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

avatar Our Lives as a Video Game Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Jul 9, 2013

In a way, we can think of our lives as a video game. There is a helpful analogy with gaming that we can apply to our lives to ensure that we are meeting our needs. That we are taking care of our health meter. I originally blogged about this at the ApaCenter, but I’ve moved that  …Read More

avatar Alan Watts on the Meaning of Life Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Dec 2, 2012

What is the meaning of life? 42, of course!! Um, well, I suppose there are many interpretations to this question and a multitude of viable answers. Answers to this question run the gambit, and some common ones include: To love and serve God (as you interpret Him…or Her, ahem) To reproduce To love one another  …Read More

avatar Focus on Being Effective Instead of Being Right Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Sep 6, 2012

In my previous blog Can We All Get Along?, I discussed the importance of focusing on being effective instead of being right. Now, I’m sure we can all think of exceptions to what I’m about to say, but I acknowledge that are few, if any, absolute “Truths” in this world. That old saying that “there  …Read More

avatar Know Thyself – Listen to Your Feelings Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
May 13, 2012

We have feelings for a reason. They provide valuable information that can help to steer us in the right direction in life…if we learn to listen to them. Imagine if we didn’t have the emotion of fear and we ran across a grizzly bear. Without such emotions I think the human race would have been  …Read More

avatar The Keys to Being an Effective Parent Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Nov 6, 2011

As parents, we all try to do our best to do a good job. But with thousands of books on the topic of parenting as well as countless articles in popular magazines and periodicals, sometimes it is difficult to know how to be a good parent. Should we be more strict? More lenient? Use time-outs?  …Read More

avatar The Problem of Technology “Addiction” – What We Can Do About It Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Apr 20, 2011

So, I’ve now gone through why I think that technology can be “addictive,” (see previous posts An Addiction vs. A Problem and The Neuroscience of Tech Addiction)  although I think it is important to not got get too hung up on the exact terminology. It is typically easier to discern whether it is a problem by  …Read More