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March 10, 2021
Who’s Caring for the Caregiver?

Who’s Caring for the Caregiver?

We have long realized that patients with long-term illnesses such as cancer or Alzheimer’s Disease go through phases of inevitable decline that require the medical team to continually adapt treatment to meet their changing needs. Through my work with caregivers who oversee the daily care of family members with such […]
January 29, 2021
Minds Matter - Behavioral Health in Pandemics and Beyond

Minds Matter – Behavioral Health in Pandemics and Beyond

January, 2021 by Dr. Dale Atkins Isolation and loneliness are key issues in our post-pandemic world. The COVID-19 crisis has actually distracted us from this issue. We may believe loneliness will go away when the pandemic ends. Wrong! Loneliness will continue after the pandemic is in the rearview mirror. Isolation […]
January 19, 2021
Memory Jog

Memory Jog

This is the time many of us make New Year’s resolutions which often result in feelings of guilt when we don’t follow through for whatever reason.  One popular resolution is “to exercise more this year.” Recently, someone sent me a photo of a trip we took together; it jogged my […]
December 5, 2020
How We Can Care for Our Aging Parents (During a Pandemic)

How We Can Care for Our Aging Parents (During a Pandemic)

I had begun writing this piece before COVID. I recently unearthed it in my “unfinished — to be used at another time” file. Now, we are in the midst of holidays that look nothing like the holidays we envisioned when I first thought about this piece. I wanted to write […]
December 1, 2020
If Kindness Were a Drug, the FDA Would Approve It

If Kindness Were a Drug, the FDA Would Approve It

Reprinted courtesy of The Journal of General Internal Medicine by Steven M. Asch MD, MPH, Dale V. Atkins PhD, Psychology, PC & Anne Walling MD, PhD “Ultimately, the secret of quality is love,” declared Avedis Donabedian, a pioneering systems thinker and the father of modern quality assurance. Few in health […]
November 13, 2020
Dr. Dale Atkins Celebrating World Kindness Day

Celebrating World Kindness Day

A perfect day! Dr. Dale Atkins (pictured), co-author of The Kindness Advantage, celebrates World Kindness Day.   What is World Kindness Day? World Kindness Day is an international observance day that was established in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement. It’s goal is to promote kindness throughout the world. It […]
November 10, 2020
Mindful of the Habitual and Noticing When We Get Lost  

Mindful of the Habitual and Noticing When We Get Lost  

Our thoughts inform our inner life and those thoughts affect how we view our circumstances, situations, relationships, and the larger world. Often, they can cloud our perspective and affect our mood. Furthermore, our minds wander quite frequently. For most of us, we aren’t even aware of it. Scientists at the […]
October 5, 2020
COVID-19 and Mental Health

COVID-19 and Mental Illness

The current pandemic has made us hyperaware of the added risk of exposure to COVID-19, especially for those of us with underlying illnesses. Most of us tend to be compassionate and understanding, often going out of our way to make these individuals feel safe. However, the same sense of compassion and understanding […]
October 2, 2020
Dr. Dale Atkins: The Kindness Advantage: Cultivating Compassionate and Connected Children

Dr. Dale Atkins at Sacred Heart University on Monday, Oct 5th at 7pm EST

Join Live! Monday, October 5th, at 7pm EST Watch Live on YouTube! The Human Journey Colloquia Series, sponsored by Sacred Heart University, presents author and psychologist Dr. Dale Atkins who will speak about The Kindness Advantage: Cultivating Compassionate and Connected Children Join the conversation live on YouTube: https://www.sacredheart.edu/kindness
September 24, 2020
A Tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Our country has lost a giant. Although barely 5’ tall, Ruth Bader Ginsburg embodied personal and professional qualities that most of us admire and few of us achieve. She devoted her life to the righteous focus of fighting the injustice of inequality, with grit, grace, and perseverance many of us […]