to Be an Adult

By John Kim, LMFT on February 13, 2017 in The Angry Therapist
We were not born with adulting skills.

How Does Gratitude Enhance Trust?

By Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D. on February 07, 2017 in Curious?
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?

What really makes a great gift? Did we get it right in 2016 or can we do better?

Why Gratitude Is So Hard

By Neel Burton M.D. on December 24, 2016 in Hide and Seek
Gratitude has many benefits, but is hard to cultivate.

Reconciling the Mismatch Between Giving and Receiving Gifts

By Amie M. Gordon, Ph.D. on December 21, 2016 in 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?

By Anne Moyer Ph.D. on December 16, 2016 in Beyond Treatment
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

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on December 10, 2016 in Living Single
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

By Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on November 28, 2016 in Joyful Parenting
Research suggests that the effects are different when you just do something versus when you savor that something.

10 Essentials About Midlife Love Relationships

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on November 27, 2016 in Life, Refracted
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

By Rita Watson MPH on November 26, 2016 in With Love and Gratitude
With holidays approaching, begin to think about treasuring family memories.

Face-to-Face Social Participation Nourishes Quality of Life

By Christopher Bergland on November 24, 2016 in 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

How can we heal the divides in our country -- and our family? A few simple tools can go a long way.
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Why We All Just Need a Little Attention

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 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.

If You Want to Become More Mindful, Check Your Watch

By Karl Albrecht Ph.D. on September 24, 2016 in BrainSnacks
if the “monkey mind,” as the Eastern practitioners call it, has a mind of its own, how does one become more “mindful?” How can your mind stay focused, when it loves to wander?

Becoming Awed, Part 1

By Kirk J. Schneider Ph.D. on September 11, 2016 in Awakening to Awe
An interview with Experience Life Magazine

Mindfulness Strategies for Anxious Children

Some children worry. Help your child become happier, calmer, and more productive with the Zorro Circle, the 20-Second Rule, or Gratitude at Bedtime.

4 Happiness Habits Everyone Should Learn Before Growing Up

By Erica Reischer Ph.D. on August 15, 2016 in What Great Parents Do
Our ideas about how to be happy are often contrary to what research shows really works

Should You Be More Grateful or Less?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 02, 2016 in How To Do Life
An internal debate on the meaning of life.

Feathering the Empty Nest

By Ann Smith on July 25, 2016 in Healthy Connections
Couples who were able to maintain their connection through the child rearing years will have a smoother transition into empty nest years.

Reducing the Pain

By Debbie Joffe Ellis on May 29, 2016 in Tried and True
When rotten happenings occur such as tragic events, not getting what we want or getting what we don't want: we can choose to make effort to minimize our suffering and maximize joy.

The Benefits of a Mortality Meditation, Part 2

By Gregg Levoy on March 29, 2016 in Passion!
Death-awareness can help you live to the fullest. Here are a dozen forms of mortality meditations.