Articles tagged with "setbacks"

What a Sensory Deprivation Tank Can Reveal About Facing Difficulty

Was spending a Friday night in a sensory deprivation tank blissful? Not exactly, but it did illustrate the aversion and reactivity that causes us to suffer, and what we can do about it.

Overachievement, Self-Sabotage, and the Other Faces of Self-Doubt

Lots of people doubt themselves without even realizing it. Procrastinating, being an overachiever or workaholic, or having a substance abuse problem are just a handful of symptoms. Here we cover how to tell if you may be suffering from self-doubt, and what to do about it.

Six Ways to Achieve Your Resolutions and Feel Happier (All Year!)

People often approach goals with a brute-force approach: just put your head down and push (often in the direction of a shiny object). That approach doesn't tend to make people happy or keep them motivated, though . . . which is why New Year's resolutions tend to flame out quickly. Here's what the science tells us about how to create positive change and feel great while doing it!

Unhealthy Relationships With Food: When Eating Is What's Eating You

Here I respond to a reader's request to hear more about unhealthy relationships with food. Why can it be so hard to eat the types and amounts of food we want to, and what do mindlessness and mindfulness have to do with it? Read on!

When You're in a Toxic Friendship: The Healthy Way Forward

Toxic relationships are never fun, but when they involve a friend whom you'd previously given an "all-access pass" to you, the pain can cut right to your core. Here I provide a framework for rationally assessing the situation and moving forward with a minimum of unnecessary distress.

Five Ways to Start Conquering Your Fears Today

Who likes being afraid? Or appearing to be afraid? Not many people, which is why fear often goes underground. But the fact is that everyone is afraid of something or other. Healthy fear is . . . healthy, but too much of it can be debilitating and keep you stuck in life and unhappy. Here are five tips you can use today to start conquering your fears and taking your life back.

How to Make Room For the Sublime in Your Life

If you've ever witnessed something so amazing that you were awestruck, and saw the world in a new way afterward, then you've experienced the aesthetically sublime. Researchers have identified the conditions you need for those types of experiences. It so happens, they have a lot in common with what you need for a sublime life.

Three Things You Can Do to Stop Being Haunted by Regret

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

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

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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