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You Don’t Have to be Buddhist to Experience the Benefits of Meditation

There is growing interest in the use of meditation and other contemplative practices to promote mental and physical health.

Until recently, the practice of meditation has been traditionally relegated to the private study of those willing to be specially trained in a particular style or technique.

However, in the past 10 years, things have changed as meditation’s universal appeal and access has begun to broaden, and the real-world applications and neuroscience research has followed.

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How Mindfulness Can Help You Regulate Emotions

Sometimes our emotions get the best of us. No matter how much we try to be aware of our triggers and keep calm, there will probably be times we simply lose our cool.

We live in a day and age where people are consumed with daily pressure and overloaded with stress from work, family, finances and other obligations.

What do you do to cope during these moments of stress and frustration?

Whether you're personally struggling...
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How to Be Healthy and Happy the Mindful Way

If you're like me, you have to make an effort to slow down, be present, and unwind.

We live in a fast paced world with incessant activity and multiple points of attention.

This is why learning and practicing mindfulness is such a wonderful tool for experiencing greater emotional and physical health.

Mindful practices and interventions such as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and general mindfulness mediation have been shown to benefit people with...
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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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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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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.

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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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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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How to Break Your Worry Habit and Overcome Anxiety

If you have ever had a problem with excessive anxiety you know how debilitating it can be. When anxiety is serious it can really steal our joy and impact our ability to live a full and meaningful life.

We may be genetically predisposed to anxiety, though most often anxiety is caused by our thinking, particularly excessive worrying.

There might be feelings of fear and dread, and apprehensive expectations and...
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How to Overcome the Negativity of Others

What do you do when you're around someone who can't seem to notice or say anything positive? It can be tough to not let their mood and outlook have an effect.

So, who tends to breed negativity in your life? Is it your boss, coworker, family, or friends? Maybe you're the one who tends to view things pessimistically at times.

Either way, no one will always have a wonderful day free of frustrations....
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