The IKEA Effect: The Psychology of Getting Your Hands Dirty

“This is the best cake I have ever eaten,” my daughter declared. She had spent the entire morning baking and was reveling in the...

On a Hot Day, Reach for a Cold Can of…

"There is nothing better than a Coke with lemon and lots of ice on a hot day," announced one of my closest friends. I...
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Stumbling Upon Greatness: The Magic of Mistakes

While the pursuit of perfection may be noble, the reality of trying to be perfect is thankless. Perfectionism is the enemy of creativity and...

Dirty Dishes Are the New Stress Ball

One study reveals an unexpected yet proven stress-buster: washing the dishes. Getting completely lost in the scrubbing moment — washing mindfully, and focusing only on...

STAY CURIOUS: 5 QUESTIONS TO ALWAYS ASK

It is said that the one real goal of education is to leave a person asking questions. After all, the origin of the word...

This Gadget is Scientifically-Proven to Help You Lose Weight

As we head into summer, and we are inundated by marketing messages heralding the start of beach season, I’m simultaneously struck by how many...

Don’t Let A Single Story Define You: Rewriting Your Past

When I was in training to become a psychiatrist, an old-school mastermind in the field asked the class what I thought was an obvious...

Let Them Eat Fruit: A Fast Track to Happiness

Listen to your mother! Eating fruits and vegetables isn’t just good for your physical health, it's good for your mental health, too. There is...
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Do You Talk Too Much?

I may listen for a living but, like most people, I can become a Chatty Cathy very quickly. Talking a lot is tempting but...
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The Things You Can’t Control: The Best Tool I Know to Overcome Pointless Worry

Not being able to predict how something will turn out—a job, a relationship, a health concern, etc.—is stressful and sometimes paralyzing.  As a patient...

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Tie Me Up: Resist The Irresistible

Before his voyage home, Ulysses is warned about the irresistible and deadly call of the Sirens. Countless sailors before him had fallen prey to...

Your Antidote To Burnout

One of the greatest challenges I face is convincing my patients to make their own wellbeing a priority. Women are especially resistant—they pride themselves...

5 Ways to Sandwich Your Anger

Venting may feel good in the moment but studies show it often does more harm than good. As a patient bluntly explained to me...
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How To Conquer Fear From A Man Who Swims With Sharks

William Winram is a record-holding free diver (no cage, no breathing apparatus) and a chance encounter with a shark over 25 years ago changed...

You’re More Likely to Die by Selfie Than by Shark Attack

If you are anything like me, the theme song Jaws plays in your head every time you go in the ocean. Thanks to the...