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Social Issues

The Mindfulness Manifesto: It’s Time to Transform Your Life and the World

I am a firm believer in the value of practicing mindfulness in everyday life for mental, emotional and physical health, and know that many other people could benefits if they only understood more clearly what it is, and how it offers benefits.

Fortunately I stumbled upon The Mindful Manifesto, a new book by Dr. Jonty Heaversedge and Ed Halliwell, exploring the uses of mindfulness meditation for physical and mental health, addiction and emotional...
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Family

Helping At-Risk Youth Build Developmental Assets

I'm sure when you think of "teenagers" there is a tinge of stress. We have all heard horror stories of the argumentative teenager with mood-swing and a know-it-all attitude.

Fortunately, most youth will be well-adjusted, happy, enjoy life, believe they can cope effectively with stress, and value school and work.

But, what about the smaller percentage who end up going down an unhealthy and risky path?

All youth can learn to be confident, connected, and contributing members of society,...
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Social Issues

Take the Pledge to Make the World a Happier Place

Dedicated researchers offer us empirical evidence about what we can do to enhance our positive emotions, find purpose and meaning, and ultimately increase our well-being.

Sharing this message with the general public so it can be applied requires social initiatives and organizations dedicated to this mission.

I recently came across one such organization that I am ecstatic to share with you!

The organization is called Action for Happiness, and is a movement of people committed...
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Relationships

Have an Altruistic Christmas by Giving Back to Others

As the holiday season closes in, it leads me to sympathize with the many communities that lack caring, kindness and unity.

It's easy to go through life with our own personal priorities and forget about everyone else.

We can have so many things to do with so little time to do them, that we forget to look at the bigger picture beyond ourselves.

Though more than ever, our society is in need of caring and responsible citizens willing to help...
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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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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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Relationships

Considering a Moral Obligation to Cultivate Compassion

I came across a very inspiring video that offers insight into an important topic of positive psychology. You can watch the video below.

In this recent TED talk, author, ecologist, teacher, and Zen Buddhism priest Joan Halifax shares the virtues of compassion and empathy, and how these traits are necessary for our existence and a fruitful future.

Compassion is how we connect with others in times of grief and...
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Positive Psychology

Interview with Positive Youth Development Expert Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD

I had the great pleasure of interviewing Positive Youth Development (PYD) expert Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD. She is a developmental psychologist, educator, researcher, and writer who studies how today’s youth grow into healthy, successful, and engaged adults.

She synthesizes multidisciplinary research in psychology, education, sociology, child & adolescent development, social psychology, and neurobiology to bring evidence-based research to parents, teachers, civic leaders, mentors, coaches, and all those who...
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Social Issues

Meditation in Schools!? Could it be a Promising Educational Tool?

Students today are more stressed, have more distractions, and often don't have an effective outlet to cope with daily tension.

It's all too easy for teenagers to turn to drugs, alcohol, sex, and the media as a way of escaping the pressure of being a young adult.

Meditation is a simple and effective practice to help reduce stress, and been shown to have many other positive psychological effects.

So, would it be valuable for...
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Social Issues

Where Would We Be Without Compassion?

In this day and age the concept of "survival of the fittest" doesn't apply. There are many people who devote their life to helping others improve their life and get their needs meet.

Why do people desire to prevent others suffering? Why do we sacrifice for others?

Is it human nature and in our best interest to support and revive each other in times of need?

There are, of course, different perspectives about this....
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