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Understanding Myths About Mistakes

Have you ever beaten yourself up for a mistake? There's a better strategy.

How You Use Mindfulness Matters

By John P Forsyth Ph.D. on September 21, 2017 in Peace of Mind
Are you struggling to be more mindful? A tweak in how you use it may be all you need.

Cartoon Villains, Stress, and Health: Kim and The Donald

By Daniel P. Keating Ph.D. on September 20, 2017 in Stressful Lives
The war of words: "fire and fury" and "sea of flames" may be empty threats (we hope), but even so, the stress from fear and uncertainty will harm health for years to come.

Should You Let Your Dog Sleep in Bed With You?

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on September 14, 2017 in Canine Corner
A new study offers guidance on the choice to snuggle up with a favorite canine.

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Earthquake Shock: Mexico’s Buried Schoolgirl Who Never Was

By Robert Bartholomew Ph.D. on September 21, 2017 in It's Catching
Vanishing Schoolgirl Likely Never Existed

Where Did the Opioid Epidemic Come From? Part One of Two

By Dan Mager MSW on September 21, 2017 in Some Assembly Required
The opioid epidemic is a solely human created catastrophe, born of sincere intent that became mutated by unadorned profit-motivated greed. Here's how it happened.
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How to Stop Beating Yourself Up About Your Mistakes

By Tasha Eurich Ph.D. on September 21, 2017 in The Power of Insight
Are you stuck in an endless cycle of self-flagellation? The bad news is that catastrophizing is bad for us. The good news is that we can stop it in its tracks.

Three Tips for Staying Heart Healthy

Hint: Positive emotions can be good for your body.
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Tips and Books to Help Kids Recover From the Hurricanes

By Azmaira H. Maker Ph.D. on September 21, 2017 in Helping Kids Cope
Helping includes providing safety, getting children back to school, and creating stability in their lives.

Back to School and Back to Pressure

By Hendrie Weisinger Ph.D. on September 20, 2017 in Thicken Your Skin
Can your kids perform under pressure? Can they summon their talent at will? Can they deliver on a test? Can they sleep at night?

Post-Hurricane Stress, Anxiety, Recovery, and PTSD

By Elyssa Barbash Ph.D. on September 20, 2017 in Trauma and Hope
Two major hurricanes and a destructive earthquake occurred in the past week. Are you feeling the stress?

Feeling Lonely? You May Be Damaging Your Health

Loneliness has been linked to inflammation and even higher mortality rates. Find out if you have an unhealthy level of loneliness and what you should do about it.

How Can Leaders Find Happiness?

By Peter Bregman on September 18, 2017 in How We Work
Discover the SHARP model for a happier life, an easy way to beat procrastination, and the number-one factor in predicting well-being.

Rewire Your Burned-Out Brain

By Judy Willis M.D., M.Ed. on September 18, 2017 in Radical Teaching
You can rewire your brain to reverse burnout symptoms and boost your optimism, pleasure, and positive expectations.
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Trauma-Informed Approaches: The Good and the Bad

By Michael S. Scheeringa M.D. on September 17, 2017 in Stress Relief
Trauma-informed lens, toolkits, and approaches are all the rage. But how do these improve our lives, and how have they overreached into the undesirable sphere of truthiness?

Distracting Yourself Into a Better Mood

Having a series of options that distract you in an effort to recharge? Always a great thing!

How to Say No Assertively to a Request for Your Time

By Deborah Grayson Riegel MSW on September 14, 2017 in Speak Easy
Do you say yes when you want to say no? Here are 20 ways to say no gracefully, and with less guilt.

3 Ways to Regulate Your Emotions

By Marianna Pogosyan Ph.D. on September 14, 2017 in Between Cultures
We can influence our emotions using different strategies—some more effective than others.
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Emotional Contagions

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on September 14, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
A science journalist finds himself personally impacted by his comprehensive exploration of social contagions.

Healthy and Unhealthy Risk

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on September 13, 2017 in Life After 50
Are you stilted in your career because of fear of failure? Or are you a self-destructive risk-taker? Either way, your reality testing is distorted.

What You Should Know When Disaster Strikes

Recovery and healing are possible following a natural disaster. Here's how.
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A Brand New Way to Understand Social Anxiety

By Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D. on September 12, 2017 in What Matters Most?
Think you know what social anxiety is? This post proves you do not. You'll see social anxiety in an new, helpful way...actually in 6 new and helpful ways.

Lessons From Hurricane Irma

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on September 12, 2017 in Social Lights
A list and a meditation.

How To Be At Peace When Everyone Says You Shouldn't Be

It's easy to get overwhelmed by the endless stream of negative news. But what if I told you it's possible to stay informed without losing your sanity or sense of inner peace?

How Can You Develop Employees Who Care?

By Peter Bregman on September 11, 2017 in How We Work
Discover how much your company stands to gain by developing caring mindsets, the four elements in Subir’s STAR formula, and the one question you should ask yourself every morning.

Karate Kata and Cognition

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on September 11, 2017 in Black Belt Brain
Thoughts from a woman who started training at age 80: "when I started to train in karate, my grandchildren said 'Grandma--you are crazy!' but now they are so proud of me."
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A Sleep Pioneer’s Labor of Love

By Kathleen Frazier on September 09, 2017 in From Sleepwalker to Sound Sleeper
Afraid to seek help for a sleep disorder? Find a great sleep physician.
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Some Stress Can Be Good for You

Put your stress to work for you.

College, 2017 to 2018

The arrival of the smartphone has changed every aspect of teenage life, from social interactions to mental health. It's time for colleges to change their approach as well.

Why Is My Phone So Addictive?

Your phone triggers dopamine and oxytocin and relieves cortisol.

How Internet Postings Are Emotionally Affecting Your Day

By Sue Scheff on September 07, 2017 in Shame Nation
In a recent YouGov study, over a quarter of adults admitted that reading negative online comments can ruin their day, while the majority say "likes" are not important to them.

Four Things Not to Do When You Feel Anxious

Trying to make the anxiety go away won’t work. Many of the common ways you react to anxiety are unhelpful and make things worse.

Exercise and Its Benefits for Sleep

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on September 06, 2017 in Sleep Newzzz
Making exercise part of your regular routine can contribute to healthier, more restful sleep—and may help improve sleep issues such as insomnia.
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Ambiguous Loss

By Marilyn A. Mendoza Ph.D. on September 05, 2017 in Understanding Grief
Coping when someone is missing