Power Over Your Happy Brain Chemicals

This is a guest post by Loretta Graziano Breuning, PhD

Happiness is often viewed as our natural default state, so it seems like something is wrong if you’re not happy— wrong with the world or wrong with you.

This is simply false. Our brain evolved to promote survival, not to make you happy all the time.

It releases the happy brain chemicals when you find a way to promote the survival of your genes. This is not what you think with...


Want a Great Love Life? Laugh at Yourself (and Each Other!)

When you trip in public, do you cringe in humiliation, staring straight ahead and doing your absolute best to pretend nothing happened? Or perhaps you get angry at the sidewalk, glaring at it as you stomp away.

If, on the other hand, you are the type of person who has a good laugh at yourself when you do something embarrassing in public, and can likewise take a little good-natured teasing from your friends, you’re likely to be...


Amazing Health Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

With the rising popularity of the Paleo and Keto dietary trends, you may have also been hearing the term Intermittent Fasting being tossed around like a kale salad. If the idea of fasting brings up images of starvation, deprivation and suffering for days on end, you might want to take another look.

Though it may seem strange that depriving your body of something as essential to life as food could actually be healing,...


Is Happiness What We Think It Is?

If there’s one thing that human beings share in common, it’s that we all just want to be happy. Seems simple enough, doesn’t it? 

But what if happiness isn’t what we think it is? What if we’re all chasing, seeking the wrong thing in the wrong places, and making ourselves stressed, sick and very very unhappy in the process?

According to Melli O’Brien, a mindfulness & meditation teacher from Australia, it’s a core mistaken belief about...


Can Too Much Choice Limit Us?

It might seem counterintuitive to suggest that having too much choice could limit our freedom. 

Analysis paralysis or choice overload occurs in our brains when we are faced with too many options to choose from. It’s the overwhelming feeling we get when we’re in line at the local coffee shop, and suddenly we need to make a choice from the vast selection of beverage options looming on the sign above us - which bean and...


Could Kinky Sex Improve Your Relationship?

What does the term BDSM conjure up for you? Whips and chains? Weird people in masks in dark basements?

Although the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy has enjoyed blockbuster success and helped to bring BDSM into the mainstream, many people hold plenty of misconceptions about it, and may still equate kinky sex with perversion, weirdness, even abuse. 

Adherents of the sexy acronym would like you to know otherwise, and they’ve got some compelling science to back them...


Trying to Conceive? Check Your Stress Levels

I have a friend who had been trying to get pregnant for nearly a decade. 

She and her husband had undergone nearly every possible procedure and tried every therapy available, from herbal supplements and dietary changes, acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, to fertility drugs and in vitro fertilization. Nothing worked.

My friend was a mess. Years of positive thinking followed by the inevitable crushing disappointment that followed had taken their toll on her physical...


A Hug a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Imagine getting a prescription from your health care provider that instructed you to hug for a minimum of 20 seconds per day, every day. Would you chuckle and shrug it off?

Now imagine that this simple and perhaps silly sounding prescription could actually strengthen your ability to ward off colds and flues, improve your mental and physical health, and extend your life span. Would you take it a little more seriously?

Recent studies are lending credibility to...


6 Simple Ways to Create Connection

Connection is fast becoming a new buzz word in our culture, and I for one am grateful.

Meaningful connection - with each other, with nature, with ourselves - is lacking in our society, and it’s causing immense suffering. Great thinkers, scientists, and studies are all now pointing to a lack of meaningful connection as the root cause of depression and anxiety, of the prevalence of violence and aggression, addiction, and even of the majority...