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Emotional Health Minute: One happiness Rx?

Ok – so happiness can’t possibly boil down to one solitary thing, however many researchers believe that if you HAD to it would be gratitude.  Gratitude can not only be the path to a more life satisfaction but even improve your heart. But being “grateful” isn’t necessarily easy, especially if you are prone to a strong negativity bias.  (The glass half empty vs half full world...

Emotional Health Minute: Getting enough sleep?

Getting enough sleep is more important than you might think.  It not only resets the nervous system but consolidates learnings from that day and fosters physical health in heart, lungs and immune system.  According to Linda Graham, MFT, “Researchers have found that 97.5% of the population need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep a night yet, on the average, Americans get 6.5 hours of sleep per night.” How...

Emotional Health Minute: Be aware of how the news media is impacting you.

There has been a spike in stressful news being covered by the media.  Whether it’s ISIS, Ebola or Enterovirus-D68, there are worrisome issues at hand in our world and own country.  This would be enough to be concerning for anyone but if you have a tendency for generalized anxiety about “bad things happening,” you might find yourself particularly anxious. What you can do: Take in the good....

Emotional Health Minute: Don’t sabotage your growth.

If you are like most people, you’d prefer happiness over unhappiness.  Being human comes with challenges, failures, adversity as well as joy, peace and life satisfaction. Consider yourself a work in progress when it comes to your emotional health. So if your intentions are good but something still isn’t working, consider the possibility you might be sabotaging your own growth.  Consider a few ways you might be...

Emotional Health Minute: Your worry is not you.

When overwhelmed with worry it’s easy to feel like it permeates your very being.  It’s hard to separate the feeling from your very core.  That’s because it can be powerful, especially if the narrative that runs beneath you (your story) is negative: “Something bad is going to happen.” “They won’t like me.” “If I don’t keep control, I will fall...

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