Emotional and Mental Health

Mental and emotional health rank just as high as physical health when it comes to your overall well-being. Whether you have a diagnosed mental health concern like depression or anxiety, or are curious about how to improve your emotional life, investing in robust emotional health is a worthy and important priority.

A senior woman reads a letter.

An Easy Way to Love Your Elders: Write Them a Letter

A national program tackles the loneliness epidemic, one letter at a time.

Friends making up

Why Seeking Forgiveness Is So Important

We may not always get it, but it’s worth asking for.

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Take a positive risk

Post Pandemic: How to Take Risks in a Positive Way

Positive risks are those that do not endanger our safety but urge us to step outside of our comfort zones.

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Grieving

Honoring the Process of Grief and Loss

Notes on Grief—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s slim, profound book—paints a vivid picture of losing a beloved family member.

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Managing social anxiety

6 Positive Ways to Manage Social Anxiety

As we ease back into social experiences, relating to others might feel brand-new and even nerve-wracking. Here’s how to stay gentle with yourself during this transition.

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Power of brain to control emotions

Why We’re Not at the Mercy of Our Feelings

A psychologist’s work shows the brain’s power to adapt, understand and name the emotional reality we encounter.

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Singer, actress and author Michelle Williams; photo by Michael A. Schwarz

How Singer Michelle Williams Copes with Depression and Finds Joy

The Grammy-winning artist outlines five actions that helped her cope during tough times.

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Susan with grandson Zachary and great-granddaughter Stella. Photo by Dan MacMedan
Fairy Garden

How to Make Your Own Fairy Garden

These magical little additions to your outdoor space are easy to craft—and popular with kids and the whole neighborhood.

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Small losses

Why No Loss Is Too Small to Grieve

Grief isn’t always tied to a big event. For a healthy outlook, there are small moments to be acknowledged as well.

Singer, actress and author Michelle Williams

How Michelle Williams' Faith Helped Her Overcome Depression

The singer and author discusses her new book and shares how scripture, prayer and even singing help her in coping with depression.

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Guideposts blogger Holly Lebowitz Rossi

A Positive Path with Holly Lebowitz Rossi: Tips for Greeting the Morning

The Guideposts blogger, who admits to not being a morning person, offers some ideas for starting your day in a positive, self-affirming fashion.

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How gardening helps mental health

How Gardening Is Good for Your Mental Health

The Well-Gardened Mind: The Restorative Power of Nature is a beautiful, deeply researched book about finding emotional wellness in the act of growing things.

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5 Tips for Keeping Healthy House Plants When You Don’t Have a Green Thumb

I killed every plant I ever owned. But after making a few simple changes, my indoor garden is thriving.

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A good cry

Why It’s Healthy to Have a Good Cry

Research supports crying as a release from stress and a path to feeling lighter.

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Mental health

Why We Should Make Our Mental Health a Top Priority

Everyone—everyone—is having a hard time during the pandemic. Let’s take that as permission to focus on what nurtures our emotional well-being.

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