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.

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Randomness and Intentionality

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on March 28, 2017 in Jacob's Staff
How can intentionality affect how our lives evolve?

The Secret to Happiness

It is easier for us to create a list of what we want the world to give us than it is to think in terms of what we can give back to the world.

To Alleviate Moving Stress, Ask Yourself 20 Questions

Despite the stress of change, you can alleviate moving anxiety by appreciating where you are living now and looking forward, with gratitude, to a new place to call home.

10 Minutes to More Serenity With This Comforting Ritual

How a 10-minute task can, surprisingly, become a Zen moment.

5 Exercises That Train Your Brain for Happiness and Success

A strong mind will take you far in life. Here's how to exercise your brain.

A Story of Personal Loss

By Neil Farber M.D, Ph.D., CLC, CPT on March 20, 2017 in The Blame Game
My response to personal loss? I always get what I need; occasionally get what I want. Can I rely on a law of attraction to return it to me or should I hope for an honest soul?

Can We Really Boost Our Level of Happiness?

By Shonda Moralis MSW, LCSW on March 15, 2017 in Breathe, Mama, Breathe
One woman's inspiring story and her simple happiness hack.

How To Hang In There When Times Get Tough

I know that the pain of life—relationship breakups, job loss, the loss of loved ones, and other traumas—can set you back for quite a while. Living in your pain is not really living

Why Is Gratitude in Relationships So Beneficial?

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on March 07, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
Writing about people we're thankful for boosts our well-being. Does expressing our gratitude help even more?

It's Time to Thank Your Partner for Doing Their "Job"

When household duties become "jobs," gratitude diminishes and resentment grows. But research suggests a little appreciation may transform these tasks from "musts" to "wants."

Unrealistic Expectations Impede Happiness and Empathy

Having unrealistic expectations is a major source of unhappiness and it's very challenging to be grateful for disappointments.

Time Limited Friendships Can End Peacefully

Here are three ways to end a situational friendship: Brutal honesty, ghosting, or gratitude- kindness.

Is There Ever an End to Nagging?

By Jen Kim on February 27, 2017 in Valley Girl With a Brain
Both men and women claim to hate nagging, so who should change?

A Light in the Window

By Susan Hooper on February 27, 2017 in Detours and Tangents
A walk on a warm winter evening triggered feelings of serenity mixed with sadness.
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How Do We Learn to Appreciate Each Other's Differences?

By Lori Russell-Chapin Ph.D. on February 16, 2017 in Brain Waves
Appreciating rather than tolerating diversity makes life richer and more effective.

7 Tips for Embracing Love While Keeping Oxytocin in Check

By Rita Watson MPH on February 16, 2017 in With Love and Gratitude
The way to finding love is by giving love.
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Finding Empathy and Ethics When the Odds Feel Overwhelming

By Vint Virga DVM, DACVB on February 16, 2017 in The Soul of All Living Creatures
How an hour spent with a dog can align us with our values.

Recommitment Vows and Honeymoons Part 3

I know a creative, dynamic man named Ken. When he got married, he enjoyed his wedding day so much that he said to his wife, “We should do this every year!” And they have...

Growing Old Gratefully

By Billi Gordon Ph.D. on February 12, 2017 in Obesely Speaking
Growing old, what can and cannot be done; and what should and should not be done.
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The Link Between Gratitude and Trust

By Sandeep Gautam on February 12, 2017 in The Fundamental Four
A new study sheds light on how gratitude leads to increased trust via positive emotions.

7 Ways to Own Your Success Without Sounding Narcissistic

It's OK to tell other people about your achievement. Here's how to do it without bragging.

Cultivating Generosity

By Kate Levinson Ph.D. on February 08, 2017 in Emotional Currency
Ordinary generosity is extraordinary.

Finding Hope in Dark Times

Are you caught up in a winter of discontent? How to find hope in dark times.
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Recommitment Vows and Honeymoons Part 1

Every marriage has three components, mine, yours, and ours. This refers to the vows that underlie the foundation of the relationship

10 Anxiety Busters for Moms

How to keep anxiety low when political tensions are high.
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Do You Feel Victimized?

What to do when you're feeling a victim.

4 Keys to Increase Your Happiness As You Get Older

By Andrea Brandt Ph.D. M.F.T. on February 01, 2017 in Mindful Anger
The road to happiness often requires curiosity, openness, and flexibility. But, remember, you're not over the hill; you're at the top of the mountain.

7 Exercises That Reduce Stress Better Than "Trying to Relax"

By Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on January 30, 2017 in Joyful Parenting
Sometimes willing yourself out of a stress cycle just doesn't work. Here's what can.

Happiness Needs an Invitation, Misery Barges In

Joy and pleasure are, instead, excellent guests and, as such, they wait for an invitation. You have to open the door to life’s best moments; you have to invite them in.

Finding a Useful Perspective in Troubling Times

The story of an immigrant's resilience, determination, and fight for hope.