Darlene Mininni

About Darlene Mininni

Dr. Darlene Mininni is the author of “The Emotional Toolkit” and creator of UCLA’s undergraduate happiness class LifeSkills. Her work has been featured on CNN, PBS, NPR, WebMD, Marie Claire, SELF and Prevention. Darlene maintains a private mentoring practice dedicated to showing women how to create happy lives by developing their inner wisdom. Follow Darlene on Facebook at Facebook.com/DrDarleneMininni
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3 Steps To Live Regret-Free

Why did I eat that cake? I wish I’d taken that job. I never should’ve kissed that guy. Have you ever had thoughts like that? Probably. It’s your brain’s way of telling you to rethink your choices. But sometimes, your brain gets stuck. What Do People Regret? I just discovered Bonnie Ware, an Australian writer […]

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3 Ways To Tap Into The Magic of Relationships

I’ve always been a big believer in what I learned in school: Work hard. Try your best. You’ll succeed. But that equation left out something really important: Other people. The simple fact is: we need each other to succeed or at least succeed in an easier way: whether that’s raising a child or creating a business. No Need […]

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Do You Have the Grit It Takes to Follow Your Dreams?

Have you ever wanted to give up on something that you really, really wanted because it was just too darn hard to keep trying?  You can’t run one more step, write one more word, endure one more dead end? Join the club. Can I Sit Down Now? But, before you throw in the towel, there’s something you […]

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How to Be Your Own Inspiration (And Stop Comparing Yourself to Others)

Why Is She So Smart? Have you ever compared yourself to someone with thoughts like: “Why can’t I be successful like she is?” or “I wish I was popular like him.” We all have. Gotta Love That Brain Usually, those sorts of thoughts just make us feel insecure, sad, or jealous, right? So why do […]

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How to Talk With Your Kids About The Boston Bombings

The round-the-clock media coverage of the events in Boston is understandable. Our anxious minds find something soothing about information — even if the news is scary — because we want desperately to understand what’s happening. We want to know that everything will be okay. We want to know the bad guys have been caught. At […]

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Are You A Thinker?

I Think, Therefore I Am. When I have a problem, I think about it. I imagine it from every angle. The pros and the cons. The yes and the no. Sometimes that’s really helpful. It guides me to make good decisions. But sometimes, I think too much about the same thing, over and over. Have […]

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Surprising News About Your Food

I’ve done lots of things to defizzle my stress. Sometimes, I play music or go for a run or meditate. Now I’ve got a new strategy to throw into the mix. Eating. I know. You’re probably thinking that’s a bad idea. Everyone knows about stress-eating. We crave cupcakes and potato chips and food with good […]

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Are You a Biophiliac?

Millions of Americans will tell you they’re biophiliacs, and they’re proud of it. I’m a biophiliac. Chances are pretty good that you are, too! What’s a biophiliac? Pulitzer Prize-winning biologist Edward Wilson coined the term to describe, “the connection human beings subconsciously seek with the rest of life.” That means we have a deep need to […]

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The Real Purpose of Your Life

Actress Amy Poehler recently shared a video called The Real Purpose of Your Life. Now, you gotta watch that one, right? I did, and to my delight, this short little ditty–narrated by philosopher Alan Watts and produced by Book of Mormon and South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone–has a fun but sneakily profound […]

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The Moments of Your Life

How do you describe your life? If you’re like most people, you list your milestones, big accomplishments, or the goals you’ve achieved like: a college degree, a significant relationship, or a job. All those events are important and meaningful, for sure. But let’s not forget the little moments that are truly the fabric of your […]

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