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Happiness & Wellbeing

Loving Self-Care Builds Self-Empowerment

We are fully capable of practicing all the behaviors leading to optimal health and wellbeing. In some cases, we may need help from someone else or from a supportive community of some type because changing some behaviors, such as those involving addictions, can be...


Acceptance

Sources of Self-Efficacy

Self-efficacy is the knowing that you are capable of achieving a specific goal. The term is also used to describe the confident knowing that you are capable of meeting all the challenges that come your way. The reason self-efficacy is an emphasis in both...


Acceptance

The Mind Rules the Body

Approximately a hundred years ago, Franz Alexander MD taught what is now referred to as psychophysiology. He taught: “The fact that the mind rules the body is, in spite of its neglect by biology and medicine, the most fundamental fact which we know about...


Acceptance

Loving Self-Care is Like a Symbiotic Relationship

The term self-care refers to behaviors related to nutrition, exercise, sleep, stress-management, mindfulness practice, mind-training, social connections, and other health-generative behaviors described in the book: In Your Own Hands: New Hope for People with Chronic Medical Conditions.

Very few people engage in optimal self-care. Loving self-care, as I use the term, refers to an optimal level of self-care and self-love that you would normally extend to a newborn infant. Loving self-care is the natural evolution of the realization that we are...


Happiness & Wellbeing

Loving Self-Care – Thursday Posts

Acquiring the Skills

Aside from the course I teach at the College of Marin in Kentfield, California and my In Your Own Hands book, my Thursday posts can provide a guide you can follow if you don’t happen to live geographically close enough to be able to take the college course.

Learning to Love Your Precious Body

This course teaches self-compassion at a deep level. Students have reported dramatically increased self-care, which seems to result from cultivation of a loving relationship with their bodies. Feelings...


Acceptance

Live Your Life by Your Values

Self-empowerment and self-efficacy are developed by living your life according to your personal values and goals.

A goal is something you desire to achieve. This can involve acquiring a material thing—a new car, for example—or it can involve achieving a certain quality of life, such as being free enough of...


Authenticity, Transparency

In Your Own Hands: A Course in Self-Empowerment

Since January of 2015, I have been teaching a class in the Continuing Education Department at the College of Marin in Kentfield, California. Since January of 2016, I have been co-teaching the class with a colleague. The class makes it easier to learn the...


Happiness & Wellbeing

Doing Volunteer Work Improves Health

In the famous Tecumseh study of almost three thousand people by psychology researcher James House (et al. 1988) at the University of Michigan, an interesting tidbit of information emerged. While this study focused on a different topic—the health benefits of social support—one of the...