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 »

Improving Your Everyday Life Through Art Therapy

Caileigh Flannigan, a Developmental Interventionist in Canada uses forms of play such as exploring the outdoors and art as a way to promote children’s development and emotional healing.  In this piece she looks at ways adults can use art therapy… Read more »

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 »

Be Your Own Therapist: 3 Questions to Ask Yourself

Something is off.  Happiness and peace are eluding you.  Perhaps your relationships continue to self destruct or you simply feel stuck. Most of us can relate to the experience of being off track.  It could be an unexplainable blip or there is… Read more »

Mindfulness: A Powerhouse of Benefits for Emotional and Relationship Health

Lately, many have been talking about the power of mindfulness practices. It’s more than a tool to focus attention and reduce stress, as helpful as those outcomes are.  Mindfulness – defined as presence, openness, engaged awareness and compassionate acceptance of… Read more »

#TheToolbox Best of Emotional and Relationship Health 2016

Another year is soon to be in the rear view mirror and I’m here to celebrate the “best of”  in LoveAndLifeToolbox.com in 2016. The following are the three most popular emotional and relationship health articles, as well as helpful tools you can add to your… Read more »