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  UT Dallas’ Center for BrainHealth has lots of news for us to absorb. First: We start to see cognitive decline during the 40s because we accept mental slippage and boredom in our life and work. Rediscover and reflect on your passion to make sure it is integral to your brain activities. They have also told us: For people in their 50s, we tend to put our brain on automatic pilot …

Stress used to be one of the feelings that I liked to avoid. It kept me from sleeping, seemed to lead to multiple extensions of the same worry, and, in plain words, just made me anxious. And then I learned it was better not to avoid stress, but to look at it as an opportunity for personal growth. Kelly McGonigal, a Stanford psychologist, is just one of the many researchers …

A big family weekend. Lots of relative. Outfits to choose; some to pack. Don’t want to be late for anything, but how can I get everything together on time? And I’m not even fully prepared for next week’s schedule yet. But wait!! I need to put a different spin on things. In fact, I already did. Yes, there is a big weekend planned. Do I want to spend my time …

Mindfulness meditation is a funny thing. If you don’t have a practice and don’t know very much about it, you are hesitant. Leery. A little…concerned. Will this change me? Will this change my relationships? Am I going to turn into someone or something that I’m not? But, if you do have a practice, you realize that nothing in your world has or will change. And then again, everything will change. …

In 1998 Martin Seligman, in an address to the American Psychological Association, included in his speech the belief that, while psychology had competently researched areas such as illness and depression, and how to help heal these issues, more emphasis needed to be placed on what Seligman called “positive psychology.” Seligman defined this as “a reoriented science that emphasizes the understanding and building of the most positive qualities of an individual: …

This was a busy week. Things I had let go for a while snowballed, and I was overwhelmed. Typically, this is a time for an emotional disaster. Instead, I found success. This time I kept two things to attend to, and let all the others go. I kept my family commitments, and I kept my mindfulness practice. Nothing else was important enough that I needed to throw myself into a …

  Compassion, defined as sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others, is a trait we’ve always valued in our personal relationships. But how often is it discussed in terms of the workplace? Is the workplace meant to be a “dog eat dog” kind of experience where everyone is out for himself, never worrying about the woes of colleagues? Or, can compassion be helpful in most, if …

What we’re finding is that it is not necessarily the reality that shapes us, but the lens through which your brain views the world is what shapes your reality.  If we can change the lens, not only can we change your happiness, we can change every educational and business outcome at the same time. These words, spoken by Shawn Achor at TEDxBloomington, can be life-changing. They should be life-changing. Can you imagine a world …

Mindfulness is an area that is creating an extraordinary amount of attention these days. From the impact of mindfulness on the Seattle Seahawks, to boosting test scores, and improving cardiovascular health, we are made aware of the vast array of benefits from almost every corner of society. The Mayo Clinic is even on board, listing the benefits of a mindfulness practice as  reduced stress, anxiety and depression, less rumination, and …

The plans are made; everybody’s going to be there. And then, right before the big event, the phone call comes. “There is a glitch; the guy has a conflict.” What?! My first reaction to this call was to send an upset, possibly angry, email. An email…not a phone call. Not a Facetime session. Why? Because we somehow feel able to say things in an email that we would never say …