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Feeling Down Post-Election? Tap Into Your Resilience Reserves

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 12.30.2016 | Politics
Samantha Boardman MD

I have heard from patients, friends and co-workers who are having a difficult time processing the outcome of the election. While I cannot make your pain go away, I want to share some thoughts on how to stay strong during this challenging time.

Why Calm Down is Terrible Advice

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 11.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

It's your best friend's wedding and you are called upon to give a speech in front of two hundred people. Unless you are Barbara Walters, odds are this...

The After Hours

Francis Levy | Posted 09.29.2016 | Arts
Francis Levy

The naked sculptures in the window of the Park Avenue South storefront have become a kind of cause celebre to Gramercy Park residents, around the corn...

Don't Choke: How To Conquer Paralysis By Analysis

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 09.14.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Samantha Boardman MD

You don't need to be a star athlete to experience choking. It can happen to any of us at key moments. A student who fails even though she was prepared for a test, an entrepreneur who freezes while presenting to potential investors, a well-qualified applicant who blows a key interview.

Conscious Complaining: 5 Ways to Transform Complaints Into Action

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 03.24.2017 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

Here is how you can complain strategically:

Mealtime and Metabolism: Does Timing Matter?

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 03.05.2017 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

According to research, altering the time you eat affects your weight and metabolism. The key is to restrict the window of time within which you eat and to extend the amount of time you go without eating.

It Is What It Is. Or Is It?

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 01.28.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Samantha Boardman MD

Accepting the status quo has consequences. It numbs us into believing that things are supposed to be as they are and it robs us of the initiative to take action to change them.

The Upside of Breaking Your New Year's Resolution

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 01.21.2017 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

Just because you slipped up and ate that donut, smoked that cigarette or skipped that workout, doesn't mean all is lost. Failure is part of the process. So is recovery.

Can You Force Someone to Be Healthier?

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 01.14.2017 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

Bottom line: Nobody likes to be told what to do. There is no "one size fits all" especially when it comes to health and stress management. Discover what works for you and build more of it into your day.

The Bright Side of Your Bad Mood

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 01.08.2017 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

If you are in a funk or particularly bad mood, "What can I learn from it?" Channel your inner Sherlock Holmes and do some detective to figure out what triggered it. Is there something else going on that you need to address?

When Was the Last Time Something Took Your Breath Away?

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 12.30.2016 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

The sensation of awe is universal but hard to describe -- "jaw-dropping," "goose bump giving," and "spine tingling" are often used to capture that sense of wonder that awe inspires. Indeed, the experience of awe occurs in the body as much as it does in the mind.

What Is the Ultimate Luxury?

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 12.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

The offices of Park Avenue psychiatrists are filled with people who have "everything" but feel empty inside. Philosophers and religious teachers have known this forever and research confirms it. Study after study shows that materialism is bad for wellbeing. It actually undermines happiness.

A Cure for the Hectic Holidays

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 12.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

Do you feel like you never have enough time? According to Dr. Kathleen Vohs, 47 percent of Americans say they are starved for time. It's an epidemic s...

A Blueprint for Cultivating Gratitude

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 11.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

Is there a secret recipe for writing a good letter? I don't think so. There are many creative ways to express gratitude. This is the blueprint I use:

Can You Teach Yourself to Be More Optimistic?

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 11.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

Take 20 minutes and envision yourself in the future. Imagine yourself as the best possible you. Now write it down.

Science Says You Shouldn't Bail On Your Plans Tonight

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 07.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

Bottom line: If you want longevity and good health, it takes a village filled with good people. Best of all, this is a great excuse to drag your husband or partner to another dinner party.

Stop This Habit Today

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 06.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

Begin your day with an intellectual mise-en-scene. Plan ahead. Prioritize your list. Above all, put your smartphone away when you are with the people you love. They are your priority, not other people's Instagram feeds.

Do You Really Know Yourself?

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 06.04.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Samantha Boardman MD

Benjamin Franklin said, "There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one's self." Self-knowledge is a tricky business indeed ...

Slimmer by Design

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 05.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

Requiring fast food restaurants like McDonald's to post calorie counts on menus sounds like a great way to educate consumers and help them make better...

Should You Marry That Guy?

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 06.30.2015 | Women
Samantha Boardman MD

Should you marry that guy? Should you take that job offer in Seattle? Should you go back to school? For many people, important decisions like these are sources of dread and anxiety. They dominate our thoughts during the day and keep us up at night.

How to Survive a Boring Dinner Partner

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 08.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

Imagine yourself at a dinner "stuck" next to someone who is rambling on about something you have no interest in. "How can this person be so boring?" y...

Does Art Matter?

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 04.15.2015 | Arts
Samantha Boardman MD

The intellectual, social, emotional, and empathetic value of a piece of art may be hard to measure but are undeniable. A recent study found that students who visited an art museum demonstrated greater knowledge, critical thinking and empathy than those who didn't.

How Losing Helps You Win

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 03.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

One strategy to overcome the Trophy Industrial Complex is to encourage healthy competition. This is not an oxymoron. Competition can bring out the best in both children and adults.

Learning Resilience From a Master

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 02.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

Matisse embodies what people refer to today as resilience. With passion and perseverance, he navigated his way through this challenging period and found beauty in the darkness.

12 Secrets to Avoid Santa's Waistline

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 02.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

The average American gains between 4 and 7 pounds between Thanksgiving and Christmas. It is a scary statistic. Parties, family gatherings, stress, alcohol and fatigue are all to blame. The good news is that it doesn't have to be this way. Here are a few tips for keeping slim this holiday season: