Wednesday, November 15, 2017

What’s Not to Like About Thanksgiving!

You are not alone in the comedy and pathos of family life.

Here are some Family Thanksgiving comedies to watch from Esquire.
http://www.esquire.com/entertainment/movies/a50559/great-thanksgiving-movies-to-watch-this-holiday/
To name a few: Home for the Holidays with Holly Hunter, and Planes, Trains and Automobiles with John Candy and Steve Martin.

And then a humorous commentary on Family Get-togethers from Psychology Today.


Thursday, October 12, 2017

How to Help in a Natural Disaster



Fires are raging in Northern California and many want to know how to help.
Many have lost their homes, businesses, and even their lives.
This article is geared for teens, but has good ideas for everyone.
Please help in any way you can.
http://kidshealth.org/en/teens/natural-disaster.html

Friday, October 6, 2017

Just Say No!

“We underestimate how often people expect us to say yes, and also overestimate how offended they’ll be if we say no.” Daniel Ames, of Columbia University (through a Literature Review) found that low assertiveness can lead to worse outcomes, even diminished health. Read the full article from Psychology Today and learn why it is so hard to say No, and then learn how to say No!  https://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/201709/the-hardest-word?collection=1105674

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Dementia and keeping it on the sidelines!

Greater educational attainment, lower blood pressure, regular physical activity, engaging in complex work-all may play a part in creating a healthier brain.  It is important to build up a “cognitive reserve” before old age. Exercise your brain. Have a hobby! Learn more in the July/August 2017 issue of Monitor on Psychology.  http://www.apa.org/monitor/2017/07-08/cover-dementia.aspx

Thursday, May 11, 2017

It's Time for Humor!


Humor can help cope with adversity, helps with creativity and is important for social interactions. Humor can help us to interact with others with whom we may not always agree. It’s time for Humor. Here is an interesting link with a survey, video and other important information to help you get FUNNY!
http://www.psytoolkit.org/survey-library/humor-hsq.html

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Creativity and the Messy Mind


Listen to Scott Barry Kaufman of the University of Pennsylvania discuss the importance of imagination in society and education. He is going to be the Keynote speaker at EdRev in San Francisco at AT&T Park on April 22, 2017. A great fun event for students with learning differences, providers and family members! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGv9YY8mG2E

Friday, January 27, 2017

Happiness and Personality Type

The Five Big Personality Traits are: Openness to experience, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness and Neuroticism. It is possible to cultivate certain personality traits to achieve happiness. This article from the Greater Good Science Center discusses how variations within each trait can impact your happiness.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Researching Creativity



The results indicate emotion has a huge effect on the way our brains can be creative,” states McPherson (Doctoral Candidate at MIT-Harvard). Positive emotion, for instance, seems to be related to a deeper state of creative flow. Read more here-

Friday, January 13, 2017

Borderline Personality Disorder in Adolescence


Research suggests that Borderline Personality Disorder symptoms during adolescence demonstrate substantial malleability and respond to intervention. The DSM-5 does allow for this diagnosis in adolescence. Dr. Stephanie Stepp, discusses the development of Borderline Personality Disorder in Adolescence and the importance of treatment. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3865353/

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Authentic Happiness


Happiness is not trivial- It is listed as part of our Rights in the Declaration of Independence. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Authentic Happiness can be broken down into three different elements that we choose for their own sakes: positive emotion, engagement, and meaning. To learn where you stand on the continuum of Happiness, consider taking some of these assessments.
 https://www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu/testcenter