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Some Serious Science about the Giving of Gifts

(My favorite reading these days, not bedtime reading but on a plane or in the dentists’ office, is Scientific American Mind. The current issue, for example, has articles on Why We Imagine, and Why Cops Lose Control, and Using Sound Rather than Scalpels for Brain Surgery, and What Really Causes Autism, and Viewing Brain Cells […]

What Matters in the End (All Along the Way, Too)

I love the opportunity on a long plane flight to read an entire book. Most recently, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, the New York Times best-seller by Atul Gawande, a physician’s thought-provoking exploration of the costs of focusing on aging as a medical problem rather than the existential life issue that […]

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 […]

What Orbiting in Space Taught Me about Resilience

You may have already seen the YouTube video of astronaut Chris Hadfield making a peanut butter and jelly burrito in outer space – on his 5-month mission on the International Space Station last year, orbiting the earth at 17,500 mph, seeing a sunrise every 92 minutes. Or heard his interview with Terry Gross on Fresh […]


(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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