It’s almost Thanksgiving, a holiday when traditionally we’re supposed to recognize and appreciate the good things in our lives. Unfortunately this is something most of us don’t do. But what if the attitude of gratitude — maintained year round — … Read more
At a time of deep political and social polarization, distrust, fear and acrimony, it’s heartening to learn of a new university research center devoted solely to kindness.
Recently, UCLA announced the launch of the Bedari Kindness Institute, a group of … Read more
There is considerable research correlating optimism with better health. But is there evidence that a sunnier outlook can actually add years to your life?
A recent epidemiological paper by Boston University and Harvard examined public health data from two cohorts: … Read more
Most people think that taking a “mental health day” is a less valid reason to skip work than taking a sick day when you’re ill. But it’s important that we treat our emotional health as seriously as our physical health. … Read more
We think of self-confidence as a psychological problem — when we lack it. But what is it exactly? And how is self-confidence different from self-esteem or self-efficacy?
A recent New York Times Smarter Living column does a good job of … Read more
All of us understand that the death of a close relative — spouse, parent or child — requires a prolonged period of grieving for the survivor’s healing and adjustment. But what about the passing of a close friend? Generally we … Read more
A recent Gallup survey found that Americans are among the most stressed people in the world. and that their experience of stress, anger and worry is at a ten-year high.
An annual study conducted since 2005, the Global Emotions Report… Read more
More than other problems they encounter, today’s teens believe anxiety and depression are the biggest challenges their peers face. That’s the finding of a Pew Research Center report published last month.
In a survey of 1,000 teenagers, 13-17, 70 percent … Read more
Much research has shown that, individually, a tendency to clutter and a tendency to procrastinate negatively impacts a person’s relationships and emotional well-being. But do the two behaviors go together? At least one study points to the connection in young … Read more
It may seem counter intuitive, but millennials — the age group least interested in organized religion — often want to discuss their spirituality when they come to counseling. That’s been my experience as a psychotherapist. And at least one study … Read more