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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


Download a FREE simple app that helps you understand yourself better by tracking your moods more often and mindfully WITHOUT labeling those emotions "good" or "bad".
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Emotions Worksheet Free Tool


Get a FREE mind/body emotions worksheet to help you understand where and how you feel your emotions in your body and supercharge your Emotional Intelligence (EQ)...
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Mental Wellness: Book Recommendations

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Mental Wellness: Book Summaries

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As a Man Thinketh Summary
5 MINUTE READ | 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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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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Meditations Summary – Marcus Aurelius
9 MINUTE READ | A deeply humbling and thought-provoking insight into the stoic mindset of one of history's greatest leaders and thinkers - by Roman emperor, philosopher and example to us all, Marcus Aurelius. 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 | 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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Think and Grow Rich Summary – Napoleon Hill
13 MINUTE READ | 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 | 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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Mental Wellness: Articles

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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.