My attention span is zero seconds, and I can’t decide what to eat for lunch, let alone what to do with my life.
A Curious Path to Improved Concentration
Are you curious why concentration seems so difficult? What if it were as easy as binge-watching TV? An easy, mindful approach to improving concentration.
“Alison had an argument once with one of the people from Parkinson’s U.K. about whether you talk about Parkinson’s as a disease or as a condition. Now, in order for her to live a good life on a day-to-day level, she says to herself, ‘I’m not ill. I have a condition, and I’m not ill.'”–Alix Spiegel, Invisibilia
Though I started watching the Academy Awards when I was a little kid, I don’t know if I ever enjoyed it. Looking at the experience through the lens of well-being and depression, I think it reveals a lot about how judgment makes us enjoy things less.
Practicing FAIR consent is a powerful tool for reducing unwanted sexual interactions. Practicing consent in everyday life can lead to richer, more rewarding relationships and emotional resilience.
A surprising question about the the future got me thinking about problems we can never answer through thought.
Shortly after you were born, your mother had a shocking conversation with her doctor about your unusual sleep habits.
After fifty-two consecutive Mondays of posting ideas for moving from depression to well-being, last week I found myself caught up in an internal struggle. I decided not to post. There’s a laundry list of reasons for taking breaks (and a few reasons to proceed with caution when we’re depressed).
Every day I run into circumstances where my mind’s habitual response is resistance. Last Saturday, one of the things I resisted most vehemently was leading a discussion entitled, “Welcome Everything, Push Away Nothing.”
A quote from anthropologist Helen Fisher got me thinking about how sex impacts our well-being and depression. “I don’t think, honestly, we’re an animal that was built to be happy; we are an animal that was built to reproduce. I think the happiness we find, we make.”
In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare’s character Lysander says, “The course of true love never did run smooth.” How well we negotiate relationships can mean the difference between depression and well-being. Susan Piver’s new book The Four Noble Truths of Love helps us navigate that course.
Avoiding Taxing Situations
The ultimate penalty for avoiding taxes is prison. The penalty for growing the list of things we avoid is a prison of our own making.
“There is no right or wrong, no good or bad, when it comes to values. What you value is what you value—end of story!” writes Russ Harris in The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living: A Guide to ACT. But, living our values can lead us either to depression or to well-being.
I was running low on motivation this week. Instead of coming up with a post idea, I decided to take it easy on myself and change the world instead.
Thinking about death can be far less anxiety producing than thinking about dying. But, surprisingly, contemplating end of life scenarios really tells us more about how we want to live.
The Right Kind of New Year’s Resolution
The phrase New Year’s Resolution means making a firm decision to do or not to do something in the coming calendar year. There are many reasons that this is a terrible idea.
I think I know enough to use caution when going down a flight of stairs, but forgetting the difference between thinking and knowing still trips me up every day.
There are few topics that I resist more than the realities of aging. But, John Leland’s book Happiness is a Choice You Make: Lessons from a Year Among the Oldest Old shows how mindful choices can improve our lives at any age.
It’s hard to find a silver lining in the cloud of depression. But, learning to read our emotional compass can guide us to well-being.
If your depression seems resistant to the usual therapies, Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin may have a novel cure for you: bibliotherapy.