Self Development

Improving Your Capacity for Happiness

Contentment with one’s life and life circumstances can seem to be obviously predicated on practicalities: Do I like my job?  Do I feel close to my spouse?  Are my children doing well?  Can I make ends meet?  Do I have enough time to do the things I enjoy?  All of these things, even just some of these things, if answered… Read more »

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Less Than an Hour of Training = A Lifetime of Pain Relief

Searching for ways to manage pain without the side-effects of pain medications?  Hoping to quell the anxiety associated with chronic pain? Fadel Zeidan, a neuroscientist at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has found that ”just a little over an hour of training in meditation can dramatically reduce both the experience of pain and pain-related brain… Read more »

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The Inner Voices Behind Violent Behavior

Too often, the subject of violence is addressed in our society from a platform of sensationalism, disgust, and trepidation. The reporting of violent events incites two reactions from viewers: horrified fascination or a repelled reflex to turn away. Neither reaction inclines us to seek a better understanding of why violence occurs, nor to ask the… Read more »

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The Importance of Psychological First Aid in Japan

In the past few days, PsychAlive.org, started getting unusual visits from outside the United States. Typically only attracting an audience of nations that hold English as their first language, we were surprised to find that the place these visits were coming from was Japan. The disaster in Japan has sent a ripple of grief, shock and… Read more »

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Generosity – What’s in it for you?

What we are thankful for is important, but what we give others to be thankful for is even more important. Generosity is no longer the selfless act we’ve long thought it to be. Studies now show that one of the biggest benefactors of generosity is the person who is dishing it out. Like a healthy… Read more »

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How to Become Your Best Self

The month of December is not only a time of holiday festivities; it is also a time of reflection. In the midst of the merriment, we find ourselves assessing the year that is passing and thinking about our expectations for the upcoming one. More often than not, we are disappointed that, once again, we have… Read more »

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Improve Your Mood Instantly

Recently the scientific community and the popular media were abuzz about the results of a global study entitled: Is daydreaming good for us? To answer this tough question, two researchers from Harvard University (graduate student Matthew Killingsworth and psychologist Daniel Gilbert) created an app so they could contact subjects at random times during the day… Read more »

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Give Yourself a Retreat: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

As any of you still shopping for that perfect present for that certain someone knows, this time of year is designed for thinking about others. Thoughts of getting away or doing something for yourself seem, at best, foreign and, at worst, selfish. Odd as it may seem, taking real, quality time to “escape” from your… Read more »

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A New Successful Approach to Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia nervosa is a disease that frightens all who are affected by it.  To see a loved one actively wasting away in front of your own eyes is devastating.  The frustration, confusion, and often, self-recrimination, all combine to render even the most stalwart among us feeling hopeless. In the October issue of Archives of General… Read more »

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Restoring Recess by Carol Krucoff, E-RYT

Forget About Working Out — Resolve to Go Out and Play! So here we are, facing the end of another year, and if you’re like most Americans you’re probably resolving that—come January 1st–you’ll start a fitness program and get in shape. But the sad fact is that, despite our good intentions, half of all adults… Read more »

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