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The First Time Around: Learning to Slow Down

Josh Misner, Ph.D. | Posted 05.06.2016 | Parents
Josh Misner, Ph.D.

Despite the emotional wrecking ball that is the sum total of the lyrics to this song, I listened to it on repeat, just as I often do with so many other profound pieces of music upon first discovery.

10 Stress-Relief Strategies When You Have Five Minutes or Less

Paula Davis-Laack | Posted 05.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Paula Davis-Laack

The way we work is broken when scores of talented people can't attend to their basic human needs. Until the larger systemic issues are fixed, these and other stories continue to push me to create stress-relief strategies that can actually be incorporated in your super-hectic day. Here are 10 such strategies to try when you have five minutes or less.

Anticipation: The Psychology of Waiting in Line

Wray Herbert | Posted 09.14.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

We all spend a lot of time waiting in lines -- way more than we'd like. But what if we're waiting for something new and exciting? Doesn't waiting for new purchases become a positive experience, where we actually savor the anticipation so much that it trumps our impatience? Well, yes and no.

How To Stay Sane This Summer

Polly Campbell | Posted 09.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Polly Campbell

There are a variety of ways to look at any one situation. Find the view the looks the best, put on the rose-colored glasses (don't worry this won't make you delusional, you'll still be able to see the weeds in the neighbor's yard and the pile of work on your desk) and take the perspective that eases stress and amps up good feeling.

The Moments I Know I Have To Savor With My Not-So-Little Boy

Josh Misner, Ph.D. | Posted 03.20.2014 | Parents
Josh Misner, Ph.D.

What if this is the last time I ever get to "hold you" to my little guy? What if, tomorrow when he wakes up, he decides he's too old, too big, or too cool to be hauled around by his daddy?

Notes From the Creative Underground

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 07.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

Declaring to myself that I would keep no calendar, unplug from my laptop and all obligations, I set forth to discover what the morning would bring and follow the call of my heart.

Life Lessons from My Children

Signe Whitson | Posted 06.19.2012 | Parents
Signe Whitson

Kids can be our greatest teachers. When I am ready, mine are always there to show me what I really need to know.

10 Mindful Ways to Enjoy the Holiday Season

Lilian Cheung, D.Sc., R.D. | Posted 02.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Lilian Cheung, D.Sc., R.D.

Practicing gratitude reminds us that we are part of a beautiful whole, supported and loved. When you begin to feel stressed, alone or anxious, consider the things you are thankful for.

When Gratitude, Death, and Romance Collide on Thanksgiving

Todd Kashdan | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Todd Kashdan

Almost everything that is sacred in my life has its origins on Thanksgiving.


Tony Schwartz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tony Schwartz

Do you struggle, too, to slow down? What activities can you add to your life, wherever you are, whatever your situation, that you'll truly take the time to savor?

Counting Experiential Calories

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

An Experiential Calorie is a unit of awareness, a unit of conscious presence, a unit of meaning. The job of an Experiential Calorie is to enrich your Mind. Take a moment to count the latter.