#TheToolbox 2015 Best of Emotional and Relationship Health

As 2015 winds down and we prepare to ring in 2016, it’s that time again to highlight the most popular articles and favorite tools offered on LoveAndLifeToolbox.com to help people feel the best and have the most loving relationships they can.  The… Read more »

Painful Holidays: Three Challenging Situations and How to Manage Them

Holidays mean good cheer and family get togethers for many, celebrating our most important relationships, enjoying good food and each other’s companionship.  But for some, the holidays can be a struggle because of painful or challenging situations. Here are three challenging situations and how… Read more »

Ways to Stay Relaxed Throughout Your Day

If you’re like many, your life is go-go-go.  You do your best to balance family, friends, social life, work and other obligations.  The expectations that you and others place on you are always there.  Making it all work well may… 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 »

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 »