Sometimes it takes falling flat on your face to understand why humor is such an important part of building stress resilience. Not long ago a couple of my friends and I decided to repair some rotting boards on my deck. This involved tearing up old planks to make space for the new ones. At one point, I was on my knees trying to pull up a decayed slat with all my might. Little did I know, my friend Karyn had just finished cutting into another panel next to me. When I attempted t
Benjamin Franklin once said: “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” While he was right about those two, he forgot to add a third to the list: stress. Research shows that how you interpret a given situation may determine whether or not you experience it as being stressful. Despite our best efforts, stress remains inevitable, whether at work or at home. Although we can’t escape stress, yoga and other mind-body approaches offer skills for appr
In these troubled times we may feel powerless to affect personal or social change. But within you lies a wellspring of FIERCE wisdom just waiting to be tapped into. Here's how to get started. What does it mean to be FIERCE? It's the biggest day of your life. You're about to interview for your dream job, give that game changing presentation, or ask the love of your life to marry you. You've rehearsed the scenario over and over in your mind for weeks. You've got this. Then, at
With all of the talk of mindfulness it can be hard to disentangle what is most important. Here are 3 mindfulness-based principles that will change your life. Everywhere I go people are talking about mindfulness. It’s been touted as a cure for aches, pains and mental illness, and the secret sauce that gives entrepreneurs and Super Bowl athletes their edge. I often get asked what mindfulness is and how to practice it. Sure, we’ve all heard that it means living in the present mo
The holidays don't have to be stressful. Here are 8 proven tips for making the season (and the rest of the year) more joyful. The holiday season can be a time of high stress. Fewer hours of daylight, unpredictable weather, travel, and social events filled with food and drink we wouldn’t otherwise dream of consuming, can leave our systems off balance. Your body and mind are happiest when you are in a state of homeostasis, or equilibrium. When in balance, your nervous system ma
I spent nearly a month being tormented by hospital monitors rather than serenaded by chirping crickets. Can a lousy summer have a silver lining? Summer is one of my favorite times of year. I imagine lazy days reading in the hammock, hours puttering in my garden, hikes in the mountains and nights in a tent gazing at the stars. This year I spent many nights looking at the sky from a hospital room, serenaded by the beeping of monitors rather than the chirping of crickets.
Expressing gratitude really does make you happier according to new research. In fact, the more positive you are, the more your mind and body will reap the rewards. Sure, we've all heard the trendy news that writing in a gratitude journal may boost your spirits, but why? According to the study, expressing gratitude is consistently linked to a number of positive psychological, social and health effects like feeling optimistic about life, exercising more, and experiencing fewer
“Before you speak, ask yourself’ is it kind, is it necessary, is it true, does it improve on the silence?” Sai Baba Indian teacher, Sai Baba, was a great proponent of silence and intentional speech. As a psychologist and researcher who devotes much of my life to studying human interactions and observing the ways in which we undermine ourselves by speaking first and thinking later, I couldn’t agree more. It may seem as though staying silent and communicating mindfully is a rel