Category Archives: mental health

“Imagine all the people living life in peace.”

I started writing these thoughts before the recent tragedy in Paris; my heart grieves with all affected. I hope that we can move toward a world of love, empathy, peace, and authenticity. I dream of a world where we focus … Continue reading

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Know thyself. Be thyself. Live well. Love well.

I recently read an article by Richard Ryan and Edward Deci (2000) about Self Determination Theory (SDT). Herein I summarize and respond to some of the main ideas in the paper.  At the end, I come up with some of … Continue reading

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Boost your brain’s happiness

The following is a summary of an article that I enjoyed reading entitled, “How to increase serotonin in the brain without drugs” by Simon N. Young.   *Note* I am completely supportive of people who do go the route of … Continue reading

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Think of somebody else

As I’ve discussed elsewhere on this blog, rumination is bad news. I wrote about some beliefs that pre-dispose people to ruminate. Now here is another link to rumination: self-focus. Self-focus is positively associated with rumination about problems, and high levels … Continue reading

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Self Complexity Vs. Authenticity

A certain researcher (Linville) posits the theory that self-complexity can buffer the negative effects of stress. She defines self-complexity as a trait describing someone who has many different self-definitions (or self-aspects) related to his/her identity. This would mean that the … Continue reading

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“The best moments in our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times… The best moments usually occur if a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.” ~ Mihaly … Continue reading

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