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The Big Disconnect: Tech, Kids, and Families

I can remember being rewarded with a lollipop for behaving myself in the dentist’s chair before scientists discovered the causal link between sugar, plaque, and tooth decay.  I can remember when it was so cool to smoke cigarettes, before scientists discovered the causal links between smoking and lung cancer and teeth falling out of our […]

Sure-Fire Practices to Free Yourself from Your Inner Critic

In teaching people resources and practices for recovering resilience, I often teach that there is no more powerful a derailer of that resilience than the shaming of our inner critic, and that there is no more powerful protocol for healing the pain and suffering inflicted by the inner critic than practices of mindfulness and self-compassion. […]

Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

Reading a 400+ page book on the healing of trauma may not sound like a lot of fun, but reading a brilliantly written, best-book-in-the-field-ever book on tools and techniques to help people fully recover an authentic self and deep joy in feeling fully alive can be completely inspiring. I read Bessel van der Kolk’s best-selling […]

Real Happiness: Proven Paths for Contentment, Peace and Well-Being

Real Happiness: Proven Paths for Contentment, Peace and Well-Being by Jonah Paquette, PsyD, resonates more with Resources for Recovering Resilience than anything I’ve come across in a long time. It’s a gem of a book, engagingly written, delightfully easy to read, superbly well-organized, and wonderfully specific and practical. Please indulge and find many, many practices […]

The Secret Life of Sleep

Research focusing on the benefits to the body of exercise, sleep and good nutrition is expanding to the benefits of the same for the brain. It’s not rocket science; it’s neuroscience that’s generating the new data that can guide lifestyle choices that strengthen and protect the brain as we age and reduce the risk, even […]

Change Your Mindset, Change Your Life

I’m getting behinder and behinder. Carol Dweck’s paradigm-shifting book Mindset was first published 10 years ago. I read it in one cover-to-cover weekend last month. The research into the impact of our mindset on how we deal with failures, setbacks, disappointments, is as relevant for our resilience and well-being today as it was a decade […]

Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect

In preparing for a number of upcoming trainings (Sounds True Neuroscience Summit, May 15, 2016, details soon, and “Healing Attachment Trauma by Rewiring the Brain” August 25-September 2, 2016 in Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne, Australia), I re-read Mathew Lieberman’s book Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect and learned all over again the evolutionary […]

Creating Racial Justice through Compassion and Self-Awareness

I read the article “What We Say, Not What We Do” in the most recent Wise Brain Bulletin and immediately contacted the author, Shakil Choudhury, requesting permission to reprint the article here. (see Reflections below) A subsequent delightful phone conversation confirmed, yes, this is everything I teach applied to racial justice and using our tools […]

Reclaiming Conversation

We live in a technological world in which we are always communicating and yet we have sacrificed conversation for mere connection. We turn away from each other and toward our phones.  We are forever elsewhere.  But to empathize, to grow, to love and be loved, to take the measure of ourselves or another, to fully […]

The Science of a Meaningful Life – Best Books of 2015

(A phenomenal resource for recovering resilience and moving into a happier, more fulfilling life, is the Greater Good Science Center at U.C. Berkeley. Seminars, free online courses, articles, newsletters, book reviews, videos featuring the latest research on gratitude, altruism, compassion, empathy, forgiveness, happiness and mindfulness. Here’s the editor’s picks of the Best Books in 2015, […]

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