10 Ways to Defuse Negative Thoughts

Evolution of Suffering There are many wonderful things about life, but it’s also painful and difficult by its very nature. Through hundreds of millions of years of evolution, our ancestors developed survival strategies, which have been effective at keeping us alive and leading us to pass on our genes, but also cause us to feelContinue reading “10 Ways to Defuse Negative Thoughts”

How to Replace Unwanted Habits and Start New Ones

Most of us have habits we can do without and new habits we’d like to work into our lives. However, we know from experience that process is challenging. While it takes work, halting old habits and replacing them with new ones is certainly doable. We have 21days left until the new year. This is aboutContinue reading “How to Replace Unwanted Habits and Start New Ones”

The Transformative Power of Gratitude

Holidays are often times we put effort into acknowledging things we are grateful for. I still remember the joy of making Thanksgiving cards in second grade. Outside of celebratory times and achievements gratitude may seem trite, but there is growing research that shows expressing gratitude transforms our brain and enhances mental, physical and relational wellbeing. Being gratefulContinue reading “The Transformative Power of Gratitude”

3 Simple and Quick Exercises to Find More Calm Today

We live busy and fast-paced lives. Our minds are constantly being pulled in many directions by work tasks, social engagements, relationships, the media, future planning, past reflections, and all of the other things our day gets filled with. This constant scatter often leaves us feeling stressed, anxious, and on edge. Sometimes it doesn’t seem likeContinue reading “3 Simple and Quick Exercises to Find More Calm Today”

Moving Courageously Into Uncertainty

February of 2017, I reconnected with a college friend at a crowded cafe in Greenwich Village. Shortly after meeting, we decided to go for a walk. I asked for his thoughts on matters that really I could only answer. I was considering leaving my research internship and forgoing my plans to return to school. Thereafter,Continue reading “Moving Courageously Into Uncertainty”