7 Things to Do When Mass Violence Gets You Down

It seems like every time you see the news, some new and horrific violent act—like the shooting in Las Vegas—has taken too many lives. Even if you weren’t involved and know no one who was killed or injured, it’s upsetting. It can leave you feeling sad and hopeless. And that’s understandable. But how do you cope? 1 Know you’re not…

What Do You Expect from Therapy?

Sure you could benefit from sitting down with a professional and talking about your life. Who wouldn’t? But you haven’t had some life altering trauma or a serious mood disorder, for example. So you’re not feeling an urgent need for therapy. It’s just that you know you might gain some clarity if you finally admitted to yourself that therapy is…

Are You Joining the Mob on Social Media?

Did your mother ever say, “If everyone else jumped off the cliff, would you jump, too?” She was trying to teach you about mob mentality and its perils. And she was trying to get you to think critically—for yourself. Of course you wouldn’t jump off a cliff if you thought about it, but many of us become lemmings in a…

You Got to Have Friends…

…the feeling’s oh so strong. You got to have friends to make the day last long. – Bette Midler Studies show that people who have satisfying relationships with friends and family are happier and healthier and even live longer than folks who don’t. In fact, people who lack strong social ties risk premature death at rates comparable to those who…

Four Qualities Happy Couples Share

We’ve talked about what happy couples do, like have frequent sex, compassionate arguments, and positive interactions. But being in a happy relationship is about more than what you do—like sending flowers or cooking a romantic dinner. It’s about who you are at your core. What your values are. And those values drive your behavior toward your partner and everyone else…

Four Things Happy Couples Do

It’s so easy to sabotage your relationship. All you have to do is attack your partner’s character, give him the silent treatment, be quick to blame, refuse to treat him with common courtesy, and most damning of all, show him contempt. Some say a good relationship takes work, but actually, maybe it just takes a little effort to avoid being…

Get Better Sleep

Feeling cranky? Out of sorts? Sleep may be the culprit. Or rather, lack of good, quality sleep can contribute to your bad moods. In fact, it can lead to depression. And lack of sleep has been found to play a part in greater risks for heart disease, diabetes, even obesity. But getting good sleep can be difficult. Here are some…

Contact Nancy