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The Quickest Way to Feel Better

When you are down in the dumps, how do you make yourself feel better? I mean quickly and naturally, without any chemical intervention (not that pharmaceuticals are bad). There are 2 ingredients, so to speak, to feeling better almost instantly. One has to do with the body, and the other...

The Key to Improving Mental Health

The key to lasting improvement in mental health and well-being, based upon scientific research and personal experience, is all about improving our brain. Specifically, the logical portion, the part responsible for planning and action, self-control, and decision making. And that is the prefrontal cortex. It's all about using greater logic...

Resilience

In her outstanding book “Good Anxiety”, Dr. Wendy Suzuki talks extensively about resilience. She describes its importance for well-being, it’s relationship to stress, and how to build more of it. Resilience is essentially one’s ability to bounce back from hardship, from stress or trauma. It’s like the yin to stress...

Why Failure is Important

I talk a lot about leaning into challenges on this platform for a variety of reasons. Science shows it promotes growth, resilience, and neuroplasticity (the changing of brain wiring). With challenge comes error, mistakes, frustration, failure, and even, at times, the desire to quit. Well, as it turns out, errors...

The Importance of Grit

Grit is of my favorite books and concepts in psychology and personal development. Angela Duckworth, Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, wrote a book called GRIT based upon her research into the psychology of success. She interviewed many leaders in business, sports, academia and medicine about what sets...