Is it hard? Accept difficulty.

Rick Hanson, PhD explores how peace can be more easily acquired if one learns to accept the challenges of life rather than be caught up in annoyance.  He offers a number of ways to be better at handling the hard… Read more »

Emotional Victimhood: Viewing Life Through a Lens of Injustice

Jennifer Lehr, MFT examines “emotional victimhood” as a reflection of how we see ourselves, the pain and consequences associated and the power we have to change. Sue and her husband Dave were talking in the morning before leaving for work…. Read more »

6 Ways to Improve Your Mood Today

Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW provides some excellent tools and practices to help boost your happiness every day. You don’t need a life makeover to experience more happiness. By putting a few simple habits in place, you will increase your happiness… Read more »

Having a Difficult Past and Getting the “Worthlessness” Monkey Off Your Back

Amy Eden looks at how to navigate feelings of worthlessness stemming from a difficult past. As you grow, and gain joy in your healing and growing-up-in-adulthood process, it’s just as important to embrace dark moments in your growth as it… Read more »

Do Positive Experiences “Stick to Your Ribs?” Take in the Good.

Rick Hanson, PhD takes a look at how the brain’s negativity bias sets many of us up to struggle with allowing positive experiences to stick. Scientists believe that your brain has a built-in “negativity bias.” In other words, as we… Read more »

Resilience Through Creating a Circle of Support

Linda Graham, MFT examines how creating a circle of support as a refuge can build resilience, whether in life or visualized. Refuge simply means a safe, supportive place to be when we are fragile or confused, a safe place to… Read more »

With Happiness, It’s Not “One Size Fits All”

What makes you happy doesn’t necessarily do it for the next.  In fact, it’s a mistake to try to follow a set of cookie-cutter steps to attaining the happiness pot of gold (which is less static then fluid anyway).  According… Read more »

Self-Compassion Trumps Self-Esteem

“People who are compassionate toward their failings and imperfections experience greater well-being that those who repeatedly judge themselves. The feelings of security and net worth provided by self-compassion are also highly stable, kicking in precisely when self-esteem falls down.” This… Read more »

What Does Emotional Health Look Like?

Many of us go to physicians to assess our physical health.  Are there issues of disease present or are all systems in the body operating smoothly?  It’s often obvious when physical health-related issues arise as there are signs.  But what… Read more »

Emotional Health: Preparing for Deeper Work

If you’ve come to realize that your are somehow blocked in your present as a result of experiences in the past – and you are ready to do some work around this – that’s great!  If it’s with a therapist,… Read more »