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7 Strategies To Help You Find Serenity Right Now

Jennifer Taitz | Posted 09.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Taitz

We may dread alone time when we don't have a strategy to be with ourselves. Thoughts create sensations and bring to the moment vivid events removed from the now.

Are You a Thinker?

Darlene Mininni, PhD, MPH | Posted 06.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Darlene Mininni, PhD, MPH

When I have a problem, I think about it. I imagine it from every angle. The pros and the cons, the yes and the no. Sometimes that's really helpful; it guides me to make good decisions. But sometimes, I think too much about the same thing, over and over. Have you ever done that?

5 Ways Dwelling On The Negative Affects Your Well-Being

Guy Winch, Ph.D. | Posted 06.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Guy Winch, Ph.D.

While it is natural to reflect on upsetting experiences, brooding involves replaying the same scenes in your mind and reliving the emotional distress you felt at the time. Once you are in the habit of ruminating, the urge to brood can be easy to trigger and difficult to ignore.

The Brooding Mind: Making the Worst of Ambiguity

Wray Herbert | Posted 05.17.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Brooders see their own problems as debilitating, and this self-focus sabotages any real effort to make things better. It leads to all sorts of negative feelings, which in turn lead to more ruminative thinking, creating a perilous cycle of thought and emotion.

What Your Emotional Health Has in Common With Cinderella

Guy Winch, Ph.D. | Posted 02.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Guy Winch, Ph.D.

You can prioritize your emotional health as much as you do your physical and dental health. You can monitor your mood and self-esteem and take actions to boost them when they are low. And by doing these things, you can significantly boost your emotional wellness, your happiness and your overall life satisfaction.

5 Common Habits That Damage Your Emotional Health

Guy Winch, Ph.D. | Posted 12.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Guy Winch, Ph.D.

When we think of unhealthy habits, items such as cigarette smoking, midnight snacking or a sedentary lifestyle are often the first that come to mind. Yet, many of our unhealthiest habits are not behavioral but psychological in nature.

9 Scientifically-Backed Ways To Stop Worrying

The Huffington Post | Amanda L. Chan | Posted 10.01.2013 | Healthy Living

Corrie ten Boom once said, "Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength." Indeed, numerous studies have shown th...

5 Surprising Habits Of Happy People

Guy Winch, Ph.D. | Posted 11.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Guy Winch, Ph.D.

Acquiring new habits isn't easy. But isn't it time we gave our emotional health the same tender loving care we typically afford our physical bodies?

Ignoring Failure, Rejection and Other Common Psychological 'Injuries' Can Damage Your Mental Health

Guy Winch, Ph.D. | Posted 10.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Guy Winch, Ph.D.

While it's obvious to us that physical injuries can get worse if left untreated, that cuts can become infected, that colds can turn into pneumonia, we have no such awareness when it comes to psychological injuries.

On The Power Of Choosing Your Thoughts

Lisa Firestone | Posted 10.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

When we learn mindfulness, we gain the power of familiarizing ourselves with our thoughts and our patterns. We can get to know our critical inner voices, and we can start to recognize when these cruel thoughts start to surface.

How To Feel Better When You're Feeling Down

Christine Carter, PhD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christine Carter, PhD

My kids and I feel sadness, anger, anxiety -- sometimes downright misery -- just like everyone else. Leading a joyful life does not mean always trying to be happy. At the same time, I'm not really one for rumination.

Is Dwelling On The Negative Hurting You? The Cognitive Costs Of Rumination

Robert Leahy, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robert Leahy, Ph.D.

A lot of people sit at home, dwell on the negative, getting deeper and deeper in their depression. Psychologists call this style of repetitive negative thoughts "rumination."

How Thinking About An Elephant Can Make You Happier

Gretchen Rubin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Gretchen Rubin

If you want to distract yourself and raise your thoughts, what do you think about? Do you consider the elephant, contemplate the heavens, or something similar?

The Power of Conscious Forgetting

Dr. Judith Rich | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Judith Rich

Conscious forgetting means letting go of the event, to not insist it stay in the foreground, but rather allow it to be relegated to the background or move off stage.

Raising a Special Needs Child

Yolanda Reid Chassiakos | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Yolanda Reid Chassiakos

It took me years to stop blaming myself for something over which I now accept I had no control. With no appeasement from the medical work-ups, I was overwhelmed with guilt.

Losing sleep over a betrayal by a a couple

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

QUESTION Dear Irene, My husband and I were very close friends with another couple who betrayed and hurt us deeply. They made twisted and false accus...

Lifting The Pressure Of 'Should'

Anne Naylor | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Anne Naylor

Have you ever suffered from tension in the shoulders? Do you think others around you should do things differently - be more understanding or forgiving; be a better leader, fairer, wiser, more inspirational?