Welcome to the Right Life Project.

We strive to support you in building and maintaining the most meaningful, fulfilling, and healthy life possible. The kind of life that comes from letting go of habits of thought or behavior that have held you in place and cultivating others that promote feelings of freedom and wellbeing. One in which your daily life, whether at home, work, or play, is aligned with who you are at your core—allowing you to thrive, not just survive.

Whether you're just here for interesting reading, or there are some areas of your life that you’d like to work on, or you’d like to make radical changes and don’t know where to begin, we hope you’ll find something that speaks to you.

How Cravings Bite the Hand That Feeds Them

September 25, 2014 | Jim Hjort, LCSW

Craving is the more extreme cousin of wanting. It feels like a whole-body imperative to satisfy a desire, and rewards you with sheer bliss when you do. But is there any downside to indulging one? Here we take a quick look at how craving works, including why people sometimes crave things they don’t even like, and what happens in your brain when you give in to them.

Three Things You Can Do to Stop Being Haunted by Regret

September 14, 2014 | Jim Hjort, LCSW

Your capacity for abstract thought, like any tool, can work for you or against you. Case in point: regret. It's a well-intentioned product of your mind, meant to keep you from repeating painful mistakes, but when it haunts you over time it can do more harm than good. Here, we identify the innate tendencies of your mind that lay the groundwork for long-term regret and what you can do to nip the problem in the bud.

How to Cope With Toxic People, Part Two

September 4, 2014 | Jim Hjort, LCSW

In Part One, we began to explore the issue of "toxic" and "non-toxic" people from the perspective of shared qualities, rather than differences. Here, we dive more deeply into that issue and arrive at a new understanding that acknowledges both equally. By separating the person from the deed, you can approach (and leave) your relationships with difficult people in a way that maximizes wisdom and compassion.

How to Cope With Toxic People, Part One

August 25, 2014 | Jim Hjort, LCSW

It's great if you're making effort to cultivate a Right Life. But, let's face it: the rest of the world doesn't always cooperate with you. So-called "toxic" people operate in a manner that's opposed to happiness and healthy functioning—theirs and yours. Here, we discuss how you can begin to understand and work with such people, and the dangers you face. Also, we start to take a look at the toxic/non-toxic distinction itself—which may not be as distinct as you think.

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