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5 Ways Dwelling On The Negative Affects Your Well-Being

Guy Winch, Ph.D. | Posted 04.17.2014 | 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.

How Loss Affects Our Daily Lives

Guy Winch, Ph.D. | Posted 03.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Guy Winch, Ph.D.

Recovering from loss takes time but there are ways to treat our psychological injuries. Caring for our emotional wounds will help accelerate the recovery process so we emerge from our loss with our lives, identities, relationships, and beliefs intact.

Divorce Confidential: Managing Your Emotions During A Divorce

Caroline Choi | Posted 03.13.2014 | Divorce
Caroline Choi

Can someone say "social media" as the new therapeutic emotional outlet?

Coping With Disappointment: The Rule of Sevens

Pam Didner | Posted 03.05.2014 | Parents
Pam Didner

My son has a rule of sevens to overcome sadness: seven hours, seven days and seven weeks. He allows himself to get sad or angry for a certain period of time. For him, it can be seven hours, seven days or seven weeks. When the time is up, he tells himself that he needs to move on and stops dwelling on situations that he can no longer change.

5 Ways to Overcome Your Fear of Love

Lisa Firestone | Posted 02.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

We can start challenging ourselves to accept love -- to return a loving look, rather than turning away in embarrassment. We can approach our defenses with curiosity and compassion and slowly start to change our part of the equation that limits our capacity for love.

5 Things to Try Before You Give Up on Your Relationship

Lisa Firestone | Posted 02.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

When you love yourself, you are better equipped to act with integrity in your relationships. You become a person you respect, and you give your relationship its best chance at survival.

Idiot Compassion and the Power of Sorrow

Susan Piver | Posted 04.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Susan Piver

When we clamp down on our inner experience or avoid emotions, the path to kindness is also obscured. Kindness toward others is actually synonymous with kindness toward self.

God Whispered

Steven Crandell | Posted 03.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Steven Crandell

Why me, why now, I thought. Why is life so hard? That's when God whispered something in my head. I want to share it with you. In difficulty, be ...

State of the World Got You Down? How to Find Peace in a Seemingly Out-of-Control World

Tamara Star | Posted 02.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Tamara Star

When the world seems out of control, here's how to find peace within yourself. After the recent Colorado high school shootings, there's no doubt ou...

Holiday Depression Can Be a Surprising Gift

Barrie Davenport | Posted 02.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Barrie Davenport

But for some people, the weeks leading up to Christmas are the most painful of the year. Depression during the holidays is an all-too-common problem that turns the season into something to "get through" rather than a celebration to savor.

Surviving the Holidays With Loss

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 02.05.2014 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

How do we live with our reluctance to engage in family and faith rituals that once gave life, and the season, meaning?

When the Holidays Aren't Joyous: 5 Tips for Helping Children Cope With Loss

Bonnie Rubenstein | Posted 02.02.2014 | Parents
Bonnie Rubenstein

For kids, the holidays are supposed to be filled with joy and excitement. However, for some children who have suffered a recent loss, the holidays can be especially hard.

A Widow's Hint to the Living: Talk About My Husband

Judy Silk | Posted 02.01.2014 | Fifty
Judy Silk

Speak of my late husband. Go ahead, I beg you. There is an old Jewish proverb that says "As long as we live, they too will live; for they are now are a part of us; as we remember them."

Powerful Reminders That Put Life Into Perspective

Shannon Kaiser | Posted 01.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Shannon Kaiser

Finding lasting happiness seems to be like getting in shape physically. It may feel uncomfortable at first, but the more you do it the easier it becomes. You have to work your positivity muscles daily; if you do it, over time it will become much easier.

4 Steps To Healing A Broken Life

Posted 11.27.2013 | OWN

The poet, spiritual thinker and author of Seven Thousand Ways to Listen, Mark Nepo explores the ways we can put the pieces back together. Though no...

Making Good Use of Your Suffering

Lilian Cheung, D.Sc., R.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Lilian Cheung, D.Sc., R.D.

While it's true that everything is impermanent, sometimes to really move on, we need to take the time and space to be fully present with our suffering.

Dear Joe: How Did You Beat Depression?

Joe Peacock | Posted 01.23.2014 | Weird News
Joe Peacock

It was never on any of the aptitude and vocational tests I took in high school, but apparently I have the qualities of an advice columnist. Because I get a LOT of email asking about a LOT of things. One of those things, especially over the last few months, is depression.

Why You Should Embrace Negative Emotions

Posted 10.29.2013 | Healthy Living

In our relentless pursuit of happiness, it's easy to shove aside, make light of, or otherwise evade negative emotions. But the truth is that unpleasan...

Being There for Ourselves

Christine Eilvig | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Christine Eilvig

In many ways it's simple. We need to stop being so mean to ourselves. We need to listen to our needs. And we need to find the courage to act on our needs.

Study Indicates That Sad Songs Say So Much (Even More Than You Think)

Susan Cain | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Susan Cain

As a minor key kind of gal, I often wonder: Why does sad music make me feel so happy? Why do I feel so thrilled when Jacques Brel sings of abandonment? Why do I prefer my Chopin in C sharp minor? Why do I love Leonard Cohen so much?

Are You Happy? This Visual Survey Will Make You Tear Up

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 09.27.2013 | Good News

Bangladesh is one of the happiest countries in the world, according to The Happy Planet Index. Photographer and filmmaker Farhan Hussain embarked on a...

Louis C.K. and the New Bawdy Mystic

Mark Morford | Posted 11.25.2013 | Entertainment
Mark Morford

Behold, here comes Louis C.K., this generation's bawdy philosopher/guru masquerading as curmudgeon jackass comic, throwing his particular brand of often brilliant, deadpan observational wisdom all over the digital zeitgeist.

'Sadness Is Poetic! You're Lucky To Live Sad Moments!'

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 09.20.2013 | Comedy

You won't want to miss this clip of Louis C.K. explaining why we shouldn't text while driving. Somehow, he might be the only one who can convincingly ...

Rising From the Ashes

Robin Amos Kahn | Posted 11.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Robin Amos Kahn

I learned compassion. I learned that you cannot do life alone. I learned that pain is part of life and it cracks you open in ways that make you a more compassionate person. I learned that the obstacles on the path ARE the path.

Loneliness Is a Silent Killer

Guy Winch, Ph.D. | Posted 11.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Guy Winch, Ph.D.

Few people are aware of how dangerous it is to "inhale" two packs a day of emotional isolation. Because loneliness is viewed merely as an unfortunate circumstance and not as the silent killer it is, it rarely triggers a sense of urgency in the person who suffers from it.