avatar When the Laughter Stops: Lessons from the Life & Death of Robin Williams Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Aug 19, 2014

The recent death of Robin Williams has left us all reeling. How could this light have gone out? He was a comet blazing across the sky for so long we thought it could never end…especially this way. He was part of the fabric of our lives, woven into us through his prolific career and iconic  …Read More


avatar Back to School Nerves? How to Help Kids Make a Smooth Transition Posted by Dr. Lindsay Evans
Aug 18, 2014

     You probably remember that antsy feeling before the first day of school. It was a combination of excitement, a little bit of nervousness, and maybe some sadness about the end of vacation. Some kids worry about getting a mean teacher or having a bully from last year reappear in their class again. Mixed feelings  …Read More


avatar What’s Up With Kids and Entitlement These Days? Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Aug 6, 2014

Sometimes I really feel my age when I tell my kids, “Back when I was your age, we used to  __________” and fill this in with something about how I had it rougher as a kid than they do. Remember the grumpy old man skit by Dana Carvey on Saturday Night Live? Well, I’m not THAT extreme, but  …Read More


avatar Do We Only Use 10 Percent of Our Brains? Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Jul 21, 2014

This could be a really short blog. As for the answer to the question of “Do we  only use 10 percent of our brains?” : No! Now here’s the longer answer. This myth bothers me because it been proven wrong long ago but is still commonly passed around. It has my hackles up because I heard the quote recently  …Read More


avatar How to Get Kids Off the Screen During Summer Vacation Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Jun 30, 2014

Well, we are thick into summer, and I hope that yours is going well! If you are a parent, you might be faced with the common struggle of getting your kids away from the screen (in whatever format – TV, iPad, Playstation, Nintendo DS, iPhone). When I was a kid, screen entertainment didn’t offer near  …Read More


avatar Can Brain Training Games Be Harmful? Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
May 19, 2014

In my previous blog, I covered the controversial topic of brain training and whether it really makes us smarter. A brief addition to that blog is whether these games and techniques can actually be harmful. Here are some of my thoughts on this issue:   In general, I don’t think brain training games are likely  …Read More


avatar Do Brain Training Games & Techniques Make Us Smarter? Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
May 5, 2014

We’ve all seen and heard the ads – brain training games will make you smarter! Partly fueled by the engagement, variety, and dynamic interaction that video games offer, various brain training games (e.g., Lumosity, NeuroActive, Big Brain Academy, Brain Age) and other software (e.g., CogMed) promise to (or suggest might) improve specific cognitive abilities such as working  …Read More


avatar Engagement Leads to More Happiness, Mind-Wandering Leads to Less Happiness Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Apr 14, 2014

I recently watched a TED talk by Matt Killingsworth entitled, “Want to be Happier? Stay in the Moment” that reinforces what countless sages, philosophers, psychologists, spiritual teachers, etc., have been saying regarding the power of being engaged in the present moment. He created an app called “Track Your Happiness” for the iPhone that periodically pings  …Read More


avatar Some Mindfulness Meditation “Hacks” Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Mar 12, 2014

In my previous blog, I discussed how/why mindfulness is the “master” key to change. Mindfulness is being in the present moment nonjudgmentally. Mindfulness is a tool that can help us to focus our attention better. Improving any aspect of our behavior – being kinder, listening to others, modifying our forehand in tennis, remembering where we  …Read More


avatar Why Is Mindfuless is the Master Key to Change? Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Feb 26, 2014

You might have seen the recent cover story on “The Mindfulness Revolution” in Time magazine. It gives a nice introduction to the practice as well as why it can be so helpful. Mindfulness is simply being in the present moment non-judgmentally.  I’ve blogged about mindfulness countless times over the years. Here’s a blog about what mindfulness  …Read More