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...

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...

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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