Archives for October, 2011

Emotional Awareness

Flip Your Script: Use the “Positive” Cognitive Triad to Enhance Resiliency

There are many factors involved when it comes to suffering from depression or anxiety, and when taking an integrative approach, we would consider such areas as biological, cognitive and social circumstances.

In particular, our cognitive domain including our perspectives, interpretations and beliefs related to ourselves, the world around us, and our future holds a great deal of power over our ability to manage stress and experience greater well-being.

People...
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Emotional Awareness

How Do “Flourishers” Flourish?

A flourishing person is someone who experiences positive emotions, excels in daily life, and is a contributing and productive member of society.

In other words, they consistently feel good and do good.

Some people just seem to be full of energy, positivity and have optimal mental health.

So, what leads someone to flourish and thrive mentally, emotionally and physically? Is there something fundamentally different about them?

According to recent research by Barbara Fredrickson, "flourishers" displayed more...
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Fulfillment

Increase Your Well-being with Gratitude and Appreciation

I heard a great quote the other day that goes, "The definition of insanity is thinking you need something you don't already have."

It's hard to not want and desire more. We live in a consumer driven society that pushes messages of consumption and materialism.

Though, as the quote implies, if we don't have something already and are fine, obviously we don't really need it.

In general, it's important to be grateful and thankful for what...
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Emotional Awareness

Are Positive Emotions Always Beneficial?

The positive psychology movement has been criticized for being Pollyanna and sugar coating real issues by simply thinking positively.

Positive psychology is much more than "positive thinking," and offers a vast array of insight and direction for how people can function more optimally. Positive psychology offers us added insight into how we can embrace change, feel positive about who we are, and enjoy healthy, responsible and fulfilled lives.

But, like anything else the...
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Fulfillment

How to Savor Positivity and Experience More Joy

I'm sure there are many things you enjoy doing, such as being outdoors, watching or playing sports, reading books or magazines, playing with pets, or listening to music, just to name a few.

Though if you're like me, sometimes these enjoyable activities lose their luster. It's easy to end up seeking more and looking for something new. What used to give us pleasure and enjoyment starts to become mundane and...
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Self-Esteem

“I Think I Can, I Think I Can” How Self-Efficacy Relates to Performance

Do you know the story of The Little Engine that Could?
“As it neared the top of the grade, which had so discouraged the larger engines, it went more slowly. However, it still kept saying, "I--think--I--can, I--think--I--can." It reached the top by drawing on bravery and then went on down the grade, congratulating itself by saying, "I thought I could, I thought I could."
This little engine knew the power of believing in...
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Happiness

Pick a Finger to Boost Positivity


It is clear that experiencing positive emotions offers many benefits.

People who experience frequent positive feelings are healthier and live longer, they are able to think more creatively and problem solve more effectively, they build healthier relationships, and are more resilient and able to bounce back from stress.

So why aren't we all more dedicated and focused on enhancing positive emotions?

Maybe it's because remembering to focus on the positive isn't...
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Health

Do We Get Happier as We Get Older?

Most people don't look forward to the changes that come with old age. It's easy to focus on decline in cognitive ability, and the potential health problems and physical limitations. These notions can make old age seem less than satisfactory.

However, some research reveals that despite these general deficits, people may actually become happier as they age. Specifically, emotion regulation skills may improve with age, leading to decreasing negative affect, and more stable...
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Mental Health

Madness and Creativity: Is There Such Thing as the “Mad-Genius”?

I'm sure you're familiar the stories of brilliant artists, poets, or musicians who make their mark in social history through their gifted work only to self-destruct due to some mental breakdown.

The myth of the mad-genius is prevalent in movies, books, and popular culture and has been a belief that goes back as far as Aristotle.

Is there really any truth to this notion? Is there a significant relationship...
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