Professor of the Practice of Law University of Denver Sturm College of Law

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Best Possible Self

Positive Psychology is the study of human thriving and activities that promote positive functioning and well-being.  The Best Possible Self Exercise (BPS) is a Positive

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Self-Care & Burnout

The increase in uncertainty, combined with the loss of socialization and normalcy during the pandemic can cause irritability, sleeplessness, lack of concentration, and hyper-vigilance.  More

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Sleep Deprivation & Rumination

A major impact of the pandemic is ambiguity, caused by our inability to predict or control many aspects of our socially distanced lives.  Ambiguity activates

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Elevate Positivity

The pandemic is a challenge.  Because our survival brains are trained to scan for threat, we are likely experiencing more negative emotions than usual. One

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Cultivating Awe

Negative emotions tend to be self-focused and have an adverse impact on aging and longevity.  Awe is a positive emotion triggered by an awareness of

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Insomnia & Cognitive Impairment

Insomnia is often caused by cognitive intrusion in response to stressful events.  Insomnia is difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up too early and

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EFT for Anxiety & Depression

Lawyers and law students suffer from higher rates of anxiety and depression than the general population.  And that was pre-pandemic.  EFT is a research-based brief

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Trauma & Cognitive Decline

Exposure to long-term stress can be harmful to the brain.  Stress hormones, deployed to help us deal with short-term challenges, can shrink or kill the

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