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Chronic Illness Q&A with Dr. B.

This question & answer column is for people living with chronic health challenges and their family caregivers, who want to learn to increase the odds of improving their health by learning to live with mastery & wellbeing. I invite you to post your questions in the comments box below. When I get a certain number […]

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Video: Finding Meaning and Purpose in Life

Our happiness, health, and wellbeing are all improved when we find ways to live with meaning and purpose. We can achieve this by working toward a goal, regardless of whether we ever achieve the goal. Meaning and purpose are also achieved when we identify and then live according to our personal life values.

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Chronic Illness Q&A with Dr. B.

This question & answer column is for people living with chronic health challenges and their family caregivers, who want to learn to increase the odds of improving their health by learning to live with mastery & wellbeing. I invite you to post your questions in the comments box below. When I get a certain number […]

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Video: Helping Others Improves Your Health

People who do volunteer work report feeling good about helping others and feel good about themselves for doing good in the world. Volunteer work adds meaning and purpose to their lives, and meaning and purpose independently correlate with better health. Beyond the volunteer work itself, additional health benefits accrue by intentionally cultivating an open-hearted attitude […]

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Experiential Avoidance is the Opposite of Mindfulness

Experiential Avoidance of Thoughts and Feelings Becoming aware of the ways we avoid unpleasant thoughts and feelings as well as activities that we fear could trigger those thoughts and feelings is an important step toward mindfulness. Conversely, mindfulness practice is an excellent way to increase awareness of this tendency. Psychotherapy with an Acceptance and Commitment […]

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Video: Meaning & Purpose

How one’s sense of purpose in life aids to their health and well-being.

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Improve Health and Happiness by Setting and Pursuing Goals

Goals Energize Us. During my three years at the Simonton Cancer Center, we always impressed upon patients that energy is essential to healing and that the act of pursuing goals can be extremely energizing. Setting goals helps us conceptualize our reasons for living and get clarity on what gives our lives meaning and purpose. In […]

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Meaning and Purpose Improve Health and Happiness

You can be happier and healthier by increasing meaning and purpose. The terms meaning and purpose often appear together. For our discussion here, I would frame them this way: acting with purpose refers to taking any action that is of sufficient importance that it gives our lives meaning.  In writing about his forty years of […]

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The Fine Line Between Striving and Nonattachment to Outcomes

When living with a chronic debilitating medical condition, it is essential to do everything possible in terms of diet, exercise and rest. It is also essential to do everything possible to find meaning and purpose, to increase social support, and to do whatever it takes to develop environmental mastery—the sense of being in control of […]

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