Essential Reads

In Pursuit of Happiness: Why Pain Helps Us Feel Pleasure

By Brock Bastian Ph.D. on June 22, 2017 in The Other Side
Is happiness just about the good times? Do painful experiences only make us unhappy? Here is new research on why our painful experiences are in fact necessary for happiness.

John Grisham Can't Be Stopped

Struggling against the impulse to give up on something important to you? Take a lesson from John Grisham -- a writer even more persistent than his characters.

How Hobbies Impact Your Head and Your Heart

Are you looking to feel happier, younger and smarter? An hour a day could make all the difference.
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A Simple Five Step Process for Achieving Daily Happiness

Happiness is a state of mind—one that doesn’t stick around for 24 hours a day. It comes and goes, always making you aware of its presence.

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A Choose Your Own Adventure Guide to Building Relationships

We build our relationships upon the strengths and weaknesses of our parents, as well as our own. An exercise in discovering the challenges and the keys to overcoming them

Are You in Love?

What does love and being in love look like?

Toxic Relationships: Accept or Reject?

The more things change, the more people seem to stay the same. Trying to change others is almost always a waste of time.

Andrew Weil: Coincidences in an Amazing Life

Coincidences in the professional life of a major contributor to the advancement of medicine.

Relaxing the Over-Controller

By Tara Brach Ph.D. on June 21, 2017 in Finding True Refuge
How do we shift from the identity of a controlling, wanting, fearing self into a compassionate witness that can see what is going on and knows how to rest and just be?

What’s “Emotional Reasoning”—And Why Is It Such a Problem?

One of the most baffling psychological problems is to acutely feel the reality of something without its having any basis in fact. Here are some examples...

The Extra-mile Inventory

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 20, 2017 in How To Do Life
A self-assessment: Do you do what it takes to get an above-average result?
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How to Change Your False Beliefs

By John Kim, LMFT on June 20, 2017 in The Angry Therapist
How to life coach someone.

What Is Leadership Presence and How Can It Be Developed?

By Peter Bregman on June 19, 2017 in How We Work
What is leadership presence and how can it be developed? Lisa also turns the tables and interviews me for my take on my best insights on how to develop leadership presence.

Is Your Mind Wandering?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on June 19, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
Controlling your attention, by pulling it away from what's bothersome or pointless (such as mental grumbling or self-criticism) is the foundation for changing your brain.

The Gambler's Fallacy in Research

Clinical research differs from patient care in its goals and priorities. How are the two different and what are the gambler's fallacy and therapeutic misconception?

Why Is There So Much Violence Today?

How can we get beyond this wave of violence? A new perspective can make all the difference.

For New Dads - Keys To A Great Experience

What do new fathers need? A review of survey findings and pragmatic tips about how to avoid common mistakes and make the most of your first years as a father.

How Accurate Is the Medical Advice on TV?

We see medical doctors doling out advice on TV every day. But how accurate is their guidance?

A Few Words to Young Adults with Disabilities, and Without

We all mess up. Its easy to be hard on yourself when you have a disability, or even when you don't.

I Ching: Intentional Meaningful Coincidences

Create your own coincidences by tossing the coins and turning to the designated page in the I Ching.

Nine Biggest Negotiation Mysteries Solved

The nine most popular questions about how to negotiate—and the answers.

Physical Safety or Emotional Security?

Who exactly is the anxiety-provoking boogie man that is showing up in your house late at night?

Stop Thinking, Start Being

What frightens people about adding mindfulness or meditation to their lives? Savor the "now" to be able to relish the memory.

25 Great Songs about Following Your Callings

By Gregg Levoy on June 16, 2017 in Passion!
Some beautiful and compelling songs about the fine and fearsome art of following our callings.

Designing for Diet Season

Tweak the design of your home to live a healthier life.

Comedy as Church

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on June 15, 2017 in Ambigamy
Comedy, like art or religion can be a chance for us to commune together in our unrequitable quest for relief from the messiness of life.

100 Studies Show This Simple Technique Doubles Productivity

By Al Pittampalli on June 15, 2017 in Are You Persuadable?
Struggling to reach your goals? Try this simple 5-minute exercise.

How Our Bodies Age (Part 3)

What changes in our nervous system can we expect as we age? And what are the implications?

Hunger

By Emily T. Troscianko on June 15, 2017 in A Hunger Artist
Reliving a small insight.

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.
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Looking out for Number One

Consider these steps if you are a giver and need to start taking more, that is, taking care of yourself!

Do You Really Need Premarital Counseling?

What should you do to prepare for marriage? Research reveals effective tools to help your relationship thrive for a lifetime.
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Gen Z: A Strong Generation. New Data on Why

New insights and approaches in connecting with Gen Z. You'll want to thank the next Gen Z person you meet.