Archives for November, 2014

Happiness & Wellbeing

Daily Practices to Optimize Wellbeing (Happiness)

Mindfulness Practice


Practice mindfulness meditation to cultivate the skill of letting go of negative self-talk and other unhealthy thought patterns. Mindfulness allows you to recognize thoughts as nothing more than mental constructs or passing brain phenomena.

Social Connections and Belonging


Schedule a minimum of a few minutes of contact with a friend everyday. If meeting in person does not always work, connect by Skype, phone, or even through email or texting.
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Happiness & Wellbeing

An Evidence-Based Path to Optimized Well-being

For well over a century, people unhappy with life have gravitated to psychotherapists. Yet new advances in psychology now reveal that, unless psychotherapists guide clients toward adopting healthier behaviors, they can spend years or even decades in therapy with little to show for it except a better understanding of the workings of their minds. Although they may emerge from psychotherapy with greater insight, they probably won’t enjoy life much more than they did before they started.

In...
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Happiness & Wellbeing

Mindfulness Practices to Optimize Wellbeing

Whenever I go through a period of an arthritic inflammation, I end up feeling sorry for myself and thinking of myself as a victim, which leads to feeling depressed. I often end up with an image of myself in a wheelchair. What gets me out of that state of mind is the practice of mindfulness and acceptance—two very related practices.

Mindfulness allows me to become aware of my very unhealthy thinking. Acceptance allows me to accept and...
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Acceptance

A Proven Way to Increase Wellbeing (happiness)

Wellbeing is the scientific term for happiness. It takes place at the level of thought and feeling. Not surprisingly, pleasant thoughts create pleasant emotional states and unpleasant thoughts create unpleasant ones. The reverse is also true: when we experience unpleasant emotional states, the brain is more likely to generate unpleasant thoughts—and a self-perpetuating cycle takes place.

This has important implications in terms of wellbeing because unpleasant thoughts and feelings, if experienced chronically, are at...
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Authenticity, Transparency

The Mind and Health

For almost three years I have been writing informative, but intellectual articles on my personal blog. Recently, I have been inspired by the authenticity and transparency seen in the writing of my close friend Will Meecham, MD, in his Psych Central blog

That inspiration is motivating me to share on my new Psych Central blog some of my personal suffering along with the mindfulness-based practices that led me out of...
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Meaning and Purpose

Mindfulness Practice Without Meditation

Krishnamurti taught mindfulness without meditation from the 1920s to 1980s.

Are you one of the many people who received training in vipassana, Zen, or Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction but found you just couldn’t seem to stick with a daily sitting meditation practice? The most common reason I have heard for this is, “My mind just keeps wandering all over the place.” When I hear that, I...
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