Learning to communicate to reduce stress, create connection and resolve conflict.

The language we use and how we use it provides a powerful means to not only resolve conflicts, but to go even further to create true connection.

Let the future show you the way

Rather than dreading our future, let’s embrace that our future is shaped by the choices we make today, now.

8 simple things you can do to become much more confident

A brilliant and doable list of reminders.

Compassion can help us cross political boundaries

Tugging at heart-strings does have an effect. It can be used as a tool to motivate people to act.

What is the opposite of fear?

“We have no separate fates, but are bound together in one. And our fear is the only thing capable of our undoing.” – Sam Killermann

Simple conversations to restore hope to the future

Reality doesn’t change itself. We need to act.

Change your thinking. Change your life

When you make the right changes to your thinking other things begin to turn out right.

Optimistic in Bhutan

Half empty or half full? Optimism can be learned

In these times, optimism can be as difficult as it is necessary—and more difficult for some people than others. Researchers are learning how the negativists among us can train to be more optimistic.

Stress management: tai chi

Ready for anything: how to build personal resilience

In work and life, there will be setbacks. There may be outright tragedy. Change will shake you and the world. Here’s the research on what you can do now to make sure you snap back.

Recovering from mistakes: how Churchill did it

In addition to being a rock star statesman, Winston Churchill was a gifted and prolific painter. He used his relationship with art to reconnect with himself after failure—and move on to great things.

Urban mental health depends on community

City dwellers are more at risk for anxiety, depression, and even full-blown schizophrenia. But brain research suggests that among the preventive measures is a good circle of friends.

Stress harms problem solving too. What to do?

Stress compromises your problem-solving performance. But new research from Carnegie Mellon indicates that self-affirmation—in the form of focusing on your values—can protect it.

Your brain is plastic. It’s designed to change

When readers of the Sharp Brains newsletter ask questions about neuroplasticity, the editors answer by linking to previously posted articles. Brilliant content marketing.