“It’s Like We’re On The Same Wavelength!” – Metaphor or Neuroscience?

We all love those moments of meeting someone, or spending time with them, and everything just “clicks.” We say the same thing at the same time, feel the same emotions, or have the same opinions. Often, we refer to this type of encounter as “being on the same wavelength” with someone. But is this statement more than just a metaphor?Psychologist, Suzanne Dikker, at New York University conducted a study which demonstrated that “engaged groups are literally in sync on a brain-to-brain basis.” … [Read more...]

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Expressing gratitude makes us healthier: Who wouldn’t be grateful for that?

Gratitude journals, #grateful quotes, appreciation lists, oh my! Expressing gratitude seems to be a growing trend right now, but are these seemingly small practices of expressing gratitude enough to have an impact on our overall well-being?New research by Stephen Yoshimura and Kassandra Berzins for the National Communication Association's Review of Communication shows that, "Gratitude consistently associates with many positive social, psychological, and health states, such as an increased … [Read more...]

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Taking Relationships from Stressed to Supportive

Relationships are meant to be sources of support and love, yet sometimes in the craziness of life, some relationships end up causing more stress or become “one more thing we have to attend to.” This feeling may be a sign that it’s time examine and possibly readjust the way we approach these relationships.Theology of the Body tells us that God created us for relationships; that building the kingdom of God really means creating a life-giving “community of love” with the people who share our lif … [Read more...]

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Not Listening! Three More2Life Hacks for How to Get Your Feelings Heard

Sometimes it feels almost impossible to get your family, friends, or significant other to listen to your feelings and meet your needs. Here are three More2Life hacks, inspired by my book, God Help Me, These People Are Driving Me Nuts! that will help you effectively communicate your needs and start living a happier, healthier life!1.  Don’t Bury the Lede--When writers don’t start with the juiciest parts of the story, it’s called “Burying the lede.”  Often, in our attempt to either be polite or … [Read more...]

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Can You Be Mindful And Still Feel Angry?

Mindfulness is a powerful technique for helping individuals develop a healthier relationship with their emotions.  Unfortunately, many individuals have fallen under the misunderstanding that practicing mindfulness means they will be completely at peace at all times. Then, when this doesn't occur, they become more upset or believe that mindfulness doesn’t work.To combat this, we must first understand what mindfulness really is. Mindfulness is, essentially,  the ability to experience your emo … [Read more...]

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“Am I Crazy?” The 9 Components of Mental Health and How You Get Them.

Believe it or not, a mental health professional can make it through his or her bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs without having a single, significant discussion on what the term "mental health" actually means (or the term "mind" for that matter).We tend to be trained to think that mental health is "not" something.  In other words, one becomes mentally healthy when they are "not depressed" or "not anxious" anymore.   At best, we receive a very functional definition of mental heal … [Read more...]

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Catholics & Depression, Anxiety, & Mental/Emotional Illness. What is Your Experience?

For the Christian, mental illness is especially difficult.Depression, Anxiety, and other mental and emotional disorders are often characterized by Christians as moral, spiritual, or characterological failings.  Christians often feel that we should be able to pray away emotional struggles.  Likewise, we're often afraid to seek secular counselors because they might not support our faith journeys.  Further, although Catholic pastors tend to be more accepting of the reality of mental illness and … [Read more...]

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