Dan Lippmann LCSW. Practical, Sustainable Happiness

Try New Habits of Mind for Peace of Mind

by Dan Lippmann
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Most of us were not taught habits of mind that lead to ease, confidence and happiness. It’s the rare child whose parents succeeded at creating a positive outlook on life! Instead, in an effort to cope with negative experiences, most of us developed habits of mind that lead to upset and unnecessary suffering. While we […]

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How to Reduce Your Performance Anxiety

by Dan Lippmann

In today’s challenging economic times, performance anxiety is more prevalent than ever. Competition is fierce, and the need to perform well in front of an audience is often crucial for getting or keeping a job. This means you may be more nervous than ever when having to perform, whether that means making a sales presentation […]

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Conquer Your Test Anxiety

by Dan Lippmann

In a nod to the popular trend of naming months for various causes, I propose we designate June as Test Anxiety Awareness Month. Students, whether studying for finals, college entrance exams, or professional licensing exams, are likely to experience at least some anxiety in anticipation of their test. As long as that anxiety stays in […]

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You’re Never Too Old for Emotional Health

by Dan Lippmann

How would you rate your emotional health? If you’ve struggled with depression, anxiety, anger, or worry, you probably wouldn’t give yourself a very high score. You’re not alone if you feel discouraged about the state of your emotional health. After years of dealing with negative emotions, my clients often wonder: Am I just stuck with […]

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Negative Thinking is a Chain You Can Break

by Dan Lippmann

Do you want to feel gooder? No, that’s not a typo! Feelgooder (www.feelgooder.com) is the name of a great website that publishes daily tips to inform and inspire you in the areas of health, relationships, social good, work and finance. My guest post, “How to Break the Downward Spiral of Negative Thinking,” was recently published […]

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When Feeling Better Feels Wrong

by Dan Lippmann

After posting my blog post, “Ten Hidden Reasons You Might NOT Want to Feel Better,” a reader wisely commented that I’d left out a very important reason why people don’t want to feel better after losing someone they love. If I begin to feel better, it means that my loved one is being forgotten, and […]

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Tips for Coping with Stress and Crazy Drivers

by Dan Lippmann

Coping with stress – it’s not how you planned on spending most of your waking hours. Yet stressful things happen to each of us every day that throw us off course, make us lose our feeling of calm, and make it hard to enjoy anything else. If you’re like most people, you blame your stress […]

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Are You Addicted to Anxiety?

by Dan Lippmann

Do you want to overcome anxiety? If you’ve experienced any of anxiety’s frightening symptoms, you probably don’t need to think twice before answering. Of course you want to be anxiety-free. Who wouldn’t? Well, the surprising answer is – plenty of people! That’s right, many people who suffer from anxiety not only prefer to feel worried […]

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Dealing with Depression May Just Save Your Life

by Dan Lippmann

This is the final post in a 3-part series exploring the link between chronic illness and depression. Part One discusses how chronic illness compounds the problems of diagnosing and dealing with depression. Part Two explains how treating depression can make it easier to handle the challenges of chronic illness. This final post shares the story […]

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Which “Thought Traps” Trigger Your Negative Thinking?

by Dan Lippmann

My husband will never understand me. I don’t have enough money. My kids should call more often. Everyone will think I’m incompetent. Negative thinking probably occupies more of your brain activity than you’d like to admit. If you were to track your negative thoughts for a day – actually write them down and analyze them […]

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