What Can You Do When You’re Shaken?

Rick Hanson, PhD, looks at the need we all have to find a place to stand firmly; whether it be physically, psychologically or spiritually.  He offers ways to find stability when you feel shaken or out of control.  I’ve been to… Read more »

Avoid the Expectation Trap

Craig Harper, a coach and motivational speaker in Australia, explores the many ways you can be let down by others and  how changing your expectations can change your reality. Do people let you down? Have they let you down in… Read more »

#TheToolbox Best of Emotional and Relationship Health 2017

2017 is slipping by and throughout this year, I continue to enjoy tending to my online labor of love, LoveAndLifeToolbox.com.  This is my annual end of the year celebration of the “best of”  my emotional and relationship health content over… Read more »

Love Your Inner Child

Rick Hanson, PhD looks at the power of your inner child to shape your adult self-concept.  If you carry wounds from early in life, he offers ways to “love your inner child” to move towards healing. As long as you’ve lived,… Read more »

Reflections on Gratitude – Even for the Hard Stuff

The Thanksgiving holiday period bring warm and fuzzies to many but certainly not to all.  Linda Graham, MFT, explores the use of gratitude as a buffer and offers tools to help practice gratitude even in the most difficult situations. Gratitude… Read more »

The End of Life, A Shift in Perspective

B.J. Miller, M.D., is a palliative care physician at UCSF Medical Center and former executive director at the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco, California.  He is on a heartfelt mission to “de-pathologize death” and continues on that journey in… Read more »

Combat Self-Blame with Self-Forgiveness

Dr. Elisha Goldstein, PhD, offers a self-forgiveness practice to help shift our old stories and habit of self-blame.  He suggests that if we adopt a “learning mindset,” growth can occur from the inevitable mistakes we all make in life. Self-blame… Read more »

Overwhelmed? 11 Ways to Ease Your Anxious Mind

Are you overwhelmed with personal, relationship and/or work stressors, life and possibly even the political climate?  There are many things that can be deeply unsettling to people and we all have our own ways of dealing with stress.  But when… Read more »

Borderline Personality Disorder: A Survivor’s Story

A powerful story of a woman’s struggle with borderline personality disorder.  Amy courageously unpacks her story and delivers a message of hope.  I was a very emotional child.  I always wore my feelings on my sleeve, face and everyone around… Read more »

Could it Crack? Embrace Fragility.

  Rick Hanson, PhD, looks at the fragility that weaves through life and humanity.  He encourages us to recognize, accept and push through our vulnerability. The truth of anything is like a mosaic with many tiles, many parts. One part… Read more »