Tag Archives for " Competence "

New Ways to Turn Kids On to Learning

I returned from learning so much about social-emotional-relational learning from other presenters at the Changing Brains, Changing Lives Symposium in Aspen, CO two weeks ago, and was immediately immersed in the Mill Valley Film Festival, seeing many, many films on my favorite movie genre: triumph over adversity on behalf of a noble cause. Among the […]

Unwavering Confidence

(Yet another post from Happify Daily, an extraordinary resource on the science of happiness. I’ll be teaching the exercise I’ve included below in finding your Compassionate Voice at the venues I’ve included below. May these tools be useful to you and yours.) The Seven Secrets of Unwavering Confidence We’ve all had confidence-eroding events in our […]

Be Super Resilient This Year

(This article was published in the January 2015 issue of Complete Well-Being, India’s leading magazine on wellness. It was a joy to write the article, and a joy to share it with you now.) Adversity is a given and strikes everyone from time to time; it’s how you handle it that really counts. Unfortunately we […]

Are you living your happiest life?

(This article was published in First for Women magazine in July 2014.  Several mental health professionals, including me, were interviewed about the mental traps that hold people back from taking risks, offering effective strategies for overcoming those traps.  May it be useful to you and yours.) Every time we’re weighing a new opportunity-whether to ask our boss […]


I recently recorded excerpts and exercises from Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being, to be uploaded to my website to be freely and easily downloaded by folks who prefer learning by listening. The project brought me through some very steep learning curves and, sometimes, doing many scary things a day. One […]


(I led a workshop on “Bouncing Back: Resilience and Renewal” at the EarthRise Center of the Institute for Noetic Sciences last weekend. For one of the experiential exercises to cultivate courage as part of rewiring the brain for resilience – Do One Scary Thing a Day – participants committed to doing one scary thing within […]

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