How to Stop Bickering

My friend and colleague, Dr. Joe Rhinewine, appeared on A.M. Northwest this morning to talk about mindful arguing for couples. Watch it here!

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Three Questions To Help You Live a Fulfilling Life

“Fulfillment comes from a life of meaningful achievement and from being present in each moment while moving in the direction we most want to move,” writes Peter Bregman. Bregman is a strategic advisor to CEOs and their leadership teams, and I invariably find his writing to be inspiring and applicable beyond the boardroom. In this article, “Three Questions That Help Me Live a Fulfilling Life”, Bregman shares a strategy for structuring your time in order to maximize meaning, based on these three questions: 1) What is this year about? 2) What is this day about? 3) What is this moment about?

Simple yet powerful stuff!

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Exercising when you’re depressed — easier said than done!

Exercising can really help reduce symptoms of depression, but when you’re feeling down, getting moving can feel next to impossible. This article offers practical suggestions for how to get exercise when you are depressed, such as listening to an audio book while you walk, making a walking date with a friend, having a pet who needs exercise, and more. The comments are helpful, too, including the suggestion that gardening counts as exercise and gives you something to look forward to as your garden grows.

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Reflections on the Stanford Prison Experiment

It has been forty years since the Stanford prison experiment, the classic psychology study that simulated prison life in the basement of a Stanford psychology building. Volunteers were randomly assigned to be either prison guards or inmates for a two-week investigation into the psychology of prison life, but the experiment was ended after only six days due to how the situation affected the college students who participated. In only a few days, guards became sadistic and prisoners became depressed and showed signs of extreme stress.

Stanford’s alumni magazine just published this article, revisiting how those involved feel about the study forty years later. Stanford prison experiment guards, prisoners, and researchers offer their reflections on this notorious psychology experiment. A fascinating read.

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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Research indicates early intervention after a traumatic event can reduce the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This “What is PTSD?” infographic from the USC School of Social Work outlines the symptoms, causes and treatments for the various types of traumatic events.

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Facts About Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 18% of the U.S. adult population. Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, but only about a third of those suffering receive treatment. People with anxiety disorders are three to five times more likely to go to the doctor, and six times more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric disorders than those who do not suffer from anxiety disorders. You’ll find these facts and more in this article at the Anxiety Disorders Association of America website. In addition to summarizing information about each anxiety disorder, the article provides links to information about treatment options. An excellent resource.

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Positive Writing Can Increase Life Satisfaction

Many of my clients benefit from journaling exercises. Writing can help us minimize the intensity of negative emotions, find greater meaning and value, and increase motivation. Here is an article that describes How Positive Writing Can Increase Life Satisfaction. Try a suggestion from this article, whether it’s journaling about a positive experience or writing about a goal, and notice its effect on your mood.

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