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  • newDon’t Touch Your Face! Know Your Brain: The Basal Ganglia

    Don’t Touch Your Face! Know Your Brain: The Basal Ganglia

    "Wash your hands frequently and don’t touch your face." This is generally the most practical advice we’ve been given throughout the COVID-19 pandemic — and it makes sense. The eyes, nose, and mouth are notorious portals for contagions to enter…
    - 10 hours ago, 1 Apr 20, 4:06pm -
  • Why Do People Believe in Conspiracy Theories?

    Why Do People Believe in Conspiracy Theories?

    It’s more common than you think. According to a recent study, nearly half of all Americans believe in some conspiracy theory or other, although some are more vocal than others. So why is that? Can they all be wrong? [ ... ]The post Why Do People B…
    - 2 days ago, 31 Mar 20, 12:45pm -
  • How to Keep Calm and Carry On

    How to Keep Calm and Carry On

    One of my scientific heroes, positive psychology researcher Barbara Fredrickson, published a study showing that the largest variable in determining our level of life satisfaction is "resilience" — the ability to bounce back quickly from life’s sm…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Mar 20, 3:45pm -
  • Labs Are Experimenting With New—But Unproven—Methods to Create a Coronavirus Vaccine Fast

    Labs Are Experimenting With New—But Unproven—Methods to Create a Coronavirus Vaccine Fast

    It normally takes a few years to development a vaccine, but in the face of the coronavirus, biotechnology companies and regulatory agencies are taking aggressive steps to make a COVID-19 vaccine widely available sooner than that. [ ... ]The post Lab…
    - 4 days ago, 28 Mar 20, 6:20pm -
  • Happiness: The Best Diet You Can Go On

    Happiness: The Best Diet You Can Go On

    Our culture teaches that if you work hard enough at anything, you’ll be successful. Recent studies, however, suggest that hard work may not be enough when it comes to weight loss.At a time when obesity is a national — and increasingly an interna…
    - 6 days ago, 27 Mar 20, 12:15pm -
  • Moving Up! 5 Ways To Stay Sane Amidst Change

    Moving Up! 5 Ways To Stay Sane Amidst Change

    Change is inescapable, something that affects us all with each passing day — it’s part of why we live, hoping things will one day be better — yet the thought of any-thing beyond the routine can bring about great discomfort. [ ... ]The post Mov…
    - 7 days ago, 26 Mar 20, 1:30pm -
  • In Battling the Coronavirus, Will “Optimistic Bias” Be Our Undoing?

    In Battling the Coronavirus, Will “Optimistic Bias” Be Our Undoing?

    As the coronavirus has fanned across the globe, some people have been more complacent about the risk of contracting the virus than others. Where does this complacency come from? Why are so many refusing to change their habits and going about their da…
    - 8 days ago, 25 Mar 20, 12:22pm -
  • Effective Affirmations: Our Best Self-Talk

    Effective Affirmations: Our Best Self-Talk

    Affirmations are often intended to change our critical, negative self-talk into something more positive. However, a new affirmation doesn’t magically change the old negative voice. When we introduce a voice that is positive and supportive, it will…
    - 8 days ago, 24 Mar 20, 4:45pm -
  • Always at the Back of Our Minds: Exploring The Science of Anxiety

    Always at the Back of Our Minds: Exploring The Science of Anxiety

    It keeps us up long hours, fearing sleep. Perhaps it’s the reason we toss and turn at night, or wake up in a panic, sometimes even struggling to breathe, or why you find yourself reluctant to look at the news alerts on your phone — or read email.…
    - 9 days ago, 23 Mar 20, 9:00pm -
  • Discovering Happiness By The Numbers

    Discovering Happiness By The Numbers

    Are you happy? Fewer questions are more open-ended or catch us by surprise than this one. How happy should we be and how often? Our usual instinct is to say “yes” — but we probably answer more reluctantly than usual. It’s a moment when it’s…
    - 11 days ago, 22 Mar 20, 1:15pm -

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  • newThose Springtime Cheating Hearts

    Those Springtime Cheating Hearts

    “Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’” – Robin Williams Spring has sprung. Days are getting longer, sunnier, and warmer. While winter in colder climes can drive people indoors...
    - 16 hours ago, 1 Apr 20, 10:00am -
  • Self-Isolation, Meditation & Mental Health in Times of COVID-19

    Self-Isolation, Meditation & Mental Health in Times of COVID-19

    Most of us have never before experienced enforced self-isolation and lockdown. What can we learn from people who have voluntarily gone into isolation for prolonged periods of time? A group...
    - 2 days ago, 31 Mar 20, 10:00am -
  • When Will You Know You Are Ready for Treatment?

    When Will You Know You Are Ready for Treatment?

    While some people who’ve become addicted to alcohol and drugs have to hit rock bottom before they’re ready to accept treatment, most realize or can be convinced of the need...
    - 5 days ago, 27 Mar 20, 2:38pm -
  • Fritz Perls, the World Needs You More Than Ever

    Fritz Perls, the World Needs You More Than Ever

    On March 14th, 1970 — fifty years ago — Fritz Perls, the man behind Gestalt Therapy, died. Few people reading this will know who he was, let alone the significant...
    - 9 days ago, 24 Mar 20, 10:00am -
  • The Extraordinary Power of Perseverance: Never Give In — Or Give Up

    The Extraordinary Power of Perseverance: Never Give In — Or Give Up

    “Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never—in nothing great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.” –...
    - 11 days ago, 22 Mar 20, 10:00am -
  • Why Would Those Considered ‘Good People’ Act in Anti-Social Ways?

    Why Would Those Considered ‘Good People’ Act in Anti-Social Ways?

    Imagine going to work every day with the ‘marching orders’ issued by superiors to imprison, commit acts of violence, humiliation and dehumanization. After your shift is over, you return home...
    - 12 days ago, 21 Mar 20, 10:00am -
  • Using DBT Skills in the Time of the Coronavirus

    Using DBT Skills in the Time of the Coronavirus

    Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT) provides us with many excellent concepts and skills to practice and incorporate with various areas of distress and dysregulation, including the current uncertain times of living...
    - 14 days ago, 19 Mar 20, 10:00am -
  • Why Good Mental Health Is Important and How to Promote It

    Why Good Mental Health Is Important and How to Promote It

    It might seem self-evident, yet evidently everyone doesn’t recognize the importance of good mental health. Beyond the fact that maintaining good mental health is crucial to overall well-being, finding ways...
    - 15 days ago, 18 Mar 20, 10:00am -
  • Easy and Effective Tips to Get Rid of Morning Anxiety

    Easy and Effective Tips to Get Rid of Morning Anxiety

    Apart from the Sunday Scaries, weekday morning anxiety is more commonplace than you think. Despite this notion, there are simple, natural, and drug-free ways to combat your AM anxiety in...
    - 17 days ago, 16 Mar 20, 10:00am -
  • Hand-Washing: What We Can Learn from One Doctor’s Revolutionary Decision

    Hand-Washing: What We Can Learn from One Doctor’s Revolutionary Decision

    The following is an adapted excerpt from Decisions: Practical Advice from 23 Men and Women Who Shaped the World by Robert L. Dilenschneider. Reprinted with permission from Kensington Books.  Count...
    - 18 days ago, 15 Mar 20, 10:00am -
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