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 »

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 »

When Have People Been Caring?

Rick Hanson, PhD breaks down the practice of  “feeling cared about.”  The first step is to get past the obstacle of remembering when you haven’t. —– Feel Cared About Everyone knows what it’s like to care about someone. Remember being… 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 »

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 »

Happiness and Life Meaning: Both Important to Well-Being

Linda Graham, MFT looks at the power of life meaning, perhaps even over happiness.  She offers an exercise in which to invite both to foster resilience and well-being.  Research was recently published in the Journal of Positive Psychology that discovered… Read more »

What Are You Feeding Your Mind?

Craig Harper, a leading coach in Australia with a direct, wry and authentic writing style, compares the choices people make in their thinking and behaviors to the choices they make in what they put into their bodies. Like your body,… Read more »

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 »