Dr-Dale
“People can live enriched, meaningful, healthy lives even as they navigate life’s challenges.”

Dale V. Atkins, Ph.D.

Known for her communication skills and compassion, Dr. Atkins is a licensed psychologist and author with over 30 years of experience as a lecturer, media commentator, and relationship expert. She is committed to working with individuals and groups to develop and sustain good mental and emotional health consistent with their life purpose and values. In her lectures, workshops, and retreats Dr. Atkins focuses on health, intergenerational relationships, aging well, creative caregiving, adaptation to disability, and managing life transitions and stress while maintaining a balanced and meaningful life.

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June 9, 2020

Tips for Performing Acts of Kindness

Many of you have read about and heard Amanda Salzhauer (co-author of The Kindness Advantage) and me discuss The Helper’s High, a term coined by Alan Lux). The Helper’s High refers to […]
June 9, 2020

Conversation Hugs

Because of COVID-19, many of the critical ways we connect with others – person to person conversations, physical touch, hugs – have become impossible. Millions of […]
May 1, 2020

Emotions during COVID-19

The outbreak of the novel Coronavirus has a way of evoking every possible emotion. The short list includes: fear, sadness, grief, anxiety, anger, loneliness, despair, and […]
May 1, 2020

Tips for Deepening Quality Connections

Connection is protection.  The more connected we feel, the safer we feel.  How do we manage that when we need to practice physical distancing?  Many of […]
March 19, 2020

Tips for Staying Connected

During this period of social distancing it is important to keep connected with others, particularly for people who live alone. Now is the time to stay […]
March 19, 2020

Rethinking “Am I OLD?”

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), I am “old.”  Not only that, I am “elderly.” WOW!  I have spent my entire life keeping my […]
March 3, 2020

Tips for Self Compassion

One thing is for certain:  for many people (particularly women) putting self-care high on our “to do” list or even the “what shall I be aware […]
March 3, 2020

Finding Resilience When Facing Personal Hardship Experiences

When everything is going our way, life is great.  Things fall into place and we can see possibilities and opportunities easily.  We can become attached to […]
February 4, 2020

Tips for Attending to Someone’s Grief

For most of my professional career I have tried to help people come to terms with loss.  The loss of the child they had hoped for […]
February 4, 2020

Lessons on How to Live

As some of you are aware, my beloved mother, Sylvia Atkins, died one month ago.  A role model to almost everyone who met her, she was […]
December 30, 2019

Tips for the Gift of Listening

Many of us think our role in a conversation is to talk. In fact, what most people seem to prefer is to have a conversation partner […]
December 30, 2019

The Importance of Hope

As the new year begins, I have been thinking about the importance of hope. For me, losing hope and then regaining hope is very tied to […]
December 2, 2019

Tips for Travel During the Holidays

If we cannot avoid traveling during the holidays, we can try to keep ourselves as calm as possible as we embark on our journeys. Whether we […]
December 2, 2019

Sharing Confidential Information

We all agree that we expect confidentiality when we share information with healthcare, law, or professionals. There are rigorous ethical standards that guide these relationships and […]
November 4, 2019

Tips for Learning New Things No Matter How Old We Are

Learning new things is good for our emotional and physiological health.  Novel experiences stimulates the release of the chemical dopamine, and causes the brain to build […]
November 4, 2019

Be and Ally and Speak Up for What is Right

Amanda and I wrote The Kindness Advantage, in part to help families positively address the increase in disrespectful and bullying behavior. Bullying can be physical or […]
October 2, 2019

Lessons Learned by Observing Olive Trees

Recently I visited Greece and was mesmerized by the amazing shapes and the knots formed over time in the olive trees. People have been cultivating olive […]
September 24, 2019

Tips for Turning to Nature to Nurture Ourselves

Spending mindful time in nature is beneficial for our body and soul. We spend our time increasingly indoors, especially if we live in urban areas.  Yet, […]
August 28, 2019

Tips for Managing our Own Expectations with Others

I am hearing more and more from people who express disappointment with their family or friends. They wonder why their family and friends do not do […]
August 28, 2019

The Benefits of Seeing our Similarities Through our Differences

When I was in college, I found it incredibly relaxing to sit at LaGuardia Airport and watch people coming and going. No kidding. Always the observer, […]
July 30, 2019

Tips for Times when Someone Tells Us Difficult News

It happens in life. Someone we know will be fired, go through a divorce, be informed of an illness, receive an indictment, be involved in an […]
July 30, 2019

Creating Your Own Healing Sanctuary

When we face an illness, surgery, or a lengthy recovery period, we facilitate the healing process by creating a healing sanctuary for ourselves.  A peaceful environment […]
June 28, 2019

Tips for Carrying On when Things Don’t Go as Planned

Regardless of how much planning we do, sometimes our plan gets sidetracked. Something or someone interferes.  We may be working toward a particular goal and find […]
May 31, 2019

Tips to Aid our Sleep

Lately, I am hearing more and more about people not being able to sleep well, sleep through the night, get to sleep, stay asleep, or get […]
May 31, 2019

Comfort Zones

Virtually every day, I get some reminder about how much better it would be for me (and others) if I were to venture outside of my […]
April 30, 2019

Tips for Making Our Day Productive and Satisfying

We all have morning habits, healthy and not so healthy, that can set the tone for our days. We may not even be aware of the […]
April 30, 2019

Celebrating Memories of Cherished Friends and Family

Not long ago I lost a friend. And then another. And then…another. Still shaken by these losses, I was informed that a cousin had died. It […]
April 1, 2019

Tips about Apologies

A close friend told me about an experience she had after she worked up the courage to ask someone for an apology for something he had […]
April 1, 2019

Sparkle and Glitter

“Nana, can we do manicures?” asked my six-year-old granddaughter. “Sure,” I replied, “but I’m not sure I have the color you like.” I’ve used the same […]
March 4, 2019

Tips about The Value of Kindness at Work

“Getting paid” is the fulfillment of an employee/employer contract. The employee works; the employer pays. For some that is enough. However, we know that saying “thank […]