How to Change Behavior: A Theoretical Overview
May 16, 2015
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Baby Steps - How to Change BehaviorPhoto Credit: Juhan Sonin
There are a variety of theories about how to make behavioral changes – either starting something new or eliminating something old. This post reviews some key models for changing behavior, including... Read More...
Coping With the Stress of Infertility: 5 Best Practices
March 12, 2015
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Sad Couple - infertilityPhoto Credit: Dragunsk
Infertility is a life crisis; an emotional, social, developmental, medical, ethical, and spiritual crisis. Research shows that a diagnosis of infertility can feel as stressful as a diagnosis of... Read More...
Thanksgiving: America’s Ultimate Mood Cure
November 24, 2014
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Happy Thanksgiving photo by Satya MurthyPhoto Credit: Satya Murthy
As winter approaches and our moods take a natural dip, look no further than your Thanksgiving dinner for clues to keep the blues away. There is mounting research and interest in the fact that our... Read More...
5 Foods to Boost Your Mood (that you are probably not eating enough)
October 29, 2014
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Kale by Terren in Virginia @ FlickrPhoto Credit: Terren@Flickr
While our physical health is regularly linked with our diet, our mental health is almost always attributed to biochemical or emotional factors. But with an increasing number of studies on brain... Read More...
Can Running Make You Happier and Smarter? Research on the Benefits of Exercise
September 17, 2014
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people running showing benefits of exercise, including happierPhoto 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 picture. People look happy, healthy.Photo 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, Maui, imagery associated with clarifying values in lifePhoto 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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Meme about motivation to change, stating "don't expect to see a change if you don't make one."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 some control over our own bodies. It is... Read More...