Blog for Better Living

Giving Really is Better than Receiving

By: Jen McWaters, Psy.D. | December 15, 2017

You may hear the phrase “it’s better to give than to receive” more often around the holidays, that time of year associated with giving and receiving gifts. In our consumerist culture, we can lose sight of what we already have to focus exclusively on our needs and wants. Money cannot buy happiness despite what advertisements […]

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Depression, Holidays, Personal Improvement, Stress

Remaining Positive about Ourselves and Our Lives

By: Francine Martinez, Ph.D. | December 8, 2017

“The Good Life is a Process…Not a State of Being.” –Carl Rogers Are the demands of seasonal social gatherings and family getting you down? Are financial pressures or employment piquing your positive perspective? Does it feel like chaos and worry are taking over your life? The practice of Positive Psychology holds the belief that people […]

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Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Holidays, Mindfulness, Personal Improvement, Stress

Goodness Gracious

By: Joy Francisco, Ph.D. | November 24, 2017

The best time to start a gratitude journal is now. Why? Because people frequently worry about things they do not have or things that have not happened. Consequently, they rarely consider the beneficial things they do have and good things that did happen. If the simplest negative thought can promote a mood change, then why […]

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Personal Improvement, Therapy

Understanding Brain Injury

By: Mike Campbell, Ed.D. | November 17, 2017

Publicized sports injuries have brought the issue of brain injury to public attention.  Whether such injury occurs on a sports field, in our backyards, or afar, understanding brain injury is important for everyone. All brain injuries are unique.  Such injuries can happen at any age and can occur from large scale collisions such as traffic […]

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Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Testing

The Power of Gratitude

By: Jennifer Wendt, Ph.D. | November 10, 2017

“Gratitude opens the door to the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the universe. You open the door through gratitude.” — Deepak Chopra This is the time of year we discuss the concept of gratitude and being thankful. Some of us will take it to heart and practice gratitude at the beginning of the holiday […]

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Anxiety, Depression, Personal Improvement, Relationships, Stress

Selfie Syndrome

By: Anke Reineke, Ph.D. | November 3, 2017

“Selfie” gained fame as a well-known word in our daily lives. Not only adults, but also more and more preteens and young children take endless selfies upon life’s every moments, which constantly change to display an enhanced version of themselves. They post and share these pictures on social media, chasing after ‘Likes’ and positive affirmation. […]

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Children, Parenting, Teens

The Prescription for Grief is to Grieve

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | October 27, 2017

“Grief demands to be seen and felt – and when we see it and feel it, grief will break our hearts open into sweeping expansion.” -Joanne Cacciatore The grieving process acts as a long winding road through a myriad of painful and unexpected emotions. Such emotions range from shock and anger to disbelief, guilt, anger, fear, and […]

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Avoidance to Acceptance

By: Paul Paris, Ph.D. | October 20, 2017

Do you procrastinate? Do you push off the stuff you don’t want to do to some indeterminate future? Avoiding things in day to day life is fairly common, especially when associated with something unpleasant or something we just do not want to do but feel we must. I remember as a college undergraduate, I would […]

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Anxiety, Grief, Mindfulness, Personal Improvement, Stress, Therapy

Creativity and Mental Health

By: Jen McWaters, Psy.D. | October 13, 2017

Did you know that your creative efforts create psychological benefits? Looking back on your childhood, you may have memories about the types of play you once enjoyed. Children use legos, dolls, sandcastles, art, imaginary friends, music, acting, building forts, and the like to explore their imagination and creativity. Whereas children easily immerse themselves for long […]

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Mindfulness, Personal Improvement, Stress