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[…]

How to Tap into Your Own Flow State

By Jacob Devaney / 06.20.2017 Unlock Your Limitless Potential The concept and pursuit of flow is central to Eastern philosophy. Taoism especially speaks of flow often in an effort to emulate movement, grace, and freedom. It requires trust and letting go which is also central to the concepts of non-attachment that are practiced in Hinduism,[…]

Why Change is Good for You

By Susie Moore / 06.16.2017 Are You Afraid of Change? This year, so far, one of my closest friends had a baby, one got a divorce, one moved to Asia, and two resigned from their jobs to start their own businesses. I. Freakin’. Love. Change. At age 32, I’m in my second marriage, third career,[…]

We Could All Do with Learning How to Improvise a Little Better

Well improvised; Dizzy Gillespie at Deauville, France in 1991 / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Stephen T. Asma / 05.29.2017 Professor of Philosophy Columbia College Chicago The Chinese philosopher Han Fei Zi (c280-233 BCE) had a deep influence on the development of Chinese bureaucracy, because he proposed that decision-making be taken out of the hands of[…]

Five Myths About Mindfulness

By Ideapod / 06.06.2017 Think Less, Practice More Mindfulness has been a hot topic over the past several years. Many scientific studies are showing remarkable benefits. It changes our brains, reduces stress and can even improve our memory. However, there have been several misconceptions and confusions about what mindfulness is and how to practice it. I[…]

Lessons for Living We Shouldn’t Forget

By Gilbert Ross / 06.01.2017 Reconnect to Your Inner Knowing The more I ponder about life, the more I come to one solid realization: The biggest curse and predicament of modern man is forgetfulness. Like a creeping malaise, forgetfulness has seeped through all of man’s being and doing. Individually, collectively, historically or culturally, we are[…]

Feel-Good Fractals: From Ocean Waves to Jackson Pollock’s Art

Photo by NCinDC/Flickr By Florence Williams / 01.26.2017 Visiting Scholar George Washington University When Richard Taylor was 10 years old in the early 1970s in England, he chanced upon a catalogue of Jackson Pollock paintings. He was mesmerised, or perhaps a better word is Pollockised. Franz Mesmer, the crackpot 18th-century physician, posited the existence of[…]

Indigenous Wisdom for Living Responsibly

By Anneloes Smitsman / 06.04.2017 The Wholeness of Life Kanyini is best expressed in English as the combination of the two words ‘Responsibility’ and ‘Unconditional Love’, but it is actually a relationship; it is an enormous caring with no limit – it has no timeframe: it is eternal. – Uncle Bob Randall In our modern[…]

How to Successfully Fail

By Pema Chodron / 05.31.2017 Are You Willing to Reap the Riches of Failing? This excerpt from Pema Chodron’s new book Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better offers wise advice for the times in life in when things don’t go the way you wanted them to. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again.[…]

Consciousness, Emotion, and Cognition

By Mark Pettinelli / 07.11.2016 Phenomenology and Reality Creative Commons Intentions are gradual because they are emotional. While a person might do something instantaneously, it isn’t obvious when their intention to do that action started. Some cognitive processes are very fast, like vision is fast however the emotional processes that accompany vision are often slow.[…]

How Gratitude Motivates Us to Become Better People

Image from MTSOfan, Creative Commons By Christina N. Armenta / 05.23.2017 PhD Student University of California, Riverside Gratitude has become a hot topic in recent years. Celebrities from Oprah to James Taylor to Ariana Huffington have promoted an “attitude of gratitude,” and gratitude journals, hashtags, and challenges have become immensely popular. Much of this enthusiasm[…]

How to Make Fear Your Friend

By Simon Yugler / 05.25.2017 Be Cautious, Not Complacent Danger is to adventure what garlic is to spaghetti sauce. Without it, you just end up with stewed tomatoes. – Tom Robbins I’d like to fashion myself an advocate of doing things that scare us. In today’s world of guard-rails, antibacterial soap, and well-meaning regulations, there are[…]

The Dalai Lama on Self-Awareness

By Dalai Lama / 05.19.2017 The Heart of Meditation In the space between two thoughts, there is an easy opportunity for identifying this moment of innermost awareness. I have great interest in the statement by many wise persons in all the orders of Tibetan Buddhism that their systems come down to the same final principle,[…]

Gandhi: How to Change the World

It Begins with US “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” “The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problem.” “If I had[…]

Mindfulness for People Who are Too Busy to Meditate

By Maria Gonzalez / 04.18.2014 Founder and Director, Argonauta Strategic Alliances Consulting Harvard Business Review Mindfulness has become almost a buzz-word. But what is it, really? Mindfulness is, quite simply, the skill of being present and aware, moment by moment, regardless of circumstances. For instance, researchers have found that mindfulness can reprogram the brain to be[…]