Resilience: How to Build your Emotional Toolbox

Thanks to Noah Jacobson for this guest post about emotional resilience! Noah interned previously with Happy Brain Science and became fascinated with the application of positive psychology. He graduated from Grinnell College with a degree in Psychology and Neuroscience. Building Emotional Resilience Life can be hard. Losing a job, struggling with a tough relationship at read more…

How a “4-6-8 Breath” Can Help You Calm Your Stress

Can mindful breathing help you unlock better options in times of stress? Discover the power of a “4-6-8 breath” to calm your body & brain! Join Scott Crabtree, CEO of Happy Brain Science, on a journey through 100+ science-based solutions from our Choose Happiness @ Work card game! This post features the solution: 4-6-8 Breath. read more…

10 Tips for Keeping Up Morale, with Ideas & Resources to Help

Thanks to Sarah Lewis, C.Psychol., for this guest post about keeping up morale! Sarah is the principal psychologist at Appreciating Change, a strengths-based psychological consultancy that is committed to applying well-researched positive psychology ideas and interventions to workplace challenges and opportunities at an individual, team or whole organization level. In the midst of the current read more…

Do “Casual” Games Reduce Stress & Boost Well-being?

Thanks to Kristen Toohill for this post about how casual games reduce stress! Kristen recently co-authored a book with Scott Crabtree titled All Work & Some Play: Future Proof Your Career through Games. Her past experience includes working in the video game industry as a Quality Assurance Tester and SCRUM Master. In addition, she’s done read more…

Brain-Based Toolkit for Navigating Uncertain Times

This Brain-Based Toolkit was created by Cat Kemmerling, Jessica Sharp, and Kristen Toohill—doctoral students in the William James College Leadership Psychology program. Their goal is to offer a neuroscience-informed resource to help leaders support themselves and others during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this time of immense disruption, providing stability, empathy, and compassion is critical to read more…

Mindfulness, Flow & Coaching—Oh, My!

Image of a golden frog statue in a meditation pose, beside a flowing stream.

As a (nerdy) teenager in the 90’s, I remember feeling a little sad that the mysteries of the human mind might be fully unraveled by the time I was an adult. Given the explosive rate of psychology and neuroscience discoveries, I figured everything would get mapped out within a decade. It was thrilling to be read more…

A New Break Is Not a Waste of Time!

When was the last time someone gave you a break? How about the last time you gave yourself a break? And how recently have you done something new with a hiatus? The answers may be affecting your happiness, and therefore your success. That’s right: you can become more successful by taking frequent and effective downtime. read more…

Leading for Happiness & Building Strong Teams: New Coaching Groups!

Wouldn’t it be great to lead a happy, strong, thriving team at work? I know how hard it is for a team to thrive at work. I’ve led teams for 30 years, and I’ve dealt with communication problems, draining workloads, excess stress, and disengaged employees–problems you may be wrestling with right now. These problems can read more…

Review: 101 Mindful Ways to Build Resilience

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This post was written by Happy Brain Science intern Noah Jacobson, who has done great work with us on several occasions. Thanks, Noah! “All it takes is one minute for us to build resilience.” It’s that simple to build mindful resilience. At least according to psychotherapist and award-winning author Donald Altman. His 101 Mindful Ways read more…