Meditation and Resilience: Novices vs. Veterans

In the video (and transcript) linked below, author and psychologist Daniel Goleman, Ph.D. discusses evidence which shows that meditation changes the brain to enhance powers of attention and build resilience. He also explains that these benefits increase as the one who meditates gains experience. So if you’re just starting out, stick with it!

Mind and Microbiome

We all know about the risks involved with exposure to outdoor environments (a 2017 Consumer Reports article tells how to minimize them) but many of us are probably unaware of some of the benefits. It’s been 30 years since a British scientist first proposed that lack of exposure to microorganisms as children was leading to… Read More

Counsellors’ Exchange

It shouldn’t be surprising that there appears to be keen interest in resilience among lawyers. The profession is very demanding and the stakes can be high; it’s a recipe for stress. Jeena Cho is an attorney who specializes in helping her peers understand how to be resilient, and her efforts include creating a well-established podcast,… Read More

Improving Resilience in the Workplace

As noted in a study described in a previous post, we have a better chance of being resilient when we we’re surrounded by supportive communities and family. We might expect that this effect would naturally exist in the workplace as well. The American Psychiatric Association’s Center for Workplace Mental Health promulgates resources regarding a variety… Read More

Mental Toughness Tips

Dr. Sean Richardson‘s current title is Chief Scientist at High Performance People in Sydney, which describes its vision as “Democratizing high performance learning in Australia and beyond.” A few years before assuming that role, though, he gave a speech that should serve to motivate anyone who wants to build resilience. Watch and listen to him… Read More

Pressure Makes Diamonds

I began my last post by acknowledging that we obviously wouldn’t seek tragedy in order to build resilience. However, there does exist a school of thought which says that putting ourselves in situations that test us to a lesser extent can help to build resilience. For more on this see the following article, written by… Read More

Good Advice

Ok, you’re not going to seek tragedy in order to become more resilient. However, today’s featured article contains general information from various psychologists that can benefit everyone regardless of whether tragedy has struck. Within it, I found particularly noteworthy a recommended practice for minorities that we should all consider applying: asking whether issues that arise… Read More