You Can Stop Worrying About Finding Yourself

Ten years ago I was invited to give a talk at the American Psychiatric Association's annual meeting. In those days, I wasn't used to public speaking. Like many people, I dreaded the thought of...

What’s the Best Way to Motivate Someone Who Lacks Motivation?

For years, I offered trusty advice to my children about how to achieve academic success. I worked my tail off in school and thought of myself as a treasure trove of information. Convinced that...

Thinking Positively Won’t Get You Closer to Your Goals

Thinking positive thoughts or wishing for good things to happen is unlikely to lead to constructive change or transformation. As I write about in Everyday Vitality, without taking steps to mobilize what we care...

Athlete or Not, Science Says to Do This if You Want to Keep Your...

A free throw in basketball is an intensely stressful situation. All eyes are on the player. Will they or won’t they sink the shot? Merely watching is anxiety-provoking for me. It’s hard to imagine...

7 Habits That Can Cut the Risk of Depression in Half

“We are what we repeatedly do.” —Aristotle Your answers to these seven questions have serious implications for your mental health: Do you get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep a night? How much junk food...

If You Are Having Trouble Falling Asleep, Try This Science-Backed Method

"If I had a penny for every article I read on why getting enough sleep matters, I would be a rich man," grumbled my exasperated patient. He had read countless stories on why sleep...