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Play a Game, Improve Your Life – Really!

The next time your friend, child or spouse tells you gaming is a good use of time, don’t laugh. It may very well be true. So says Jane McGonigal, Ph.D., author of Reality is Broken.   It sounds counter-intuitive. Shouldn’t you be exercising, helping out around the house, reading a good book, or even getting […]

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7 Ways to Short-Circuit Chronic Stress

Pretend you’re a zebra enjoying the hot African savannah. A lion is approaching. You shift into high gear and run for your life. That’s what stress was designed to do: get you out of immediate danger. But what if you’re not a zebra. Week after week you’re worried about losing your job, or getting older, […]

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From Mortifying Meltdown to Finding Inner Peace – 10 Steps to “10% Happier”

Imagine having a panic attack in front of five million people on national television. That’s what happened to Dan Harris on Good Morning America in 2004. He was filling in for a colleague as the news anchor at the top of the hour. “It started out fine…But then, right in the middle of the second […]

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Disability Systems Navigation Syndrome

My son’s disability resource coordinator asked, “How come you know more about Eli’s benefits than I do?” “Because his life depends upon it,” I replied. My response is the explanation of why I study, research, read internet postings and bulletins, frequently ask questions, investigate, think about, spearhead and manage my son Eli’s services, all of […]

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Develop Confidence With Courage

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”  — Anais Nin I’ve asked hundreds of entrepreneurs if they’d like more courage at least sometimes, if they’d like more confidence at least sometimes and if they have fears that sometimes hold them back. One-hundred percent replied yes. I’ve been asking individual clients and audiences this […]

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What is Suboxone?

What is Suboxone® and what is it used for? Taken as a film placed under the tongue (“sublingual”), Suboxone® is the brand name for buprenorphine and naloxone, used to treat modern to severe chronic pain.  Since its FDA approval in 2002, Suboxone® has also been prescribed for treatment of opoid addiction. It acts by suppressing […]

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Autism: Risk Factors & Diagnosis

Who Is At Risk? Studies measuring autism spectrum disorder (ASD) prevalence—the number of children affected by ASD over a given time period—have reported varying results, depending on when and where the studies were conducted and how the studies defined ASD. A survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  of health and school records of […]

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Unhappy Marriage

Is an unhappy marriage driving you to thoughts of separation or divorce? Before you commit to either of these steps, consider whether you might be able to instead learn ways to create a healthier relationship with your husband or wife. A good marriage isn’t always an easy one, and if only one partner is committed […]

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What is Happiness?

What is happiness? Psychologist Dr. Ed Diener identifies happiness, or “subjective well-being,” as a combination of two things: life satisfaction and having more positive than negative emotions. Another leading psychology researcher, Dr. Martin Seligman, describes it as three elements: pleasure, engagement, and meaning, with the last two having the greatest impact on living a happy […]

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The Four Steps of Taking in the Good: HEAL Yourself

The Four Steps of Taking in the Good: HEAL Yourself In his insightful, practical book Hardwiring Happiness, well-known psychologist and author Rick Hanson, PhD, makes the point that even though our brains are “hardwired” to give more weight to negative rather than positive experiences and emotions, you can learn to retrain your brain to switch […]

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Awakening From the Trance of Unworthiness

During high school, I consciously struggled with not liking myself, yet it was during college that I became distressed by the intensity of my self-aversion. On a weekend outing, a roommate described her inner process as “becoming her own best friend,” and I broke down sobbing, overwhelmed at the degree to which I was unfriendly […]

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Should Parents Worry? Video Games and Their Impact on Children

When I started my practice almost thirty years ago, Sesame Street and the benign Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood captured our children’s attention. Disney movies proliferated throughout the video market and they followed a similar fairy tale pattern in which a hero or heroine is pursued by a villain but triumphs in the end. Children learned which […]

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