The By the Book Podcast Brings Humor and Wit to the World of Self-Help

An interview with podcast hosts Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Meinzer.

If you’re like many readers, your relationship with self-help/self-improvement books probably looks something like this: read a book on a topic that interests you and come away with inspiration and actionable tips that can easily be incorporated into your daily life. Easy, right? Now imagine committing two weeks of your life to following the advice of […]

Repair Your Relationship House

Learn more about the "sound relationship house theory" to see if your romantic house is in order.

Just as the home you live in is (hopefully) built carefully with sturdy materials, so too should your relationship be. John Gottman and his fellow psychologist (and wife) Julie Gottman developed a mathematical system — or what might be better described as an architectural system — for whether a couple would remain together or divorce, based […]

Reconnect with Your Creative Self and Get Happy

Want more joy and playfulness in your life? Start to unleash your childlike creativity.

Four things accompanied me everywhere I went as a little girl: Snowy the threadbare cat, a field guide to garden wildlife, a children’s encyclopedia of science, and the latest copy of Twinkle magazine (yup, I am British). Among the latter’s 20-odd pages of stories about Nurse Nancy who ran a hospital for poorly toys, and […]

How to Get in Touch with Your Wild Side

As we spend more time indoors and mitigating all risks, we’ve lost touch with our wild and free selves. It’s time we cut loose a little.

When was the last time you felt wild? Since reading an essay by author and environmentalist, George Monbiot, on this topic, I find myself pondering this question often. In it, he recounts an experience of kayaking in Cardigan Bay in Wales, and the exhilaration felt when a dolphin launched itself over his head. We can […]

Becoming “Failure Immune”

How reframing setbacks into growth and learning opportunities can transform your life.

“What would you do if you could not fail?” ask countless inspirational coffee mugs, throw pillows, and greeting cards. As we tend to think of success as inherently good and failure as inherently bad, it’s easy to understand why nobody wants to feel like a failure. If given a choice, the gut response for many […]

How Daily Self-Care Can Mean Wellness for Life

Deepak Chopra and Rudolph Tanzi’s book, The Healing Self, provides us with a life long plan for a healthy mind, body and spirit.

It was Benjamin Franklin in 1736 who famously said: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” He was referring to fires that were threatening Philadelphia at that time, but it’s just as applicable to the fires we are dealing with in our daily lives—strained relationships, sleepless nights, weight gain, back pain, digestive […]

Resting Bliss Face: Rewire your Brain for Happiness with a Smile

Want more positivity, peace and happiness in your life? It’s as simple as striking a pose and rocking a smile.

Six years ago Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist and Harvard Business School professor, propelled the mind-body connection into the mainstream with her TED Talk on body language. Among many of her findings, one stood out. The work of Cuddy and her colleagues showed that adopting more expansive poses for just two minutes changed the way […]


3 Greens Soups That Will Put a Spring in Your Step

Ready for spring? Try these twists on green soups for a tasty way to kick-start a sluggish system.

Winter for me is all about root vegetable and squash soups, but as we enter into spring, my focus turns entirely to greens. That’s because I sense the time is coming when I might have to start baring a little more flesh, but predominantly because I feel like my hibernating body is in need of […]

10 Little Pleasures to Help You De-Stress

True happiness is about savoring the little things in life.

At this moment in time, people across the globe are more connected than ever before. However, this connectivity comes at a price. Studies have linked heavy technology usage with fatigue, depression, and anxiety. Anyone who owns a smartphone can attest to this. Thankfully, life itself has provided us with everything we need to slow down […]
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