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Thoughts & Emotions: Mastering Mental Wellness

Arthur Worsley
by Arthur Worsley
M.A. Psychology, Oxford. McKinsey Alum. Founder & Editor at TAoL.

Looking for tools, books and articles to master mental health and wellbeing?

You’re in the right place!

Here’s what you’ll find on this page…

Mental Wellness, Mental Health and Why They Matter

Along with physical health, mental wellbeing is an essential part of living a happy, healthy and productive life. But the sad fact is, many of us struggle needlessly with our thoughts and emotions, either occasionally or as a constant uphill battle every day.

The good news? If you’re suffering from a serious mental illness, it’s never been easier to seek positive help from a competent mental health professional. There’s still a lot of work to do (and some pitfalls to avoid) but, from ancient methods to modern science, our understanding of psychological health has come a long way and is only getting better.

But the best news is that mental health and emotional wellness are no longer thought of as only worth thinking and talking about when you get really sick.

In the same way that more of us are exercising, eating well and making sleep a priority; in the same way that more of us realise that the best form of cure is prevention, so more of us are learning to proactively manage mental health.

Which is important…

Because here’s the truth…

Life Never Gets Easier, You Just Get Stronger

Life never gets easier, you just get stronger.

Even if I could magically fix every problem in your life that’s making you anxious, angry or unhappy; even if I could make every thought, memory, experience or person that triggers you emotionally go away…

Guess what?

Within a couple of weeks, you’d have a whole new set of problems to deal with.

That’s just life!

So what’s the secret? The secret is to realise you’re not alone. The secret is to take responsibility for your mental health and wellbeing. And the secret is to develop new coping skills for dealing with the stress, anxiety, anger, sadness, grief or depression (and all the positive bits!) that are just part of what it means to be human.

How can I help? In the sections below, you’ll find a growing list of free tools and resources to help you or a loved one accomplish just that. Tools to understand why your brain does what it does, what thoughts and emotions even are and help you feel happier and more in control of how you think, talk about and react to the world around you.

I hope you find something here that’s valuable. I hope you know, whatever you’re going through, that you’re not alone (I’m right there with you). And I hope you remember, no matter how hopeless you feel, that on the other side of every storm cloud the sun is always shining and the sky is always blue.

Note: If you need urgent help, use this page to find someone to talk to ASAP.

Mental Wellness: FREE Tools

Moments Emotion/Mood Tracker App
 

EMOTION/MOOD TRACKER

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EMOTIONS WORKSHEET

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Mental Wellness: Book Recommendations

Mental Wellness: Book Summaries

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Acres of Diamonds Summary – Russell H. Conwell
1 MINUTE READ | Acres of Diamonds is a short, inspirational reminder that all you need for success, wealth and happiness can be found right in front of you and that the grass is always green where you water it - by minister, orator and founder of Temple University, Russell H. Conwell. Topics:
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As a Man Thinketh Summary – James Allen
4 MINUTE READ | As a Man Thinketh is THE #1 ranking, uplifting, pocket-sized pep-talk on the power and importance of changing your thoughts as the cornerstone to changing your life – by philosopher and prolific self-help author, James Allen. Topics:
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How to Stop Worrying and Start Living Summary – Dale Carnegie
15 MINUTE READ | How to Stop Worrying and Start Living is a practical, common-sense bible filled with stories, case studies and simple step-by-step guides to conquering worry, anxiety and depression – by self development guru, Dale Carnegie. Topics:
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Man’s Search for Meaning Summary – Viktor Frankl
3 MINUTE READ | A gruelling and yet deeply liberating insight into the why behind each of our whats and hows - by holocaust survivor, psychologist and founder of logotherapy, Viktor Frankl. Topics: ,
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Psycho-Cybernetics Summary – Maxwell Maltz
2 MINUTE READ | Psycho-Cybernetics defined the concept of self-image and inspired a generation of books on the power of identifying and breaking limited beliefs - by cosmetic surgeon and best selling author, Maxwell Maltz. Topics:
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The Body Keeps The Score Summary – Bessel van der Kolk
4 MINUTE READ | A fascinating dive into the hidden epidemic of trauma, what we've learned about it in the last 30 years and how to better diagnose, face and heal it - by psychiatrist, author and post-traumatic stress researcher, Bessel van der Kolk. Topics:
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The Four Agreements Summary – Don Miguel Ruiz
7 MINUTE READ | The Four Agreements is a provocative and mind-altering Toltec guide to waking up and finding peace in our illusory world – by retired surgeon, author and Eagle-Knight shaman Don Miguel Ruiz. Topics:
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The Inner Game of Tennis Summary – W. Timothy Gallwey
6 MINUTE READ | An insightful and practical guide to optimizing natural learning and performance with applied mindfulness - by author, speaker and ex-Harvard tennis captain, W. Timothy Gallwey. Topics:
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The Magic of Thinking Big Summary – David J. Schwartz
11 MINUTE READ | The Magic of Thinking Big is a powerful, practical and uplifting book to help get you out of a rut, invigorate your goals and empower you towards success - by life-long motivational writer and coach, David J. Schwartz. Topics:
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The Master-Key to Riches Summary – Napoleon Hill
1 MINUTE READ | The Master-Key to Riches is an accessible self help manual that covers everything from positive thinking and goal visualization to habit formation and self-discipline - by titan of the genre and author of Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill. Topics:
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The Power of Positive Thinking Summary – Norman Vincent Peale
1 MINUTE READ | The Power of Positive Thinking reminds us that we don’t need a PhD in Human Relations to live our best lives if we can learn a few tricks to change how we think - by minister and best-selling author Norman Vincent Peale. Topics:
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The Science of Getting Rich Summary – Wallace D. Wattles
3 MINUTE READ | The Science of Getting Rich offers a short, pragmatic guide to attracting wealth and success by reprogramming your thinking, ovecoming mental barriers and learning to create, rather than compete - by New Thought and self-help author, Wallace D. Wattles. Topics:
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Think and Grow Rich Summary – Napoleon Hill
12 MINUTE READ | Think and Grow Rich is a best-selling book of all time and a cornerstone guide to the Law of Attraction and the role of the subconscious in transforming your life – by a titan of the self-help genre, Napoleon Hill. Topics:
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Tiny Beautiful Things Summary – Cheryl Strayed
6 MINUTE READ | A heart thumpingly raw, vulnerable and powerful collection of letters and advice on the power of love, of forgiveness and of finding growth in the darkest of places - by award-winning writer, Cheryl Strayed. Topics: ,
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Who Moved My Cheese Summary – Dr. Spencer Johnson
5 MINUTE READ | Who Moved My Cheese is a short, light-hearted parable about the different ways we respond to life's changes and how doing so skillfully can help us find more success and happines in our lives - by best-selling author, Dr. Spencer Johnson. Topics:
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Wooden Summary – John Wooden and Steve Jamison
2 MINUTE READ | An effort-and-integrity focussed personal philosophy - spanning family, achievement, success and excellence - by UCLA's famous philosopher-coach, John Wooden, and author, Steve Jamison. Topics:

Mental Wellness: Articles

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101+ Personality Traits, Types & BEST Tests (Ultimate Guide)
13 MINUTE READ | A comprehensive guide to personality traits, types and tests. Includes a list of 101+ personality traits examples, links to the most popular tests, an explanation of why those mostly suck and thoughts on why that doesn't really matter. Topics:
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Growth Mindset Quotes: 40+ Inspiring (And FAMOUS) Examples
16 MINUTE READ | A collection of 40+ of my favourite quotes on the power of making mistakes, taking risks and never giving up from Carol Dweck, Einstein, Hannibal, Roosevelt, Edison, Churchill and many more. Topics:
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Growth Through Pain: Avoid Suffering and Change Life for the Better
12 MINUTE READ | An inspirational story of heartbreak, pain and regrowth by guest author Erin Young that lays out the importance and opportunity for rebirth inside every painful or traumatic event. Topics:
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How To Love Yourself AND Still Feel Motivated
3 MINUTE READ | Here's a question I get all the time: "“If I already love myself, just as I am – then how will I find the motivation to get better? Won’t I just sit on my butt and do nothing?” This article will show you the answer... Topics: ,
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Hygge: How Will YOU Make This Week Wonderful?
2 MINUTE READ | A short, 2-minute article that'll introduce you to a few words I WISH we had in English (like gigil, ikigai and saudade) before sharing one question you can ask yourself every day to build more hygge into your life. Topics:
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Just for Today: 10 Daily Resolutions to Change Your Life
3 MINUTE READ | A quick copy-paste of "Just For Today": the original 10-step daily meditation by Sibyl F. Partridge (1925) that laid the groundwork for AA, NA and other 12-step programmes (from Dale Carnegie's How to Stop Worrying and Start Living) Topics:
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Mindful Moments: How to get SMART around mindfulness…
3 MINUTE READ | In this short article I'll show you my favourite simple, yet powerful trick to finding more peace of mind (and boost your performance) by bringing mindfulness out of meditation and into the rest of your day. Topics: ,
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You Are Enough Quotes: 40+ Reminders That You ARE Enough.
20 MINUTE READ | This list of powerful, inspiring quotes on self-love will remind you that self-improvement doesn't have to be driven by self-loathing. The simple truth? You are enough, just as you are. And that's everything you'll ever need to be. Topics: ,
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You are enough, just as you are.
"Real love is accepting other people the way they are without trying to change them. If we try to change them it means we don't really like them." - Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements This wonderful quote says something I think we all know deep down. And yet it has an implication that is profound. One that I’ve struggled with most of my life and that I’d like to reflect on with you today. The most important person this quote applies to is you – it’s yourself. We live in a world where we constantly feel we don’t live up to expectations.… Topics: ,

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Mental Wellness, Mental Health, Thoughts, Emotions

Arthur Worsley
I founded TAoL to discover and share the best wisdom on how to live long and prosper. Before that I studied Psychology, Philosophy & Physiology at Oxford and consulted at McKinsey. Still curious? Learn more or take my FREE productivity quiz.