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Think You Can Increase Happiness? You Can with Practice

I recently attended a superb seminar titled, Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness and Well-being, presented by Jonah Paquette, Ph.D. I wanted to share with you some notable takeaways. Let’s begin by laying out a definition of happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D.: “The experience of joy, contentment, or positive well-being, combined with a sense that […]

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Positive Psychology: Increasing the 5 Elements of True Happiness

The Secrets of True Happiness The secret to being truly happy in life comes from five basic elements. That’s the view of Martin Seligman, a leading expert in “Positive Psychology.” He has discovered through extensive research that these five basic ingredients give life balance, joy and meaning. Seligman calls this state of mental health “flourishing.” […]

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Strategies to Enhance Your Mood

5 Simple Strategies to Get Out of a Bad Mood When anxiety, depression or some other negative mood threatens to put a shadow over your day, remember that people just like you have found ways to chase that darkness away or simply let it go by. These strategies may not provide a long-term solution for […]

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Positive Thinking Can Improve Health

Positive Thinking Can Make You Healthier A few simple habits to keep you in a positive frame of mind can make you healthier. Forget people who tell you to be ‘realistic’ about negative events or feelings. Shoo them away. Walk on by and get on with your positive thinking practices. Medical research is finding that […]

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Negative Emotions Can Drive Positive Change

Negative Emotions Can Be Good for Creating Positive Change No one really wants to feel angry, sad, guilty, anxious, envious or lonely. But let’s face it – most of us feel one or more of those emotions occasionally or even frequently. Now psychologists are suggesting that these negative emotions can be what nudges us to […]

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Creating a Happy Brain by Concentrating on Pleasant Memories

Letting Good Feelings Sink In Creates New Connections in the Brain It may sound overly simple to say that if you concentrate on pleasant memories and good thoughts, and feel them in your body, you can make positive new connections in your brain that can change your life for the better. Not only that. If […]

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Being Grateful Can Help the Brain Create Positive Emotions

Choosing Gratitude Increases Happiness Scientific studies have found that being thankful, even if you have to fake it, can help you be more satisfied with your life. In a study called, “Counting Blessings versus Burdens: An Experimental Investigation of Gratitude and Subjective Well-Being in Daily Life,” researchers assigned one group of people to keep a […]

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Living with integrity

Even in the best of times, life can be challenging.  Being able to make difficult decisions, manage stressful situations and developing deep and meaningful relationships requires a certain inner core and foundation that often takes a lifetime to build.  Weathering the storm and enjoying the celebrations as you experience all that your life brings to […]

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The Power of Choice in How We Think

We choose how we think. How we think about ourselves, our life and our worth. At first blush, this seems Pollyanna, or just plain wrong. Our thought patterns, particularly when they relate to how we feel and think about ourselves and our circumstances certainly must be “automatic” “natural” and most importantly uncontrollable. The idea of […]

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The Upside of Your Dark Side Is A Richer Emotional Life

With so much emphasis on being positive and achieving some idealized, elusive state of happiness, psychologist Todd Kashdan has taken the bold step of claiming that the pursuit of all-happiness-all-the-time can detract from valuable, multi-hued emotional experiences. Kashdan is a professor of psychology at George Mason University and the co-author, along with Robert Biswas-Diener, of […]

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