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 Fake It Until You Become It Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Jul 28, 2013

I recently watched an inspirational TED (Technology, Entertainment, & Design) Talk by Harvard social psychologist Dr. Amy Cuddy. It’s definitely worth watching (so I’ve embedded the video at the bottom of this post), but I’ll summarize some of the main points here because these are things from which we can all benefit. We’ve all heard  …Read More


avatar Develop a Positive Mood in the Morning Posted by Lynn Eccleston
Feb 17, 2013

You’re sprinting down a shadowy corridor of the abandoned hospital. When you reach a door, you grasp the knob, twisting it without pausing as you scramble to get inside. Once safely inside the room you lean back against the cool brick interior, pausing to catch your breath. Your eyes adjust slowly and you make out  …Read More


avatar Tips on How Parents Can Respond to an Angry Teen Posted by ApaCenter Associate
Dec 1, 2009

When a teen is angry, he or she is trying to tell you something. Sometimes they are simply frustrated with your rules and limits. Other times their anger reflects underlying fear, sadness, confusion, or feelings of rejection. Whatever the reason for your child’s anger, don’t let it drive you apart. Your teen still needs you,  …Read More


avatar The Importance of Nutrition Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Dec 1, 2009

As you’ve heard and read, obesity in America has reached epidemic proportions. About 2 out of 3 Americans are overweight and about 1 out of 3 Americans are obese. Our fast-paced lifestyle has not left us much time for creating nutritious meals. We eat out a lot, and fast and convenience foods are a staple  …Read More


avatar The Importance of Exercise Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Dec 1, 2009

Exercise is a powerful method to improve emotional and cognitive functioning that is relatively simple. We’ve all heard it – the mind, body, and spirit are all connected. The more that I learn and grow, the more I view this as an essential truth. There is plenty of scientific research that supports the mind-body connection.  …Read More


avatar More Positive Mood = Better Insight Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Jul 10, 2009

As I posted before, I’ve really gotten into audiobooks…and I think this is a transition for me that is here to stay. I’m going through books faster than I ever have before and feel like I’m retaining as much or more than I do when I read. I’m listening to the unabridged version (I always  …Read More


avatar Okay…Not All Daydreamin' Is Good Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
May 21, 2009

In my last post, I reviewed some research findings on the benefits of daydreaming. While not totally backtracking on that, I did want to qualify it a bit. I believe that there are very few things in life that are 100% good or 100% bad…life is more complex than that. For instance, drinking water is  …Read More


avatar Step Outside to Recharge Your Brain Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Apr 27, 2009

I’m summarizing (and adding my own thoughts) to a recent article on MSNBC’s website entitled, “Need to Recharge Your Brain? Step Outside” by Andrea Thompson. In 2007, for the first time in human history, more people in the world lived in urban rather than rural areas. These urban areas tend to be fast paced with  …Read More


avatar Thinking Fast Can Improve Your Mood Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Feb 13, 2009

This is based on an article in the Feb/Mar 2009 issue of Scientific American Mind. Several studies by researchers at Princeton and Harvard indicate that rapid, varied thinking results in an improved mood in people. This type of thinking occurs when we are brainstorming under time constraints (e.g., think of how many different ways you  …Read More