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25 Meaningful Questions for Meaningful Relationships

25 Meaningful Questions for Meaningful Relationships

“How are you?” “How was your day?” “What did you do today?” “What’s up?” These are the most common questions we ask another person. I have asked them of Phillip countless times. Common questions prompt quick, one-word, top level answers that don’t create connection. I had read this Huffington Post…

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…

Where did ‘The Power of Positive Thinking’ come from?

Where did ‘The Power of Positive Thinking’ come from?

You’ve probably seen the headlines: Power of a Super Attitude (USA Today, 2004) A Positive Attitude Might Improve Your Health, Longevity (U.S. News & World Report, 2009) Heal thyself: Think positive (New Scientist, 2011) And there is more…much more from Oprah show episodes, to PBS specials and the cover of…

Seeing Yourself as Healthy

Seeing Yourself as Healthy

Back in the spring of 2011, I was having lunch with a friend and discussing my intention to write Chronic Resilience: 10 Sanity-Saving Strategies for Women Coping with the Stress of Illness. She asked me, “Do you really want to be known as ‘the chronic illness girl’?” At the time,…

The Power of a Shared Experience

The Power of a Shared Experience

Last spring, I became an ambassador for the Donate Life California campaign. Needing an organ transplant quickly heightens your awareness of how important, and generous, it is for someone to decide to become an organ donor. One person can save eight lives and impact the lives of fifty people by…