Laughter Really Is the Best Medicine

“The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.” -Voltaire Although we have known instinctively for millennia that laughter, like crying, can be a powerful antidote to pain and suffering, the scientific world is finally catching up. According to the American Association for Therapeutic Humor, laughter may have a direct […]

Harnessing the Power of Awe

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. They to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, are as good as dead: their eyes are closed.”  ~ Albert Einstein Do you feel that time is rushing by and you […]

Do You Want to Avoid the Next Fight?

Most people are now aware that high levels of conflict–loud, angry or bitter fighting–can be tremendously destructive not only to marriages and intimate relationships but can cause lasting harm to the children caught in the crossfire. As painful as divorce can be for kids, what we know now is that excessive fighting is what troubles […]

How to Eliminate Envy & Practice Empathy

The White family overwhelms my office with noise and activity from the first moment they arrive for family therapy. The three boys, aged 6, 10, and 13, immediately begin to argue over who sits where. Pouncing on one another’s laps, they push and poke. The youngest one screams as though he has been mortally wounded. […]

Feeling Lost or Depressed? 6 Tips to Help You Rediscover Your Soul

Ashley burst into tears within a few moments of sitting down in my office. “I don’t know why I’m crying. I have a loving husband and two precious children. I work out a lot and I eat well–at least most of the time. I have really great girlfriends although I never get enough time with […]

6 Tips for Breaking the Blame Barrier

Hardly a day ever goes by when I don’t hear someone blaming someone for something. It is one of the most common–and one of the most frustrating patterns that confront couples and families. Blame can destroy a good marriage, wreak havoc on our friendships, and put innocent kids in the middle of their parents’ arguments. […]