Author Archives: Jerry Sheridan

Ways to Slow Down the Pace of Your Aging and Function Better Despite Your Biological Age

This may appear to be a preposterous claim, but there is good reason to believe that, through building your resilience, you can slow your body’s rate of cellular aging, and also that, regardless of your cellular age, you can match … Continue reading

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Hazards of a Life That is All Work and No Play.

For some time now, it has been obvious that Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, was exhausted. She has coped with many extreme stresses for years. Recently she collapsed and suffered a concussion. Then she had a blood clot near her … Continue reading

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Some Keys to a Long and Happy Life: Intimacy with Others, a Positive Focus and Goal-Directed Persistence.

David Brooks of the New York Times recently wrote a column triggered by the publication of George Vaillant’s book, “Triumphs of Experience”. The book discusses the most recent information gleaned from the Harvard Grant Study, a study of what leads … Continue reading

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Some Ways to Manage Your Mind and Therefore to Manage Your Body

I want to discuss life changing lessons I have learned from people who taught me how to train the mind in a way that produces improvements I and others want and maybe even desperately need. The first of these people … Continue reading

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Priming the Brain: Is the Research Valid?

We just finished our workshop, “From Negativity and Self-Criticism to Positivity and Self-Compassion: A Women’s Workshop”. We both enjoyed the experience. It was a great group. We are minimizing emphasis on lectures (hard for me to do!), and focusing on … Continue reading

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Finding a Path to a More Resilient Life; the Devil is in the Details.

In our last post we pointed out that there are “quirks” of the human mind that limit us, but also, if they are well used, can help us to be more resilient. Earlier, we had pointed out that the human … Continue reading

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Good Video Explaining the Effective Positivity/Negativity Ratio

Below is a video that does a very good job of explaining the positivity/negativity ratio in concrete terms:

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Self-Help Programs Must Acknowledge the Elephant in the Room.

The often unmentioned elephant in the room for those of us who are promoting self-help is “How do we effectively help people to actually DO what we know will help them?” And to be frank, “How do we get ourselves … Continue reading

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Our Next Step in Resilience Training

Debbie and I have been devoting all our available time to redesigning our resilience training program with changes that are much more dramatic, and thus time-consuming, than we expected. We are incorporating new scientific findings, but in many ways the … Continue reading

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Try to Remove or Change Your Sources of Stress

Normally onresilience.com is about ways you can become more resistant to stressful demands. That was not always our main focus. There was a time when we placed much more emphasis on changing social and physical environments. Consider the “Demand-Control” model … Continue reading

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