Money and Happiness: An Interview with Dr. Elizabeth Dunn
If you want happiness...photo by Erno HanninkPhoto Credit: Erno Hannink
Imagine if your job was to think about, and study, what makes people happy. This job actually exists and it belongs to Dr. Elizabeth Dunn, an associate professor of psychology at the University of... Read More...
Word Medicine: Poetry Therapy with John Fox
Original Photo Credit: Kendra Luck
Some people may associate poetry with academia, musty books forgotten in the corner of the library, or with the Beat Generation. Because of this, poetry may feel somewhat elusive and obscure.... Read More...
When is Grief Complicated?
Grief - Tree through rain by Seyed Mostafa Zamani @ FlickrPhoto Credit: Seyed Mostafa Zamani
Grief is the expected and arguably necessary human response to loss. Grieving has a purpose: it is the process by which an individual confronts the incredible range of emotions that can take hold... Read More...
Historical Trends Influencing the Integration of Religion into Psychotherapy
Photo Credit: Kim Pratt
Previously ignored or “treated,” religion is increasingly being discussed in psychotherapy, as therapists are recognizing the power of religion to contribute to healing, as well as to clients’... Read More...
8 Inspiring, Modern Day Spiritual Teachers
April 16, 2015
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Purple Flowers PeacefulPhoto Credit: HealthyPsych.com
There are many spiritual teachers out there that offer valuable inspiration and wisdom. This short post discusses the relationship between spirituality and psychology, reviewing 8 spiritual thought... Read More...
Living in the Present Moment = More Happiness?
December 22, 2014
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Sunset by Moyan Brenn with quote You can buy happiness, and it's cheap, by Tammy StrobelOriginal Photo Credit: Moyan Brenn
People are happier when living in the present moment. At least that’s what former Harvard researcher Matt Killingsworth believes. As a long-term meditator and expert on human behavior, I have to... 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...
5 Minute Mindful Breathing Exercise
February 11, 2014
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Want to learn more about mindfulness? Try this simple exercise below. This mindfulness of breath exercise is based on the work Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD., founder of Mindfulness Based Stress... Read More...
Reflections on the Meaning of Love
The meaning of love, like all concepts, is a subjective one. From my perspective, “love” describes a quality of relationship imbued with great meaning, affinity and care. This relationship can be... Read More...
Free Guided Meditations
January 16, 2014
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There are many great, free resources on the web for learning about mindfulness meditation – an ancient practice that is becoming more popular in modern times.  This page includes... Read More...

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