Self Improvement'

The Importance of Humor and Laughter in Health

The Importance of Humor and Laughter in Health

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 lighter side [...]

Finding Light During Dark Times

Finding Light During Dark Times

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 injury, financial [...]

The Lifelong Impact of Childhood Trauma

The Lifelong Impact of Childhood Trauma

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 their own [...]

How Can We Become More Accepting of Others?

How Can We Become More Accepting of Others?

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 of these [...]

Attentiveness is an essential life force

Attentiveness is an essential life force

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 and do [...]

We Need to Matter, not Shatter

We Need to Matter, not Shatter

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 an activity [...]

The Impact of Optimism and Pessimism in Life

The Impact of Optimism and Pessimism in Life

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 in neutral [...]

Improve Your Communication With Your Beloved

Improve Your Communication With Your Beloved

Many couples come to therapy to improve their communication difficulties. They state that they are able to converse, but do not feel heard, understood, supported, encouraged, or empathized with by their mate often enough. To this [...]