Commentary

February 17, 2021
The Kindness Advantage is available on Audible

The Kindness Advantage is Out on Audio Book

In commemoration of Random Acts of Kindness Day, Amanda and I am proud to announce the release of our audio book on Audible. The Kindness Advantage: Cultivating Compassionate and Connected Children by Dr. Dale Atkins & Amanda Salzhauer, MSW, is a practical guide for parents to teach kids empathy, to […]
February 9, 2021
We Can Be Superheroes

We Can Be Superheroes

I get it. Unless you are Batman, Darth Vader, Spiderman, The Lone Ranger, or Zorro, or you are trick-or-treating at Halloween, or attending a fancy masked ball, you probably do not like wearing a mask. Safe to say NOBODY LIKES WEARING A MASK. But, like crosswalks and stop signs, we […]
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 27, 2021
New Beginnings

New Beginnings

As the new year begins, you can inspire someone with acceptance, hope, and a reminder that we all have a need to begin again. During this past year we have literally been living behind closed doors and although we still need to be careful, we can embark on a new […]
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 21, 2020
The Listening Brain Podcast

The Listening Brain Podcast: A Conversation with Dr. Dale Atkins

The Listening Brain Podcast: A Conversation with Dr. Dale Atkins Host Todd Houston, Ph.D. and guest Dr. Dale Atkins explore childhood hearing loss through the lives of the parents and families who are on this journey.   Dr. Dale Atkins is a licensed psychologist with an MA in Special Education […]