Essential Reads

Having an Answer to “Where Did the Time Go?”

Be aware of the limited time you have to make the most of your life, and then do it.

Soul Sadness

By Tara Brach Ph.D. on January 08, 2018 in Finding True Refuge
Our soul sadness is fully revealed when we directly and mindfully contact our pain. In such moments, we discover a natural upwelling of compassion and tenderness for our own heart.

You Parent the Way You Think

Is parenting a child with mental illness wearing you out? Changing how you think about your child can go a long way.
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Mind vs. Matter: Animal or Human?

How can a cluster of neurons instinctively sense we are in danger, in spite of everything our eyes and ears may tell us?

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How a Yabut Can Kill a Conversation

Nothing sucks the blood out a great idea faster than the dreaded "Yabut." Yabuts need to feel in control and by adding the word "but" they discount everything leading up to it.

Books to Seriously Boost Your Happiness in 2018

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on January 17, 2018 in Feeling It
Want to boost your efficiency, be happier, and more emotionally intelligent? Take these 10 steps thanks to awesome new books.
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How Mindfulness Can Save the World (Here's One Example)

By Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D. on January 16, 2018 in What Matters Most?
A story of a nuclear physicist, a wise mindfulness teacher, and one of the toughest decisions a person can make.

Should You Try To "Get Over" Grief?

Grief is overwhelming. It is painful beyond measure. Should you active try to "get over" it?

Exposure and Response Prevention for OCD

Heard of ERP treatment for anxiety disorders? Learn what part of ERP actually causes behavior change.

Bad Luck is the Key to Your Future Happiness

We judge change as good or bad. Here's why we can’t know for sure.

Family Relationships in Early Stages of Substance Use Change

By Michael Ascher M.D. on January 11, 2018 in Unhooked
Whether you are the person with the substance use problem in early stages of change or someone who loves them, everyone needs a road map to navigate existing family relationships.
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Go Where It’s Green: A New Year’s Resolution You Can Keep

Why not make a New Year's resolution you can keep? Get outside and enjoy green spaces to improve your health year-round.
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Want To Be Happier? Live Like the Balinese

By Anna Akbari Ph.D. on January 10, 2018 in Startup Your Life
A few simple shifts can totally change your mindset.

Zen and Zoned Out Are Not The Same Thing

For those drawn to Eastern traditions like Zen, yoga, and meditation, practice is key.

Why Connecting With Nature Elevates Your Mental Health

By Douglas LaBier Ph.D. on January 08, 2018 in The New Resilience
What happens when you immerse yourself in nature? Most people feel greater connection and calm, and now a new research study shows how it impacts your overall mental health.

Could 60 Be the New 40?

Bette Davis famously said, “Getting old is not for sissies.” It doesn't have to be that bad. Don’t let aging rob you of mental health and happiness.

Mindfulness and Being Present in the Moment

By Elyssa Barbash Ph.D. on January 07, 2018 in Trauma and Hope
Living in the moment has an abundance of benefits.
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Why You Should Not Make New Year's Resolutions

Already broken your New Year's resolutions? Here's why.

Has Mindfulness Become the New Kale?

Is mindfulness just a fad? Research shows that we need it and it works.

How to Live a Regret-Free Life

By Andrea Brandt Ph.D. M.F.T. on January 02, 2018 in Mindful Anger
As you go into the new year, ask yourself: What lesson did you learn this past year that you wish you’d known earlier? What will you do now to transform that regret into action?
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Three Tools For Making Lasting Change

Looking for some strategies for personal transformation? When science meets wisdom traditions, the recipe is one for success.

Be Quick, But Not in a Hurry

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on January 01, 2018 in Black Belt Brain
This is a quick read about life is definitely as a journey, not a destination. It's important to take the time needed to slow down and be mindful in motion.

6 Scientific Ways to Boost Your Brain Health

Brain health is the foundation for healthy and successful living, learning, and loving. New research shows living healthier, and meditating can boost your brainpower. Find out why

Positive Psychology in Martial Arts

Martial arts does not just teach us how to kick and punch. It provides a strong basis for living with positive psychology foundational principles.

The Secret to Achieving Self-Improvement and A Better Life

By Deborah L. Davis Ph.D. on December 30, 2017 in Laugh, Cry, Live
Most New Year’s resolutions are epic fails. Instead, reflect on how you’ve stretched and grown during this past year, and you’ll reinforce your gains and learn your lessons well.

5 Great Ways to Respond to Kids' Whining

By Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on December 29, 2017 in Joyful Parenting
While it's easy to react to whining, deemed "the most annoying sound in the world," with frustration or anger, research provides insight into some of the most effective responses.

The Impact of Compassion-Focused Self-Help on Well-Being

By Grant Hilary Brenner M.D. on December 29, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Research on using guided self-help to deliver Compassion-Focused Therapy shows it is effective and useful as a home-based, structured approach.
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An Intimate Way to Help Cope With Loss During the Holidays

By Diana Raab PhD on December 25, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
It's not your imagination: Studies have proven that more people get sick and die during the holiday season. Here are some ideas on how to cope.

The Kindest Gift Is Acceptance

By Mica B. Estrada, Ph.D. on December 24, 2017 in Lead with Kindness
How are our expectations reducing our ease in life? Sometimes the kindest gift we can give to ourselves and others is acceptance.

Bringing Emotional Equilibrium To The Holidays

By Dan Mager MSW on December 22, 2017 in Some Assembly Required
Learning to recognize, be present, and make peace with the parts of ourselves we may struggle with makes it possible to be accepting of whatever arises.

Five Ways to Protect Yourself from Holiday Travel Thieves

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on December 22, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
Holiday travel is both difficult and distracting. That is what thieves are banking on. Understand the psychology of distraction in order to stay focused, and stay safe.

A Mindful Day

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on December 20, 2017 in Boundless
Try these three reflections for a more peaceful day.

Song Lyrics Revised For the Older Crowd

For old folks, Paul McCartney’s “I’ve Just Seen a Face” would now be “I’ve Just Seen the Ground,” and the chorus would be “Falling, yes, I’m falling/Hope someone’s calling 9-1-1."

Can You Switch Off?

Does being away from your computer or smart phone leave you feeling anxious and a little out of control? Is our addiction to technology making us happier?