Can Running Make You Happier and Smarter? Research on the Benefits of Exercise
September 17, 2014
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Photo Credit: Kevin Dooley
Engaging in exercise offers benefits beyond just improving your physical health or losing weight: exercise actually leads to positive changes in the brain! In this post, I’ll explain two ways that... Read More...
Can You Laugh Your Way to Good Health? Let’s See What the Data Shows!
August 28, 2014
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Laughter is the shortest distance between two people picturePhoto Credit: Jack Delano
We’ve all heard the saying that “laughter is the best medicine.” But how much truth is there to this idea? The good news is that preliminary research suggests that humor has a... Read More...
Value Driven Life
August 18, 2014
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Jeep Sandcastle - Wailea Beach, MauiPhoto Credit: Kim Pratt
Why are values important? Values give us direction and help us figure out what we want our lives to look like. They also give us motivation to go through (rather than avoid) difficult experiences,... Read More...
Motivation to Change…It’s Intrinsic! A Quick Look at SDT
August 1, 2014
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Original Photo Credit: Hochspannung
Often times, when faced with the prospect of making positive changes in life it can be easy to say, “I don’t have the motivation.” Everyone knows that a lack of motivation can cause problems... Read More...
H.A.L.T. (Hungry, Angry, Lonely and Tired): A Self-Care Tool
I first came across the acronym H.A.L.T. when I was working as a counselor in chemical dependency treatment centers twenty years ago. H.A.L.T. stands for Hungry, Angry, Lonely, and Tired. Each one of... Read More...
Fat is Not a Feeling: How to Combat a Negative Body Image

At some point or another we have all criticized our bodies.  While it is difficult to experience inner pain or bear witness to the pain in the world, we have…

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Stress Management 101
March 29, 2014
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This post provides a scientific overview of the the stress response and practical ways to lower it, synthesizing material from several experts in stress management and positive psychology.

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The Value of Play
February 9, 2014
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While many people enjoy “playing,” its’ true value may be underappreciated during these modern times, where busyness and productivity is espoused, albeit within a lifestyle of increasing... Read More...
Dance = Free Therapy
January 23, 2014
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Great video posted on Upworthy, entitled “Find Out What A Bunch Of Happy, Smiling, Fulfilled People Are Calling Their Best Free Therapy.” Video by: Ontario Arts Council.

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Who To Trust
January 16, 2014
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To my initial horror, my husband recently stopped taking his multivitamin.  Ok, this may not sound like a big deal, especially in a household where fruits and vegetables abound at…

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