Mental Well-being

VIDEOS
Daniel Goleman – Emotional Intelligence

Matthieu Ricard – The Habits of Happiness.  

Dan Gilbert – The Psychology of Your Future Self

PBS. This Emotional Life.  This Emotional Life is a three part television series that explores why people face mental health issues and explores how to improve them. The website also provides other resources regarding mental health information and resources for finding help.

WEBSITES, NEWSLETTERS, and PERIODICALS
Psychology Today. Psychology Today offers a wealth of wide resources on wide ranging topics from taking criticism, to managing anxiety, to pursuing passions. The site has links to finding a therapist, accessing articles, psychological tests and information on the basics of psychology. The website is beneficial for someone interested in psychological health on both a personal and professional level.

Belong To : Emotional and Physical Health. includes newsletters, forums and access to other resources on emotional well-being topics for young adults. Also has resources for finding youth groups near you.

Harvard: Emotion Well-Being and Mental Health. Scholarly articles on health information. Resources for improving personal/emotional well-being and health.

National Institute of Health. The National Institute of Health is the United State’s federal government health institute website. This website has multiple resources on health at individual and community levels. The site has information on finding healthcare, scientific developments in health, and education resources.

Emotional Well-Being Blog. Blog with articles on various well-being topics, as well as book reviews on related subject matter.

TOOLS & APPS
Multiple Intelligences theory says that rational IQ is only one way of being smart. The importance of this theory for educators is to recognize the variety of talents in your classroom. The importance for individuals is to recognize in yourself that we all have a wider variety of strengths and abilities: IQ is no longer valid as an absolute scale of individual ability.  Take a test and learn more about yourself.

Emotional Intelligence is our ability to recognize our emotions, and consider how we might respond in a given situation rather then just ‘acting out’ from our feelings. The more we can do this, the fewer mistakes we will make, and the more successful we will be. There are a number of free EI tests, but none that stand out as particularly good.  The important point is to know yourself, and learn to consciously choose your actions, not be driven solely by your emotions.

The Big Five personality Traits are five broad domains or dimensions of personality that are used to describe human personality. Take a test here.

ARTICLES and BOOKS
Happiness and Emotional Well-Being, Diana Rodriguez

Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ, Daniel Goleman. The book that introduced and defined Emotional Intelligence.

Gibran, Kahlil. 1923. The Prophet.  The Prophet is a series of essays on various topics ranging from “On Love” to “On Clothes” to “On Self-Knowledge”. The essays are written as fictional accounts of stories, with valuable lessons underlying the character’s dialogue.

Hesse, Herman. 1951. Siddhartha.  Siddhartha is a fictional account that chronicles the journey of young man who goes on an intellectual and spiritual journey throughout his life as he struggles to find a balance between his destiny and his doubt.

PROFESSIONAL RESOURCES
NIH: Grants and Funding.  Grants and Funding available for health initiatives available through the United States, National Institute of Health.

NIH: Health Finder.  Government supported database for finding health professionals and services near you.

National Institute of Health: Science Based Health and Wellness Resources for Your Community.