Michael Mantell, Ph.D

Michael R. Mantell earned his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania and his M.S. at Hahnemann Medical College, where he wrote his thesis on the psychological aspects of obesity. His career includes serving as the Chief Psychologist for Children’s Hospital in San Diego, and as the founding Chief Psychologist for the San Diego Police Department. He served on the faculty of UCSD’s School of Medicine, Dept. of Psychiatry. He provides breakthrough behavior science accomplishment coaching to business leaders, entrepreneurs, athletes, individuals, families and fitness organizations to reach new levels of success and significance in their professional and personal lives. Dr. Mantell is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the International Council on Active Aging, the Chief Consultant for Behavior Science for the Premier Fitness Camp at Omni La Costa, and served as the Senior Consultant for Behavioral Sciences for the American Council on Exercise. He is a best-selling author of three books including the 25th Anniversary updated edition of his 1988 original “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, P.S. It’s All Small Stuff.” He is listed is listed in greatist.com’s 2013 “The 100 Most Influential People in Health and Fitness.” Please connect with Michael on Twitter: @FitnessPsych & @DrSanDiego Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michael.mantell Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drmichaelmantell

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The ABCs of a Healthy Mindset

Ever since the 1950’s when Albert Ellis, Ph.D., my teacher and mentor, developed Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy/Coaching, the mental health field has not been the same. Instead of spending months and years gazing inward and backward with no real behavior change, folks experiencing emotional distress and day-to-day unhappiness, fear and worry, finally had a way…

Michael Mantell’s M.I.N.D. Workout

Mental mastery, whether it’s for a business meeting, a physical workout, academic success or mindful meditation, requires that you fully engage your mind. We’ve learned through years of research that our brains are capable of continued growth throughout our lives, especially when we are engaged in frequent intellectual stimulation. With the right nourishment, engagement, social…

WILLpower or DOpower

Of course that’s a provocative title. After all, we live in America where we have become anesthetized into believing that we must be ever so careful to avoid holding anyone accountable, answerable or responsible. Rather we prefer to blame a lack of self-esteem, a “bad” childhood, traumatic experiences or disease for our difficulties and life’s…

Michael Mantell: Heard Any Good Negative Predictions Lately?

No, of course you haven’t heard any good negative predictions lately. That’s because there aren’t any good negative predictions. There are only negative negative predictions. That’s because there’s nothing good about a negative prediction! Negative predictions can only be negative. Pessimists, dissenters, prophets of doom. Who needs them? The defeatists of the world always begin…

Michael Mantell’s Positivity : Here’s the Most Positively Positive Step You Can Take for Optimal Living

Dr. Michael Mantell is fond of saying, “what you feed, you grow.” When it comes to health, longevity, successful social connections and long-term loving relationships, personal and communal wellbeing, even physical fitness and finances, leading-edge transformational coaches know that optimistic, positive seeds are the no-longer-secret predictive ingredients to living life optimally. As I’ve taught in…

Positivity Is Positively the Most Positive Step You Can Take for Optimal Living

It’s well known that what you feed, you grow. When it comes to health, longevity, successful social connections and long-term loving relationships, personal and communal wellbeing, even physical fitness and finances, leading-edge transformational coaches know that optimistic, positive seeds are the no-longer-secret predictive ingredients to living life optimally. As I’ve taught in my coaching for…

The Most Harmful Word in Your Vocabulary

Sure, you may be thinking that word might be “hate,” “poverty,” “illness,” or “death.” No, these words are mild compared to the life-sucking, contentment-robbing, depression-boosting, anxiety-causing and anger-building word I’m thinking of.   That word is “should.” In the wonderful words of my mentor and teacher, Albert Ellis, Ph.D., “Should-hood leads to shit-hood.” He also…

The Four Links to Positivity

The self-help blogs and media are filled with useful information about positive psychology, becoming your best self, leading the good life, and the value and benefits of being optimistic, positive and hopeful. It’s next to impossible–from more than 3000 years of Judaism’s wisdom on happiness to Joel Osteen’s pulpit, from Abraham Maslow to Martin Seligman,…

February 7th Uh Oh!

Recent research has discovered that February 7th is a date in history that goes typically unnoticed by most, but is also “celebrated” by most as well. Huh? What’s that mean? It means that research on when most people stop honoring their New Year’s resolution to participate regularly in exercise at the gym, says that it…

SAD Millennials Lighten Up

It is the time of year when people, especially it seems, millennials, report feeling depressed and unhappy. The less sunshine we see, the more dreary, blue, grumpy, low and unhappy people feel. What’s worse, these negative emotions lead to eating more carbs, weight gain, increased sleep and difficulty concentrating. And this is the holiday season???? What…

Have a BFF?

Here’s a wonderful poem on friendship I came across, written by David Leonhardt. Choose friends wisely, the portrait they paint Is who you are and who you ain’t. Friendship is life’s great support When friends are of the right sort. For all your dreams do they make room, Or bring you down with doom and…

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff PS It’s All Small Stuff: The Story

In 1988 when I wrote “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: PS It’s All Small Stuff,” little did I know that a number of years later my book would go into three printings, have an audio version, be celebrated and awarded wonderful titles like “Good Morning America’s” “Hot Pick” and “Publishers Weekly Magazine’s” “Listen Up Award: Best Audio of 1996.” I also…

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