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We’ve all had that time when we’re holding onto a dream. We know what we want and can picture its perfection. But, then…disappointment. We aren’t chosen for the Project; we don’t get the job; we get overlooked. In short, we can’t find our way to that for which we are searching. Our hearts are broken. At that point, all rational thoughts are thrown out the window. Yes, we need time …

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: …

You’ve heard about all the benefits associated with mindfulness meditation. You want to be involved, establish a practice, and experience those benefits yourself: lowered stress and anxiety; improved emotional regulation; increases in the areas of attention span, focus, and executive functioning. These sound great, but when can you fit it in? Never. You don’t “fit” mindfulness into your schedule. Rather, you make the time, and take the time. You do …

I teach people how to meditate and the most common statement I hear them utter is: I must not be very good at this. I just can’t seem to do it right. My mind keeps wandering!  Actually, hearing them say this always makes me smile. Because, guess what? This is actually a sign that they are doing it exactly right! Doesn’t make sense, you say? Let’s look at a few …

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 …

UT Dallas’ Center for BrainHealth, established in 1999, is a leader in its mission to understand, protect and heal the brain. An inviting research center for some of the nation’s leading neuroscientists, the Center is involved in studies regarding Alzheimer’s, military personnel, dementia, teens, brain injury, reasoning training for multiple ages, athletes, and more. Those who choose to sign up for Brain Health Daily News receive links to articles published …

  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 …