Interpersonal effectiveness skills can give you the tools you need to communicate better with others. While there are several skills that prioritize different objectives, one of these skills, DEARMAN, focuses on helping you get what you want from an interaction. The DEARMAN skill can be used for a variety of situations, from simple problems, like ... [Read more...]

Mindfulness Exercises

Mindfulness has all sorts of benefits, including decreased stress and anxiety and increased attention and focus and feelings of connectedness. This month we focused on the skills of mindfulness – the WHAT skills of observe, describe, and participate, and the HOW skills of one-mindfully, nonjudgmentally, and effectively. We also covered the middle path of Wise ... [Read more...]

Wise Mind

Wise mind is the balance of emotion and reason. The emotion mind can be characterized by urges, desires, and strong feelings. In contrast, the rational mind can be thought of as the part of you that focuses on logical answers, problem-solving, and planning. As you can imagine, these two mindsets can be conflicting. Often, we ... [Read more...]

HOW Skill: One-Mindfully

The WHAT skills of mindfulness (observe, describe, and participate) allowed us to examine what is happening in the present moment. The HOW skills give us the tools to use our WHAT skills. The first HOW skill, one-mindfully, emphasizes that we should do one thing at a time. When you are eating, eat. When you are ... [Read more...]

WHAT Skills

Before we jump into mindfulness skills, what is mindfulness? Mindfulness is nonjudgmental awareness of the now. It’s being able to choose what to focus on – this gives you the chance to plan and respond to what is happening around you instead of only reacting. Mindfulness gives you a choice in your actions. The WHAT ... [Read more...]

Living in the Moment

Finally, it’s summer! Previously on the Wellness blog we’ve talked about mindfulness and being present. This can be difficult during the hustle and bustle of navigating college, but what about summer? Sometimes all we want to do on break is to do nothing – but there are even ways you can get the most out ... [Read more...]


Altruistic acts are selfless acts that benefit others, despite what the act might mean for you. When we think about altruism, we think of big acts of kindness, like building houses for those in need or donating money.  But altruistic acts can be small and just as effective. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in ... [Read more...]