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The Clinical Corner: How cancer affects mental wellbeing in patients

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Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be the single most terrifying…
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The Roots of Eudaimonia: An Interview with Dr. Joseph Raho

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UCLA is holding their third annual Eudaimonia awards on April…
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Resilience on the RISE

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Resilience (noun) re·​sil·​ience | \ ri-ˈzil-yən(t)s ​1)​…
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Healthy Minds and Healthy Hearts: An Interview with Kimberly Uehisa

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While heart health is often overlooked by younger generations,…
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The Piano Project Launch: Reflections from Jeremy Barrett

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From dodging flyers to indulging in table-side snacks, traversing…

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On Friday, December 7th, members of the MindWell pod in the Healthy…
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Taking a STAND for Mental Health at UCLA

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The Depression Grand Challenge​ has taken many strides…
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Meet Anusha Sadda, CAPS Student Advisory Board Member

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Many people know about Counseling and Psychological Services…
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Yoga in the Community: Meet Carina Marcellas and Yoga for Flexible Futures!

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The Healthy Campus Initiative funds a plethora of research and…
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It’s Yanni, okay? How an internet divide reflects the need for cultural introspection

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How can we become more aware of ourselves while holding space…
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Eudaimonia Honoree Spotlight: Peter Whybrow

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For the second year in a row, the Healthy Campus Initiative is…
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Eudaimonia Society Spotlight: Madison Feldman

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Madison Feldman is a third-year undergraduate student at UCLA…
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Eudaimonia Award Winner Spotlight: Louis Tse

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Aristotle distinguished hedonia, the brief, fleeting happiness…
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Psychology of Hate

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We are experiencing an increasing level of hate in our society.…
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How to Meditate

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Have you ever thought of trying meditation but been intimidated…
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Why Live Music Matters

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Our Mindful Music team entered the Pediatrics Unit at the Santa…
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Week 6 is for Mindfulness, are you up for the Challenge?

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What is the Stop, Breathe, and Think MIndfulness Challenge? Last…
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How to stay grateful after Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving has come and gone; taking with it the feeling of…
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Meditation Apps Review: For Your Finals Stress Relieving Pleasure

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Week ten seems to have appeared upon us once again in the blink…
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5 Tips to Creating Your Perfect “Snooze-List”

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We all have that favorite pillow or sleeping position where our…
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TEDxUCLASalon Resilience

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By:  Lucy Tseng, MA, Event Organizer and UCLA Staff “The…
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Benefits of Journaling

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Sometimes when you are going through a lot, whether it be in…
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Hidden in the Shadows: High-Functioning Depression

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  For the majority of my life, I had no sense of who I…
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Presence: In Life and on the Page

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As you all may know, May is National Mental Health Awareness…
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Stop talking and say something: FacetheIssue.com encourages conversation to tackle mental illness

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This May, as we celebrate National Mental Health Awareness Month,…
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Filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg talks Visual Healing

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By: Artemisia Valeri, MindWell Pod Coordinator of the Healthy…
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Stop, Breathe, & Think Mindfulness Challenge

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We’re just about halfway through the quarter, and midterms,…
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For Metta World Peace, Living Well Matters

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By: Vanessa Perez, MPH student at the UCLA Fielding School of…
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Get Involved: Out of the Darkness Campus Walk

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It’s the beginning of Spring quarter — with only eight weeks…
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Creativity & the Arts in Healing

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10-year-old Kara makes a collage featuring a large bird standing…
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Exploring Mindfulness

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I was first exposed to mindfulness when I started at UCLA. When…
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How to Practice Self-Compassion

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In the journey towards finding balance in your life, the practice…
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Yoga and Yogis: You’ve Gotta Check it Out

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In a place like Los Angeles, we hear about yoga almost everywhere…
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Interview with a Certified Resilience Peer

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Upon reading the title above, many questions may come to mind:…
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The Many Benefits of Knitting

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When we hear the word “knitting”, many of us think of sweet-looking,…
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5 Non-traditional New Year's Resolutions for the Body, Mind, and Soul

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Every 365 days, a large, sparkly ball drops in Times Square,…
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New Year, New You? Mental Health and New Year’s Resolutions

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While the New Year appears to present a positive opportunity…
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Expanding Your Perspective on Self-Care

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  In order to be a successful student, being healthy and…
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8 Ways to Beat the Stress of Finals

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Finals week signals the end of weeks worth of students’ hard…
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Free Self Defense Classes at UCLA: Protecting the Mind and Body

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  What if… Imagine walking back from a late night…
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Perfectionism, Procrastination, and the Practice of Self-Care

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  For most of my academic career, I prided myself in being…
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What to Eat or Drink in Class to Stay Awake and Focused

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For many college students, the one thing we can’t seem to get…
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Implementing Meditation into your Life: How to do it and Why you should

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As a college student, there are so many things to think about…
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Taking Care of Your Mental Health in College: 3 Common Challenges

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  College is often a wonderful experience for young men…
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To judge or not to judge in mindfulness

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By Lobsang Rapgay, PhD, research psychologist in the Department…
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Beauty Inside and Out: Female Body Image and Mental Health

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  Every year, thousands of young women head off to college…
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Mind Well Gives Students Tools to Address Their Mental Health

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By Ross Szabo, Author Behind Happy Faces Every week I read…
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Play Explores Mental Health and Friendship With Beloved TV Show as a Backdrop

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By Gene Gillespie I get by with a little help from my friends…
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Putting Your Brain First: 5 Mental Health Student Organizations at UCLA

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The beginning of another school year brings opportunities for…
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UCLA Health and Wellness Resources 101: A Guide for New Students

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In addition to the Healthy Campus Initiative, there are many…
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Tips to Fight Every College Student’s Worst Habit: Procrastination

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  If you are a UCLA student, you are probably all too…
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The Health Benefits of Prosocial Behavior

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Today, August 19th is World Humanitarian Day, which recognizes…
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The best mental health book that isn’t a mental health book

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The best health and wellness book I have ever read is not one…
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Resilience in the Face of Tragedy

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 What can we do to heal from the events at UCLA on June 1? Our…
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Wake Up, College Students: Here’s The Science On Sleep

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Sleep is something we all love, so why do we constantly put it…
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Sleep Deprivation Is No Joke

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By: Carolanne Link, UCLA Undergraduate Student Recently, I…
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7 Strategies to Optimize Your Sleep Routine

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Co-authored by David Baron, MD and the UCLA MindWell Team The…
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Be on the Best Stressed List

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By: David B. Baron, M.D. I’m having a particularly stressful…
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The stranger within: Connecting with our future selves

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By Cynthia Lee While we routinely make sacrifices for the people…
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Did you see that story on the news last night?

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By: Doug Barrera, Ph.D., Assistant Director, UCLA Center for…
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“What is an artists’ book, exactly?”

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By: Robert Gore,  Visual Arts Librarian and curator of the artists’…
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‘Cinemeducation’ - Mental Illness and the Movies

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By: David Taylor, MD Would you agree that movies reflect society’s…
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Turn Your Assumptions Around about Left Brain & Right Brain

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About the Author: Scott Barry Kaufman is a cognitive psychologist…
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How do physicians get through the tough times?

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By: Karen Miotto, Professor of Psychiatry in the Semel Institute…
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Enlightened?—How can we all achieve well-roundedness and find contentment?

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By Maxwell James In the last three years I’ve spent at UCLA,…
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WANTING

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Do you want to win the lottery? Chances are, you answered Yes.…
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Use of Mindful Exercise to Promote Wellbeing

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There is currently extensive use of complementary and alternative…
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Picture This: Healing Trauma through Art

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The creative arts therapies are uniquely effective in the treatment…
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The Balancing Brain: Finding Harmony and Awareness

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Jill Bolte Taylor's TED talk  and book -- "My Stroke of Insight"…