Bite-Sized Meditations for the Busy Human Being

The third in a series by Linda Graham, MFT, based on Healthy Brain, Happy Life by Dr. Wendy Suzuki, a neuroscientist at NYU. Dr. Suzuki acknowledges her own struggles, as so many of us have, with sticking to a formal meditation practice…. Read more »

Be Your Own Therapist: 3 Questions to Ask Yourself

Something is off.  Happiness and peace are eluding you.  Perhaps your relationships continue to self destruct or you simply feel stuck. Most of us can relate to the experience of being off track.  It could be an unexplainable blip or there is… Read more »

What Can You Do When You’re Shaken?

Rick Hanson, PhD, looks at the need we all have to find a place to stand firmly; whether it be physically, psychologically or spiritually.  He offers ways to find stability when you feel shaken or out of control.  I’ve been to… Read more »

Mindfulness: A Powerhouse of Benefits for Emotional and Relationship Health

Lately, many have been talking about the power of mindfulness practices. It’s more than a tool to focus attention and reduce stress, as helpful as those outcomes are.  Mindfulness – defined as presence, openness, engaged awareness and compassionate acceptance of… Read more »

#TheToolbox Best of Emotional and Relationship Health 2016

Another year is soon to be in the rear view mirror and I’m here to celebrate the “best of”  in LoveAndLifeToolbox.com in 2016. The following are the three most popular emotional and relationship health articles, as well as helpful tools you can add to your… Read more »

It’s True. Happiness is Emotional and Relationship Health.

As an individual and couples therapist, writer, student of the dynamics of people and creator of LoveAndLifeToolbox.com, I’ve noticed a few things.  One of the things that I’ve sought to understand and guide people towards is the state of happiness…. Read more »

Reflections on Gratitude – Even for the Hard Stuff

With Thanksgiving upon us in the U.S., let’s remind ourselves of what this holiday is about.  Linda Graham, MFT, explores the use of gratitude as a buffer and offers tools to help practice gratitude even in the most difficult situations…. Read more »

Mitigate the Stress Response with a Hand on Your Heart

Linda Graham, MFT and author of Bouncing Back:  Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being, shares a highly effective stress relieving exercise that encourages the release of oxytocin, the brain’s antidote to the stress hormone, cortisol. Barbara Fredrickson, a pioneering… Read more »

Learning to Cope, Living with Hope….Life with BPD

This is a follow up to Borderline Personality Disorder: A Survivor’s Story, written by Amy Allison for LoveAndLifeToolbox.com in 2009.   Amy shares how things been since that time; challenges, triumphs and her ongoing personal work. I strongly encourage you to… Read more »

Is Your Inner Child Driving the Bus?

In some photos of myself as a young child I looked sad.  As I stare into my own eyes in some of the pictures from back then I see melancholy and pensiveness.  Distance.  Ambivalence.  A little girl inside her own head…. Read more »