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The Importance of Humor and Laughter in Health
By: Offra Gerstein, Ph.D. - 26 April 2017 - 0 Comments

Laughing and chuckling at another’s comments or jokes is often perceived as a response to being entertained and enjoying others’ matched ideas. People value being with those who make them laugh and enjoy the [...]

Finding Light During Dark Times
By: Offra Gerstein, Ph.D. - 17 April 2017 - 0 Comments

Most people encounter some hard times during their lives, such as loss of a job, relationship rejection, divorce, health concerns, a threatening diagnosis, loss of a loved one, chronic or disabling medical condition, severe [...]

The Lifelong Impact of Childhood Trauma
By: Offra Gerstein, Ph.D. - 10 April 2017 - 0 Comments

Most children are raised by good parents who are loving, affirming, protective and delighted by their new role as parents. Yet, some parents who have experienced childhood abuse, neglect, avoidance or insufficient attention in [...]

How Can We Become More Accepting of Others?
By: Offra Gerstein, Ph.D. - 04 April 2017 - 0 Comments

Most people select friends and acquaintances by first encountering them at a mutual gathering such as school, church, work, military service, a club, neighborhood, through friends or at political, social or athletic events, all [...]

Attentiveness is an essential life force
By: Offra Gerstein, Ph.D. - 20 March 2017 - 0 Comments

From birth on humans need affirming, kind and responsive reactions from others to survive and thrive. Those who do not receive sufficient emotional and cognitive interactions with caring parents and others, fail to thrive [...]

We Need to Matter, not Shatter
By: Offra Gerstein, Ph.D. - 15 March 2017 - 0 Comments

Physical health requires good nutrition, sunshine and exercise, good relationships, satisfying employment and ongoing validation from those who matter to us. When people are asked, “What makes you happy?” they often respond by identifying [...]

The essence of peer connectedness
By: Offra Gerstein, Ph.D. - 06 March 2017 - 0 Comments

From childhood on and, throughout all stages of life, humans seek to be in relationships with others and cultivate their “sense of belonging”. The isolated kindergartner may exhibit signs of sadness, self-doubt, unhappiness and [...]

The Impact of Optimism and Pessimism in Life
By: Offra Gerstein, Ph.D. - 27 February 2017 - 0 Comments

One’s reaction and sustained attitude about life events is often labeled as either optimistic, neutral, or pessimistic. Optimists project a positive outcome even in face of difficult situations, while pessimists presume negative outcomes even [...]