6 Key Takeaways from the Science of Happiness to Stay Healthy and Positive this Winter

We have all been warned about the cold, dark winter ahead. Mental health concerns are rising as we face, what we all hope to be, the last months of isolation during this pandemic. This is certainly a challenging time, so what better time than now to learn more about the science of happiness and how to stay healthy, happy and strong this winter.

The Science of Happiness Traditional psychology looks at what’s wrong and how to fix it. The relatively new field of Positive Psychology takes a very different approach. It is the study of human flourishing. The research shows…

Top 10 tips and strategies on how to stay resilient, positive and calm during the election.

by Cheryl Vigder Brause

Feeling Election Anxiety? If so, you are not alone. A recent survey found that 68% of American adults say that the upcoming election is a significant source of stress in their life. Add to that a worldwide pandemic and the result is a level of stress that is being felt around the country and the globe. Even those with strong coping skills may be feeling the emotional contagion of stress and anxiety that is all around us.

This is your Guide to Navigating Election Anxiety, with my top ten tips and strategies on how to stay…

Parenting can be tough! Here are five amazing mindful mantras for parents to help you get through the challenges of raising your child in a demanding world:

“I am doing the best that I can, and that is enough.”

The moment the doctor placed that tiny, wrinkly, beautiful life in my hands I was overwhelmed with unconditional love and, at the same time, pure terror. I made it through four years of college and three years of grad school, yet I had no clue how to raise a human. So, the first mantra for mindful mommas is to hold all that unconditional love that you have for your child in your heart…

Summertime can be a much-needed break from our overly scheduled lives. This summer, resist the temptation to fill up your summer schedule with activities. Instead, try these ideas to truly enjoy those beautiful summer days, giving yourself and your children the gift of slowing down and being more present.

1. Make Time for Free Play

In their tightly scheduled worlds, children need time to be children. Research shows that unstructured free play offers children incredible benefits that they may be missing when they are routinely placed in organized activities.

What is getting lost in the modern mindfulness movement — the Power of Group Meditation

Mindfulness has really “taken off” in our western culture. It is a much-needed remedy for the fast-paced, high-stress modern lives we live. Mindfulness and meditation can be an amazing way to learn to slow down, breathe and reduce the stresses and anxiety in our lives. However, with the rapid adoption of mindfulness in the west, some of the most valuable and transformative aspects of the practice may be lost as we practice in new and modern ways.

Meditation is Not a Solitary Sport

One myth of the modern mindfulness movement is that meditation is meant to be practiced alone. Modern…

One of the most beautiful gifts we can give the people we love is to hold space for them. This is a courageous and radical act of love. In our culture, we are not taught how to hold space for others. We are taught to speak up and take action. Silence is considered awkward, rather than a beautiful way to be together when words are not necessary. We learn to react in order to empathize, try to fix other people’s problems or minimize their pain. …

Cheryl Vigder Brause

Meditation teacher, writer, speaker and mother of three, specializing in mindfulness for teens, adults, and mindful parenting! Learn more at www.2bpresent.com

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