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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Being in the Moment and Why it Matters

Mindfulness.  Presence.  Being in the moment. All three of the above essentially mean the same thing – and practicing them can bring you more emotional and relationship health.  It’s a practice, a reconditioning and training of your mind that can be done… Read more »

Reflections on The How of Happiness

More and more research shows that the pursuit – or creation – of happiness is not a selfish endeavor at all. Folks who deliberately cultivate happiness – in flavors of joy, contentment, love, pride, awe, – are more creative and… Read more »

How Positive Emotions Can Benefit You Starting Now

Linda Graham, MFT, breaks down of the research-backed benefits of positive emotions; what they are and how they can help you. Our response to any emotion can become a gateway to resilient action. Anger fuels our fight against injustice and… Read more »