Expressing Emotions 

Writer Julie Beck and psychologist David Caruso talk about expressing emotions authentically. Their conversation centers around communication fears, societal and cultural taboos regarding emotions, levels of emotional intensity, and how to overcome these communication obstacles. They also discuss “preventative and responsive strategies” for having conversations.




The Value of Gratitude

This three-minute TEDEd clip talks about the science and effects of gratitude. It briefly touches on the ideas of being grateful and returning kindness. It illustrates gratitude studies describing the human benefits of giving and receiving gratitude. Did you know there’s proof that keeping a gratitude journal makes people happier?


Did you know we’re hard-wired for gratitude? Gratitude has deep evolutionary roots. Chimps express gratitude. Studies show chimps share more food with chimps who groom them. Narrated by Susan Sarandon, this podcast offers ways to practice gratitude—including “gratitude journaling,” “grateful contemplation,” and compiling grateful lists—and cites the health benefits of feeling grateful.



(For another version of the Sarandon podcast—with a website and other mixed media sources and resources—visit   


Beyond Grief

Do you occasionally need permission to laugh inappropriately during times of grieving? Are you looking for a darkly humorous glossary that gives ambivalent feelings of grief their own words, connotations, and definitions? If yes, "How to Speak Grief" is for you.


Through storytelling, these five TEDx videos talk about coping with grief by preparing for a dying child’s death; expressing grief and finding human connection through art; experiencing love taking care of a terminally ill spouse; dealing with grief by running toward pain; and sharing individual grief, loss, fear, and death stories.


This National Public Radio (NPR) link includes podcasts and articles. Topics include making new friends after spousal loss, sibling suicide, post-miscarriage guilt, finding expression for unfamiliar emotions, new ways to be happy, sharing grief across species, eco grieving, journaling, empathy, and approaching loss with grace.

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The helpguide website defines grief, lists stages of grief, shows symptoms of grief, and offers ways to cope with grief. It links to related articles such as pet loss, helping someone grieving, and dealing with divorce and breakup. It also addresses when to get professional help and how to handle prolonged grief.


Did you know hospice pioneer Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, author of the classic book On Death and Dying (five stages of grief), has a foundational website? Click the link for a site rich with resources, articles, books, CDs, DVDs, and gifts relating to death, dying, grief, aging, dignity, and care.

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Terry Gross, host of NPR Fresh air, talks to Joan Didion about her 2005 memoir The Year of Magical Thinking, a recounting of her husband’s death. Didion’s critically acclaimed award-winning book continues to help scores of grieving people.


Why Not Say It Today urges us to tell our loved ones we love them, while we can. The author shares a tragic story, then follows it with tips on how to say: "I love you." "Are you OK?" "You can do it!" "I’m proud of you." And more . . .




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