The Importance of Emotional Intelligence

The practices and ways of thinking described in the book, on the podcast and on these blog posts have multiple benefits. First and foremost is stress reduction. But also greater focus and concentration, greater productivity, greater sense of purpose and well-being. There’s also another benefit that is extremely important when...

How Habits Form and How to Break Bad Ones

If you think about it, we really are creatures of habit. Most of the time we are running on autopilot. We do the same tasks over and over, think the same thoughts, feel the same feelings. Whether it’s out of necessity, or by choice, whether it’s reactionary or accidental, we’ve...

CBT: Changing the Way We Think, Feel and Act

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of talk therapy that has been clinically shown to improve things like mental health, human behavior and overall well-being. It is usually done with a professional, but it can be self administered. Now if you’re like I was and you hear the word...

Placebo and the Power of Belief

Our minds control everything in our lives, from our health and well-being to our stress levels, feelings and emotional reactions. Our beliefs run the show. And beliefs are POWERFUL. Just look at the placebo effect.  The placebo effect occurs when a fake drug treatment given to a patient and causes...

Cognitive Restructuring: Challenging Our Thinking

Do you ever think about your thinking? Ever assess your own cognitive function? Or ever ask yourself why you believe what you believe and challenge those beliefs?  Well, you should.  I’m not saying what you believe may be wrong or untrue. But because beliefs are so incredibly powerful and essentially...