Essential Reads

The Secret to a Good Night’s Sleep? Purpose.

By Lydia Denworth on July 26, 2017 in Brain Waves
Having trouble sleeping? A new study reveals that having purpose in daily life leads to better quality of sleep at night, and even prevents sleep disorders.

Kids Need to Eat Dirt and Get Dirty

There is good science showing that when children get outdoors and encounter more microbes, their ability to cope with stress is improved for a lifetime.

Dementia of Youth—Why Our Memories Are So Unreliable

Do you feel a little lost in your life choices? Small mindset shifts can go a long way
Thomas Wolter

The Stress of Competition: Alleviating Athletes' Anxiety

By Jay Winner M.D. on July 22, 2017 in Stress Remedy
Competition-related stress is universal. How can you minimize distress and maximized performance?

More Posts on Mindfulness

The Self, Lost and Found

How creativity holds up a mirror to your inner world.

Applying Mindfulness in Relapse Prevention

By Dan Mager MSW on June 14, 2017 in Some Assembly Required
The mindfulness practice of urge surfing can help those in addiction recovery learn how to bear urges or cravings to use alcohol and other drugs more skillfully.

Is Mindfulness as Easy as Mindlessness?

Do you feel that you go through most of your days on auto-pilot? What if being more mindful as you move through your day, could actually be just as easy as being mindless?

Three Nonverbal Behaviors That May Damage Your Marriage

By Zack Carter Ph.D. on June 12, 2017 in Clear Communication
Are you potentially asking for an extramarital affair without even knowing it?

Laser Listening: Paying Attention from Inside Out, Part 2

Adam S. McHugh, author of "The Listening Life," shares insights about how to listen deeply to yourself, including a refreshing way to manage negative self-talk.
Erlanger Turner, Ph.D.

Run for Your Life to Improve Your Mental Health

In his new book, William Pullen provides a self-help resource on coping with mental health issues by combining exercise and mindfulness.

When a Manager Becomes a Leader

When a manager becomes a leader: how to use people skills to lead others to success.

Reality Check: Who Are You and What Are You Doing?

As tempting as it is to push life's bigger questions away, research shows it is worth the time and effort to answer them.

"The Sounds of Silence"

We need more silence in our lives, as noisy machinery, constant media, a troubled world, life's pressures and internal distress bombard us: We sorely need relief from cacophony...

Taking to the Hut at Midlife

By Karin Arndt, Ph.D. on June 05, 2017 in A Hut of Her Own
It may be time to shed your old skin and make space for something new. The hut can help.

Gedankenexperimente—the Sacred Gift We Ignore

Everybody is talking about the value of mindfulness today. I’d like to talk about the value of mindlessness, otherwise known as daydreaming.

A Bird's Life in New York City

By Debbie Joffe Ellis on June 04, 2017 in Tried and True
By choosing to perform acts of kindness whenever possible, we help the lives of others and of ourselves, and can make our tender and vulnerable world more safe and stable.

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.

The Best Way to Die

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on June 04, 2017 in Am I Right?
Is it better to rage, rage against death or to go gently into the night?

Are You Getting Growth Mindset Wrong?

Does your organization have a growth mindset? But with all the buzz surrounding this practice, are we actually creating false growth mindsets?

Is Body Positivity Leading Us Astray?

In the body positivity movement, self-acceptance has been bypassed in our quest for self-love. But when you feel anything but love for your body, might acceptance be a better goal?

Why Intrusive Thoughts Are like My Cat Abraham

By Joel Minden, Ph.D. on May 30, 2017 in CBT and Me
Intrusive thoughts are like cats. The less you try to be the boss, the easier it is to peacefully coexist.

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.

A Mindful Evening

Do you have trouble winding down at night? These brief meditations can ease you into a more restful space.

Beyond the Veil: Synchronicity and Near Death Experiences

How the perspective gained from NDEs helps to explain some coincidences.

Watch Your Language!

"She gave her baby up for adoption." What's wrong with that?
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You Are Lucky to Have Found Mindfulness

Why are you lucky to have discovered the practice of mindfulness?

The Self-Care Reality Check

Self-care has become a fancy buzzword, but what does it actually mean?

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.
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Are You Grounded? Centered? Or Both?

Have you felt less grounded and centered lately? While these different, some of the self-help tools to ground you and bring you back to center are similar. Read more for tips.
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Are You Sure?

By Tara Well Ph.D. on May 16, 2017 in The Clarity
Does the question "Are you sure?" leave you feeling anxious? A few tips can help you enjoy the unknown.

The Waiting is the Hardest Part

When the outcome is not in your control, waiting for answers, waiting to feel better, or waiting to get back together can feel like life or death.

Looking for Peace in a Frantic World?

Are you wearing yourself out frantically rushing from one thing to the next? The path to peace may be just outside your door.

Is Yoga a treatment for Type 2 Diabetes?

An endocrinologist reveals why the most potent prescription for diabetes may not be a pill.