6 Easy Exercises for Everyday Mindfulness

We could all use a little help focusing on the present instead of worrying about what the future holds. Here are 6 simple ways to incorporate more mindfulness in your days. Mindful Mornings: Waking Up With Purpose Mornings can be … Read More

The Only 2 Things You Need to Know to Change Negative Behaviors for Good

Why is it that we know what’s good for us—but rarely do it? We know healthy food does our body good. We know the importance of exercise. We know the value of strong relationships. And yet, we can spend countless … Read More

5 Hacks to Create Powerful Habits

So much of our lives are lived on autopilot. We eat, sleep, go to work, attend to house chores, try to fit in some fun or self-care, or simply wind down in front of the television. Then we begin the … Read More

10 Secrets of Great Relationships

I’ve had the privilege in my 25 years as a couples counselor of working with hundreds of couples. They’ve been old and young, straight and gay, and of various socioeconomic and religious backgrounds. As I have worked with them to … Read More

How to Open Yourself Up to the Moment

Susan, a meditation student, wrote me this: “When I’m feeling disconnected or lonely or anxious, I do my best to remember to pay attention to details. While paying attention does have a calming effect, I realize that paying attention—exquisite, extraordinary attention—is … Read More

5 Situations in Your Life Where You Can be More Present

It’s not easy being present. Our brains, unlike other animal brains, are made for extensive time travel. We can mentally replay the past so well that we smile with joy, or, as is more often the case, drive ourselves insane … Read More

Are You a People Pleaser? Here’s What You Need to Know

5 Psychologist-Approved Ways to Get It Under Control I was recently coaching a client I’ll call Amanda. Although she hated to admit it, Amanda was the office people pleaser. She was always the first one to volunteer for the activities … Read More

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7 Ways to Accept Yourself and Feel Good Enough

Below we explore some alternative perspectives and exercises on how you can accept yourself more and feel good enough.   1. Everything doesn’t have to be perfect As we talked before, perfectionism is the curse of Sisyphus because it’s an unattainable standard. … Read More

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When You Don’t Feel Like Yourself

Lately, you haven’t felt like yourself. Maybe you’re feeling extra anxious, a nervousness that’s taken up residence inside your stomach. Maybe you feel uncomfortable in your own skin. Maybe you’re experiencing a deep self-doubt, which you’ve never felt before. Maybe … Read More

Keys to successful behaviour change

  All professional psychology is about helping people to make and sustain successful changes in their behaviour, to prevent, solve or at least alleviate problems. This is particularly true in the field of health promotion and illness prevention. Most people … Read More