The Five Steps to Mindfully Releasing Anger

My Soul 7.5.2014

Past anger—whether a grudge, resentment, pent-up rage, or a slight committed by someone you were close to years ago and never forgave—is like a millstone hanging around your neck. The people and situations you haven’t moved past can create emotional and physical problems that will affect your health, and lead you to act that anger out … Read More

Want to Be More Creative? Take a Walk

My Soul 5.5.2014

If you are unable to think of a catchy, creative way to present sales data or begin a newspaper column, take a walk. A brief stroll, even around your office, can significantly increase creativity, according to a handy new study. Most of us have heard by now that exercise, including walking, generally improves thinking skills, … Read More

Good Deeds for Good Health

My Soul 16.4.2014

Did you know that helping others, without expecting anything in return, is actually good for your health?  Most of us believe kindness and generosity are virtuous qualities, and we cheer for those who give time, money or emotional support selflessly.  We know it feels good to do or witness a good deed, but behind the … Read More

What Influences Our Happiness the Most?

My Soul 24.1.2014

I have two friends, Seth and Michael, and one of them is a lot happier than the other. Seth is chronically unhappy. He is often glum, frequently irritable, and sometimes hopeless, though he has never been clinically depressed. By contrast, Michael is a remarkable happy person. Although he has his low moments and periodic stress, he … Read More

8 Keys to Healthy Relationships

My Soul 2.2.2014

I get asked a lot about what a healthy relationship is like, or is supposed to be like. The easy answer is that it looks different for every couple. However, I realized a long time ago that if we didn’t grow up with parents who had wonderful ways of relating to one another, that there was virtually … Read More

Happiness, health and marriage

My Soul 11.2.2014

It’s standard shtick for comedians to complain about their marriages, detailing the inevitable arguments, compromises and other unpleasant situations involved in the time-honored institution. Research, however, largely tells a different tale — in many ways, marriage is good for you. Less Sickness, Greater Health “In sickness and in health” — that’s the venerable phrase from … Read More

Out of Whack: How to Balance Life Goals and Work Demands

My Soul 25.3.2014

Balancing our personal lives and professional commitments is an increasingly difficult task in our ridiculously busy contemporary society. We love our time off with family and friends, but are compelled to work overtime to achieve those precious vacation days. While a rewarding job and satisfying quality of life may seem at odds with each other, … Read More

Beware Of Mommy Instagramming

My Soul 25.3.2014

Super-stylized blogs and Facebook feeds show off picture-perfect snapshots of the joys of parenting. But these high-glam projects are spreading anxiety and discontent. Every morning before her daughter, Leah, went off to school, Samantha pulled out her phone to snap a photo of Leah’s outfit, or her triple French braids, or the from-scratch blueberry buckwheat pancakes Samantha had … Read More