The Benefits of Diversifying Your Social Portfolio

“Friendship isn’t a big thing — it’s a million little things.” Paulo Coelho. Mounting evidence shows that tending to our friendships matters as much to...

A Cure for Catastrophizing

“There were many terrible things in my life and most of them never happened.” — Michael Montaigne “Everything is ruined:” Catastrophizing is the tendency to...

Take Control of the Story You Tell About Yourself

“We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” Joan Didion We are story-telling creatures. They help us make sense of the world and our place...

5 Ways to Make January Just a Little Bit Better

What is people’s least favorite month of the year? You guessed it. January. More than any other time of year, people dread it. Short chilly days coupled...

Goblin Mode: The Antidote for Perfectionism

So the Word of the Year is goblin mode. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the selection is “a word or expression reflecting the ethos, mood, or...

Houseguests Take Note: How Not to Overstay Your Welcome

My parents used to have a pillow with the inscription, “All our guests bring happiness. Some by coming, others by going.” Benjamin Franklin put it more...

How to Actually Enjoy the Holidays

Is it really the “most wonderful time of the year?” A survey of 2,000 adults found that 88% of respondents believe the holidays are...

How to Be A Better Gift Giver

"In case you are stumped, here is my wish list." My 13-year-old daughter recently sent everyone in our family a link to a gift...

Forget Critical Thinking. It’s Critical Ignoring That Will Keep You Sane.

"I feel like I have too many tabs open in my brain," explained my friend. I can totally relate. At the end of the...

‘Tis the Season for Contentious Dinner Table Conversations: 3 Strategies to Stop Persuasion Fatigue...

'Tis the season to be merry. For many, 'tis also the season for contentious dinner table conversations. If heated debates about politics, vaccine mandates...

A Booster Shot for Your Relationship

"We're just going through the motions," explained Sarah. She was referring to her relationship of nine years. She and her partner loved each other...

Don’t Let the Pebbles Pummel You

Determining whether a person is clinically depressed is not an arbitrary decision. Psychiatrists follow strict guidelines specified by the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual...

5 Ways to Overcome Imposter Syndrome

"If they only knew ... I am a total fraud and everyone is about to find out." If you have ever felt this way, you...

6 Strategies to Stop Election Stress Disorder From Winning

If politics is bringing you down, you are not alone. A nationwide survey fielded by The Harris Poll on behalf of the APA found...

The Benefits of Meditating on Mortality

My mother-in-law loved music, art, and food. Her hearing was selective at the dinner table. If a guest dared to decline a dish, she...

The One Question Therapists Don’t Often Ask But Should

It takes a great deal of courage to make an appointment with a psychiatrist. Oftentimes there is a lag between obtaining a therapist's number...

A Blueprint for Managing Toxic Stress

Are you sad, worried or stressed? If you answered yes to any of the above, please know you are not alone. In 2021, four...

Just Letting You Know … How We Underestimate People’s Desire for Constructive Feedback and...

If you were having a conversation with me and noticed I had a piece of spinach in my teeth, would you tell me? Be...

The Benefits of “Non-Exercise” Exercise

If you are feeling stressed out, burned out, or worn out, making a small change in your daily routine might help you feel significantly...

The Best Way to Support a Friend Who Is Having a Hard Time

What is the best way to support a friend in need? According to research, this may be the wrong question. Simply showing up and...