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What I Learned from Decluttering My Home

Clutter, Clutter, Everywhere The piles were everywhere. Magazines, mail, school papers, kids’ artwork, books- there wasn’t a level surface anywhere in our house that didn’t have “stuff” on it. And every time I walked by one of these piles, I could feel myself tensing up and the cortisol levels in my body soaring. I tried […]

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Light Therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder Treatment

How Light Therapy Can Help SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) In the cold, dark months of winter many of us feel a little sluggish and a little blue. The change in sunlight certainly affects most people to some degree, but for some people the decrease in sunlight hours marks the start of a yearly depression, called […]

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The Growing Problem of Insomnia

Growing Recognition of the Problem of Insomnia “Insomnia is increasingly being recognized as an important condition that is detrimental to health,” according to Dieter Riemann, a professor of clinical psychophysiology at the University of Freiburg Medical Centre in Germany. “Research over the last 20 or so years has demonstrated that insomnia is a risk factor […]

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Connecting with Nature Helps Develop Mindfulness

Research on mindfulness continues to expand, with studies around the world finding that this ability to be in the moment, without judgement, improves psychological well-being. Now research is showing that one of the most accessible ways to develop mindfulness is by connecting with nature. And as we develop mindfulness, we can be more connected to […]

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Revising Your Attachment Style To Balance Your Work and Personal Life

Attachment Style Determined by Early Relationships Emotional security and our ability to love are shaped by our earliest intimate relationships, most substantially by interactions between mother and child. These interactions continue to be explored in a foundation of contemporary psychotherapy called “attachment theory.” In his highly regarded book, Attachment in Psychotherapy, David Wallin offers the […]

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Expressing Gratitude Makes Us Happier

Scientists Show Gratitude Improves Our Lives A neuroscientist at Northeastern University in Boston says scientific evidence proves feeling thankful and expressing gratitude improves our personal and professional relationships and in the long-run makes us happier. Psychology Professor David DeSteno is the author of “Emotional Success: The Power of Gratitude, Compassion, and Pride.” “Beautiful evolutionary models […]

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Neuroscience Is Learning From Mindfulness Meditation

Neuroscience Can Gain Essential Wisdom from Meditation Molecular biologist Matthieu Ricard believes the habit of “rumination,” or dwelling on one idea, especially a negative thought, is a factor in depression. Ricard built on the foundation of his scientific training as he shifted the focus of his attention to a more metaphysical approach when he became […]

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Accessing Childhood Memories to Renew Joy in Daily Life

Healing Power of Childhood Memories Children have an innocent and direct connection to the essential joy of life. Even when you see tired or irritable adults dragging through a grocery store, the children with them are usually smiling or interested in everything or just apparently happy with being in the moment. Adults who have lost […]

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Using Anxiety as a Motivator

How to Make Anxiety Work for You When you go on a job interview, attend an event with lots of new people, or just have too many obligations with family or work without enough time to rest and rejuvenate, it’s natural to experience some degree of anxiety. Individuals handle anxiety in different ways, but a […]

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How to Confront the Intrusive Thoughts of OCD

The Emotional Distress of OCD The intrusive and overwhelming thoughts that come with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, can feel like a “tsunami of emotional distress.” That’s how Wajahat Ali describes OCD in his New York Times article, “OCD: My Exhausting Best Friend.” OCD is an anxiety disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, recurring thoughts […]

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