June 13, 2016

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! list...

May 26, 2016

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...

May 2, 2016

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 skillful...

April 29, 2016

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, an...

March 23, 2016

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 beca...

March 3, 2016


Did you know that the rate of depression and anxiety is increasing, but the rate of happiness is stagnant?  This is tragic!  Why in the world is this happening?  According to Pascal, "Man wishes to be happy, only wishes to be happy, and CANNOT wish not to do so."  How...

February 29, 2016

In a recent article by Dr. Sherrie Bourg Carter, Psy.D., in Psychology Today,  researchers published findings that "each additional happy friend increases your probability of being happy by about 9 percent."  Wow!  Compare that to the statistics showing that an increas...

February 24, 2016

It's easy to dismiss the power of positive thinking as something that motivational speakers have simply conjured up in an effort to bolster attendance at their seminars.  But, believe it or not, there is SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH which actually backs up the fact that both po...

February 16, 2016

Many people believe that their happiness or contentment is reliant upon their circumstances. This couldn't be farther from the truth!  Did you know that you can actually "train your brain" to be happy?


Neuroscientists and researchers are discovering more and more which...

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