Dr Darlene Mininni

About Dr Darlene Mininni

Dr. Darlene Mininni is the author of “The Emotional Toolkit” and creator of the UCLA undergraduate well-being course LifeSkills. Her work has been featured on CNN, PBS, NPR, SELF, Huffington Post and Prevention. Get her free mindfulness training audio at darlenemininni.com

Are You Tired Of Trying So Hard?

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Have you ever wanted to give up on something that you really, really wanted because it was just too darn hard to keep trying? You can’t run one more step, write one more word, endure one more dead end? Join the club. Can I Sit Down Now? But, before you throw in the towel, there’s something you… Continue Reading →

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The Regret-Free Life

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Why did I eat that cake? I wish I’d taken that job. I never should’ve kissed that guy. Have you ever had thoughts like that? Probably. It’s your brain’s way of telling you to rethink your choices. But sometimes, your brain gets stuck. What Do People Regret? I just discovered Bonnie Ware, an Australian writer… Continue Reading →

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The Magic Of Relationships

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I’ve always been a big believer in what I learned in school: Work hard. Try your best. You’ll succeed. But that equation left out something really important. Other people. The simple fact is we need each other to succeed or at least succeed in an easier way – whether that’s raising a child or creating a… Continue Reading →

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Do You Have Grit?

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Have you ever wanted to give up on something that you really, really wanted because it was just too darn hard to keep trying?  You can’t run one more step, write one more word, endure one more dead end? Join the club. Can I Sit Down Now? But, before you throw in the towel, there’s something you… Continue Reading →

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Are You A Thinker?

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I Think, Therefore I Am. When I have a problem, I think about it. I imagine it from every angle. The pros and the cons. The yes and the no. Sometimes that’s really helpful. It guides me to make good decisions. But sometimes, I think too much about the same thing, over and over. Have… Continue Reading →

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Be Your Own Inspiration!

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Why Is She So Smart? Have you ever compared yourself to someone with thoughts like: “Why can’t I be successful like she is?” or “I wish I was popular like him.” We all have. Gotta Love That Brain Usually, those sorts of thoughts just make us feel insecure, sad or jealous, right? So why do… Continue Reading →

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Surprising News About Your Food

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I’ve done lots of things to defizzle my stress. Sometimes, I play music or go for a run or meditate. Now I’ve got a new strategy to throw into the mix. Eating. I know. You’re probably thinking that’s a bad idea. Everyone knows about stress-eating. We crave cupcakes and potato chips and food with good… Continue Reading →

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Are You A Biophiliac?

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Millions of Americans will tell you they’re biophiliacs, and they’re proud of it. I’m a biophiliac. Chances are pretty good that you are, too! What’s a biophiliac? Pulitzer Prize-winning biologist Edward Wilson coined the term to describe, “the connection human beings subconsciously seek with the rest of life.” That means we have a deep need to… Continue Reading →

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The Real Purpose of Your Life!

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Actress Amy Poehler recently shared a video called The Real Purpose of Your Life. Now, you gotta watch that one, right? I did, and to my delight, this short little ditty–narrated by philosopher Alan Watts and produced by Book of Mormon and South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone–has a fun but sneakily profound… Continue Reading →

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The Moments Of Your Life!

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How do you describe your life? If you’re like most people, you probably list your milestones, big accomplishments or goals you’ve achieved, like: a college degree, a significant relationship or a job. All those events are important and meaningful, for sure. But let’s not forget the little moments that are truly the fabric of your… Continue Reading →

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How To Move Your Life Forward—No Matter What!

Have you ever had a tough time in your life? Maybe you’re having one right now. You see, even if you’ve done everything right—been a good person, got good grades in school—stuff happens: illness, heartbreak, financial downturn. It’s what Jon Kabat-Zinn calls Full Catastrophe Living—the realization that with life’s richness comes its inevitable dilemmas and… Continue Reading →

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How To Create Your Own Good Luck!

Are you a lucky person or do bad things always seem to find you? Interestingly, luck has been scientifically studied, and psychologists have identified five techniques lucky people use to promote their good fortune. I discussed this topic on my radio show a few years ago and was amazed to see how many of my… Continue Reading →

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