Recommended Viewing

Recommended websites to help you care for yourself and others.

The Hungry Ghost Inside Us

In this six-minute video, Gabor Maté (a Hungarian-born Canadian physician who specializes in neurology, psychiatry, and psychology, as well as the study and treatment of addiction) speaks to the root cause of addictions and human suffering: a lack, a hunger for fulfillment. As I’ve come to understand, only self-love can satiate that hunger.

10 Tips for Improved Self Esteem

Listen to the tips given in the video and think about how they are or could be used in your own life.

3 tips to boost your confidence (04:17)

When faced with a big challenge where potential failure seems to lurk at every corner, you’ve probably heard the advice, “Be more confident!” But where does confidence come from, and how can you get more of it? Here are three easy tips to boost your confidence.

What Causes Addiction (05:41)

What causes addiction? Easy, right? Drugs cause addiction. But maybe it is not that simple. Kurzgesagt takes a closer look at some of the other factors involved.


An Exercise in Self Compassion (04:42)

It’s all too easy to be extremely tough on ourselves; we need – at points – to get better at self-compassion. Here is an exercise from the School of Life on how to lessen the voices of self-flagellation and learn to appreciate the role of self-care in a good and fruitful life.

Charter for Compassion International (CCI)

hywtas is a proud member of CCI: a growing movement of people working toward building a compassionate global community. Visit their site to learn more and to sign the Charter.

How Stress Affects Your Brain (04:16)

Stress isn’t always a bad thing; it can be handy for a burst of extra energy and focus, like when you’re playing a competitive sport or have to speak in public. But when it’s continuous, it actually begins to change your brain. Madhumita Murgia shows how chronic stress can affect brain size, its structure, and how it functions, right down to the level of your genes.


How to Be Confident

“The fastest route to confidence is to stop being so attached to one’s dignity and seriousness; and plainly admit that one is – of course – an idiot. We all are. The School of Life explains.”



The Danger of Hiding Who You Are

Morgana Bailey has been hiding her true self for 16 years. In a brave talk, she utters four words that might not seem like a big deal to some, but to her have been paralyzing. Why speak up? Because she’s realized that her silence has personal, professional and societal consequences. In front of an audience of her co-workers, she reflects on what it means to fear the judgment of others, and how it makes us judge ourselves.

Tiny Buddha: Wisdom Quotes, Letting Go, Letting Happiness In

Simple wisdom for complex lives. Quotes, tips and stories to help us help ourselves and each other.

What is Bipolar Disorder? (05:58)

The word bipolar means ‘two extremes.’ For the many millions experiencing bipolar disorder around the world, life is split between two different realities: elation and depression. So what causes this disorder? And can it be treated? Helen M. Farrell describes the root causes and treatments for bipolar disorder.

What is Depression? (04:29)

Depression is the leading cause of disability in the world; in the United States, close to ten percent of adults struggle with the disease. But because it’s a mental illness, it can be a lot harder to understand than, say, high cholesterol. Helen M. Farrell examines the symptoms and treatments of depression, and gives some tips for how you might help a friend who is suffering.

Why We All Need to Pratice Emotional First Aid 

We’ll go to the doctor when we feel flu-ish or a nagging pain. So why don’t we see a health professional when we feel emotional pain: guilt, loss, loneliness? Too many of us deal with common psychological-health issues on our own, says Guy Winch. But we don’t have to. He makes a compelling case to practice emotional hygiene — taking care of our emotions, our minds, with the same diligence we take care of our bodies.