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Don’t Cry Over Spilt Milk

posted by mronsisvalle

My son spilled a whole glass of milk on the couch this morning.  Again.  This is maybe the second or third time that he has made the same mistake, and I have to admit, I was upset.  O.K., I was […]

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Give Thanks – Stress Less

posted by mronsisvalle

                                                        Tomorrow is the BIG day.  We will all sit around a table with people that we care about and “celebrate Thanksgiving”…whatever that means to you!  But it is important to recognize that our gratitude is not merely an act […]

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The Family That Eats Together…

posted by mronsisvalle

                                  Growing up in my Italian household meant that many family times were centered around one thing: FOOD.  As a teenager I remember sitting down to a home cooked meal with my mom, dad and sister every night.  And […]

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The State of Your Union

posted by mronsisvalle

  So, do you know what makes up a good marriage?  Do you have one? Can you spot trouble instantly in someone else’s marriage?  How about your own? Research shows that the way you recount your early years of being […]

Friendship: The Key to a Less-Stressed Marriage

posted by mronsisvalle

              Research shows that one of the most important features of successful relationships is the depth of your friendship.  In fact, I find that I can often make a quick (and accurate)  assessment about the […]

Push Your Chips “All In”

posted by mronsisvalle

Late one night several months ago I couldn’t sleep so I flipped on the television.  As I surfed through the channels I came across a poker game.  Normally, if you asked how I felt about watching a poker game on […]

Livin’ the Dream

posted by mronsisvalle

Do you wake up in the morning happy about the fact that you are about to start your day?  Or do dread going to work in the morning and look for every opportunity to take a “personal mental health day”?    […]

Can you say No? (without feeling guilty)

posted by mronsisvalle

    The playwright Jules Renard wrote, “The only man who is really free is the one who can turn down an invitation to dinner without giving any excuse.”  By that definition, are you free? Few of us are because […]

My 5-Year-Old Knows More About Life Than I Do

posted by mronsisvalle

My 5-year-old announced boldly this evening: “I know alot about life.” Me: “You do?” 5-year-old: “Yes I do” Me:  “What do you know about life?” 5-year-old: “I know that when ever you are doing something bad, you should stop…And you […]

Calm Down, NOW!

posted by mronsisvalle

The latest research has identified several different kinds of thoughts that typically lead to stress.  I call these “Hot Thoughts,” meaning they will usually lead to a significant experience of stress.  I’ve included a summary of some of these thoughts so […]

Supportive Relationships Key to Less Stress and Depression

posted by mronsisvalle

One of the things I have learned working with people in the clinical office is that connection with a supportive community of people is a key component to growth.  The following article captures the power of relationships pretty well.  Check it out… […]

Practical Skills for Effective Listening

posted by mronsisvalle

Want to have a little fun with your friends? Ask married couples to respond to the following question: “What is the most essential component of a happy healthy marriage?” Chances are, at least 75% will respond by saying something like, […]

Gimme some Sugar — Learned Helplessness: The root of your depression

posted by mronsisvalle

This is a picture of Sugar, a retriever that belongs to a close friend of mine.  I first met Sugar a couple of years ago and found that he was a “very active dog”.  Well, that’s what I told my […]

Money Stress = Family Stress

posted by mronsisvalle

When a family experiences financial problems it can create drama for parents and children.  Here are a few quick tips to help you understand how to minimize the impact of finanical stress upon your family. #1 Understand that YOU trigger your […]

Interview with Dr. Don Colbert: Progressive Relaxation

posted by mronsisvalle

Check out the second part of my interview of Dr. Colbert.  He talks about progressive relaxation and then I demonstrate how it works with an example from my clinical office.  This is PRACTICAL information that will help you get rid […]

RELAX: A How to Guide to Progressive Relaxation

posted by mronsisvalle

Riding a motorcycle at 110 mph down the interstate…too dangerous. Group break dancing in the office…too dated. Doing a Richard Simmons video in your living room…that might leave your family wondering if they should call 911. While these activities might […]

Interview with Dr. Don Colbert about YOUR Stress

posted by mronsisvalle

Check out this interview with Dr. Don Colbert, New York Times bestselling health and wellness author.  It explains the dangers of chronic stress and what you can do to curb the effects of stress in your brain and in your […]

What is REALLY Stressing You Out?

posted by mronsisvalle

I often ask the people I work with in my clinical office the following question: “What stresses you out?”. Their responses tend to sound like this: “My work stresses me out!” “My boss is the most stressful person you will […]

Previous Posts

Don't Cry Over Spilt Milk
My son spilled a whole glass of milk on the couch this morning.  Again.  This is maybe the second or third time that he has made the same mistake, and I have to admit, I was upset.  O.K., I was more than upset, I was mad.  So, I went to him ...

posted 10:22:25pm Mar. 07, 2012 | read full post »

Give Thanks - Stress Less
                                                        Tomorrow is the BIG day.  We will all sit around a table with people that we care about and “celebrate Thanksgiving”…whatever ...

posted 4:34:10pm Nov. 23, 2011 | read full post »

The Family That Eats Together...
                                  Growing up in my Italian household meant that many family times were centered around one thing: FOOD.  As a teenager I remember sitting down to a home cooked meal with ...

posted 1:02:17pm Oct. 28, 2011 | read full post »

The State of Your Union
  So, do you know what makes up a good marriage?  Do you have one? Can you spot trouble instantly in someone else’s marriage?  How about your own? Research shows that the way you recount your early years of being together, both ...

posted 7:36:46pm Oct. 11, 2011 | read full post »

Friendship: The Key to a Less-Stressed Marriage
              Research shows that one of the most important features of successful relationships is the depth of your friendship.  In fact, I find that I can often make a quick (and ...

posted 11:11:30pm Oct. 05, 2011 | read full post »

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