All The Psychology

The Mental Health Game — How Do You Play?

On Saturday I was trolling Netflix for a new adventure, because let’s face it — Criminal Minds gets a bit formulaic (as psychologically sound, as it is), when I spotted Training Day. I recalled Denzel Washington’s award-winning, maniacal rogue cop performance and almost clicked through, when I saw 2001. “Hmm, that’s so dated — is […]

Is Anxiety A Choice?

Researchers who study emotion regulation—how we cope, or fail to cope, with the daily swirl of feelings—are discovering that many anxious people are bound and determined (though not always consciously) to cultivate anxiety. The reason, studies suggest, is that for some people anxiety boosts cognitive performance, while for others it actually feels comforting. Consider the […]

Simple Life Lessons to Ease Your Anxious Mind

My second biggest fear as a parent just may come true. Or it may not. As a psychotherapist who counsels parents of angry, anxious and misguided teens, I sometimes worry that my own kid will get lost in the shuffle. When this happens I follow a few steps to check if my worries are based […]

50 New Year’s Aspirations for Better Mental Health

  1. Recognize all the times you got it right. Grab a notepad or create a new document: Make a list of three times you were gracious in the midst of meanness; three times you faced your fears and prevailed; three times you wanted to quit, but kept going. 2. Know that failures contain the […]

How to Be Happy — 10 Research-backed Tips

We all want to be happy. Our search leads us to seek advice from therapists, clergy, best-selling authors, and Buddhist monks. Despite the wealth of available information, two constants remain: One, there is no recipe for happiness. In short, we’re all unique with different biology, childhoods, life experiences and support systems. Two, happiness is a […]

Walking Meditation (Mp3)

“The true miracle is not walking on water or walking in air, but simply walking on this earth.” ― Thích Nhất Hạnh Welcome to another relaxation resource. Today we will practice the walking meditation — a form of meditation in action. In walking meditation the experience of walking is the focus. We become mindful of […]

Relaxation Resource for Dealing with Difficult Family Events (Mp3)

Welcome to another relaxation resource to help you navigate the often stressful and treacherous waters that come with the holidays, weddings, family reunions, or just plain ‘ol Sunday dinner with Mom and Dad. Click the button below to jump start your calm, confidence and in control plan for your next, next of kin get-together. Most […]

Relaxation for Anxious Thoughts (Mp3)

Welcome to another week of calm and relaxation at In order to ease anxious thoughts, obsessive concerns and compulsive behaviors, you must set aside time to practice feeling calm and in control. To help you on your peaceful journey, I’ve recorded a mediation that you can listen to anytime, anywhere. Just click the button […]

A Simple Breathing Meditation: Feel More Calm, Centered and Relaxed

Deep-breathing is one of the easiest ways to calm an anxious mind. Breathing is a tried-and-true stress reliever that you can do anytime, anywhere, to improve your body’s relaxation response. For instant stress reduction, click the button below and listen to the zen.    The Simple, Breathing Meditation (Mp3 audio)   As you know the […]

6 Simple Calming Strategies That Keep Me Sane Every Day

Hello! Welcome to this week’s WiredforHappy resource. In this video I talk about my productivity and relaxation go-tos to ensure that no matter what, I start (and end) the week with a solid plan to accomplish my goals, and most importantly, to remain calm, confident and in control of how and where I spend my […]

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