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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…
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Video: Mastery Practices That Improve Health & Wellbeing

In this video presented at The Marin Center For Independent Living, you will learn how important it is to always accept the diagnosis but not the prognosis. You will learn about the research that shows how to cultivate happiness by learning…

Video: Conscious Intention, Mastery & Health

Controlling for all confounding variables, researchers have found that people who live their lives with mastery, that is, taking charge of their lives, making conscious choices, and dealing with disappointments and tragedy as challenges rather…

Video: Be the Director of Your Life

How to cultivate the ability to effectively meet the challenges of daily life and to feel in control of our choices. This is the opposite of feeling hopeless/helpless. It is about living with conscious intention. Become the director of your…

Video: Mindfulness-Based Mastery & Wellbeing Series Introduction

This is an introduction to the 26-part series on how to live better with chronic illness. The concept of mindfulness-based mastery & wellbeing practices is introduced. Mindfulness practice is described as the fundament of mastery & wellbeing…
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The Slippery Slope of Optimism

Optimism is the single most frequently cited attribute of healthy and happy people. But who is truly optimistic? Research psychologist Martin Seligman found that, to be effective, optimism must be embodied. Putting up a false front of optimism…
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Who Gets Well?

 What science studies the effects of mind on immune function? Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) researchers explore the relationship of cognition and emotion to nervous, endocrine, and immune system functioning. This field was born in the early…

Flourishing

In his book Flourishing, research psychologist Martin Seligman writes: “I was aware of a legion of anecdotes about people taking sick and even dying when helpless, so I began to wonder if learned helplessness somehow could reach inside the…