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To Relieve Post-Election Stress, Bake and Bake Again

on Mon, 11/21/2016 - 16:15

Food works better than Valium, I'm famous for telling my eating-disordered clients. Cookies and milk are comforting. A bowl of ice cream eases stress like nothing else. But as comforting as food can be, if it's the only thing that helps you manage your mood, you're at greater risk for more serious mental health problems, from anxiety and depression to body dissatisfaction and eating disorders.

Instead of relying exclusively on food to manage mood, I encourage clients to practice meditation, self-compassion, yoga and other "non-food" coping strategies.

What To Do When You're Running Out of Patience

on Thu, 06/16/2016 - 13:49

Since first published in the poem “Piers Plowman” (attributed to William Langland) in the 14th century, we’ve all had it drilled into us since childhood that “patience is a virtue.” What is striking to me about patience is that we’ve at all needed to be “told” of its importance. It’s as though we, especially in modern, Western society, need to be convinced—we need proof that patience figures large in our lives.

Happiness and Positive Psychology ~ Top 5!

on Tue, 03/17/2015 - 22:20

Below you will see our top five readings for the happiness and positive psychology topic. Read and enjoy!

1. Dalai Lama, & Cutler, H. (1998). The art of happiness. New York: Riverhead Books.

2. Levine, M. (2000). The positive psychology of Buddhism and yoga: Paths to mature happiness. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

3. Lyubomirsky, S. (2007). The how of happiness: A scientific approach to getting the life you want. New York: Penguin Press.

4. Wallace, B.A. (2005). Genuine happiness: Meditation as the path to fulfillment. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley.

5. Wicks, R. (2008). The resilient