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Beth Hackett is a fantastic artist based in Washington state whose work focuses on self-love and self-appreciation.

Lee Klinger Lesser studied Sensory Awareness with Charlotte Selver for 33 years. She has been leading workshops for 32 years, both in English and in Spanish, in the United States, Mexico and Canada with artists, business people, early childhood educators, health professionals, people in wheel chairs, teenagers in juvenile detention, therapists, Zen students and many others.

Daniel Goleman is an internationally known psychologist who lectures frequently to professional groups, business audiences, and on college campuses. As a science journalist Goleman reported on the brain and behavioral sciences for The New York Times for many years. His 1995 book, Emotional Intelligence was on The New York Times bestseller list for a year-and-a-half, with more than 5,000,000 copies in print worldwide in 40 languages, and has been a best seller in many countries. Apart from his books on emotional intelligence, Goleman has written books on topics including self-deception, creativity, transparency, meditation, social and emotional learning, ecoliteracy and the ecological crisis

Rick Hanson is a neuropsychologist, author, and the Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom. Rick teaches the essential inner skills of personal well-being, psychological growth, and contemplative practice through his many workshops and presentations. He also teaches meditation on Wednesday evenings in San Rafael, California.

Linda Graham MFT, is an ardent practitioner and facilitator of personal growth and self-transformation. She is passionate about integrating the paradigms and practices of modern neuroscience, Western relational psychology, and Eastern contemplative practice to help people shift out of old patterns of response to more flexible, adaptive patterns, guiding people to more authentic resilience and well-being.

Dr. Dan Siegel is currently clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine where he is on the faculty of the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and the Co-Director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. An award-winning educator, he is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and recipient of several honorary fellowships. Dr. Siegel is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational organization, which offers online learning and in-person lectures that focus on how the development of mindsight in individuals, families and communities can be enhanced by examining the interface of human relationships and basic biological processes. His psychotherapy practice includes children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. He serves as the Medical Director of the LifeSpan Learning Institute and on the Advisory Board of the Blue School in New York City, which has built its curriculum around Dr. Siegel’s Mindsight approach.

Russ Harris is the author of the best-selling self-help book 'The Happiness Trap.' An internationally-renowned trainer of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Russ's background is in medicine. As a medical practitioner he became increasingly interested in the psychological aspects of health and well-being, and increasingly disenchanted with writing prescriptions. Ultimately this interest led to a total career change, and he now works in two different, yet complementary roles: both as a psychotherapist and as an executive coach. He also offers ACT workshops regularly.

Barb Markway is a psychologist and writer who focuses on spreading the word about the power of self-acceptance and self-compassion because, as she says, "you deserve some self-kindness, self-care and a big dose of gentleness."

Denise Hughes is a financial consultant whose belief is that "an attitude of gratitude creates a feeling of enough."

Sonja Lyubomirsky is a research psychologist and University of California professor of psychology. Drawing on her own groundbreaking research with thousands of men and women, she has pioneered a detailed yet easy-to-follow plan to increase happiness in our day-to-day lives — in the short term and over the long term.

Norbert Wiener (November 26, 1894 – March 18, 1964) was an American mathematician and philosopher. He was Professor of Mathematics at MIT. A famous child prodigy, Wiener later became an early researcher in stochastic and noise processes, contributing work relevant to electronic engineering, electronic communication, and control systems. Wiener is considered the originator of cybernetics, a formalization of the notion of feedback, with implications for engineering, systems control, computer science, biology, philosophy, and the organization of society.


"On the Brain" by Dr. Michael Merzenich The ongoing blog of one of the leading pioneers in brain plasticity research, Dr. Michael Merzenich, PhD.

The Self-Compassion Project is written by psychologist and writer Barb Markway. She focuses on spreading the word about the the power of self-compassion because, as she says, "you deserve some self-kindness, self-care and a big dose of gentleness."

Take in the Good by Rick Hanson is a brain-science savvy and psychologically skillful way to improve how you feel, get things done, and treat others. It is among the top five personal growth methods I know. In addition to being good for adults, it’s great for children, helping them to become more resilient, confident, and happy. Learn how to take in the good – in three simple steps


Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence by Dr. Rick Hanson lays out a simple method that uses the hidden power of everyday experiences to build new neural structures that attract happiness, love, confidence, and peace. Dr. Hanson’s four steps build a brain strong enough to withstand its ancient negativity bias, allowing contentment and a powerful sense of well-being.

Buddha’s Brain: Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love & Wisdom by Rick Hanson, PhD New breakthroughs in neuroscience, combined with insights from thousands of years of contemplative practice have shown us that we can shape our own brain for greater happiness, love, and wisdom. Buddha’s Brain joins modern science with ancient teachings to show you how to have greater emotional balance in turbulent times, as well as healthier relationships, more effective actions, and greater peace of mind.

Awakening Joy: 10 Steps to Happiness by James Baraz & Shoshana Alexander James Baraz, cofounder of Spirit Rock Meditation Center and renowned mediation teacher reveals his 10-step program for how we can reorient our minds away from dissatisfaction and distraction and toward the contentment and delight that is abundantly available in our everyday lives.

Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time by Rick Hanson, PhD Just One Thing shows you down-to-earth ways to build up a “Buddha brain” for more peace of mind in stressful times, greater inner strength and confidence, and an unshakeable sense of contentment and worth.

Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being by Linda Graham, MFT Resilience is our innate capacity to face and handle life’s challenges, whether everyday disappointments or extraordinary disasters. Bouncing Back integrates brain science, relational psychology, and mindfulness practices to help you change old patterns of coping encoded in your neural circuitry and to develop new ways to respond to pressures and tragedies quickly, adaptively, and effectively.

Invisible Loyalties by Ivan Boszormenyi-Nagy offers a deeper understanding of family dynamics, relationships, and interactions.

Peoplemaking by Virginia Satir offers evolved thoughts on self-worth, communication, family systems, and the ways in which people relate to one another.

The Truth Option by Will Schutz, PhD offers easy to read, practical, in depth insights into human interaction.

The Developing Mind by Daniel Siegel goes beyond the nature and nurture divisions that traditionally have constrained much of our thinking about development, exploring the role of interpersonal relationships in forging key connections in the brain. He presents a groundbreaking new way of thinking about the emergence of the human mind and the process by which each of us becomes a feeling, thinking, remembering individual. Illuminating how and why neurobiology matters, this book is essential reading for clinicians, educators, researchers, and students interested in promoting healthy development and resilience.

The Self-Esteem Playbook by Dan Coppersmith and Melissa Cantrelle contains exercises to help you build your self-esteem. They've taken their own experiences, along with what they've learned helping others through life coaching, and condensed what works into an easy to follow, easy to implement, step by step guide.

Get Out of Your Mind & Into Your Life is designed to help you take a different perspective on your problems and your life—and the way you live it. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a new, scientifically based psychotherapy that takes a fresh look at why we suffer and even what it means to be mentally healthy. What if pain were a normal, unavoidable part of the human condition, but avoiding or trying to control painful experience were the cause of suffering and long-term problems that can devastate your quality of life? The ACT process hinges on this distinction between pain and suffering. As you work through this book, you’ll learn to let go of your struggle against pain, assess your values, and then commit to acting in ways that further those values

Enjoy Every Sandwich As medical director of the famed Preventive Medicine Research Institute, Lee Lipsenthal helped thousands of patients struggling with disease to overcome their fears of pain and death and to embrace a more joyful way of living. In his own life, happily married and the proud father of two remarkable children, Lee was similarly committed to living his life fully and gratefully each day. The power of those beliefs was tested in July 2009, when Lee was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. As Lee and his wife, Kathy, navigated his diagnosis, illness, and treatment, he discovered that he did not fear death, and that even as he was facing his own mortality, he felt more fully alive than ever before. Told with humor and heart, and deeply inspiring, Enjoy Every Sandwich distills everything Lee learned about how we find meaning, purpose, and peace in our lives.

Self Esteem is a simple and succinct declaration of self-worth for women looking for renewed hope, broader possibilities, and positive feelings about themselves. Author and renowned therapist Virginia Satir’s message is as timely as it is timeless, her eloquent and uplifting words paired with colorful illustrations that will capture a whole new generation of readers. This reissued edition of SELF ESTEEM is the perfect pick-me-up for a friend or loved one experiencing heartbreak, a lost job, or a particularly challenging life event.

The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion by Christopher Germer. “Buck up.” “Stop feeling sorry for yourself.” “Don’t ruin everything.” When you are anxious, sad, angry, or lonely, do you hear this self-critical voice? What would happen if, instead of fighting difficult emotions, we accepted them? Over his decades of experience as a therapist and mindfulness meditation practitioner, Dr. Christopher Germer has learned a paradoxical lesson: We all want to avoid pain, but letting it in--and responding compassionately to our own imperfections, without judgment or self-blame--are essential steps on the path to healing. This wise and eloquent book illuminates the power of self-compassion and offers creative, scientifically grounded strategies for putting it into action. You’ll master practical techniques for living more fully in the present moment -- especially when hard-to-bear emotions arise -- and for being kind to yourself when you need it the most. Free audio downloads of the meditation exercises are available at the author's website:

Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself Kristin Neff, Ph.D., says that it’s time to “stop beating yourself up and leave insecurity behind.” Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind offers expert advice on how to limit self-criticism and offset its negative effects, enabling you to achieve your highest potential and a more contented, fulfilled life. More and more, psychologists are turning away from an emphasis on self-esteem and moving toward self-compassion in the treatment of their patients—and Dr. Neff’s extraordinary book offers exercises and action plans for dealing with every emotionally debilitating struggle, be it parenting, weight loss, or any of the numerous trials of everyday living.

The Soul of Money by Lynn Twist is a compelling and fundamentally liberating book that shows us that examining our attitudes toward money—earning it, spending it, and giving it away—can offer surprising insight into our lives, our values, and the essence of prosperity. Through personal stories and practical advice, global activist Lynne Twist demonstrates how we can replace feelings of scarcity, guilt, and burden with experiences of sufficiency, freedom, and purpose. Twist takes an honest and critical look at the extraordinary power that money wields over our lives and its profound and often destructive influence on our self-image and relationships.

Lovers for Life: Creating Lasting Passion, Trust & True Partnership by Judith Bell, MS & Daniel Ellenberg, PhD Written by the founders and principals of Rewire Leadership Institute® and Relationships That Work® (, Lovers for Life takes the principles of Rewire Leadership and applies them to romantic relationships.

Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz is the original text that defined the mind/body connection—the concept that paved the way for most of today’s personal empowerment programs. Turn crises into creative opportunities, dehypnotize yourself from false beliefs, and celebrate new freedom from fear and guilt. Testimonials and stories are interspersed with advice from Maltz, as well as techniques for relaxation and visualization. Dr. Maxwell Maltz teaches you his techniques of “emotional surgery”—the path to a dynamic new self‑image and self‑esteem and to achieving the success and happiness you deserve!

Practice Perfect: 42 Rules for Getting Better at Getting Better by Doug Lemov, Erica Woolway, & Katie Yezzi engages the dream of better, both in fields and endeavors where participants know they should practice and also in those where many do not yet recognize the transformative power of practice. And it’s not just whether you practice. How you practice may be a true competitive advantage. Deliberately engineered and designed practice can revolutionize our most important endeavors. The clear set of rules presented in Practice Perfect will make us better in virtually every performance of life. The “how-to” rules of practice cover such topics as rethinking practice, modeling excellent practice, using feedback, creating a culture of practice, making new skills stick, and hiring for practice.

How to Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life by the Dalai Lama is a constant companion in the quest to practice morality, meditation, and wisdom. This accessible book will guide you toward opening your heart, refraining from doing harm, and maintiaining mentaltranquility as the Dalai Lama shows you how to overcome everyday obstacles, from feelings of anger and mistrust to jealousy, insecurity, and counterproductive thinking.

Do More Great Work by Michael Bungay Stanier gets to the heart of the problem: Even the best performers are spending less than a fraction of their time doing "Great Work"—the kind of innovative work that pushes us forward, stretches our creativity, and truly satisfies us. Michael Bungay Stanier, Canadian Coach of the Year in 2006, is a business consultant who’s found a way to move us away from bad work (and even good work), and toward more time spent doing great work. When you’re up to your eyeballs answering e-mail, returning phone calls, attending meetings and scrambling to get that project done, you can turn to this inspirational, motivating, and at times playful book for invaluable guidance. In fifteen exercises, Do More Great Work shows how you can finally do more of the work that engages and challenges you, that has a real impact, that plays to your strengths—and that matters. The exercises are "maps"—brilliantly simple visual tools that help you find, start and sustain Great Work, revealing how to find clues to your own Great Work—they’re all around you, locate the sweet spot between what you want to do and what your organization wants you to do, generate new ideas and possibilities quickly, best manage your overwhelming workload, and double the likelihood that you’ll do what you want to do. All it takes is ten minutes a day, a pencil and a willingness to change. Do More Great Work will not only help you identify what the Great Work of your life is, it will tell you how to do it.

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. With penetrating intelligence and an ability to distill vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives, Duhigg brings to life a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential for transformation. Along the way we learn why some people and companies struggle to change, despite years of trying, while others seem to remake themselves overnight. We visit laboratories where neuroscientists explore how habits work and where, exactly, they reside in our brains. We discover how the right habits were crucial to the success of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, and civil-rights hero Martin Luther King, Jr. We go inside Procter & Gamble, Target superstores, Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church, NFL locker rooms, and the nation’s largest hospitals and see how implementing so-called keystone habits can earn billions and mean the difference between failure and success, life and death.

The Human Element by Dr. Will Schutz, PhD, shows how to enhance our performance and improve our organizations by developing healthier self-concepts of ourselves and in others. A personal development and leadership guide to creating a work environment where self-determination and openness are the rule, the book offers strategies for heightening our awareness of ourselves and others as a key factor in shaping our relationships to work. It also offers a field-tested approach to improving organizational effectiveness and introducing innovative tools and exercises - including the concordance model of decision making, the Team Compatibility Index for team building, the Work Relations Index for improved individual performance, and the leader as completer concept of leadership - to promote creativity and openness at work.

Loving What Is will show you step-by-step, through clear and vivid examples, exactly how to use "The Work" - four questions that, when applied to a specific problem, enable you to see what is troubling you in an entirely different light. As author Byron Katie says, “It’s not the problem that causes our suffering; it’s our thinking about the problem.” Contrary to popular belief, trying to let go of a painful thought never works; instead, once we have done The Work, the thought lets go of us. At that point, we can truly love what is, just as it is. Many people have discovered The Work’s power to solve problems; in addition, they say that through The Work they experience a sense of lasting peace and find the clarity and energy to act, even in situations that had previously seemed impossible. If you continue to do The Work, you may discover, as many people have, that the questioning flows into every aspect of your life, effortlessly undoing the stressful thoughts that keep you from experiencing peace. Loving What Is offers everything you need to learn and live this remarkable process, and to find happiness as what Katie calls “a lover of reality.”

Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living is an indispensable handbook for cultivating fearlessness and awakening a compassionate heart. With insight and humor, Pema Chödrön presents down-to-earth guidance on how we can "start where we are"—embracing rather than denying the painful aspects of our lives. Pema Chödrön frames her teachings on compassion around fifty-nine traditional Tibetan Buddhist maxims, or slogans, such as: "Always apply only a joyful state of mind," "Don't seek others' pain as the limbs of your own happiness," and "Always meditate on whatever provokes resentment." Working with these slogans and through the practice of meditation, Start Where You Are shows how we can all develop the courage to work with our inner pain and discover joy, well-being, and confidence.

Your Brain at Work by David Rock takes readers inside the heads—literally—of a modern two-career couple as they mentally process their workday to reveal how we can better organize, prioritize, remember, and process our daily lives. Rock, the author of Quiet Leadership and Personal Best, shows how it’s possible for this couple, and thus the reader, not only to survive in today’s overwhelming work environment but succeed in it—and still feel energized and accomplished at the end of the day.

Working On Yourself Alone by Arnold Mindell, PhD is an introduction to process-oriented meditation is a fresh approach to the new body of philosophy and technique that unites the foundations of Western psychotherapy and Eastern meditative traditions in a single holistic system.

All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten is an amazing collection of essays that speak to some of the most important aspects of life: Share everything. Play fair. Put things back where you found them. Clean up your own mess. Don't take things that aren't yours. Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody. Wash your hands before you eat. Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work some every day. When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together. Be aware of wonder. Appreciate the small stuff.

The Family Crucible by Augustus Napier & Carl Whitaker presents scenarios of one family's therapy experience and explains what underlies each encounter. You will discover the general patterns that are common to all families-stress, polarization and escalation, scapegoating, triangulation, blaming, and the diffusion of identity--and you will gain a vivid understanding of the intriguing field of family.

The Emotional Brain by Joseph LeDoux investigates the origins of human emotions and explains that many exist as part of complex neural systems that evolved to enable us to survive. What happens in our brains to make us feel fear, love, hate, anger, joy? Do we control our emotions, or do they control us? Do animals have emotions? How can traumatic experiences in early childhood influence adult behavior, even though we have no conscious memory of them? All of these topics and more are explored.

Mastering the Art of Success, Volume 8 Mastering the Art of Success, Volume 8 is a compilation of 16 interviews conducted by David E. Wright, President of International Speakers Network. Insight Publishing searched for successful people and asked them how they have mastered success as they define it. Each of the authors in this book have provided intriguing insights into what success is for them and advice about how others can follow in their footsteps. What you will learn from it just may change your life. Interviewees include: Judith Bell & Daniel Ellenberg, Ed DeCosta, Jack Canfield, Kristi Staab, Kathy Fettke, Luz N. Adams, Les Brown, Heather Justine Stolte, Ed Chaffin, Pierrette Desrosiers, Vincent Ivan Phipps, Mark Victor Hansen, Dr. Tim Weir, Susan Boras, Francis J. Friedman, and Joe Pusateri.

At a Journal Workshop by Ira Progoff provides the basic text and guide for using the intensive journal process.

The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron is the seminal book on the subject of creativity. An international bestseller, millions of readers have found it to be an invaluable guide to living the artist’s life. Still as vital today—or perhaps even more so—than it was when it was first published one decade ago, it is a powerfully provocative and inspiring work. In a new introduction to the book, Julia Cameron reflects upon the impact of The Artist’s Way and describes the work she has done during the last decade and the new insights into the creative process that she has gained. Updated and expanded, this anniversary edition reframes The Artist’s Way for a new century.

Taming Your Gremlins by Rick Carson is a 1983 classic that introduced a powerful method for gaining freedom from self-defeating behaviors and beliefs. Creator of the renowned Gremlin-Taming™ Method, Rick Carson has revised the book to include fresh interactive activities, real-life vignettes we can all identify with, and new loathsome gremlins ripe for taming. Carson blends his laid-back style, Taoist wisdom, the Zen Theory of Change, and sound psychology in an easy-to-understand, unique, and practical system for banishing the nemesis within.

Psychosynthesis Made Easy by Stephanie Sorrell builds on Dr. Roberto Assagioli's innovative work, which began in 1n 1910, went beyond his contemporaries, Freud, Jung and Reich, to embrace wholeness on all levels. Because of this, psychosynthesis has become known as 'the psychology of the soul.' This psychospiritual psychology aims to uncover the layers of complexity which render the personal will powerless. Through a process of bringing awareness to unconscious processes in the psyche, each masquerading as 'sub personalities' the self can achieve integration and synthesis between the personality and the Self (spirit).

Self-Directed Brain Change by Rick Hanson is based on a significant emerging insight from neuroscience: that to keep our ancestors alive, the human brain evolved to cling to negative experiences like Velcro and shrug off the positive ones like Teflon. The good news, teaches Rick Hanson, is that we can retrain our neural structure out of "sheer survival" mode and into one of greater well-being, mental clarity, and moment-to-moment appreciation.

The Four Agreements Rooted in traditional Toltec wisdom beliefs, four agreements in life are essential steps on the path to personal freedom. As beliefs are transformed through maintaining these agreements, shamanic teacher and healer don Miguel Ruiz asserts lives will "become filled with grace, peace, and unconditional love."

The Family Crucible by Augustus Napier and Carl Whitaker. This extraordinary book presents scenarios of one family's therapy experience and explains what underlies each encounter. You will discover the general patterns that are common to all families-stress, polarization and escalation, scapegoating, triangulation, blaming, and the diffusion of identity--and you will gain a vivid understanding of the intriguing field of family therapy.

Invisible Loyalties by Ivan Borzormenyi-Nagy and Geraldine Spark. Understand or explain to others why people interact with their family members in ways that clearly seem not to be in their own best interest

Leading with Courage: Daily Reminders for the Decision Maker by Matthew White & Judith Bell. Even the greatest leaders get distracted by the less meaningful details of daily life and lose sight of what is important. At their worst, we see leaders get way off course and rationalize unethical or illegal activity, and at their best, we see leaders distracted by the day-to-day minutia, losing sight of the dynamic vision that drives their success. They need a quick reminder to serve as a "true north" and keep on track. Leading with Courage: Daily Reminders for the Decision Maker is an opportunity to spend a few minutes in the busy day reminding yourself of the personal and professional things that matter and the impact your decisions have on others.


Hacking Into Your Happy Chemicals by Thai Nguyen.

Serotonin and Behavior by Viatcheslav Wlassoff, PhD.

How Stress Changes the Brain by Caroline Gregoire.

Effect of Stress on the Brain

The Neurobiology of Grace Under Pressure by Christopher Bergland.

Chronic Stress Can Damage Brain Structure and Connectivity by Christopher Bergland.

Cortisol: Why "The Stress Hormone" is Public Enemy No. 1 by Christopher Bergland.

Create a Vision for Yourself by Nicholas Dillon outlines the process of creating and refining a vision for yourself and your future.

Shared networks for auditory and motor processing in professional pianists: Evidence from fMRI conjunction This article shows how the brain changes itself based on practices that have to do with increased awareness and focus.

The Mindful Revolution by Kate Pickert is the cover story for TIME Magazine's February 3, 2014 issue. It focuses on mindfulness research and teaching. Mindful Schools ( is highlighted in the education sector.

Create Your Own Personal Vision Statement by Ryan Dennis discusses questions to consider when developing your vision.

Subjective responses to emotional stimuli during labeling, reappraisal, and distraction. Although multiple neuroimaging studies suggest that affect labeling (i.e., putting feelings into words) can dampen affect-related responses in the amygdala, the consequences of affect labeling have not been examined in other channels of emotional responding. UCLA Psychology Department's Matthew D. Lieberman, Tristen K. Inagaki, Golnaz Tabibnia, and Molly J. Crockett conducted four studies examining the effect of affect labeling on self-reported emotional experience. In study one, self-reported distress was lower during affect labeling, compared to passive watching, of negative emotional pictures. Studies two and three added reappraisal and distraction conditions, respectively. Affect labeling showed similar effects on self-reported distress as both of these intentional emotion regulation strategies. In each of the first three studies, however, participant predictions about the effects of affect labeling suggest that unlike reappraisal and distraction, people do not believe affect labeling to be an effective emotion regulation strategy. Even after having the experience of affect labels leading to lower distress, participants still predicted that affect labeling would increase distress in the future. Thus, affect labeling is best described as an incidental emotion regulation process. Finally, study four employed positive emotional pictures and here, affect labeling was associated with diminished self-reported pleasure, relative to passive watching. This suggests that affect labeling tends to dampen affective responses in general, rather than specifically alleviating negative affect.

Everybody Has a Dream by Virginia Satir is a wonderful example of the VIPP Process™ in action.

The Grateful Brain by Alex Korb, PhD talks about how gratitude, particularly if practiced regularly, can keep you healthier and happier. In this article he shares the results of four studies that show how gratitude can, among other things, help you exercise more, sleep better and be happier.

Giving Gratitude from Your Heart by Brenda Patoine talks about the emerging science of positive attitudes like gratitude and appreciation leaves little doubt that giving thanks is good for you and good for those around you. So what are you waiting for?

11 Interesting Effects of Oxytocin by Maureen Salamon

Dopamine Functions by Dr. Ananya Mandal, MD.


Brain Plasticity Institute Brain Plasticity is a San Francisco-based research and development center focused on the development and validation of brain plasticity-based therapeutic tools designed to provide new forms of help for individuals in need throughout the world.

Greater Good Science Center The Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being. It teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society. Based at the University of California, Berkeley, GGSC sponsors groundbreaking scientific research into social and emotional well-being and helps people apply this research to their personal and professional lives.

Posit Science Posit Science helps people be at their best throughout their lives by providing brain training software clinically proven to improve cognitive performance. Led by Co-Founder & Chief Science Officer Dr. Michael Merzenich, Posit Science’s team of experts design, test, and refine online exercises that effectively address cognitive issues related to healthy aging as well as a broad range of other conditions.

Mindsight Institute Founded by Dr. Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., the Mindsight Institute is an educational center devoted to promoting insight, compassion, and empathy in individuals, families, organizations, and communities. With a scientific emphasis on the mind and well-being, they focus on the growth of healthy people who can nurture a kinder society.

Spirit Rock Spirit Rock Meditation Center is dedicated to the teachings of the Buddha as presented in the vipassana tradition. The practice of mindful awareness, called Insight Meditation, is at the heart of all the activities at Spirit Rock. They provide silent meditation retreats, as well as classes, trainings, and Dharma study opportunities for new and experienced students from diverse backgrounds with a willingness to develop their own practice.

Sensory Awareness Foundation Through our senses we can rediscover a richer and more authentic way of being. Sensory Awareness is a study and practice that helps us reawaken our capacity to be more mindfully in the here-and-now. That is, to more fully experience, respond to and embody the actual somatic realities of life: gravity, breathing, balance, energy, touch, movement, and so on. The basis of this work is to awaken and support the capacity within each person to be present and responsive to what is needed within ourselves, in our relationships with others and in our environment, and to contribute to a more connected and caring world. The Sensory Awareness Foundation is dedicated to sharing this work and honoring the legacy of Charlotte Selver.

Process Work Institute Process Work was originally developed by Jungian author and analyst Arnold Mindell as a therapeutic modality. Over the last thirty years of application and research, Process Work is now more commonly described as an “awareness practice,” as its methods are applied in a wide range of situations. The Process Work Institute currently serves as a center for personal and professional growth, offering several degree and non degree programs and courses in a wide variety of Process Work applications

The Gratitude Experiment Gratitude can help us overcome any problem or hardship. It gives us perspective on what’s important, what we truly value and what we have right in front of us. In our small corner of this vast universe, we find the most miraculous thing of all: life. No matter what situation we are in or worries we face, we can always be grateful that we are alive on this beautiful planet. There is a world of possibilities open to whatever attitude we bring to it. Today we can appreciate this opportunity, giving thanks for everything we have and sharing with one another what we are grateful for.

Institute of HeartMath is an internationally recognized nonprofit research and education organization dedicated to helping people reduce stress, self-regulate emotions and build energy and resilience for healthy, happy lives. HeartMath tools, technology and training teach people to rely on the intelligence of their hearts in concert with their minds at home, school, work and play.

International Expressive Arts Therapy Association is a nonprofit membership organization that recognizes, educates and inspires artists, therapists, educators and consultants who use and explore multiple forms of artistic expression - the expressive arts - to foster personal and community transformation.

Outside Education

Awakening Joy A five month experiential course, offered annually, to develop your natural capacity for well-being. Created by James Baraz, this course features outstanding, world-renown guest speakers. It can be taken in person in Berkeley, California and/or online (

BrainHQ In 2012, Posit Science launched BrainHQ – an online brain training system that gives you the opportunity to exercise your auditory processing, visual processing, complex thinking, attentional focus, and many other brain functions. Anyone can do BrainHQ. It’s designed to fit your life and adapt to your personal needs and goals.

Lumosity Improve your brain performance by building your personalized training program online to enhance memory and attention.

The Self-Acceptance Project is a FREE video event series. Tami Simon speaks with contemporary luminaries in spirituality, psychology, and creativity to learn how we can truly embrace who we are. Together they explore the questions around self-acceptance—and investigate how we can overcome the difficulties of embracing who we are. The Self-Acceptance Project was created to offer insights, practices, and strategies for living with a sense of your own fundamental worthiness. In this free video series, you’ll hear from a wide variety of thinkers and teachers as they share their stories and wisdom about self-acceptance.

Arts & Healing podcast series launched in Spring 2007 in order to share the actual voices of artists and organizations who are doing inspiring work using art to heal themselves, their community, and/or the planet. These podcasts are published several times a year.

The Foundations of Well-Being is about taking care of yourself on all levels: physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and more. Starting this October, Dr. Rick Hanson is teaching The Foundations of Well-Being: A Year of Growing Good in Your Brain and in Your Life, a yearlong online, experiential program that uses the power of positive neuroplasticity to hardwire more happiness, resilience, self-worth, love, and peace into your brain and your life.


Growing Evidence of Brain Plasticity TED talk by Dr. Michael Merzenich, PhD, a leading pioneer in brain plasticity research.

Does the Brain Rewire Itself? Does the brain continue to rewire itself throughout your entire life? Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute, discusses whether the brain continues to rewire itself throughout your entire life in this Curiosity video.

2 People Described the Same Person to a Forensic Artist and This is What Happened This video about perception and awareness was posted by Rebecca Eisenberg on Upworthy. Chances are, you'll take a second look in the mirror after you watch this. Or maybe you'll just ditch your mirror altogether.

The Neuroscience of Happiness We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity.

How Gratitude Transforms Your Life, Part 1 Motivational speaker Doug Vermeeren's new film, The Gratitude Experiment, draws a link between success and the ability to appreciate life.

How Gratitude Transforms Your Life, Part 2 Motivational speaker Doug Vermeeren's new film, The Gratitude Experiment, draws a link between success and the ability to appreciate life.

The Luzhin Defence A fabulous movie in which a young boy beats his father and deals with the psychological ramifications as he grows up.

Rewiring Your Brain with Daniel Ellenberg Rewiring our brains for more peace, happiness, and satisfaction. Sounds like the stuff of a great science fiction novel. The truth is this is all very doable and we can learn to enhance our life experience by learning the tools that help us go beyond our primitive programming. Daniel Ellenberg, Ph.D. is the president of Relationships That Work – an organization that supports people to create more emotionally intelligent personal relationships – and vice president of the Rewire Leadership Institute, an organization that helps individuals, teams and organizations thrive in the business world. He is also the founder and director of Strength with Heart® men’s groups and workshops, and co-author of *Lovers for Life: Creating Lasting Passion, Trust and True Partnership*, which he co-wrote with his wife, Judith Bell. Join us as we talk with Daniel about growing up in New Jersey, learning how to have difficult conversations, dealing with internal anger, toxic masculinity, and more in this special extended episode!


Being Well Podcast: Friendly and Fearless in Relationships

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