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Melanie Harth, Ph.D., LMHC
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Melanie Harth is a psychologist-trained therapist and life coach. Many of her clients are artists, writers, and entrepreneurs. She's a writer/editor, and professional blogger.



Designing innovative stress reduction strategies to optimize personal and business success is her specialty.



Dr. Harth has a graduate degree in clinical psychology, and an interdisciplinary doctorate with a special focus on the psychology of creative process.

She has been a meditator for many years, studying Tibetan Buddhism with Dr. Reginald Ray, earth-based practices with Dr. Bill Plotkin’s Animas Valley Institute, and has completed the training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. For more, go to www.melanieharth.com.

Entries by Melanie Harth, Ph.D., LMHC

6 Ways to Use Mindfulness For Real Leadership

(1) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 5:08 PM

You're dangerous, you know.

Leadership, of any kind, isn't cultivated from a bullet point presentation, or a sound bite. It encompasses the very essence of who you are, and what you're here to accomplish.

You're holding the power -- or it's holding you.

You, with all your humanness and its...

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7 Mindfulness Tips for Happiness at Work

(2) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 11:14 AM

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So many people are miserable at work! Millions, it turns out. No matter what the "work" is -- corporate leaders, cashiers and food service employees, entrepreneurs -- we're a culture of misery when it comes to work.

And the costs of that misery...

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Women and Depression: New Research Data on Why We Need To Be Exercising

(1) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 3:27 PM

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So many reasons to exercise! Enhanced creativity. More focused productivity. Less anxiety and depression. Less confusion. Better aging.

Ahhh ... more peace of mind.

Depression wears many different faces. And it can have a negative impact on almost every area of living.

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Depression and Women: Five Tips for Getting Help

(6) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 8:28 AM

The recent suicide of Robin Williams is striking a strong cultural chord, as did suicides earlier this year by Philip Seymour Hoffman and L'Wren Scott.

The reported commonality among them? Depression. According to the World Health Organization report,

Depressive disorders often start at a young age; they...
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Mindfulness for Success: Top 3 Management Tips

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 4:32 PM

Running a successful business demands attention, especially these days. If you aren't consciously choosing where to put your attention, you're risking everything.

As William W. George, professor of management practice at Harvard Business School, former chairman and chief executive officer of Medtronic, and author of four best-selling books, said:

Leaders...
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Bag Ladies, Money and Mindfulness

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 12:49 PM

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For a little minute, I was a millionaire. But I was so ignorant of money matters, such a mind-less idiot about paying any attention whatsoever to dealing with it properly, so terrified of losing it... guess what?

I lost it all.

When we...

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Jimmy Choos, Paris and Mindfulness

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 12:53 PM

2014-06-12-sTOURISTSMONEYsmall.jpgThe extent to which I used to soothe my own ruffled feathers by doing a little shopping came as a bit of a surprise to me. I was never crazily crazy (it's all relative, right?). I wouldn't even consider buying (let alone wearing) a...

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Do You Have Enough?! Mindfulness and Money 1-2-3

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 6:14 PM

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Money.

Having it, not having it, not having enough of it -- this ends up being a big, hairy monster for an awful lot of people.

Talking about money is forbidden. Even between BFFs and partners, things can get more riled...

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5 Steps for Using Mindfulness to Get What You Want

(2) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 11:51 AM

Money and work are hot topics with a lot of my clients these days. We talk about how to have satisfying work that also pays the bills, how to manage being in business for oneself or work for an insane boss, the possibility of internal psychological blocks getting in the...

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Phil Jackson and Mindfulness: 5 Trending Tips

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 11:54 AM

The winningest NBA coach ever uses mindful awareness as a leadership principle?! Maybe Phil Jackson's onto something. Jackson's mindful principles can be applied to any group effort, whether it be a sports team, in a corporate setting, or at home with your family.

-- "In the heat of the game,...

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10 Mindfulness Power Tips -- It's all About You

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 1:55 PM

Yep.

It's all about you.

You get to decide what's possible. Not your parents. Not your best friend or spouse or community or culture.

In this case, both the good news and the bad news is that nobody else is responsible for you. In order to fully step into...

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7 Sweet Holiday Mindfulness Tips From Charlie Brown and Crew

(1) Comments | Posted December 21, 2013 | 8:10 AM

The holidays can be a rough time for a lot of people. Expectations of perfect family gatherings and luxurious gifts both given and received, always with fab food, can awaken those rowdy "I-want" monsters.

There's plenty of hope, though. Mindful awareness can help lighten the emotional load of the...

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The Psychology of Success and Saber-Toothed Tigers

(2) Comments | Posted September 12, 2013 | 1:17 PM

Jon Morrow just started Following me on Twitter! High alert! Where can I hide? What do I do now?!

Now, Jon Morrow is one my heroes, for many reasons. Hugely successful in overcoming ridiculously challenging circumstances. Freely sharing hard-won wisdom on behalf of a better world. Mega-popular. Ginormous...

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7 Just-Right Mindfulness Tips With Gretchen Rubin and Goldilocks

(2) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 12:38 PM

What on earth do you want?!

Really. What do you want? You. Not what you were told to want when you were little. Not what your social set thinks you're supposed to want. Not what contemporary culture says you should be wanting.

I ask each of my beloved clients, What...

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Jeff Bezos Gets Mindful: 10 Timely Tips

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2013 | 4:58 PM

1. "There is no map, and charting a path ahead will not be easy." Developing a practice of mindful awareness -- learning how to pay attention -- is a way to begin drawing your map. Charting a path. What do you want as a result of your business?...

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Fishes and Trees: 12 Timely Mindfulness Tips From Albert Einstein

(8) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 5:03 PM

Everybody is a genius. But, if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it'll spend its whole life believing that it is stupid. -- Albert Einstein

Billions of fish try to climb trees every day. Just look around the office, or at those poor souls who...

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The Soul of Mindfulness: 7 Tips for Groovin' With Your Practice

(3) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 11:19 AM

As the inimitable Goldie Hawn put it, "Why not just live in the moment, especially if it has a good beat?"

Cultivating a mindful awareness practice helps us feel the rhythm of each day. And when we begin dancing with the moments of our lives as they're happening, well then......

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5 Tips From Warren Buffett on Mindfulness

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 11:56 AM

Ready to begin living, right now, the way you dream about doing in some far-off, distant future?

As that keen observer of human nature, Warren Buffet, says, There comes a time when you ought to start doing what you want. Take a job that you love. You will jump...

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Mental Illness and Mindful Awareness: 10 Marathon Training Tips

(2) Comments | Posted February 8, 2013 | 10:00 AM

Western psychopathology has developed quite a system for categorizing so-called mental illness into tidy little boxes. In many ways, it can be helpful to have a common language to talk about experiences, challenges, dysfunction, treatment, and even dare I say, healing. The organizing system, however, leaves out an awful lot...

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Target Practice for Idiots: 10 Timely Tips From Grasshopper, Master Po and Master Kan

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 11:58 AM

Who are you using for target practice? And what are your weapons? You know, when you're righteously pissed off, not feeling well or having a moment?

Often, our targets are people with whom we feel safe. They're safe because they (probably) won't leave us forever just because we go...

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