Essential Reads

The Ravages of Nature: Human and Otherwise

By Debbie Joffe Ellis on November 08, 2017 in Tried and True
When tragic events occur, we can choose to focus on what still is good in life, create stability within, and consequently cope well and act in more effective ways.

Bitter Sweet

By Sophie Sabbage on October 18, 2017 in The Cancer Whisperer
There are days when gratitude and grief walk hand-in-hand.

Feel the Wind at Your Back

By Jaime L. Kurtz Ph.D. on October 12, 2017 in Happy Trails
Consider a new type of gratitude question.
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When Music Makes You Cry

By R. Douglas Fields Ph.D. on September 28, 2017 in The New Brain
A new study suggests that the reasons music makes us feel like crying reveal something about our personalities.

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Breaking Up: Positive View Despite Emotional Turmoil

The Museum of Broken Relationships, recently on exhibit in NYC, reminded me of one of my top break-up stories, over 850,000 hits and counting. If only love had such an impact.
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The Hero's Journey

A path to a peaceful heart can be yours.

No Time for Mindfulness? Think Again.

Love your morning cup of coffee or tea? Add a bit of mindfulness to start your day off with a taste of calm, focus, and pleasure.

Independence Day Tips for Letting Go and Embracing Love

Researchers point to the value of a positive attitude, forgiveness, and kindness.

The Price of Choice

By Kristen Lee Ed.D., LICSW on June 30, 2017 in Reset 24/7
Have you ever faced "choice anxiety"--fretting over decisions, setting unrealistic expectations, and blaming yourself for "failing"? Research shows us how choose a better way.

Three Enjoyable Ways to Deepen Your Relationship This Week

Want to do a little something to boost your relationship this week? Here are three easy, evidence-based tips from saying a quick "thank you" to playing word games over dinner.

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

By Bret A. Moore Psy.D., ABPP on June 15, 2017 in The Camouflage Couch
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 Many People Find It So Hard to Be Affectionate

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.
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Post-Traumatic Growth and Personal Strength

By Bret A. Moore Psy.D., ABPP on June 07, 2017 in The Camouflage Couch
Growth follows trauma for many.

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...