Prodependence: Moving Beyond Codependency

Dot is the wife of an alcoholic. When she and her husband met and married, she knew that he drank, but she didn't know how much, because he kept much of this behavior hidden. As their marriageprogressed, she became more aware of his drinking, and she started to find empty pill bottles in the trash — prescription opioids that didn't belong to her or her husband.  Click here to read more...

How Music Affects the Brain for the Better

Music has played an important part of every human culture, both past and present. (1)

People around the world experience universal responses to music. (2)

We’re all familiar with how certain pieces of music can change your mood, get you motivated, or help you concentrate.

And now, advances in neuroscience enable researchers to quantitatively measure how music affects the brain.

Their discoveries are exciting, and good news for music lovers.

Music is a fantastic brain exercise that activates every known part of the brain. (3)

Music can make you smarter, happier and more productive at all stages of life.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the latest findings on the many ways both playing and listening to music can enhance your brain.  Click here to read more...

A Bug in the System - Susceptibility to psychiatric disorders may be set by gut bacteria.

It's becoming an axiom of medicine: "You can't have a healthy mind without a healthy gut," as Timothy G. Dinan, one of the world's foremost researchers on the microbiome puts it. Actually, you can't have a healthy anything without a healthy gut. In many ways still not fully understood, the gut influences the integrity of the immune system, metabolism, cardiovascular function, to  name just a few systems.  Click here to read more...

Empathetic Listening – How to Listen So Your Kids Will Too

Being able to respond and interact with the world whole-heartedly is fuel for flight and healthy living. A big part of this involves being aware of how we feel and how others feel, and managing those feelings to preserve relationships and satisfy needs. None of us were born knowing how to do this. It’s why the apprenticeship towards adulthood starts at the small human stage and lasts decades. So much to learn!>Empathetic listening is a powerful way to build this emotional awareness in children, open them up to your guidance and grow their emotional intelligence.  Click here to read more...

How to Know When to Take a Mental Health Day

Madalyn Parker, a web developer in Ann Arbor, Michigan, emailed her colleagues to say she’d be using two sick days to focus on her mental health. The company’s CEO, Ben Congleton, responded by thanking her for helping “cut through the stigma of mental health.” Parker shared his positive response on Twitter, and the story has gone viral as her tweet has sparked discussions across major media about workplace mental health.  Click here to read more