PRACTICAL RESILIENCE

Skills for Thriving in Modern Life

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January 31, 2018

From time to time, I re-read some of my favorite books. I always find that on the second go-round, I catch a few things I didn’t catch the first time around. This weekend, I started to read Mindset by Carol Dweck again, and on pages four and five, I read something that blew me away. 

Alfred Binet, the inventor of the first...

January 26, 2018

Most parents have big conversations with their teenagers. They have “the talk” about the birds and the bees. They have “the talk” about drinking and driving. They have “the talk” about drugs.

In between these big talks, weeks can go by with no real conversation at all. When they are at home, which is rare, teens give monosyllabic answers to direct...

January 16, 2018

We all walk through life with beliefs that determine how we act.
 
On a grand scale, a person might believe that love is reserved for fairy tales, so he settles for less-than-great relationships. After all, that’s the best he can hope for (or so he thinks). Because he has never had a great relationship, his belief becomes more and more solidified...

Where can you find your own personal “flow”? Answer that question, and you will have a powerful resilience tool at your disposal.

The term “flow” was coined by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and defined as “the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involveme...

By now, you likely know that most New Year’s Resolutions don’t last more than a few weeks. But here’s one that you will want to keep, and that will markedly change your life

This year, pay attention to how you feel. 

That’s it.

Simply take the time to notice the emotions you feel as you go through your day. 

You see, from the time we are yo...

December 26, 2017

Have you ever noticed that if you are in a foul mood, you tend to feel tired, perhaps even in pain? This is because your thoughts, emotions, body, and behavior are all interconnected. Your thoughts cause your emotions, which are then felt in your body, and all this affects your behavior. If one of them is negatively impacted, they will all be neg...

December 16, 2017

Why is it that certain things trigger us?

Each of us has hot buttons—situations or events or even words to which we react strongly, or even overreact. One second, we feel calm and at peace. The next, we are flooded with emotions, angry, and spinning out of control.

Often, we feel ourselves behaving in a way that is irrational. We cannot pinpoint ex...

December 13, 2017

There is a reason the teenage years are so dreaded. Teenagers are facing emotional, physical, social, hormonal, and intellectual changes at a time when they are also being introduced to alcohol, sex, drugs, body consciousness, and academic and peer pressures.  Consider, too, the criticism, gossip, and public humiliation that can now unfold on soc...

December 6, 2017

Have you ever thought about how much power the words you say have on your behavior?

I like to use this small example …

Imagine that you say that you are clumsy and uncoordinated. Will you be inclined to jump on the dance floor? Will you join your best friend and take yoga or boxing classes? Probably not. After all, you are clumsy and uncoordinated,...

December 2, 2017

We have all experienced that feeling of knowing something is wrong but having no rational reason for feeling that way. Think back to a time when warning bells went off in your head, but nothing was visibly amiss. A lover, a job, a decision, or a friendship felt wrong. Everything looked fine on paper, but a nagging feeling persisted in your gut th...

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