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7 Ways Science Says You Can Get A Happier Brain in 2017

To ensure survival, your ancestors’ brains developed a prickly awareness: always on the lookout for danger, zooming in on any potential threat, being super sensitive to painful experiences and burning them into memory, and reacting quickly physically without thinking first. Having this kind of reactive brain did a very good job helping humans evolve. However, these[...]

How To Manage Anxiety with Mindfulness

This is a guest post by Paige Burkes of Simple Mindfulness. The mere thought of a stressful event sends your heart racing.  Your boss wants to “speak with you.”  You had an argument with your partner.  Your kids are running into trouble.  Your financial situation is less than ideal. The monkey mind in your head[...]

8 Things Hitting Rock Bottom Taught Me

After taking care of my brother as he wasted away and died from AIDs, the end of my 18 year marriage to my high school sweetheart in an ugly parting that made Divorce Court look civil, and years of wrong turns, things not working out, and being flat-out disappointed with life, I tried to kill myself[...]

Happiness Is A Skill

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.” — James Openheim Maybe you’ve always thought of yourself as being a “glass half full” or “glass half empty” kind of person.  That’s just the way you were born.  Right? The popular set-point theory of happiness suggests that a person’s level[...]

Where’s The Thanks In Thanksgiving?

Although I rarely read magazines of any kind, I was gifted a subscription to one.  Because it had landed on the top of the stack of reading material on the kitchen table, I flipped through it as I slurped my spaghetti squash, spinach, mushroom, zucchini, and tomato sauce (made from prime specimens out of my[...]

Teetering Between Today And Tomorrow

Often, I feel like I’m walking a tightrope, arms outstretched perilously putting one wobbly foot in front of the other, trying to find that elusive balance between living in the present and building and hoping for tomorrow. Even more so lately. I’ll be turning fifty next week, and, while I generally don’t give a damn[...]

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