Being Compassionate and Being Too Busy Often Don’t Mix

Linda Graham, MFT looks at the challenge that being “too busy” creates for maintaining a sense of kindness and compassion to others.  She offers an exercise to help you slow down and practice self-compassion so you can be more mindful… Read more »

Your One Precious Life

I recently heard a poem that stopped me in my tracks with it’s visceral beauty and lesson in the power of mindfulness, or living in the moment. We all can learn to pay better attention as not to miss the magical… Read more »

Kindness is a Super-Power

Linda Graham, MFT believes that small acts of kindness can truly change the world.  She explores the “super-powers of kindness” and ways to pass it on. When my friend Edith’s grandson Nick was 6 years old, she asked him one day,… 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 »

Just Breathe: Kids Talk About Difficult Emotions and Using the Breath to Relieve Stress

Much is known about the power of the breath to reduce stress.  Slow, deep breathing triggers the relaxation response that changes the physical and emotional responses to stress.  It decreases your heart rate, blood pressure and muscle tension.  Many throughout the… Read more »

The Importance of Sleep for Emotional Health, Brain and Body

Linda Graham, MFT examines ways that adequate sleep serves your emotional and physical health; the brain, nervous system, heart, mood and stress levels.  She offers ways to set up the conditions for replenishing sleep. I’ve often written about resilience in… Read more »

Shame: You Are Only As Sick As Your Secrets

Jennifer Lehr, MFT digs deep into her personal battle with shame and secret keeping.  As a therapist, she chooses to reveal so much of herself with the hope that others will benefit.  Unmasking shame is a very effective way to strip… Read more »

2014: “The Toolbox” Best of Emotional and Relationship Health

2014 was a big year for LoveAndLifeToolbox.com after it’s redesign and relaunch at the end of 2013.  The positive feedback is much appreciated and I look forward to continuing to provide quality content and helpful tools by myself and others in the field… Read more »