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5 Steps to Find the Bright Side When Coping with Illness

Last spring I wrote a series exploring the connection between positive thinking and healing. It is true that positive thinking isn’t a reliable cure for illness; however, there are huge emotional benefits that come from training yourself to find the bright side in any situation. If you are ready to step into the…

Book Review: How to Manage Depression Without Drugs

Book Review: How to Manage Depression Without Drugs

Receiving a diagnosis seems to be the end of choice. Once you’re in the medical system, it can seem that many choices are made for you as you march between tests, specialists and medications. It is easy to become resigned to this fate. Give in. Get it over with. If…

Living Chronic Resilience

Living Chronic Resilience

We have arrived, at last, at last, with our final post in our series on positive thinking. We began with where the modern positive thinking movement came from, followed that with the scientific and medical explorations around positive thinking, took a detour into my personal struggles with positive thinking, discussed…

In the Weeds of Positive Thinking

In the Weeds of Positive Thinking

We’ve arrived at the revealing fourth post in my series on positive thinking. My journey deep into the heart of the positive thinking movement formed the basis for Chronic Resilience: 10 Sanity-Saving Strategies for Women Coping with the Stress of Illness. As you’ll see, positive thinking can sometimes turn sideways…

The Seduction of Positive Thinking

The Seduction of Positive Thinking

We’re onto the third post in our series on positive thinking. The first post looked at where the modern positive thinking movement came from, and the second saw the movement expand into the research laboratory and onto the public’s bookshelves. Today we’ll chat about how the medical community finally took…

Mind-Body Goes Mainstream

Mind-Body Goes Mainstream

This is the second post in a series about positive thinking – where it came from, what’s useful, what’s harmful and how to incorporate it into your life. You can catch up with part 1 here which discussed the beginning of the modern positive thinking movement. Part 2 Positive Thinking…