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It’s Not What You Have But How You See it: How to Live With Contentment

Have you ever noticed that the more you have the more you want?

Let's face it. Seeing our life as good enough doesn't come naturally for many people any longer.

We live in a mixed-up and crazy culture where it's an ongoing commitment to temper greed, jealousy and ambition for more. We always have the options to have more, learn more and do more.

One key to living with contentment is to realize the...
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Why “Good Enough” May be Better for Well-being

Have you ever run into a situation where you had so many options you couldn’t make a decision?

You wanted a little bit of everything and just couldn’t decide.

You could see the value in each choice or option, and because of this even after making a decision, you had buyer’s remorse and wished you would've chosen differently.

Sometimes having numerous options leaves us stuck in our desire to make sure we choose the best and...
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Put the Wind in Your Sails by Using Your Strengths

We all have strengths and weaknesses of character. For some people it's natural and fulfilling to learn, be curious, and use creativity.

For others, they are prone to serving, being kind, and developing spiritually.

Positive psychologists call these attributes signature strengths, and they are what lead people to optimal functioning and performance.

Using our strengths energizes us, and generates enthusiasm and excitement. We will also be more alert and engaged in what we do.

Unfortunately...
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Three Ways to Expand and Grow as a Person

Life is full of transition and change. It is full of many moments where we learn about who we really are and what life really means to us.

Much of the growth we experience is when we are able to overcome challenges, move beyond our comfort zone, and become a more virtuous and refined person.

Positive psychology offers a few considerations that can help us be stronger in difficult times and begin to look...
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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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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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Cultivating Gratitude to Increase Life-Satisfaction

Often times we take things for granted. We focus on what we lack and forget about all the things we have.

Our lack of appreciation can come in many forms. We may wish we made more money, were in better physical shape, or were smarter.

These areas where we perceive lack can be consuming and really steal our joy and satisfaction with life.

When things aren't going well and we're dissatisfied, we tend to focus...
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How Positive Emotions Impact Life Success

The benefits of positive emotions are far reaching, and involve much more than just being "happy."

Research has revealed that positive emotions can enhance our relationships, increase our resilience, and even improve our physical health.

Not to mention that people who rate themselves to be happier make more income are more successful by many standards.

It has also been shown that happiness isn't necessarily a byproduct of success, but that greater levels of success come...
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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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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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