Feeling Good

The Big Ideas Events that you experience do not determine your mood. Your thoughts about adverse events determine your mood. Distorted thoughts lead to all sorts of emotional turmoil including depression. Improving the accuracy of your thoughts will help you feel better. Cognitive therapy is at least as effective as antidepressant medications in treating depression. … Read more


In Positivity, Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D., details both how to increase positive emotions in your life along with the gigantic benefits of doing so. What might first appear to be nothing more than a “Don’t worry, be happy” tale is actually more of a life changer. The Big Ideas Positivity is more than “being happy.” It is a state … Read more

Touching Peace

The Big Ideas! Every moment is new, and the newness of each moment is a miracle. Mindfulness is the practice of noticing the miracles in our everyday lives. In being mindful, we can touch the peace that exists all around us and within us. Conscious breathing is a way to reset our perception of the … Read more

Thoughts Without a Thinker

The Big Ideas! What causes emotional suffering? It’s not what happens—it is our perception of what happens. We can choose how to relate to our emotions. This concept is the common thread between Buddhist teachings and Western psychotherapy. The key to happiness is acceptance of our external and internal experience. Neutrino’s Nutshell People are vulnerable in that there … Read more

Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life

Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life

Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong asks us to be compassionate with everyone, all the time, including those we consider our enemies. Armstrong is was born in Great Britain and has authored over 20 books comparing the world’s major religions. She makes the case that without compassion humanity cannot survive over the … Read more