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Find information on improving your own mental health here. Most of us don't suffer from a mental illness, but we can still become more mentally healthy.
  1. Mental Health Blogs (14)
  2. Self-Help Resources (63)
  3. Stress Management (20)

The ability to bounce back from adversity has been referred to as "resilience." It is important for good mental health.

Make Better Decisions
Good decisions are made using the conscious mind and the unconscious mind. Here's an approach to help you make better decisions.

Metaphors for Life
Is your life a battle or a journey? We all have life metaphors that shape how we live. What are yours?

What is Mental Health?
Mental health is more than the absence of mental illness. Even though many of us don't suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder, it is clear that some of us are mentally healthier than others.

Building an Internal Sense of Security
Childhood experiences make a difference in how secure we feel, but it's not too late.

Improve Your Mental Health
This newsletter course will focus on helping you improve your own mental health. It is not intended only for those with a mental disorder, although it may help you if you have been diagnosed. Most of us can improve our mental health and manage the stress in our lives.

Kay Redfield Jamison’s latest book, Exuberance: The Passion for Life, is a groundbreaking book in the study of human emotions.

Coming to Our Senses - from Jon Kabat-Zinn
Jon Kabat-Zinn's book Coming to Our Senses expands on his earlier work to mindfully consider the present moment in the wider world around us.

Sadness is not Depression
Sadness is an emotion that we all feel at times. It's not the same as depression. Here are some ways to tell the difference.

Living in the Present Moment - Importance vs. Urgency
It is important to live in the present moment, and to understand the difference betwen importance and urgency.

What, Me Worry?
Anticipatory anxiety and negative fantasy can ruin life in the present.

One of the keys to good mental health is balance.

Managing your Anger
Anger is an emotion that we all experience. It's not bad, but it can cause problems. Here are some ways to manage it.

Seasonal Mental Health Issues
The winter season brings its own mental health issues. Shorter days and holidays create stress, and we have ways to help.

For Yourself : The Fulfillment of Female Sexuality
A sensitive and well-written book on female sexuality

Coping with 'Data Smog'
'Data Smog' and 'TechnoStress' have reduced our productivity and our sleep. Here are some ways to cope.

Letting Go
Letting go is difficult, simple, and essential.

Mindfulness Improves Quality of Life
Mounting evidence is showing that mindfulness can increase life enjoyment, expand the ability to cope with illness, and possibly improve physical and emotional health. Harvard Women’s Health Watch takes a detailed look at how learning to focus the mind can be a healthful antidote to the stresses of everyday living.

Study looks at Effects of Laughter on Immune System
In a first-of-its-kind study focusing on ill children and adolescents with depressed immune systems, researchers at UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center will try to determine if laughter can help reduce pain and prevent and treat diseases.

Extroverts Have Edge Balancing Work and Family
Extroverts experience the most positive connections between their work and family roles, according to a new study that looks at the role of personality in the work-family experience.

Are Highly Educated at Greater Risk for Mental Health Problems?
Highly educated workers seem to be at greater risk for poor mental health than the general U.S. population, a 2003study suggests.

Psychosocial Interventions Help Dementia Caregivers
When a group of caregivers was given “skills training” in problem solving, behavior management techniques, and other areas, they reported that they experienced reduced stress, felt more positive about their caregiving roles, and experienced increased satisfaction with leisure activities.

Dutch Research on Recovered Memories
An important 1998 Dutch study expanded our understanding of recovered memories.

Peaceful Schools Project Tackles Bullies
Ridding schools of bullies improves the learning environment. Research at the Menninger Clinic has developed methods to diminish the power of bullies.

Is Road Rage a Mental Disorder?
Road Rage is a popular topic. Why do we get so angry on the highway and how can we stay safe?

Building an Internal Sense of Security
In order to be effective adults we need an internal sense of security. Here are some of the ingredients.

Do Vacations Really Help?
A 2002 Gallop poll found that most Americans return tired from vacations. With the right planning your vacation can actually leave you feeling rested and recharged. Here are some suggestions.

Getting Together with Family
Wonderful times, or times straight from hell.  It depends on your family.  

Far Less Alcohol Needed at Lunchtime to Impair Driving
Just one lunchtime drink could still be dangerous for drivers because of its impact on the natural afternoon dip in mental alertness.

7 Simple Ways to Survive and Thrive During the Holidays
Coping with the holidays

Can Music Help Us Be More Resilient?

How to achieve New Year's resolutions
Using the SMART system of achieving your New Year's Resolutions, you can accomplish your goals and will feel better by the end of the year as a result.

The Three Ingredients to a Happy Life
These three pursuits, as studied by Martin Seligman, can lead to a life of extreme happiness.

Love Sense
Summary of the book: Love Sense: The Revolutionary New Science of Love Relationships by Dr. Sue Johnson

5 Mental Skills of Winners
This article discusses five mental skills or attitudes of successful people who win.

Five Great Tips to Get Stuff Done
Marie Forleo interviews Dr. Edward Hallowell, ADHD expert, on how to get stuff done. He offers five great tips on how to get things done.

7 Tips to Conquer the Winter Doldrums
This article offers 7 tips that you can use so you can conquer the winter doldrums and start to feel better before springtime.

4 Ways to Improve Your Luck
Research demonstrates that luck may be less about chance than you think. Here are 4 principles you can use to get luckier starting today.

Why this dirty word can actually be good for you
This article discusses why some selfishness can be crucial to your wellness and how to be healthfully selfish.

7 Tips to Manage Your Stress
This article offers seven tips from the American Psychological Association on how to manage stress.

What is mental health?
This article discusses Dr. Daniel Siegel's definition of mental health.

How to have a difficult conversation
This article discusses four steps to having a difficult, but important, conversation with someone.

How do I know if I'm right brained or left brained?
This article discusses offers some questions to help you determine whether you are left brain dominant or right brain dominant.

How to be your best self
This article discusses Dr. Dan Siegel's metaphor of the river of well-being to represent mental health and brain integration.

The Myth of Independence
This article discusses the often overlooked importance of effective dependency with others as a step along the road to independence.

Take Your Relationship from Mediocre to Magical
This article offers five steps to greatly improving your relationship.

How to create your best life using the tools you already have
This article describes the power of words as conveyed by Robert Tennyson Stevens in his book "Conscious Language: The Logos of Now."

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