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Mental Health & Emotional Wellness
All things mental health by a marriage & family therapist...from "the "I" in Illness to the "We" in Wellness" from Soulseeds
Curated by Dr. Amy Fuller
We all hold the ideals of “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness” dear to our hearts. The hope of a long life, freedom and the potential of “feeling” happy motivates many to achieve more, ove...
When I look back at own life and mark the heights of personal growth, I notice a pattern of growth being accompanied by challenges, failure, or loss. Of course there are those struggles that have not yet produced the fruit of growth. I’m curious about how these particular difficulties that did produce growth differ from those that have not yet yielded growth. It turns out that this phenomenon (growth through how one responds to difficulty) is identified as a key component to long-range happiness in a longitudinal study of 268 men who were at Harvard together in the 1940s.
Researchers are discovering the importance of treating yourself with the same compassion you extend to other people.
Great summary of the healing power of self-compassion scooped by Fuller Life Family Therapy
Modern psychiatric drugs treat the chemistry of the whole brain, but neurobiologist David Anderson believes in a more nuanced view of how the brain functions. He illuminates new research that could lead to targeted psychiatric medications -- that work better and avoid side effects. How's he doing it? For a start, by making a bunch of fruit flies angry. (Filmed at TEDxCaltech.)
Great writers don't always offer the words of undiluted inspiration we'd like; their keen insight and penchant for honesty about the human condition produces observations about our weakness, our sins or about how painful history can shadow our future...
Nothing characterizes the Christmas season like generosity, the generosity of God to us and us to each other. Gift giving has been an important part of Christmas ever since the Three Wise Men presented their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. But sometimes it can seem like receiving gifts is the main point of the […]
With Thanksgiving here, now is the time when many of us pause to reflect on all that we have and give thanks. But research shows there are major benefits to practicing gratitude -- which Robert Emmons, a professor in UC Davis' psychology department a...
Compassionate self-talk has been shown to calm the threat-detection system and allow us to be more understanding with others. Kristin Neff is an expert in self-compassion. Her research found that “...
Great resources in self-compassion!
Shame is such a powerful emotion that it can literally overcome us. For more than a decade, Dr. Brené Brown has been researching how shame and vulnerability impact our lives, and says thoughts of self-doubt and unworthiness -- or "gremlin thinking," as she calls it -- can prove dangerous.
Approximately one in four American adults suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. This staggering statistic goes to show that mental illness can touch anyone -- from entrepreneurs to presidents to celebrities.
Given the stigm...