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 »

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 »

22 Ways Happy People Get Their Groove On

What are happy people up to?  What do they do that others don’t?  Happiness is not a “one size fits all” but there are a number of things you can work into your life to increase positive emotions and good vibes… Read more »

One Simple Prescription for Happiness

It’s not actually realistic to boil down the elements of happiness into one element but some researchers believe that if you could, gratitude would be it. Gratitude might even be the path to a more satisfied life. It can improve… Read more »

The Elusive Balance Between Work, Family, Intimate Relationships and Self

Life balance.  A destination or way of being? It’s like some kind of mysterious creature that many of us seek.  For a brief time it reveals itself, we think we’ve honored and befriended it then just when we look away and… Read more »

The Light in Your Dark Side: How Negative Emotions Serve You

Linda Graham, MFT reflects on the book, The Upside of Your Dark Side by Todd Kashan, Phd, offering a corrective to the last 20 years of the positive psychology movement which itself was meant to be a corrective to psychology’s focus on… Read more »

Are You Hard on Yourself?

Rick Hanson, PhD and author of Hardwiring Happiness, looks at the benefit of practicing forgiveness if you have a tendency to be your own worst critic.  He shares his thoughts about how to allow your “inner protector” to help you find… Read more »

My Favorite Tools to Change Your Brain

Research has shown up that because of the neuroplasticity of your brain, you have the potential to change your life by promoting happiness, trauma relief, resilience and overall peace of mind.  You no longer have to be held hostage by… Read more »

Happiness: Questions to Ask Yourself…and a Caveat

Happiness is a popular topic these days.  We now know that much of your happiness is in your control (40% says Sonja Luyubomirsky, PhD in her book, The How of Happiness) which empowers you make real changes impacting your emotional and… Read more »

Your Inner Kid: Fun Ways to Practice Playful Mindfulness this Summer

Most kids have it down when it comes to being in the moment.  They live for the now and get fully absorbed in their activities.  Without the burden of responsibilities they master the art of play, wonderment and mindful attention…. Read more »