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6 Inspiring Books That Will Lift Your Mood

Losing yourself in the pages of a riveting novel or memoir is a legitimate form of therapy. Even better is coming away from the characters and the story with a renewed purpose and sense of hope. John Green, one of my favorite authors, said “Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood.” I think that’s true especially for people who struggle with depression and anxiety or some other chronic illness that is stigmatized in our culture. Between the covers of a book, we find a n...
Tags: Books, Inspiration & Hope, Mental Health and Wellness, Motivation and Inspiration, Self-Help, Change In Mood, Inspiration, Motivation, Reading, Uplifting


A Spring Cleaning Primer: 15 Ways to Get Organized in 5 Minutes or Less

Getting organized can sound exhausting, especially if your house is filled with heaps and piles of stuff. Maybe it’s on the counters. Maybe it’s on your dining room table (and every other table in your home). Maybe it’s your entire closet. Wherever the clutter resides, you’re finding it incredibly frustrating. Because for one, clutter is all you can find—your keys, your home insurance policy, that bill that’s due any day now, not so much. And rest assured you’re not alone. Ashley Hat...
Tags: Psychology, General, Washington, Habits, Happiness, Stress, Self-help, Perfectionism, Mental Health And Wellness, Motivation And Inspiration, Company, Rachel, Gill, Hatcher, Rosenthal, Blakey


6 Mistakes to Avoid in Your Recovery from Depression and Anxiety

Recovering from depression and anxiety call for the same kind of shrewdness and amount of perspiration as does running a 4,000-person company. I say that having never done the latter. But hear out my logic: great leaders must master impeccable governing skills, develop the discipline of a triathlete, and build enough stamina to manage multiple personalities. And so does anyone wanting to get outside of her head and live a little. So I think it’s fitting to translate the insight of a book about ...
Tags: Psychology, General, Habits, Self-help, Depression, Bipolar, Personality, Mental Health And Wellness, Brain And Behavior, Motivation And Inspiration, Industrial And Workplace, Depressive Episode, Depression Recovery


Looking for the Light When There’s Darkness

“ There is mud, and there is the lotus that grows out of the mud. We need the mud in order to make the lotus.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh Over the past few years, many of us in the helping professions have noticed an emotional shift that feels like a sense of gloom hanging over much of our universe. Many factors have no doubt contributed to these feelings, such as personal, political, environmental, and global issues. Some people have found themselves harboring a deep sense of darkness or nega...
Tags: Psychology, California, Happiness, Mindfulness, Self-help, Oakland, Motivation And Inspiration, Inspiration & Hope, Thich Nhat Hanh, Carl Jung, Barbara, Lotus Berkeley


7 Savvy Strategies for the Spring Season

Spring time is traditionally the time we feel freer. More hours of sunshine, warmer weather and flowers blossoming inspire us to do better with whatever we want to achieve.  If you’re like most folks, you’ll begin to put the pressure on yourself to lose those extra pounds and get on an exercise regime. After all, bathing suit time is just around the corner. You’ll also urge yourself to save money, get better organized and be more focused. And, of course, spend more time with family and friends....
Tags: Psychology, Habits, Self-help, Motivation And Inspiration


How to Help Kids (and Ourselves!) with Worry: A Mindful Practice for All Ages

As a child, and much into my adulthood, I spent countless hours worrying about things that I could not change, things that I had no control over, and often things in the future that never even happened.  This created a lot of suffering for me — often unnecessary suffering — that I had difficulty finding a way out of. We all can get caught in this kind of mental “time traveling.”  This is part of our human conditioning, and one of the places our mind defaults to when we have down time. We rumi...
Tags: Psychology, Parenting, Mindfulness, Motivation And Inspiration, Children And Teens


6 Ways to Use Mindfulness to Ease Difficult Emotions

Mindfulness has become quite the buzzword these days, with impressive studies popping up in the news with regularity. For example, research from the University of Oxford finds that mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is just as effective as antidepressants for preventing a relapse of depression. In MBCT, a person learns to pay closer attention to the present moment and to let go of the negative thoughts and ruminations that can trigger depression. They also explore a greater awareness of ...
Tags: Psychology, Books, Mindfulness, Self-help, Depression, University of Oxford, Mental Health And Wellness, Brain And Behavior, Motivation And Inspiration, University of Massachusetts, Jon Kabat Zinn, Kabat Zinn, Anne Arundel Community Hospital


Getting Back to Work When You’ve Been Depressed

“I’m still too depressed to find a job,” says one young man. “I lost my car when I was so depressed so how can I even look?” From a young woman: “I don’t have the energy for a full-time job and I don’t feel ready to be around people.” And from a middle-aged guy: “Who wants a 50 year old who’s been in the hospital?” After months of treatment for acute depression, these people are feeling better. They are taking better care of themselves. Their sleep is good. Their medications are working...
Tags: Psychology, Work, Work Life Balance, Depression, Huffington Post, Depression Treatment, Motivation And Inspiration, Industrial And Workplace, Mike Robbins, Idowu Koyenikan


Why Jealousy Can Be Good

Envy is one of the seven deadly sins. “Never underestimate the power of jealousy and the power of envy to destroy,” Oliver Stone said. I’m going to do just that. I’m going to postulate that envy also has the power to create and to motivate, that it is, in fact, GOOD. This topic is a natural for me since I spend so much time counting other people’s blessings. I salivate over my friend’s number-one New York Time’s bestseller; my colleague’s trip to Tibet; my brother-in-law’s cake job; my friend’s ...
Tags: Psychology, Tibet, Relationships, Habits, Happiness, Self-help, Self-esteem, Oliver Stone, William, University of Cambridge, Venus, Serena, Mental Health And Wellness, Brain And Behavior, Motivation And Inspiration, University of Texas


Courage as a Teacher: 3 Steps to Take

One of the most simple yet effective ways of living a responsible life is to approach each day from the perspective of an unknown, future death point. We can do this by asking ourselves daily, “How shall I live this day so that I am at peace with myself when I am looking back from the point of my death?” The inescapable reality of life is that none of us escapes it alive. But I do not see this as a reason to fret or bemoan past mistakes or worry about a future that is not guaranteed to any of...
Tags: Psychology, Self-help, Resilience, Courage, Bravery, Motivation And Inspiration, Risk-taking, Ethics & Morality


Why We Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Change

Most human beings loathe change. In a 2010 study conducted at the University of Arkansas, researchers led five experiments that demonstrated that people overwhelmingly found older objects or behaviors to be preferable to new ones, that longevity is a key factor, often unconsciously, when we evaluate the value of something. “The length of time something has been established seems to serve as a cue to its goodness. The longer a policy, medical practice, painting, tree or consumer good was said to ...
Tags: Psychology, Habits, Happiness, Self-help, Gizmodo, Mental Health And Wellness, Brain And Behavior, Motivation And Inspiration, University of Arkansas, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Andrew Tarantola, Spencer Johnson, Laurel Regional Hospital, Haw


Taking Back Your Power: Breaking Free from the Writing on the Wall

Everyone has writing on their wall — hidden belief systems and pre-recorded programs that dictate how we behave, react and experience ourselves and the world. This information has been imprinted onto our subconscious minds like music onto the track of a tape. We may not be aware of it, but we listen to the voice that spouts it everyday, and we do what it says. The writing on our wall is our most prominent advisor, and we consult it all day long. It’s the writing on our wall that makes us r...
Tags: Psychology, Motivation, Habits, Happiness, Mindfulness, Self-help, Ego, Empowerment, Motivation And Inspiration


25 Inspiring Quotes on Embracing Your True Self

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” It is also the greatest struggle, in my opinion, to leave at the door the sentiments and expectations of others and lead with your truth. Lately I’ve looked for inspiration in the words of others to help me resist the urge to become an imitation of someone else and to embrace the person I am. Here are some of my favorite quotes. 1. Embrace the glorious...
Tags: Psychology, Steve Jobs, Self-help, Self-esteem, Nelson Mandela, Winston Churchill, Oscar Wilde, Perfectionism, Mental Health And Wellness, Motivation And Inspiration, Inspiration & Hope, Eleanor Roosevelt, Judy Garland, Don, Elizabeth Gilbert, Ralph Waldo Emerson


The Health Benefits of Staying Organized: An Interview With John Linden

Ever since I moved into my very own office — away from the dirty laundry and magazine piles of my home office in the bedroom — I’ve been studying the relationship between space and productivity/mood. As I organize my files, hang paintings, and eliminate the first threats of clutter, I am paying special attention to what promotes health and creativity and what destroys it. Interior designer John Linden knows this subject well. He is a nationally recognized designer of mirrors and other wall décor...
Tags: Psychology, Productivity, General, Organization, Stanford, Self-help, John, Mental Health And Wellness, Motivation And Inspiration, Interior, Marie, Kondo, Therese Borchard, John Linden


When Faith Alone Can’t Heal Depression

There is no question that religion and spirituality can help pull us out of darkness and provide the hope and inspiration that is needed to persevere through despair. Several studies over the last decade have confirmed the positive role of faith in recovery from depression. How Faith Helps Depression A 2016 study from the University of Utah School of Medicine demonstrated how religious and spiritual experiences activate the brain reward circuits. In the study 19 young-adult Mormon church mem...
Tags: Psychology, General, Research, Depression, Spirituality, Faith, Jesus, Sam, Stigma, Jesus Christ, Miller, Mental Health And Wellness, Brain And Behavior, Motivation And Inspiration, Inspiration & Hope, Lifeway


Psychology Around the Net: March 9, 2019

Happy Saturday (or whatever day you’re reading this) sweet readers! This week’s Psychology Around the Net covers a personal account of how running helped one author’s anxiety and fear, how green spaces work to boost your well-being and social connections, why “hip” office settings aren’t benefiting employees the way employers would like them to, and more. Enjoy! Moving the Body, Boosting the Mind: Running Your Way to Better Mental Health: Bella Mackie, author of Jog On: How Running Saved My L...
Tags: Psychology, Motivation, Research, Depression, Anxiety, Running, Detachment, ADD, Attention Deficit Disorder, Green Spaces, Self-compassion, Anxiety And Panic, Motivation And Inspiration, Psychology Around The Net, Health-related, Industrial And Workplace


A Room of One’s Own: Why We Need Space and Quiet

Virginia Woolf believed that if a woman was to write fiction that she must have money and a room of her own. I would say the same for a mental health blogger or anyone in a creative field. Money can be hard to come by. But a creative soul should at least have a fort or office somewhere in her home or in the neighboring vicinity that is hers alone, where she can hang up a “Do Not Disturb” sign. A space to spread out notes and books and journals for days or months on end until the project is fini...
Tags: Psychology, Productivity, Family, General, Work Life Balance, Independence, Personal, Self-help, Creativity, Bob Dylan, Autonomy, Silence, Learned Helplessness, Virginia Woolf, Mental Health And Wellness, Motivation And Inspiration


6 Mental & Emotional Flaming Hoops You Jump Through for Your Kids

Few parents, if any, will say that parenting is a walk in the park. The truth is that parenting is real, raw, and involves a great deal of hard work. It’s not all rainbows and butterflies. While the happy moments are certainly there, they tend to get overshadowed by moments of anxiety, frustration, and fatigue. Our lives change once kids come on the scene and nothing is ever the same again. From dealing with the toddler tantrums to the taxing teen years and their eventual adulthood, nothing a...
Tags: Psychology, Parenting, Self-help, Guilt, Peer Pressure, Shame, Adolescence, Motivation And Inspiration, Children And Teens, Reneau, Risky Behaviors


Kindness Counts: Here’s Why

“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” – Dalai Lama In my opinion, there isn’t enough attention paid to the recommendation to be kind. While we may read or hear the advice to “Be kind to yourself” or “Be kind to others,” how many times do we take the words to heart and act accordingly? Kindness, research shows, has many benefits to both body and mind. It also makes the giver and receiver of the kindness feel better. A deeper dive into how and why kindness counts reveals th...
Tags: Psychology, Self-help, Dalai Lama, University Of California, Motivation And Inspiration, Social Psychology, University of Sussex, Monash University, Journal of Social Psychology, Journal of Oncology Practice, NeuroImage


4 Strategies to Foster Self-Compassion

“You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” ~ Quote often attributed to Buddha Nurturing self-compassion is by far the most difficult part of my recovery from depression because the self-hater is loudest when my mood dips, charging me to try harder, be tougher, and comparing ...
Tags: Psychology, Books, General, Happiness, Vulnerability, Personal, Austin, Self-help, Resilience, Shame, Perfectionism, Personal Growth, Self-compassion, Mental Health And Wellness, Motivation And Inspiration, Inspiration & Hope


Own Your Contribution

“Life is not about accumulation. It is about contribution.” Stephen Covey’s powerful words resonate on  oh so many  levels. In the work setting, it’s not about accumulating personal performance accolades; it’s about our contribution to the betterment of the entire organization. In the social sphere, it’s not about the number of friends that we accumulate (know any “friend collectors”?), but about how we can meaningfully contribute to just  one person’s life . And in the neighborhood, it’s n...
Tags: Psychology, Facebook, Stress, Mindfulness, Self-help, Stress Reduction, Blame, Responsibility, Brain And Behavior, Motivation And Inspiration, Success & Achievement, Stephen Covey


The True Meaning of Regret, According to Science

Everyone has regrets, but you always imagine that those regrets revolve around action you took and the mistakes you believe you’ve made. We focus so much on the decisions we make in the moment, wondering if we made the wrong choice in hindsight, but a recent study published in the journal  Emotion indicates that the old adage still rings true: it’s not the things you do in life that you regret, it’s the things you don’t  do. In a  study entitled “The Ideal Road Not Taken,” Corn...
Tags: Psychology, Regret, Research, Cornell, Worry, Motivation And Inspiration, Inspiration & Hope, Success & Achievement, Rumination, Gilovich, Tom Gilovich, Irene Blecker Rosenfeld, Davidai S Gilovich


Psychology Around the Net: February 16, 2019

Are you ready to get all the latest on whether or not talking to bots is good for your mental health, how your occupation can affect how effective your depression treatments are, and the difference between shameful secrets and guilty secrets (and which ones hurt us more)? We hope so, because we have all that and more in this week’s Psychology Around the Net! Can Talking to a Bot Help You Feel Better? Maybe…but at what cost? Says psychologist and MIT professor Sherry Turkle: “We expect more fr...
Tags: Psychology, Motivation, Technology, Sleep, Study, Research, Mit, Depression, Treatment, Anxiety, Guilt, Sexuality, Sex Life, Columbia University, Bots, Asmr


Fostering a Lust for Life

“Musicians must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write if he’s to be ultimately at peace with himself. What one can be, one must be.” ~ Abraham Maslow February is often thought of as the month of love. For some people this refers to romantic love, and for others, it might refer to love for a friend or relative. It can also be about the love — or lust — for life and living life to its fullest, which means listening to the messages of your heart and going in the direction of what...
Tags: Psychology, New York, Happiness, Personal, Self-help, Self-esteem, Creativity, Valentine's Day, Virginia Woolf, Personal Growth, Motivation And Inspiration, Norton, Abraham Maslow, MASLOW, Rollo May, Kahlil Gibran


8 Ways to Instantly Feel Empowered to Face an Upcoming Challenge, A New Opportunity or a Tough Day

You’re about to ask for a promotion at work. You’re about to ask for a raise. You’re about to resign from your 9-to-5 to start your own business. You’re about to take a step toward expanding your business. You’re about to give a speech. You’re about to have a hard conversation. You’re about to say ‘yes’ or say ‘no’ to a significant opportunity. You’re about to advocate for yourself—which is something you’ve actually rarely done before. And you need to feel empowered. Because right now you...
Tags: Psychology, General, New York City, Stress, Self-help, Mental Health And Wellness, Motivation And Inspiration, Industrial And Workplace, Success & Achievement, Garcia, DBT, Alyssa Mairanz, Mairanz, Leslie Garcia, Mairanz LMHC


12 Ways to Keep Going with Depression

About once a week I hear the same question from a reader, “What keeps you going?” The short answer is lots of things. I use a variety of tools to persevere through my struggle with depression because what works on one day doesn’t the next. I have to break some hours into 15-minute intervals and simply put one foot in front of another, doing the thing that is right in front of me and nothing else. I write this post for the person who is experiencing debilitating symptoms of depression. The follow...
Tags: Psychology, Motivation, Facebook, Europe, New York, Sleep, France, Spain, Personal, Self-help, Depression, Santiago, Santiago De Compostela, Stress Reduction, God, Brussels


Why Happiness Is the Ultimate Currency

My friend Avi is a great barber. His customers, myself included, refer to his golden hands — his ability to satisfy my son’s desire to look like Ronaldo, or a woman’s desire before her daughter’s wedding to look like Grace Kelly. Putting his phenomenal skills together with his sound business sense, Avi could have easily expanded his business far beyond his little salon. So I asked him one day why he chose not to grow his business by adding a bigger place in a more central location in the city, o...
Tags: Psychology, Happiness, Work Life Balance, Personal, Self-help, Ronaldo, Humility, Gratitude, Motivation And Inspiration, Industrial And Workplace, Success & Achievement, Career Goals, Grace Kelly, Carl Jung, Fort Knox, Avi


30 Healing Quotes on Self-Forgiveness

Just as mantras are helpful for me to process emotions, so are quotes. I often turn to them for wisdom and inspiration. The following sound bytes have been especially helpful in trying to learn how to forgive myself. Like most people I know, I judge my own indiscretions with a different standard than those of others. While I can often separate the kindness of a loved one from the wrong she did, I make no such distinction for myself. I become my mistake. The words of the following writers, phil...
Tags: Psychology, Self-help, Self-esteem, Spirituality, Mcgill, Forgiveness, Maya Angelou, Perfectionism, Self-compassion, Mental Health And Wellness, Motivation And Inspiration, Inspiration & Hope, Inspirational Quotes, Buddha, Rumi, Tara Brach


To Risk Or Not To Risk?

We cannot wait until fear is no longer present in order to decide to make self-responsible choices. We must accept that fear will be a part of the process of change, usually in the form of a menacing or seemingly insurmountable threat. We must not be surprised if we have self-sabotaging thoughts or when we think things like, “You’ll be sorry if you go through that door! You’re just going to fall flat on your face and there won’t be anybody to pick you up or save you.” I do not believe that re...
Tags: Psychology, Personal, Resilience, Forgiveness, Personal Growth, Self-compassion, Motivation And Inspiration, Success & Achievement, Risk-taking, Thom Rutledge, Self Forgiveness


8 Ways to Let Go of Mistakes

No one likes to mess up. But for those of us with a mix of obsessive-compulsive disorder and perfectionism, we can become debilitated by the guilt and regret following a blunder. Our brains are stuck on the stupidity of our actions, rehashing the events as if doing so will change what happened. How do you break free this painful loop of regret? After reading through a dozen self-help books on this topic and talking with people who have learned how to get beyond their errors, I compiled these ei...
Tags: Psychology, Regret, Personal, Self-help, Self-esteem, Harvard University, Oprah Winfrey, Shame, Oprah, Baltimore, Maya Angelou, Perfectionism, Henry Ford, Worry, Mental Health And Wellness, Motivation And Inspiration