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Archives for November, 2011

Happiness

6 Variables that Predict Happiness and Life-Satisfaction

Do you think and feel positively about your life?

I know many people who would say they are happy and highly satisfied with their life. I also know many people who are dissatisfied and discontent with their life situation.

What is the difference between those who have positive well-being and those who are suffering?

There are many personal and social factors that play a role in our level of happiness, though they may not...
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Mental Health

Do You Have “Complete” Mental Health?

Mental health has long been defined as the absence of psychopathologies, such as depression and anxiety. However, the absence of mental illness is only a minimal outcome from the perspective of positive psychology.

The absence of mental illness does not necessarily constitute complete mental health. Someone may not have a mental illness but they may not be satisfied with their life or striving to reach their potential. They may be surviving, but not thriving.

According...
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Happiness

Why Contemplate on Gratitude This Thanksgiving?

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches we are reminded of what we have to be grateful for, and how we celebrate this holiday and focus on what we're grateful for differs culture to culture and person to person.

For many, the tradition is focused on a smorgasbord of food, celebrating with family, and relaxing and watching football.

Despite how we rejoice, the important thing is that we are able to direct our attention to what...
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Emotional Awareness

How to Maintain and Enhance Positive Emotions

All day long we are confronted with situations where we must manage our emotions. We might run into some unexpected setback and need to manage stress, we may need to spark our motivation by dealing with a negative attitude, or we may need to manage anger when someone cuts us off in traffic.

Much of psychology and counseling focuses on how to regulate these negative emotions, such as anxiety, depression, anger...
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Inspiration

Blending Fear and Pleasure: What is Awe and What Causes it?


Has there ever been a time when you experienced something so marvelous and grand that your hair stood on end and you got goose bumps?

You may not have had a name for this feeling, but it's likely you were experiencing what psychologists call "awe." Awe comes when we feel overwhelmed by greatness, and when we see something powerful and unbelievable we have never seen before.

According to an article by Keltner and Haidt (2003), "...theorists...
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Work

5 Ways Positive Psychology Can Improve the Workplace

There are many organizations and small businesses out there that recognize the value of multiple bottom lines beyond simply profit. Building an inspiring work culture and investing in the health and development of their people is an additional priority for long-term business success.

Research supports that certain positive psychological outcomes relate to greater organizational outcomes. Positive emotions and related processes can lead to greater motivation, fulfillment with work,...
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Health

How Does Going for a Walk Offer Psychological Benefit?

Exercise and physical activity has been shown to have great psychological benefits, and most likely this is nothing new to you.

However, due to a busy life and natural changes in our physical ability we may not find time or feel too exhausted to engage in a strenuous workout.

A simple solution is to go for a brisk walk. Walking is pleasurable for most people, it isn't excessively demanding, and it's a...
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Emotional Awareness

Does the Impact of Positive Emotions Differ Across Cultures?

Research reveals positive emotions and psychological well-being play a role in our physical and mental health.

Positive emotions help us to be more resilient and mediate our ability to cope with stress and manage mental health concerns.

Simply put, being happy can actually lead us to be healthier and live longer.

(he majority of these studies are based on Western (middle-class European American) samples, however, and haven't revealed clear insight about how culture plays...
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Inspiration

What Can Inspiration Do For You?

Reminisce on Michael Jordan in the championship, Martin Kuther King Jr. presenting his “I Have a Dream” speech, or on any phenomenal act of human nature you can experience.

This is inspiration at its finest, and can be some of the most uplifting emotional experiences.

Inspiration comes during those moments when we see true human excellence. It’s an emotional experience that comes when we encounter extraordinary ability or competence in some...
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