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Archives for February, 2011


Want to Feel Better? Do Something Kind for Someone Else

Common courtesy and civility can be a rare occurrence in the hustle and bustle of daily life. It can be easy to get caught up in our many responsibilities and feel we just don't have time to help others or stop to make a kind gesture.

When was the last time you helped someone without expecting anything in return?

I wish I could say I did this more often, and not just...
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Do You Experience “Flow” in Your Career?

I know numerous people who simply don't recognize that their life's work can be more inspiring, fulfilling, and purposeful.

Instead, they go through their day on “autopilot” never really engaging in their work or responsibilities.

It doesn't have to be this way though.

We can become more absorbed in what we do by shaping our routine to offer us challenges and opportunities to stretch our skills, and by having clear goals and feedback about...
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How Gratification and Pleasure Relate to Happiness

Finding more happiness is not out of the question. But we must ask ourselves, "What can I do to be happier?"

One major theme in positive psychology research is the pleasant life.

The pleasant life refers to simply experiencing pleasantness often, or having as many positive emotions as one can.

This idea of doing whatever we have to do to be happy can seem a little self-centered and irresponsible.

Fortunately there is an important distinction between...
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Get Moving and Stay Active to Increase Psychological Well-Being

If there's anything I need to make more time for, it would be exercise.

It's nothing new to hear that exercise is valuable to mental health.

Exercise can enhance quality of life and even be a therapeutic tool to work through mental illness. Even more importantly, it can serve as a proactive agent to prevent mental health problems from occurring.

When adults have around 30 minutes of moderately intense...
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Social Issues

Student Satisfaction is Key to School Success: How Much Are Schools Responsible?

I was talking with a friend recently about her concerns for her teenage son regarding setting goals, planning for his future, and feeling more confident about school. She expressed wishing schools had some sort of "life skills" program.

I agreed with her, and had actually thought about this previously after looking into Positive Youth Development (PYD), which on a side note, is something I'll be writing a post on soon.

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How to Live a Meaningful and Significant Life

Answering the question, "What is my life's purpose?" isn't easy for most people. We all want to be successful and feel important; yet being successful is much different than living a life of significance.

Developing significance is about having a sense of meaning and knowing we offer value to the world and others. It's beginning to recognize a purpose greater than ourselves and how we can impart this calling to...
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Emotional Awareness

Start Thriving by Filling Your Life With More Positive Emotions

Being able to regulate our emotions is more important that it might seem on the surface. Sure, we want to be able and manage our anger, stress, and anxiety, but recent studies show that the key to a happy, thriving life is a 3:1 ratio of positive to negative emotions.

Our negative emotions tend to stand out and linger in our mind, and negative emotions have a greater impact on our overall...
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Open Your Heart to Positivity Through Forgiveness

We have all experienced some level of emotional pain and suffering.

Whether from the abuse of others or from our own behavior, we begin to resent and feel guilty about what we're doing and what we've done.

These highly emotional experiences are easy to recall, and the feelings of shame, bitterness, and regret only loom on our minds and lead to anger and sadness.

It's in our own best interest to cultivate forgiveness and...
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How to Have a More Optimisitic Outlook

There are those who view the glass as half-full and those who view it as half-empty. As we know, the optimist views the glass as half-full, and that it will stay this way.

An optimist tends to expect good things to happen in many situations, and that they are responsible for their success.

There are many benefits to developing a more optimistic outlook. Optimistic people are more confident and persevere in the face...
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Uncover Your Potential by Finding Courage Within

The defining moments in life are those that present us with a consequential choice to make.

Sometimes there is an easy way out, but others times, we have to make a decision despite our uncertainty and fear.

We have to be courageous and confront our doubts.

What is courage?

Courage is an emotional state defined as overcoming a threat that may be accompanied by fear, sadness, or anger.

In the general sense, courage...
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