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"7 Reasons Adult Coloring Books Will Make Your Life A Whole Lot Brighter" – Bustle

  Coloring books for adults have become the latest trend, and, unlike some fads, this one is actually really good for you. According to clinical psychologist Ben Michaelis, coloring is a stress-free activity that relaxes the amygdala — the fear center of the brain — and allows your mind to get the rest it needs. […]

Why Coloring Is A Beneficial Stress Relief – HuffPost Live

We often associate coloring with children, but it’s becoming very popular among adults because of its stress-relieving power. Dr. Ben Michaelis joins HuffPost Live to talk about about the benefits of putting down your phone and picking up a few crayons.

"The Throwback Stress Reliever That Everyone’s Instagramming" – SELF

It’s Monday night. Do you know where your crayons are? For a growing slice of grown women, with big jobs, busy schedules and more than a bit of digital fatigue, going analog, in the form of hobbies you may last remember engaging in when you were eight, is the latest way to beat stress. In […]

"How To Become The Smartest Person in The Room" – Fast Company

HERE ARE WAYS TO BOTH APPEAR SMARTER AND ACTUALLY UP YOUR IQ. BY GWEN MORAN We all like to think we’re smart. But are you as smart as you could be? There’s a debate among some experts about how much general intelligence can be improved, but a growing body of research is finding that some things […]

Who Are You Thankful for?

Who are you thankful for? Learn about two small but meaningful additions you can add to your holidays from Dr. Ben Michaelis’ column on Psychology Today.