10 Cognitive Clarities (the opposite of cognitive distortions)
November 6, 2015
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Along the Arno Winter by J. Kunst at FlickrPhoto Credit: J. Kunst
“Cognitive Clarities,” in contrast to cognitive distortions, are inspired by the premise behind positive psychology – that we can live more joyful and peaceful lives by not just eliminating the... Read More...
The Link Between Creativity and Happiness
September 30, 2015
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Adult Coloring BookPhoto Credit: Maxine De Ruyck
If you’re like most people, you probably drew in coloring books, painted, or worked on another type of art project in elementary school. But, unless you’re a professional artist, you probably... Read More...
Can Your Phone Make You More Mindful? 3 Mindfulness Apps to Try
August 27, 2015
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Photo Credit: Intel Free Press
Do you sometimes feel like you’re not really present in the moment? Research suggests that simply using an app on your phone may help you relax and become more mindful. Whether you practice... Read More...
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) – “PLEASE Mastery” Technique for Emotion Regulation
July 17, 2015
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Bright and bursting flower, photo by Kendra LuckPhoto Credit: Kendra Luck
This article describes a practical psychology tool taught in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) known by the acronym “PLEASE”(Mastery). It’s designed to help with emotional... Read More...
Feeling Burnt Out? You Could Be Experiencing “Ego Depletion”
Feeling Burnt Out - Man Asleep on Study Books - entitled "Tuesday" by Tim PiercePhoto Credit: Tim Pierce
When we spend too much time working on difficult tasks that require self-control and discipline, our resources become exhausted and we experience a state known as “ego depletion.” In... Read More...
Psychology Tools: More Curiosity, Less Judgment
June 25, 2015
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Iceland's Blue Lagoon - people looking relaxed, curious, non-judgmental in this unique environmentPhoto Credit: Moyan Brenn (Iceland’s Blue Lagoon)
Cultivating curiosity – rather than judgment – can lead to a variety of benefits, including more inner peace, self-acceptance, kindness and healthier communication. Try this exercise based... Read More...
How Gratitude Helps Us Build Better Relationships
Quote: goodness is the only investment that never failsPhoto Credit: Kim Pratt
When was the last time that you thanked a friend, coworker, or family member for something they did for you? Although we’ve been taught that it’s important to say thank you, it’s easy to take... Read More...
Can You Find Happiness From an App?
January 13, 2015
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Smart Phone AppsPhoto Credit: iPod in 30 minutes
Today, there seems to be an app for pretty much everything. However, you might be surprised to learn that there are actually apps designed to help make us happier. Psychologists have found that apps... Read More...
Put a Positive Spin on Your Goals
December 10, 2014
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Photo Credit: Dan White

What are some of your most important goals in life? Do you want to strengthen your relationships with others? Or do you want to prevent conflicts? Do you want to…

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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...

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