"Failure to Launch", Parenting

Survive and Thrive Living with Your Adult Child

When parents have children, they often think about all the great, big, wonderful things their children will achieve as adults. Imagine the shock when parents realize that their children will be doing these things while still living in the family home.

It’s becoming more and more common for young adult children to live at home while trying to achieve their dreams. Over 30% of emerging adults (18-29 year olds) are living at home in Los Angeles, with comparable numbers across the US. However, just because it’s becoming more common, doesn’t mean it’s easy to do. Continue reading “Survive and Thrive Living with Your Adult Child”

Technology, Work

Have A Healthier Relationship with Technology

It seems more and more frequently people are viewing technology as a double-edged sword. People find all kinds of wonderful things with technology’s help: spouses, communities, recipes, books, “life hacks”, meditation apps, therapists. The world is at our fingertips!

On the flipside, we see teens on their phones for over six hours a day and 50% of those teens feeling addicted to their phones (according to a recent report from Common Sense Media). We see the average American checking their phone 46 times per day, a 39% increase from the year prior (according to a 2015 study by Deloitte). And it’s not just the sheer amount of unproductive time we’re spending on our devices, there’s real mental health implications. A study by the University of Pittsburgh linked social media use to increased depression and anxiety. Continue reading “Have A Healthier Relationship with Technology”

Happiness, Positive Psychology, Work

4 Steps to Finding Meaning in Your Work

My client sat slumped in his office chair, staring at me with sullen eyes. “I hate my job. What the hell am I doing here?”

Here was a man who most people would consider a success. He had a well-paying job that afforded him and his family a comfortable upper middle-class life. He was able to take four weeks of vacation each year and took a trip to Hawaii every year, where he had a condo.

But he was so deeply unhappy. He was miserable. Continue reading “4 Steps to Finding Meaning in Your Work”

Happiness, Positive Psychology, Relationships

Use the Power of Connection to Foster Happiness in Your Life

Humans are innately social creatures. You’ve probably heard before that it’s hard wired into our biology to want and need to connect with others. What you may not know is that connection is a major contributor to achieving happiness.

When I say connection, I’m not implying that you need 100 friends to be happy. The quality of your connections is much more important than the quantity of your connections, so don’t get hung up on numbers. Continue reading “Use the Power of Connection to Foster Happiness in Your Life”

Happiness, Positive Psychology, Work

Inject Some Happiness Into Your Workplace

We spend about 35% of our waking hours in the workplace, assuming eight hours of sleep each night and a 40-hour work week (and I know most of us are definitely working more than 40 hours!). That’s a significant chunk of our life, so it’s no wonder that unhappiness and stress in the workplace affects our overall well being and levels of happiness.

But we don’t have to resign ourselves to the fact that work is supposed to be “work”— there are ways to use positive psychology principles, backed by science, to help improve the workplace.

Continue reading “Inject Some Happiness Into Your Workplace”