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 »

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 »

How to Strengthen Your Perseverance and Grit

Linda Graham, MFT examines the role of “grit” in resilience and offers an exercise to strengthen perseverance to maximize your growth mindset.   Both a friend and a client told me about this delightful 6-minute TED talk by psychologist Angela Lee… Read more »

Resilience and the 6 C’s of Coping

Everyone experiences adversity and people have different abilities to recover from difficult situations.  This is called resilience and the good news is, it can be developed.  In the book, Bouncing Back:  The Neuroscience of Resilience and Well-Being, Linda Graham, MFT… 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 »

Ouch! How to Deal with Rejection

Margie Ulbrick, an Australian relationship counselor, takes the sting out of rejection by providing useful tools to more effectively move through this common experience. Rejection is a universally human experience.  We all at some level know the pain of rejection…. 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 »

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 »

Tools for Resilience: Cultivating Self Compassion

Linda Graham, MFT explores the power of self compassion to increase resilience.   There are tools and techniques of “self-directed neuroplasticity” that will help you harness the capacities of your brain to rewire itself for greater resilience, lifelong – and… Read more »

Tools for Resilience: “Hand on the Heart” for Calm

Linda Graham, MFT looks at oxytocin’s ability to calm the mind/body and increase resilience.  She offers an exercise to do that. Oxytocin is the neurotransmitter of the “calm and connect” response and is the brain’s direct and immediate antidote to… Read more »