Will L-theanine Fix Your Bad Mood?

The market for supplements, such as L-theanine, believed to enhance mood naturally, is booming, but do they really work? The recent news about mental health in the United States, such as the data found in The State of Mental Health report for 2021 (Mental Health America), is striking. Today we will look at L-theanine, an…

Why You Need Leafy Green Vegetables

Anyone who’s ever read a book about nutrition has come across the term “leafy green vegetables.” You might even be tired of hearing the term so much, but there’s many good reasons for why it comes up in almost every conversation about nutrition and health. Here’s a quick rundown of what a leafy green vegetable…

Is Your Gratitude Journal Leaving You Feeling Ungrateful?

“Missing the Boat” On Gratitude Raise your hand if you’ve started a gratitude journal only to trail off after a few days or weeks. Yeah, me too, but I know that I should keep it up. After all, it’s linked to better mental health, stronger relationships, and improved sleep. Some research has shown that gratitude…

Memory Myths Abound: Learn the Truth

Memory Myth: Doing puzzles will improve your everyday memory. Truth: Of the memory myths, the most common is probably the belief that working on puzzles will help you retain more general information. Doing sudoku will make you better at sudoku, and completing crossword puzzles will make you more proficient at completing crossword puzzles. However, these…

Rituals Can Help You Get Out of a Rut

If there’s one thing we’ve learned in the past year, it’s that having a routine and, yes, rituals (although we may not think of them in those terms) are important for our mental wellbeing. A ritual is an action that you are mindful of because it is meaningful to you; it represents what you value…

Humor For Your Health: Is Your Funny Bone Broken?

The Health Benefits of Humor In the past year, humor has seemed a little harder to come across for most of us. Yet, laughter is precisely what we need when the going gets tough. Besides lightening a dark mood, making difficult conversations more comfortable, and helping us to bond with people we don’t know well,…

Self-Compassion: Two Tiny Lists for a New Outlook

January is a time of self-imposed pressure for many of us, so it’s a little ballsy of me to add two tasks but stay with me. I want you to make two lists. These aren’t lists that you can sit down and create right now. They are records that, if you’re with me (and I…

Blame It On The Times – Stress and the Body (Free Handout)

You likely already know that stress is bad news for your body. But did you know that it might explain your chronic cough, itchy skin, and neck pain? Stress that is allowed to fester can cause damage to the body that is very difficult to repair. This is unfortunate because according to the Stress in…

Measuring Success Based On Your Values

Experiences are Meaningless if You Don’t Enjoy Them All too often, we mindlessly measure our success using others’ yardsticks. The truth is that we are spending an ever-increasing among of time and money to plan a constant rotation of Instagram-appropriate, “epic” experiences. Still, we do not feel any more joyous. Actually, our collective joie de…

Recovering From a Setback

Taking Personal Responsibility for Slip-Ups I find it refreshing to think of a setback as just another chance to take responsibility for my choices. Beating myself up about it won’t help, and blaming others or certain situations is very unproductive. Setbacks are going to happen to everyone. I often think of an athlete that I…