Kindness That Comes and Goes Around

As you’ve read over the years, I’m a big believer in paying kindness forward. What a beautiful energy it involves, and who doesn’t enjoy a sweet surprise to lift the spirit or lighten the load? more »

Apr 3, 2014 by in Shrink Rap

Long-Term Love Lessons: They’re All Around Us

Anyway, they both offer up plenty of love lessons. And right as my birthday approaches, what better gift than to be reminded of what we can learn from these wonderful creatures about keeping healthy, long-term relationships alive? more »

Mar 6, 2014 by in Shrink Rap

Finding Guidance from a Friendly Voice

We gain insight, find solace, find out that we’re not alone with our personal brand of suffering, when we hear the voices of others who have journeyed along a similar road, and have chosen to help us by paying forward their lessons learned. more »

Feb 6, 2014 by in Shrink Rap

Holiday Heaven or Holiday Hell

So how do we gladden the tidings? My suggestion to you is that we absolutely have the power to allow this time of year to be an opportunity to do it more happily and healthfully. more »

Dec 5, 2013 by in Shrink Rap (1 Comments)

Mindful Is As Mindful Does

When I asked my colleague, Lisa, from the Center for Mindful Living here in Chattanooga, she described mindfulness as “being present with awareness and kindness…with all our attention.” more »

Nov 7, 2013 by in Shrink Rap

To Honor or to Abandon?

When it comes to tending to your needs, there are but two ways you can go—you can honor them, or you can abandon them. Sounds simple perhaps, but let’s look more closely. more »

Oct 3, 2013 by in Shrink Rap

Goodbye, Craig

One of my best friends, Craig, whom you’ve read about in this column from time to time, died a few weeks ago. And I want to share a bit with you about this inspirational human being. more »

Mar 22, 2012 by in Shrink Rap (3 Comments)

Turning Stress into Peace in 2012

OK, it’s 2012. And regardless of what you’ve already set as your intentions for a better life this year, I encourage you to add one more: “Less Stress, More Peace.” more »

Feb 9, 2012 by in Shrink Rap

Book-Ending Your Day in the New Year

So, what if we invest our energy toward this type of deep, inner change more than once a year? What if we re-visit who we wish to become on a monthly basis? Or weekly? Or even daily? more »

Jan 12, 2012 by in Shrink Rap

A Recipe for the Holidays

All my life I’ve been drawn to the exploration and understanding of different religions and spiritualities. The distinction here between “religion” and “spirituality” is for a couple of reasons. more »

Dec 8, 2011 by in Shrink Rap

Homo For The Holidays

Our annual Holiday special column from Dr. Rick. more »

Nov 23, 2011 by in Shrink Rap (2 Comments)

Stories of Random Kindness

I like to write about random acts of kindness each year in the hope that they remind and inspire us to keep kindness in our hearts, and that the unexpected quality of such acts holds a deep and memorable place in the experience of the receiver. more »

Nov 3, 2011 in Shrink Rap

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