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Archives for April, 2011


5 Character Traits to Increase Life-satisfaction

One of my favorite contributions of positive psychology is the classification system to help people uncover their strengths as human beings.

Christopher Peterson and Martin Seligman are the two researchers whom created the 'Values in Action Inventory of Strengths' (VIA-IS), which consists of 6 virtues and 24 character strengths.

If you take the survey it will provide you with your top 5 signature strengths, along with other strengths in order from...
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Manage Stress by Making Room For Peace and Tranquility

Are you always on the go and trying to balance more plates that you can handle?

Often, if we're not being mindful, we don't realize how always being busy and rushed can impact our physical and emotional health.

If we keep adding more to our already full plate, it can cause chronic stress, which will inevitably lead to exhaustion and burnout. Before these plates come crashing down, make room for peace and tranquility in your life.

Here are...
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Begin to Flourish By Living More Intentionally

It's easy to go through life never finding true significance, and not thinking twice about what we're meant to do. Sometimes we must play the hand we're dealt, but others times it's in our best interest to trust the inner source of guidance we have and live by intentions.

Living intentionally is about expanding our awareness of what is possible and learning to organize life from this perspective.

This involves knowing what we truly desire, and being...
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How to Help Kids Deal with Emotions

Everyone is raised in a unique family culture. Some kids' home life models emotions as easily expressed and understood and others have a situation where emotions are inconsistent or even prohibited.

We experience a vast range of emotions through the family dynamic. All families have moments of joy, amusement, and love, though families also experience more unpleasant emotions such as anger, frustration, and worry.

These are all a normal part of a family’s journey, and it’s important...
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Social Media, the Internet, and Human Connections

People have a natural inclination to communicate, connect, and share their experiences with others, and with the rise of social media and other digital channels of communication our definition of relationships is shifting.

It’s very rare to find someone who doesn’t use some form of mobile device or PC. The internet and social media have become a normal part of our everyday interactions.

Consider the fact that Facebook has more than 500 million active users,...
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7 Factors that Predict Positive Aging

The increasing number of older adults will be staggering over the next two decades. In order to have positive well-being, it is paramount that "baby-boomers," as well as future generations, consider the consequences of their lifestyle on mental and physical health.

This means having a healthy dose of positive emotions, the absence of physical disability, and general life-satisfaction as the people reach the second half of their life.

What can people do then...
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The Intersection of Emotion and Creativity

There are numerous outlets to release creative expression, such as a beautiful painting, an innovative invention, or a scientific discovery. Overall, in most cultures, creativity is considered to be a valuable trait to possess. It is considered to be a highly advanced form of thinking, and offers us adaptability to difficult situations and helps us create something new and progressive to advance society.

When we consider how emotions play a role in...
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Social Issues

Can We Enhance Mental Health Through Positive Institutions?

The absence of mental illness does not mean someone has flourishing mental health. This has been a common theme I have encountered lately, and is also one of the major focal points of positive psychology.

The idea of optimal functioning involves more than the absence of illness, and extends to our experience of positive emotions, using positive character traits, and developing positive institutions.

The development of positive institutions is a major...
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Emotional Awareness

Using Emotional Intelligence as a Means to Thrive

Emotional intelligence (EI) is continually becoming a more recognized and integral source of effective human development. Schools and corporations provide programs and workshops in order to educate children and adults about self-awareness, self-control, and interpersonal relationships in order to achieve better performance and greater productivity.

This ability of self-regulation and effective relationships also has a direct connection with people living more effective and satisfying lives.

According to an article by...
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Emotional Awareness

How to Be Mindful and Have More Positivity

Most of the time we lack awareness of the assumptions and evaluations we constantly make about ourselves, others, and the world at large. We go through life being mindless and unaware of our thinking patterns, feelings, and motivations.

In mindless states our emotions are driven by our unconscious beliefs and interpretations of the world, which in turn impacts our behavior. We encounter a new situation or new person and immediately begin to...
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