What Can the Brain Reveal about Gratitude?

New research is exploring the brain regions linked to gratitude—and it helps explain gratitude’s many benefits. By Dr. Glenn Fox / 08.04.2017 Postdoctoral Researcher in Neuroscience University of Southern California Imagine you are on the run from a Nazi manhunt and are taken under the protection of a stranger. This stranger spends the winter providing[…]

Methodology, Meditation, and Mindfulness: Toward a Mindfulness Hermeneutic

Photo by José Feliciano Cerdeño, Flickr, Creative Commons By Balveer Singh Sikh, and Deb Spence / 04.25.2016 Abstract Understanding the nondualistic nature of mindfulness is a complex and challenging task particularly when most clinical psychology draws from Western methodologies and methods. In this article, we argue that the integration of philosophical hermeneutics with Eastern philosophy and practices may provide[…]

Learning to See Happiness in Endings

Photo by Daniele Civello, Creative Commons New research suggests that anticipating the end of a good experience is an effective—but counterintuitive—way to enjoy it more. By Kira M. Newman / 07.19.2017 A last bite, a last chapter, a last meeting, a last kiss—every day, good things in our lives come to an end. Endings are sad,[…]

Moderation May be the Most Challenging and Rewarding Virtue

A question of balance / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Aurelian Craiutu / 07.17.2017 Professor of Political Science and American Studies Indiana University Three centuries ago, the French political philosopher Montesquieu claimed that human beings accommodate themselves better to the middle than to the extremes. Only a few decades later, George Washington begged to differ. In[…]

Focusing on the Present

By Eckhart Tolle / 07.19.2017 Being Content, No Matter the Circumstance There are three ways in which consciousness can flow into what you do and thus through you into this world, three modalities in which you can align your life with the creative power of the universe. Modality means the underlying energy­ frequency that flows[…]

Healing the Orphans of the Heart

By Dr. Matt Licata / 07.17.2017 The Invitation of the Broken At times, a broken heart will appear as your teacher and you will be asked to place your raw, shaky vulnerability on the altar before you. The invitation of the broken is rarely sweet or peaceful, but is always reorganizing and whole. “The freedom[…]

Before You Can be with Others, First Learn to be Alone

Clamdigger 1935 by Edward Hopper. / Courtesy Sharon Mollerus/Flickr By Jennifer Stitt / 07.11.2017 Graduate Student in History University of Wisconsin-Madison In 1840, Edgar Allan Poe described the ‘mad energy’ of an ageing man who roved the streets of London from dusk till dawn. His excruciating despair could be temporarily relieved only by immersing himself in[…]

We are All in this Together – Realizing that and Acting on It Makes Us Better

By Charles Eisenstein / 07.11.2017 How the Humble Hold the World Together Fifteen years ago when I began writing books, I had high hopes that someday I would be ‘discovered’ and that ‘my message’ would thereby reach millions of people and change the world for the better. That ambition began to disintegrate soon after, when after years[…]

A Letter to My Younger Self

By Charles Eisenstein / 07.08.2017 What I Wish I’d Known Back Then… Dear self: Your secret, lonely knowledge is true. Despite all you have been told, the world that has been offered to you as normal, is anything but normal. It is a pale semblance of the intimacy, connection, authenticity, community, joy and grief that lie[…]

Be Fully Authentic: Accept Yourself as You Are

By Christine Carter / 06.30.2017 Are You Being the Real You? Authenticity is popular these days. Celebrity media campaigns encourage marginalized youth to ‘be themselves.’ Even my kids’ summer camp has ‘Be You’ listed as a core value — not just for campers, but also for counsellors and camp staff. The fabulous Jeffrey Marsh, of #NoTimeToHateMyself fame[…]

How Gratitude Changes You and Your Brain

The Positive Psychlopedia, Creative Commons    By Dr. Joel Wong (left) and Dr. Joshua Brown (right) / 06.06.2017 Wong: Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology Brown: Professor of Psychological and  Brain Sciences Indiana University With the rise of managed health care, which emphasizes cost-efficiency and brevity, mental health professionals have had to confront this burning question:[…]

How to Be You: Five Ways to Be Fully Authentic

Image by John Hain, Pixabay, Creative Commons How do you stay true to yourself without letting others down? Here are tips to get started. By Dr. Christine Carter / 06.21.2017 Senior Fellow Greater Good Science Center University of California, Berkeley Authenticity is popular these days. Celebrity media campaigns encourage marginalized youth to “be themselves.” Even[…]