Recently on my Saturday morning radio talk show, Tess Talk!, I was fortunate enough to have the honor of featuring a former Navy Seal named Dave (last name withheld). Just think of all the amazing stories and experiences he could have shared with me and Tess Talk! listeners, and I was so excited to hear what he would say. Imagine my surprise when he began to boil down all of his varied personal and professional experiences to one word... perseverance. "We all deal with issu
Imagine keeping your brain young! During the past few years many apps, games and online sites have emerged which promise to slow brain aging by using quizzes and brain teasers to help maintain brain elasticity, reaction time, processing speed, and overall brain health! Wow, what an amazing time to be alive. Are you taking advantage of some of this great technology and research? I hope so. Some of the online sites and apps require a subscription, but many are free, and eas
Rick Hanson, in his recent article, How To Trick Your Brain for Happiness states, "we have started to better understand the neural bases of states like happiness, gratitude, resilience, love, compassion, and so forth. And better understanding them means we can skillfully stimulate the neural substrates of those states—which, in turn, means we can strengthen them." It's so exciting to see that some of the recent breakthroughs in brain research are confirming what our grandpare
A girlfriend of mine and I were enjoying coffee and a typical conversation when she said something that truly struck me. "It's ok for you life to look the way you want it to look." While she was saying this in the context of a conversation she had with someone else, and not directly as advice to me, it struck me as such a simple concept that so many people don't even consider. As I think about the culture we live in, I realize how many people say things like, "I'm too busy,"
Why is it that so often some of the happiest and most upbeat people are also those who are the most generous and giving? Well, it might be the same question as which came first, the chicken or the egg! It's interesting to wonder if people are giving and generous because they're happy, or if they have a giving a generous spirit as a result of being a happy and contented person. Research conducted and published by the Corporation for National and Community Service found that