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So Many Reasons To Meditate…

In a manner similar to flossing or exercise, meditation is an act of basic (mental) hygiene. Whatever reason that helps you to practice is sufficient... but if you needed 76 more of them, have a look through this recent blog post that summarizes some of the most...

Nutrition and Psychological Effects on Cognitive Abilities

I am often asked by patients about what steps they can take to improve or maintain their memory and cognitive functioning. The following is a really excellent summary article that includes information about nutrition, medical conditions, and stress and their impact on...

Happiness is love. Full stop.

Here's a fascinating article about a 75-year long study that followed men through their lifespan and examined many of the factors that promoted longevity and happiness. Interestingly, warm relationships appeared as a central factor for multiple measures of well-being...

Praise your kids (and friends) for effort, not abilities

This is a slightly older article, but it is a really good example of the idea of differential reinforcement (ie using reward to get more of what you actually want from others and your self). Have a read! New York Mag: How Not to Talk to Your Kids

Positive is not always good

“Ceaseless optimism about the future only makes for a greater shock when things go wrong; by fighting to maintain only positive beliefs about the future, the positive thinker ends up being less prepared, and more acutely distressed, when things eventually happen that...

Understanding chronic pain

Many people are confused when their physician refers them to a psychologist for chronic pain. The video below explains why some strategies involving types of treatment other than medication can be helpful in dealing with this condition....