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What Bhutan Can Teach Us About Happiness

January 31st, 2012

What Bhutan Can Teach Us About Happiness By Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D. and Rosemary Lichtman, Ph.D. It has been over ten years since I retired from my fulltime practice and spent three months doing volunteer work and traveling in Southeast Asia. One of the best parts of my trip was spending time in the remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. It was their monarch who defined the concept of Gross National Happiness (GNH) to measure quality of life. And Bhutan is the only country in the world that puts happiness and general well-being at the heart of its government policy. The Bhutanese distinguish four... Read More

Celebrating the Holidays Alone

December 8th, 2011

Celebrating the Holidays Alone By Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D. and Rosemary Lichtman, Ph.D. Are you alone and wondering how you\’ll be celebrating the holidays this year? Whether you\’re divorced or widowed, a single parent or the spouse of a deployed serviceperson, it most likely seemed easier when you had a partner to share in the planning. But now that you\’ll be the one creating the holiday mood, take advantage of the freedom you have to develop customs that are just right for you. 1. Recognize that it won\’t be easy. Perhaps you\’re feeling more vulnerable and out... Read More

When Boomerang Kids Move Back Home

November 15th, 2011

When Boomerang Kids Move Back Home By Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D. and Rosemary Lichtman, Ph.D. Not since the Great Depression have so many fledgling adults moved into the empty nest with mom and dad. This cyclical trend has accelerated along with the economic crisis. Faced with school loans, debts or no job, it makes sense to head for home – with its emotional security and financial safety net. If you\’re a member of the Sandwich Generation, caring for parents growing older as well as kids growing up, adding a boomerang kid to that mix can increase your stress level. Recently the statistics... Read More

Sexting and Parenting in the Digital Age

October 27th, 2011

Sexting and Parenting in the Digital Age By Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D. and Rosemary Lichtman, Ph.D. Now that your teens are in school again, are you concerned they\’re back to risky behaviors on the Internet – sending inappropriate sexual pictures and texts on their cell phones? If so, you\’re not alone. A recent survey of parents with children between the ages of 10 and 18 found their number one worry was not school shootings, bullying or grades, but sexting. Nearly half said their child had received some kind of racy message or image in the past. And with impulsive teens not... Read More

The New Normal after Separation

September 2nd, 2011

The New Normal after Separation By Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D. and Rosemary Lichtman, Ph.D. Do you want to know an unexpected finding from the Framingham Heart Study, a research project that has been conducted over six decades? Happiness is contagious and the secret may very well be in the connection. Social relationships correlate positively with happiness. That is, if your friend is happy, that increases your probability by 15%. If you\’ve recently separated from your partner, this can be a lonely time for you. Although your marriage may be over, your relationship with your children, family... Read More

Parenting After Weinergate: Talking to Your Teens About Lying

July 8th, 2011

Parenting After Weinergate: Talking to Your Teens About Lying By Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D. and Rosemary Lichtman, Ph.D. Anthony Weiner is no longer front-page news now that he has resigned in disgrace from public office. So what\’s a parent to make of Weinergate, that perfect storm mix of politics, power, sexting and lying? The media frenzy over the ex-Congressman\’s behavior provides a clear teachable moment for our teens. Given the dramatic effects of the inappropriate messages and photos he sent and the devastating results of his untruthful words, we can talk to our kids about the... Read More

Kids on Summer Vacation: A Working Parent\’s Dilemma

July 7th, 2011

Kids on Summer Vacation: A Working Parent\’s Dilemma By Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D. and Rosemary Lichtman, Ph.D. For families, June is a busy time with graduation parties, little league championships and music recitals. And we all know that right around the corner is summer vacation – lazy days for kids but often stressful for working parents. So if you haven\’t nailed down your plans yet, here are some ideas that can help with your work/life balance: Stay flexible. To minimize your anxiety and maximize time with your kids, try to negotiate a flexible work schedule. Even if you... Read More

Happily Ever After: Tips for Prince William and Kate

May 26th, 2011

Happily Ever After: Tips for Prince William and Kate By Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D. and Rosemary Lichtman, Ph.D. The 19th century English poet, Lord Alfred Tennyson, put this universal truth in writing: “In the spring, a young man\’s fancy lightly turn to thoughts of love.” Which is why there\’s no better time of the year for a royal wedding! The recent marriage of Prince William of Wales and Kate Middleton, at Westminster Abbey with 1900 guests, was watched by almost 2 billion people worldwide. We expect their long walk to the altar will be likely remain one of the most viewed... Read More

How to Turn Your Commitment for Change into Action

May 12th, 2011

How to Turn Your Commitment for Change into Action By Rosemary Lichtman, Ph.D. and Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D. for the NABBW In the wake of floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis and radiation leaks this spring, we\’re struck by the realization that changes in the Earth present in many ways. At times they\’re gradual or sudden and violent. They can come from the forces of nature or the actions of human beings. They can be unexpected and out of our control or planned and anticipated. In any case, the havoc they wreak can affect millions. The effects of the natural disasters this spring... Read More

A Gift for Chelsea and Marc: 10 Ways to Resolve Inevitable Conflict

August 22nd, 2010

Who doesn\’t love a wedding? But with months and months of planning, it only lasts a short while – and then there\’s the marriage. If history is prologue, neither former first daughter, Chelsea Clinton, nor longtime boyfriend, Marc Mezvinsky, had great role models for marital bliss. And that\’s even without the religious issues – she was raised Christian and he\’s Jewish. This much publicized union is affirmation of America\’s shifting religious landscape. There has been a gradual increase in interfaith marriages over the past two decades and more than... Read More