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When It Comes to Painful Emotions, Don’t Think — Just Feel

Some things are just sad.

Published in Elemental. Read here.

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That Powerlessness You Feel Is Called “Moral Distress”

How to cultivate moral resilience instead.

Published in Elemental. Read here.

6 Underestimated Drivers of Well-Being

Research shows these psychospiritual forces may be critically important for decreasing risk of illness and death and boosting overall health.

Published in Elemental. Read here.

Unraveling? Your Stress Levels Are Likely Beyond Your ‘Window of Tolerance’

Tips to reset your brain and body when everything feels impossible.

Published in Elemental. Read here.

Being Comfortable with Silence Is a Superpower

The fascinating science of silence and why it’s healthier to embrace it than fight it.

Published in Forge. Read here.

The New Abortion Restriction No One is Talking About

Anti-abortion laws have traditionally allowed an exception to protect the “life of the mother.” Not anymore.

Published in POLITICO. Read here.

Technology Is Making It Harder to Tell Right From Wrong

The human conscience is our ‘inner voice,’ but we can’t hear it without mindful focus on where we direct our attention

Published in OneZero. Read here.

“Sharenting” Is a Threat to Children’s Health and Personal Development

Parents who endlessly post on Facebook, Instagram, and other social media sites are risking their children’s safety and robbing them of creating their own stories.

Published in OneZero. Read here.

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If You’re Feeling World-Wearied, You May Have “Weltschmerz”

Weltschmerz describes the gut punch we get from realizing that the world keeps falling short of our expectations. What this means for your mental health.

Published in Invisible Illness. Read here.

Compassion Is More Than Niceness

The new science on human goodness.

Published in Forge. Read here.

The Science of Disgust

Surprising ways the ‘yuck factor’ affects our brains.

Published in Elemental. Read here.

You’ll Never Get Rid of Conflict, So Learn to Engage It Better

If you think you know how to deal with conflict, think again.

Published in Forge. Read here.

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7 Surprising Breathing Exercises to Instantly Reduce Stress

Conscious breathing, cellular breathing, and other easy techniques to feel calmer.

Published in Elemental. Read here.

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Panic Attack or Anxiety? How to Tell the Difference

While the terms “panic attack” and “anxiety attack” are used interchangeably, they’re not the same. Here’s what you need to know about each.

Published in Elemental. Read here.

When Words Fail — How to Help Someone Who is Grieving

11 Things to do — and NOT do — to ensure that your relationship lasts when loss or adversity strikes.

Published in Invisible Illness. Read here.

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Yes, You Can Get Instant Relief For Anxiety

Turns out humans are designed for it through the “diver’s reflex”.

Published in Medium. Read here.

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“Surviving” Isn’t Always Living

These 3 Harmful Personas Block Resilience.

Published in Heart Support. Read here.

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To De-Stress Before the Election, Try the ‘Titration’ Method

How to open and close the tap on difficult emotions.

Published in Elemental. Read here.

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The PTSD-like Affliction That’s Traumatizing Health Care Workers

The invisible wounds of moral injury run deep for those on the front lines.

Published in Elemental. Read here.

What Veterans and Their Families Can Teach Us About the Agony and Power of Love

In the wake of 9/11, families heeded the call to service for their country as loved ones were sent to war. After the fall of Afghanistan, they continue to struggle to reconcile the moral costs and reconstitute their relationships..

Published in Medium. Read here.

Bouncing Back: How a Special Forces Vet Found Life After Killing His Best Friend

There’s a good reason why “Think happy thoughts” or “Just get over it” doesn’t work for some types of of trauma, like moral injury and other forms of adversity.

Published in Heart Support. Read here.

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