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Inspiration

How to Discover Work You Love

Imagine doing work that you truly enjoy, and not only that, but imagine the work also gives you a sense of meaning and purpose.
What is it that you would be doing?
When we are fulfilled by the work we do we will likely be at our best, and will be engaged and challenged on a daily basis.
When we find this...
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Emotional Awareness

You Don’t Have to be Buddhist to Experience the Benefits of Meditation

There is growing interest in the use of meditation and other contemplative practices to promote mental and physical health.

Until recently, the practice of meditation has been traditionally relegated to the private study of those willing to be specially trained in a particular style or technique.

However, in the past 10 years, things have changed as meditation’s universal appeal and access has begun to broaden, and the real-world applications and neuroscience research has followed.

Even...
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Family

A Tribute to the Leadership Responsibility of Mother’s Everywhere

Mother's Day has arrived and it's time to celebrate the unique responsibilities, challenges and excitement of motherhood.

If you’re a mother, this post is an offering to your happiness and contentment, and a reminder of the indispensable role you fill.

Mothers are a unique leader of their children and family. They fill a crucial role of teaching future generations the power of living a loving and compassionate life.

This is because mothers live...
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Fulfillment

It’s Not What You Have But How You See it: How to Live With Contentment

Have you ever noticed that the more you have the more you want?

Let's face it. Seeing our life as good enough doesn't come naturally for many people any longer.

We live in a mixed-up and crazy culture where it's an ongoing commitment to temper greed, jealousy and ambition for more. We always have the options to have more, learn more and do more.

One key to living with contentment is to realize the...
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Positive Psychology

An Interview with Ryan Niemiec on Character Strengths, Well-Being, and Living a Meaningful Life

I have been doing more interviews on this blog lately to get wisdom, cutting edge knowledge, and valuable insight from experts in the field of Positive Psychology, and this interview with Ryan Niemiec offers all of that and more.

Ryan is the Education Director at the VIA Institute on Character, and a fellow blogger here on PsychCentral who writes the blog Character Strengths.

He was kind enough to share his extensive knowledge about how...
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Personality

Discover Morphopsychology: What Looks Can Tell Us About Personality

Have you ever noticed that there is a human tendency to try and make sense of someone by how they look? We sort of size people up when we meet them.

Morphopsychology is the analysis and study of the facial morphology, used for personality evaluations. The process by which the shape of one’s face interacts with the psychology is still a mystery, but I am sure that like everyone else, when meeting a...
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Happiness

Why Happiness is a Journey, Not a Destination

If I asked you what your biggest motivation is, what would you say?

Would you say it's to be successful, to have loving relationships, to make a difference in the world, or to be wealthy?

Maybe it's all of the above - though there is one common denominator for all of these: to be happy. We all want to be happy, right?

Some would say the search for happiness is the greatest motivator of humankind.

For...
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Happiness

Zest, Savoring and Happiness

Zest makes life better. Zestful people simply enjoy things more than people low in zestfulness, so when we talk about increasing our habitual level of happiness (what some call the “happiness set point”) then increasing our ability to feel zestful helps.

It is true that zestfulness is almost certainly an innate, inherited trait. But in the past few years, we have discovered that many of these traits are quite changeable. We can increase zest...
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Emotional Awareness

How Mindfulness Can Help You Regulate Emotions

Sometimes our emotions get the best of us. No matter how much we try to be aware of our triggers and keep calm, there will probably be times we simply lose our cool.

We live in a day and age where people are consumed with daily pressure and overloaded with stress from work, family, finances and other obligations.

What do you do to cope during these moments of stress and frustration?

Whether you're personally struggling...
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Courage

What is Your Courage Quotient?



Have you ever wanted to be more brave, courageous, and bold?

Think of what you could do if you had the courage to step out on a limb and push beyond your fears?

When it comes to my personal level of courage, I have came a long way over the last few years. I am willing to take more risks, push beyond my self-imposed limitations, and expand my view of what is possible in life.

Still, I'm...
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