The Past and Your Emotional Health

Your past is connected to your present and future.  Emotional health is a broad term but I see it as an overall sense of “alrightness,” of peace, of emotional flexibility, openness, absence of shame and felt happiness.  Others may define… 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 »

How are You? Really.

I’m not talking about the kind of “how are you” many of us ask acquaintances that often gets the “fine” response.  Whether it’s true or not, many of us have gotten used to relying on “how are you” as a… 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 »

Are We There Yet?

Rick Hanson, PhD, examines how we can spend too much time trying to get “somewhere,” the impact on the brain  and offers tools to be more present. We spend so much of our time trying to get somewhere.  Part of… Read more »

How’s Your Emotional Health? A Quick Checklist

The term “emotional health” means different things to different people.  We all have a basic sense of what makes us happy and the road to a peaceful, satisfying life is unique for everyone.  As a therapist who works with individuals… Read more »

5 Ways to Rewire Your Brain for Happiness and Peace of Mind

We all seek happiness.  We all want to feel calm, grounded and avoid being hijacked by our own emotional reactivity.  Thankfully, the recent studies in neuroscience are demonstrating how to do this.  If you find yourself easily stressed, worried and fearful,… Read more »

Cling Less, Love More

Rick Hanson, PhD, looks at the psychological tension inherent in clinging and attachment to outcomes. As a rock climber and a parent, I know some physical kinds of clinging are good – like to small holds or small hands! But… Read more »

Do One Scary Thing a Day

Linda Graham, MFT looks at the benefits of doing something scary every day which can build the brain’s capacity for resilience. The scary things we could choose to do each day could vary quite a bit from person to person or… Read more »