Dan Lippmann LCSW. Practical, Sustainable Happiness
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Sometimes it’s wise to be cautious, especially when you may be in physical danger. However, when you play it safe because you’re too anxious to try something new, you may close off possibilities that could bring you greater happiness and satisfaction.

Life is shaped by your choices. What are you choosing?

Read over the statements below to see if anxiety is causing you to play it too safe. [click to continue…]

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Summer often gets us thinking about possibilities for travel, family fun, and outdoor adventures. However, anxiety can prevent us from trying new things or even enjoying familiar everyday activities.

For some people, all it takes is one negative experience to make them begin avoiding situations that might trigger discomfort.

For example, if you felt anxious on a trip far from home, you may no longer want to travel out of state or even leave your hometown. Even if the cause of your anxiety is unclear, it’s  natural to want to avoid situation that might trigger intensely uncomfortable feelings again.

But here’s what you  need to understand. In most cases, anxiety is caused by uncomfortable feelings, not by true danger. Most of the time, we are not involved in a life threatening situation, but our brains are reacting as if we are.

Nevertheless, anxious feelings can be so upsetting and uncomfortable that people instinctively react as if they’re in true danger. This leads them to begin avoiding any experience or activity they associate with the onset of anxiety.

Avoiding things that make us uncomfortable may seem like a solution, but research shows that avoidance actually leads to a worsening of anxiety. [click to continue…]

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Why are you so angry?

by Dan Lippmann
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Most of us are quick to blame others for our anger. “If you hadn’t done that thing you did, then I wouldn’t be angry!” But the latest research shows that anger might just not be real. Instead it may be a way to cover up the real issue – our pain. Researcher and best-selling author, […]

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Do You Have an Anger Problem?

by Dan Lippmann

Anger is a powerful emotion that is often difficult to deal with. It’s also probably the least understood. We get angry at our partners, our children, the man standing in line at the bank, the teenager cutting us off in traffic, our boss who just doesn’t understand, and even the dogs barking in the next […]

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Do You Have Good Boundaries?

by Dan Lippmann
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I can tell a lot about your emotional health from your answers to the following questions: Do you have difficulty standing up for yourself? Do you often agree to do things that you really don’t want to do? Do you often feel guilty about putting your own needs first? If you answered yes to these […]

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Better Health is Not a Wishing Game!

by Dan Lippmann
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“I wish I could lose weight.” “I wish I could take a daily walk.” “I wish I could cook healthy meals.” How many times have you wished to feel better or healthier? How often have you replaced wishing with the behavior needed to fulfill the wish? Hardly ever, right? You’re not alone! Researchers have found […]

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Don’t Trash Your Emotional Health

by Dan Lippmann

If you’re anxious or depressed, one way to improve your emotional health is to clear away physical clutter. Here’s why. Clearing away physical clutter often has the unexpected effect of clearing away emotional clutter. In fact, organizing your life is one of the kindest things you can do for yourself. Think about it: When things […]

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Are your negative feelings normal?

by Dan Lippmann

My boyfriend left me, and I’m so depressed. My sister broke her promise, and I feel furious. I have massive credit card debt, and I’m terrified. These are some common situations that impact our emotional health. We all have negative experiences. And these experiences are bound to upset us and cause negative emotions. I often […]

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The Biggest Obstacle to Better Health

by Dan Lippmann

As a therapist, I want people to not only feel better, but to feel better fast. That’s why I developed the Mood Switch – to give people a quick, easy method for changing the upsetting thoughts and beliefs that create their negative feelings. Research has shown that most upsetting feelings come from illogical thoughts about […]

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Negative thinking: Don’t add insult to injury

by Sylvia Lippmann

If you exercise, you’ve probably experienced an injury or two. Although it’s hard to avoid negative thinking after an injury, your negative thoughts can cause more suffering than the injury itself. But, there is a simple technique that can banish these negative thoughts and pave the way for rapid healing. A few months ago after […]

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