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Archives for May, 2011


How to Experience Rest, Renewal, and Restoration

When it comes to dealing with a busy and fast paced life, finding ways to deal with stress and making time for rest and relaxation is crucial. If we don't have down time for our mind and body to relax, we will ultimately run down.

We are human beings not human doings, and finding balance between work, rest, and play can help us have better physical and emotional health, and...
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4 Pathways to Find Greater Happiness

What do you do to create happiness in your life? Do you spend time doing things you enjoy? Maybe you spend time with friends and family or find relaxation from leisure activities?

If any of these activities are a part of your life, you are on a pathway to happiness. Positive psychology has reveals that psychological well-being and life-satisfaction is related to engaging in life activities that boost...
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How Positive Writing Can Increase Life-Satisfaction

Writing is an amazing creative and emotional outlet. I know not everyone enjoys writing, but there are many different ways to use writing to infiltrate positivity into our life and to focus on more upbeat and encouraging things.

I know that since I've been writing here for PsychCentral, and for my personal development blog Shake off the Grind, I have had an opportunity to develop greater awareness and...
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How Does Money Relate to Life-Satisfaction?

If there is one thing you could have that would give you a better life, what would it be?

If you're like many people, you would say more money!

How does money relate to your current level of life-satisfaction? As long as we have enough to get our basic needs met can we be satisfied?

Depending on the culture we live in, money and financial wealth are common aspiration, and a valued sign of...
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Social Issues

Where Would We Be Without Compassion?

In this day and age the concept of "survival of the fittest" doesn't apply. There are many people who devote their life to helping others improve their life and get their needs meet.

Why do people desire to prevent others suffering? Why do we sacrifice for others?

Is it human nature and in our best interest to support and revive each other in times of need?

There are, of course, different perspectives about this....
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Part 2: Are You Living By the Fruit of the Spirit or Fruit of the Flesh?

On Monday I posted the first part of this article exploring how the fruits of the Spirit parallel many of topics and areas examined in positive psychology.

In the previous article I examined the fruits of: love, joy, peace, patience, and kindness, and the opposing emotional state we tend to live by if we are not being emotionally aware.

Today, the rest of the attributes will be discussed along with the...
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Part 1: Are You Living By the Fruit of the Spirit or Fruit of the Flesh?

I attended a wonderful church service yesterday, and it made me realize how certain religious prescriptions parallel many areas of positive psychology research. For instance, the emphasis of showing kindness to others, living a joy filled life, and focusing on love and generosity all pervade Christian scripture as well as positive psychology laboratories.

There are certain attributes we can pull from both disciplines in order to begin living a life of greater...
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5 Keys to Building Strong Relationships in Any Sphere of Life

If there is one thing that psychological research and personal experience will reveal to each and every one of us, it's the positive impact relationships have on our happiness, level of success, and overall well-being. Having healthy relationships means so much for every area of our life.

Relationships offer us joy, love, and support in times of need. They also help us expand our aspirations and level of achievement through support, knowledge,...
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How to Piece Together an Attitude for Success

If we examined the attitudes and behavior of the many successful people through history we would find a lot of similarities. In particular the way they dealt with failure and the faith they had for the future would really stand out as a paramount part of their success.

Being able to deal with struggles, staying determined, and expecting the best is not only crucial for mental health, but is necessary for achieving...
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Is Being Overly Serious Clouding Your Joy?

Has anyone ever told you to "lighten up"?

I've heard this before, and often the person telling me was right. It took me a while to realize it, but sometimes the smallest things can get to us overly upset.

Don't get me wrong, there will always be situations in life that require us to have serious reflection and take a very responsible and somber perspective.

Though, how many times do we approach life with...
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