"Everywhere you look these days you see something on how to be happy — how to manifest abundance, desires and success, find your bliss... Whatever happened to experiencing the grace of melancholy, which requires reflection: a sort of mental steeping, like tea? What if all this cheerful advice only makes you feel inadequate? What if you were born morose?" [Read Article]
"I was inspired by a quote by Saint Teresa of Avila where she said 'The pain is still there. It bothers me so little now I feel my soul is served by it.' I interpreted that to mean that if God is in everything we should be able to find Him in all states... We may not all get to the point where we see ecstasy in depression, but deepening our understanding can help all of us to remove suffering and increase functionality... [A] deeper understanding can be the difference between life and death." [Read Article]
Backed by groundbreaking clinical research, Columbia psychologist Lisa Miller is proposing a new vision of parenting that makes nurturing "natural spirituality" the first priority for a child’s mental health and happiness. Could her work spark the next religious awakening?
"According to one study, about 50 percent of Americans will meet the criteria for at least one mental illness... within their lifetimes. That’s a stunning number—and one that more than a few experts view skeptically... This does not mean that all concerns about mental illness are overblown—the problem is a misplaced use of resources, as non-illnesses become overdiagnosed, and more serious illnesses are left untreated." [Read Article]
Only by recovering a sense of awe and reverence for the mysteries hidden in nature and in the heart of the human soul—together with our children—can we restore hope for their future and the future of the earth they will inherit from us.
"To those who are devoutly religious, the pope's U.S. trip presents a unique opportunity to get papal blessings, receive mercy and feel closer to God. But even those devoted Catholics who aren’t in the front row seat for Francis' visit may see benefits to their belief. A slew of research has tied being religious with better well-being and overall mental health." [Read Article]
"Neurotribes started as an investigation into the prevalence of autism within the tech bubble of Silicon Valley... While acknowledging the very real challenges of the condition, author Steve Silberman argues strongly against the notion of autism as some 'modern plague.' Instead, he questions who are we to decide which type of minds should be considered as normal?" [Read Article]
"A body of research suggests a healthy way to be a perfectionist, that lets you reap the good associated with it — as in, chasing after the ridiculously high goals you’ve set for yourself — while neatly sidestepping the nasty self-loathing should you happen to miss your mark, and the anxiety that prevents you from ever embarking on those goals in the first place." [Read Article]
"40 million American adults, as well as 1 in 8 children, suffer from anxiety… Research shows that anxiety is often the result of multiple factors (i.e., genes, brain physiology, temperament, environmental factors, past traumatic events, etc.)… You did not cause your child’s anxiety, but you can help them overcome it." [Read Article]
All marital relationships will inevitably have conflict. The biggest difference between those marriages that make it through rough waters and those that don't is the ability to communicate constructively. In this engaging webinar, Dr. Kolodziejczak offers practical advice to help couples successfully manage conflict and grow in their relationship.