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

avatar There Is Nothing Either Good or Bad But Thinking Makes It So Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Jan 22, 2014

There is no doubt that William Shakespeare had an exceptionally brilliant mind. I listened to a story on NPR once that listed out many of the phrases and expressions that we use daily that come from Shakespeare – it was mind-boggling! Here are just a few: *All that glitters is not gold. *I have not  …Read More

avatar A “Life Hack” – The 5-Minute Rule Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Jan 16, 2014

Whether you have made any New Year’s resolutions or not, we are almost always looking for ways to change and grow. Indeed, many believe that continued growth throughout our lifespan is one of our main purposes in life. We also know that sustaining positive life changes can be extremely difficult. As a psychologist, I am  …Read More

avatar The Power of an Apology Part 3 – When to Apologize Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Dec 18, 2013

I can’t say that this is the best timing for the holiday season, but things just worked out such that I’m trying to finish my series on apologies.  So there you have it! Now, on to the issue of when do we apologize. The obvious answer is, of course, when we are wrong. But there’s something  …Read More

avatar The Power of an Apology Part 2 – The Benefits Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Dec 3, 2013

As discussed in my previous blog, admitting to errors & mistakes can be extremely difficult. And we can’t apologize for mistakes until we first admit them, right? A form of identification, or of attachment, often gets in the way of owning our mistakes. In a sense, we attach our sense of self to a particular  …Read More

avatar The Power of an Apology Part 1-Why Is It Difficult? Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Nov 19, 2013

We all hear things like, “nobody’s perfect” and “to err is human,” but, as a whole, we all have a pretty difficult time apologizing for our mistakes. Whether it is our politicians or to our significant others…or even to our kids, apologizing for our mistakes is sometimes excruciatingly difficult to do. And I’ll admit it,  …Read More

avatar Be Adaptive, Be Water Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Oct 28, 2013

I’ve been practicing martial arts in some form or another for over 20-years. I enjoy the camaraderie, the physicality, and there’s always some much to learn and ways to improve. Having three kids definitely makes it a challenge to train nowadays, but I still squeeze it in when I can. Even before I started formal  …Read More

avatar Savoring What Life Has to Offer Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Oct 7, 2013

Too often in life we wait for “big” things to make us happy, such as a meeting our soul mate, having kids, getting our dream job, and so on. We tell ourselves, “When ________ happens, then I will be happy!” This is an insidious version of “the grass is always greener on the other side  …Read More