Make mindful choices with television and technology

Make mindful choices with television and technology

More and more, restaurants are posting nutritional information next to the selections on the menu. One health-oriented research group, Cochrane, reported that when calories are disclosed on menus, people order meals with 7.8% fewer calories. This is a good example of...
Healing the voids left from unmet childhood needs

Healing the voids left from unmet childhood needs

Many of us did not have perfect childhoods. Despite the many blessings that we probably did have, most likely we also had some significant challenges. We certainly had disappointments, but some have had even worse. Some have survived serious conditions such as family...
Make your environment match your goals

Make your environment match your goals

Surfing through TED Talks on YouTube recently, I saw a piece of a talk about healthy eating. One simple idea caught my attention and stayed with me. The speaker was making the point that in order to make a lasting change in behavior, it is important to have one’s...
Make life changes, but without overcompensating

Make life changes, but without overcompensating

Ancient Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu, is quoted as having said, “If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” In our efforts to make necessary changes, there is one mistake we often make—we tend to overcompensate. We sometimes go beyond...
Think twice before Googling answers to all of your questions

Think twice before Googling answers to all of your questions

I wondered when the word “Google” became a verb. I didn’t have to wonder long, because I Googled the question: “When did Google be . . . ?” Of course, I didn’t have to finish typing the question because it promptly appeared in the drop down menu. Apparently, many...
Coming to terms with drudgery

Coming to terms with drudgery

We love to get excited about our special projects, whether they are of a personal or a professional nature. We may think of how great it will be to get a college or graduate degree, marry our best friend, have our first child, remodel the kitchen ourselves or to join...
The role of fantasy in mental health

The role of fantasy in mental health

We seem to have a love-hate relationship with fantasy. Sometimes we go to great lengths to deliberately break from reality and have an experience that is fantastic, unreal or out of this world. On the other hand, sometimes we have a more critical perspective and say...
The two main building blocks of assertiveness

The two main building blocks of assertiveness

A useful way to think about what constitutes an assertive response is to consider these two fundamental building blocks: first, there needs to be a clear awareness of what you feel, and second, there needs to be a clear understanding of what you want. Conceptually,...
Four phases along the journey of acceptance

Four phases along the journey of acceptance

When unpleasant circumstances present themselves and cannot be changed, the Serenity Prayer invites us to accept them, with serenity. But how do we do this? What does it mean to “accept?” Where do we start? An abstract concept like acceptance can be better understood...

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Psychological Fitness

“Psychological Fitness” is my monthly column featured in the Binghamton, NY Press & Sun Bulletin since 2004. This page highlights articles, or adaptations thereof, from that column.