Denying Access to Education Affects People, Nations and the World : the Case of Afghan Women
The tradition of patriarchy with its beliefs and values about gender division of labor has its roots in early childhood, through family, society and the school system.Read more
The Value of the Concept of ‘Good Enough’ in a Highly Complex World
Many of the personal, social, and environmental ills we face are rooted in our obsession with "greatness" as a value. This mindset is based on the premise that only outperformance and excellence are acceptable, when in reality they can sometimes prove irrelevant or counterproductive.Read more
Coping With the Unprecedented Challenges of Taking Care of Aging Parents
Rapidly aging populations and demographic shifts underscore the reality that aging will affect all of us personally and require care and support for those close to us.Read more
At Least 6 Extra Years of Higher Quality of Life for Everyone is Within Reach
It's time to set more ambitious goals for our health. It's not just about adding years to life but also adding life to years.Read more
When Life Spirals Out of Control: Self-compassion as an Alternative to the Relentless Pursuit of Self-esteem
Why? We are more likely to develop emotional resilience by being gentle with ourselves than by boosting our ego with harsh self-criticism.Read more
The Consequences of Negativity Are Prevalent in Failing Relationships
Positive behaviors (words, attitudes, interactions) make a difference, but it is crucial to avoid negativity that irrevocably damages the health and sustainability of a relationship.Read more
When the previous (older) version of you no longer resonates with you
The concept of outgrowing old versions of ourselves isn’t new: we grow out of old beliefs as our worldview expands; we grow out of habits or routines that no longer make sense for our lives.Read more
Parallels Between The Annual Cycle Of Nature And The Moments When Life Knocks Us Down
Mastering life’s challenges starts with revisiting our perception of time. We mistakenly think that our life is linear, but it is in fact cyclical and mirrors the cycle of nature.Read more
The Benefits of Physical Activity on Preserving Cognitive Function in the Aging Brain
Preserving cognitive function, especially executive cognitive function, is key to continued independent living for seniors, as it improves mental flexibility, working memory and inhibitory control. These functions rely on neurobiological mechanisms that support the relationship between positive health behaviors and cognitive abilities.Read more
How Good Are We At Predicting What Will Make Us Happy In The Future?
Our imagination is not reliable in helping us to figure out what will make us happy in the future or even what has made us happy in the past. Because of logic-processing errors our brains tend to make, we misestimate our future satisfactions. However, we find ways to adapt to circumstances and create our own happiness.Read more
We Have the Power to Influence our Emotional Well-being in More Ways than We Realize
Have you ever wondered where your emotions come from? We have much more power over our feelings than we imagine. This awareness alone is a powerful tool to reclaim control over what is getting us down or holding us back.Read more
The Essential Role of a Growth Mindset and Neuroplasticity in Facilitating Lifelong Learning
The awareness that the brain is malleable and can evolve empowers anyone who makes deliberate and repeated learning efforts to rewire their brain for maximum benefit.Read more
Neuroplasticity: Harness the Power of Neuroplasticity for Greater Health and Well-Being at Any Age
The structures and functional capabilities of our brain are not fixed; the brain can reorganize, develop, and change in response to new experiences. A healthy lifestyle, combining diet and exercise, promotes neuroplasticity and improves our memory and cognitive performance.Read more
Uncovering the Mind-Body Connection: The Mind and Body Interact in Powerful Ways that Affect our Physical and Mental Health.
Mind-body interactions are a two-way street. Our mental health or distress affects our physical well-being, while our physical health or discomfort may influence our mental health.Read more
Does Passion Always Drive Performance and Emotional Well-Being?
We often believe that passion is an essential component of success and well-being. However, researchers differentiate between two qualitatively distinct types of passion; harmonious passion and obsessive passion, both intended to improve performance, but with opposite results.Read more
Early Childhood Adversity Is a Key Risk Factor for Substance Abuse
Early adversity, manifested by insensitive, unpredictable, and unresponsive caregivers, leads to numerous neurobiological abnormalities in the developing brain and an inappropriate response of our body to stress, which is believed to be implicated in the development of substance abuse.Read more
Our Early Life Experiences Shape Who We Are, how We Think, how We Feel, how We Process Stress and Inform Our Beliefs and Behaviors (Part II)
In "What Happened to You?", Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Bruce Perry explore the crucial role of early childhood experiences in shaping the people we become: our strengths, weaknesses and unique responses to daily events reflect what happened to us. They conclude that the power of meaningful connections with others is essential to offset the impact of early trauma.Read more
Our Early Life Experiences Shape Who We Are, how We Think, how We Feel, how We Process Stress and Inform Our Beliefs and Behaviors (Part I)
In "What Happened to You?", Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Bruce Perry explore the impact of early childhood experiences on the biology of our brains and the people we become. Their scientific and emotional insights help us understand how our personal journey influences the development, organization, and functioning of our brain – determining how we deal with stress, make decisions, and relate to others. To defeat the effects of trauma and adversity, they advocate shifting the focus from "What's wrong with you?" to "What happened to you?” This is a subtle but fundamental shift in our perspective on trauma that opens the door to resilience and healing.Read more
Freedom of Choice, a Sense of Control, Autonomy and Happiness Are Closely Related
Life is an individual adventure: discover how freedom of choice, a sense of control and autonomy can significantly increase your happiness.Read more
Our Emotions Play an Essential Role in our Decision Making and Actions. It Takes More than Willpower to Exercise Self-Discipline.
Working with emotions, not against them, is essential to creating the willpower needed to overcome obstacles and setbacks.Read more
It’s Been a Year – Things are Looking Up, So Why Haven’t We Adjusted to COVID?
In the aftermath of the Covid pandemic, millions of people maxed out their disaster quota and are eager to move on from the pandemic. But emotional wounds still run deep and will take time to heal.Read more
Happiness is the Ability to Relate to Emotions with Greater Granularity and Depth - The Benefits of Practicing "Emodiversity".
Learning how to discern and experience the full range of our emotional landscape comes with huge rewards. Do you embrace all your emotions – positive and negative?Read more
Lift Your Spirits Through Social Connectedness – The Power of “Weak Ties”
Research shows that casual interactions with strangers or acquaintances are equally important in restoring our sense of well-being and belonging as connecting with family and friends.Read more
Covid-19 Pandemic-Induced Loneliness
Research confirms that loneliness is multidimensional and that its resolution requires a multifaceted therapeutic approach.Read more
Aging – Is Living by Subtraction!
Aging affects all of us. Understanding the dynamics of aging, its impact on our daily lives and a few tips to stay in control is the topic of this post.Read more
What Makes A Good Life? – Lessons from the Longest Study on Happiness
Having “meaningful interpersonal relationships”, more than money or fame, is what keeps people healthy and happy throughout their lives. Discover the evidence gathered over eight decades that supports this affirmation.Read more
The Benefits of Living Purposefully at Every Life-Stage!
To thrive we need a direction and goals to look forward to; a clear sense of purpose allows us to find meaning in our lives. Finding and Reinventing Life’s Purpose Indefinitely is critical.Read more
Retired – Who Am I Now?
Life expectancy has increased dramatically over the past 30 years. What are the consequences of this change on daily life? A new study offers valuable insights on how to effectively navigate the transition to retirement.Read more