Category: happiness

10 Smart, Simple Self-Care Tips for Solid Mental Health

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”- Robert J. Collier Do you ever get so busy that you neglect to take care of yourself? If so, you’re not alone. Many of us lead busy lives where we’re consumed with taking care of others and accustomed to putting their needs […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why is Happiness So Hard? —10 Reasons, 10 Solutions

Most of us get happy all wrong. This is because we were raised to think that life is supposed to make us feel good. We were taught to avoid pain like the plague, because negative events cause negative emotions, and negative feelings are not meant to be felt. The result is we grow up pain-averse […]

If You’re Serious About Your Mental Health, Don’t Do This

I totally sucked at therapy after graduating with my Master of Social Work degree in 1999. Not for lack of trying, mind you, but due to something more insidiousness and complex. It starts with a ’t.’ And for the record, we’ve all loved it and we’ve all loathed it. Enough of the teasing and titillation. […]

The Happy Hustle: Lessons learned from a year of happiness pursuits

During this video, I share the tips, tricks, trials and tribulations of pursuing happiness. Also included is what went well, and what didn’t during the creation, launch and implementation of Team Happy. Want to know what trips up most people on the road to happiness? Check. Want the inside scoop of what it takes to […]

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