Daniel Dashnaw M.S. M.A.

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6 Amazing Benefits of Giving Thanks from the Neuroscience of Gratitude

Does gratitude matter during a global pandemic? Let’s face it, this Thanksgiving will be in a class by itself.  It will be a unique experience. Some families will gather

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Gratitude tips: in 5 simple steps couples can use this powerful practice

We’ve talked about the neuroscience of gratitude and its importance in our lives. A healthy practice of gratitude is a way to acknowledge the good things in your life. It is also a way

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10 Sure-Fire Ways to Curb Doomscrolling for Marital Happiness

What is Doomscrolling? Doomscrolling is the compulsive consumption of problem-saturated media content. The scroll describes the endless feed of posts, memes, and articles many of which feed our plugged-in

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5 Little-Known Secrets From Social Neuroscience and COVID Stress

What is Social Neuroscience? Social neuroscience is a cross-disciplinary area of research. It’s more of a “hard science”; examining how genetic, cellular, hormonal, and neurologic pathways

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Cinema Therapy…and the Eye-Opening Promise of Mental Health Movies

What is Cinema Therapy? One of the best-kept secrets in mental health is that watching movies can be good for you. How do movies heal? In this post, I’m going to explore Cinema Therapy. Cinema, as

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5 Powerful Ways to Stop Feeling Lonely in a Relationship During COVID

The paradox of feeling lonely in a long-term relationship Our homes and our relationships certainly do not look like they did just a short time ago.  You are surrounded by stressors, both external and

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6 Crucial Things You Must Know About Dating While Separated

Why Dating While Separated is…Complicated Is Dating ok during a separation? As long as you are living apart, and abide by any legal agreements, dating while separated is legal. However, dating while

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Gay Male Couples During COVID-19… Talking with Rick Miller

Gay Male Couples and the COVID Lockdown My colleague Rick Miller is an important thought leader in couples therapy. Rick is a social worker in private practice in Boston and on Cape Cod in Massachusetts.

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How the Gottman Repair Checklist Can Help You Rapidly Repair With Your Partner

Why is Repair a Bedrock Skill in Couples Therapy? You may not realize this, but we’re not so good as a species at this new-fangled intimacy stuff. The fact is, most of us don’t know how to

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The American Divorce Rate and Occupations…the Science of Toxic Jobs

Toxic Careers, Declining Industries, and Strained Marriages Pre-COVID Research from 2015 reminds us that career choices have a significant impact on our marital satisfaction. In 2015, statistician

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