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Can People Be Too Happy?

Everyone goes through life in search of happiness. We work to relieve pain, experience pleasure, and reach our goals to be satisfied with our life.

But what if we are already pretty happy? Does it serve a purpose to work to find ultra-happiness?

Many believe that success leads to happiness. This sends us on a mission to achieve more, be more, and do more in the name of happiness and living life to the...
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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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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

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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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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