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  • Leap of Faith

    Positive Psychology News Daily
    Homaira Kabir
    21 May 2015 | 6:50 am
    By Homaira Kabir - The school attended by my twins had been testing all students in grade 8 math in order to separate them into two classes for high school: those with superior mathematical skills to pursue advanced math and the rest to do standard math. My twins were both in contention for advanced math, but I feared for my son. His confidence sometimes overtakes his performance, and I did not want him to be left behind for lack of trying. Not only would that be a waste of his potential, I worried that he could suffer from lowered self-confidence by seeing his twin at the higher level. I…
  • Do You Have an Image that Calms You? Like a Clock During a Thunderstorm.

    Gretchen Rubin
    gretchen@gretchenrubin.com (Gretchen Rubin)
    23 May 2015 | 12:30 pm
    “Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened, but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm.” -Robert Louis Stevenson I love this image, and often recall it to my mind when I feel anxious or harried. Do you have an image that calms you?
  • 5 Ways to Charge your Batteries

    The Psychology of Wellbeing
    Jeremy McCarthy
    23 May 2015 | 3:47 am
    5 Ways to Charge your Batteries, from The Psychology of Wellbeing Time management is out. Energy management is in. Time is a precious resource (some say the most precious resource we have) and we do feel like we never have enough. But if we look at how people use their time we see that people do have more time than they think (how else do we manage to binge watch entire seasons of America’s Next Top Model?) We have time, but we don’t always have energy. How much time do you spend, for example, in unproductive pursuits: binge watching a season of your favorite TV show, aimlessly browsing…
  • How To Create Beyond Riches – Secrets Of The Future Wealthy

    Motivational Memo Blog
    Peter G. James Sinclair
    21 May 2015 | 1:14 am
    Post written by Peter G. James Sinclair. How do you measure real wealth? Is it the car you drive? Is it the house you live in? Is it the wealthy friends you gather around you? Is it your neighbourhood? Is it the size of the ring or the length of your powered boat? Is it the bank balance or the portfolio? What Is It? For whatever it is to you will determine whether you are simply creating riches or creating beyond riches. I want to take you to the next level of wealth and riches – so allow your mind to open just wide enough so that you can grasp the concepts that I’m about to share…
  • This Cancer Survivor Makes Greeting Cards for When “Get Well” Won’t Cut It

    Happiness / Good Life Articles from YES!
    22 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Tired of the lack of understanding with traditional "Get well soon" cards, Emily McDowell decided to create an alternative.
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    Positive Psychology News Daily

  • Leap of Faith

    Homaira Kabir
    21 May 2015 | 6:50 am
    By Homaira Kabir - The school attended by my twins had been testing all students in grade 8 math in order to separate them into two classes for high school: those with superior mathematical skills to pursue advanced math and the rest to do standard math. My twins were both in contention for advanced math, but I feared for my son. His confidence sometimes overtakes his performance, and I did not want him to be left behind for lack of trying. Not only would that be a waste of his potential, I worried that he could suffer from lowered self-confidence by seeing his twin at the higher level. I…
  • Walking the Talk to Well-being

    Miriam Akhtar
    12 May 2015 | 12:50 pm
    By Miriam Akhtar -    Satish Kumar on DartmoorI recently met Satish Kumar, a world ambassador for walking. In the 1960s, Satish embarked on an epic 8000-mile peace walk from Gandhi’s grave in Delhi to JFK’s grave in Arlington Cemetery across the Potomac River from Washington, DC. Not exercising is like taking depressants ~ Tal Ben-Shahar Satish describes walking as an antidote to depression, which really chimes with me because I have walked my way back to happiness around my local park. Satish, the founder of Schumacher College and editor of Resurgence and Ecologist…
  • Virtual Conference on Self-Confidence Starting Today – May 11

    Editor K.H.B.
    11 May 2015 | 8:47 am
    By Editor K.H.B. - The International Day of Happiness interviews are still available online for a nominal price of $50 for access to 32 interviews about ways to apply positive psychology to increase well-being. Another virtual conference started today and runs through Thursday May 14. The new virtual conference is free during this period. This virtual conference is titled Banish Self-Doubt with the New Science of Self Confidence. Louisa Jewell hosts a series of interviews with experts on building confidence, courage, grit, and self-efficacy. From the conference registration page: Do you know…
  • The Price of Critical Thinking

    Homaira Kabir
    7 May 2015 | 6:52 am
    By Homaira Kabir - I was never a great fan of the fashion industry. As the mother of 3 young girls, I found myself constantly battling against its unreasonable standards for beauty that mess with impressionable minds and set the stage for low self-worth and psychological disorders. Fashion Event     Fashion eventSo when I received an invitation to a high-end fashion event by an Italian designer, I was far from enthusiastic. In fact, my reason for going was to find evidence supporting my stance and perhaps a few like-minded people with whom to share my frustration. It…
  • An Unexpected Way that Mood Can Boost Exercise

    Marie-Josée Shaar
    5 May 2015 | 1:44 pm
    By Marie-Josée Shaar -    Problem solvingIf something is your problem, then it’s not your solution! Sounds obvious in theory, yet I rarely see this very basic idea used in health promotion. The majority of wellness programs, whether worksite wellness, wellness coaching, or self-help publications, only address food and exercise. Since food and exercise are what most people struggle most with, why is that where we spend most of our energy? It’s really time we help wellness evolve a little. I’m not denying that these 2 groups of habits are really important,…
 
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    Gretchen Rubin

  • Do You Have an Image that Calms You? Like a Clock During a Thunderstorm.

    gretchen@gretchenrubin.com (Gretchen Rubin)
    23 May 2015 | 12:30 pm
    “Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened, but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm.” -Robert Louis Stevenson I love this image, and often recall it to my mind when I feel anxious or harried. Do you have an image that calms you?
  • Trying to Change a Habit? Beware These 5 Traps.

    gretchen@gretchenrubin.com (Gretchen Rubin)
    22 May 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Today is Tip Day: Avoid five habit traps that can destroy your good habits. In my book Better Than Before, I describe the multiple strategies we can exploit to change our habits. Habits — the most fascinating subject ever. One thing I observed is that when we’re trying to master our habits, it’s important to be aware of the justifications or arguments that we sometimes invoke that interfere with keeping a good habit. They slip in so easily and quickly, it can be hard to spot them. Be on the look-out for these five popular lines of thoughts: 1. Thinking, “Well, now that I’ve…
  • Podcast 14: Stop Reading a Book, a Know-Yourself-Better Quiz, and the Trap of Free Stuff.

    gretchen@gretchenrubin.com (Gretchen Rubin)
    20 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Time for the next episode of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin“ Always game to talk about her clutter issues, Elizabeth reports on the status of her closet, in the aftermath of our special clutter-clearing in episode 10. For better and after closet photos, look here. (Boy, I love before-and-afters.) Also, many listeners responded to tell us how they “treat themselves,” which was the Try This at Home for episode 9. Excellent treats! This week: Try This at Home: Stop reading a book if you don’t enjoy it.  (If you want more ideas for reading better than before, check out this…
  • Secret of Adulthood: The Fun Part Doesn’t Come Later; Now Is the Fun Part

    gretchen@gretchenrubin.com (Gretchen Rubin)
    19 May 2015 | 12:28 pm
    From Further Secrets of Adulthood. I remind myself of this often. For instance, when I’m writing a book, and I’m thinking of how nice it will be to have it published and out in the world, I remind myself, “Ah, but the research! The writing! The editing! These are the fun parts.” My father often reminded my sister and me to “Enjoy the process.” It’s important, I’ve realized, because when you enjoy the process, you don’t depend on any particular outcome. (If you’d like to hear me and my sister discuss this, we talk about it in Episode…
  • Have You Ever Felt a “Call” to Do a Certain Kind of Work?

    gretchen@gretchenrubin.com (Gretchen Rubin)
    18 May 2015 | 11:29 am
    Assay: A few weeks ago, my family and I went to see Sequence 8, a performance by Les 7 Doigts de la Main (7 Fingers, if your French is rusty). It’s a performance that’s part circus, part dance…it’s very compelling. But as much as I enjoyed the show, I was just as interested in the playbill. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what it means to experience a “call” — that is, a powerful, practically irresistible feeling that you’re meant to do a certain kind of work. I certainly felt a call to writing. It took me a while to hear it and…
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    The Psychology of Wellbeing

  • 5 Ways to Charge your Batteries

    Jeremy McCarthy
    23 May 2015 | 3:47 am
    5 Ways to Charge your Batteries, from The Psychology of Wellbeing Time management is out. Energy management is in. Time is a precious resource (some say the most precious resource we have) and we do feel like we never have enough. But if we look at how people use their time we see that people do have more time than they think (how else do we manage to binge watch entire seasons of America’s Next Top Model?) We have time, but we don’t always have energy. How much time do you spend, for example, in unproductive pursuits: binge watching a season of your favorite TV show, aimlessly browsing…
  • On the Evolution of Assholes

    Jeremy McCarthy
    3 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    On the Evolution of Assholes, from The Psychology of Wellbeing We are genetically programmed to look out for ourselves. Or more accurately, we are genetically programmed in ways that will protect our genes (and their future replication.) So it is not surprising that humans are prone to “assholeness.” On an individual basis, it is generally better for our genes to do whatever is best for ourselves at the sacrifice of anyone around us.  Consider the infamous “Prisoner’s Dilemma” problem that Richard Dawkins outlines in his book, The Selfish Gene. The Prisoner’s Dilemma is named…
  • Superman is Among Us

    Jeremy McCarthy
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:24 am
    Superman is Among Us, from The Psychology of Wellbeing Photo: Courtesy of Laird Hamilton Laird Hamilton is a superman. I don’t just mean that in the sense of being my hero (although he is that.) I mean that he has superhuman capabilities, can do things that other people can’t, and is able to survive things that would kill most of us mere mortals. On a surfboard, he is faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and is able to surf waves that are bigger than tall buildings. Laird Hamilton is just one example of a new breed of superhumans Steven Kotler highlights in his…
  • Talking to Kids During Tough Times

    Amy Kite
    18 Mar 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Talking to Kids During Tough Times, from The Psychology of Wellbeing This is a guest by post by Amy Kite, the author of “Divorce: What About Me?” and “Cancer, Cancer Go Away!” To learn more about Amy or her children’s books on tough topics, please visit her website: http://amyleekite.com.  Photo courtesy of swambo Even as adults, many people simply don’t like talking about death. It’s scary; it’s a concept that is hard to grasp; and, it’s just not fun to delve into that dark abyss. The same is true for many other tough topics such as divorce and illness. So, if we adults…
  • Drowning in Stuff

    Jeremy McCarthy
    13 Mar 2015 | 9:47 pm
    Drowning in Stuff, from The Psychology of Wellbeing On a recent family vacation, I arrived to Bali wearing a green t-shirt with the “Biofreeze” trademark emblazoned across the chest. It was one of six t-shirts I had brought on the journey with the intention of leaving them behind at the end of the trip. To be clear, there was nothing wrong with the Biofreeze t-shirt. It was brand new (I received it for free at a recent spa conference and the flight to Bali was the first time I had worn it.) It was made of comfortable, high-quality cotton, was a pleasing green color, and who wouldn’t…
 
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    Motivational Memo Blog

  • How To Create Beyond Riches – Secrets Of The Future Wealthy

    Peter G. James Sinclair
    21 May 2015 | 1:14 am
    Post written by Peter G. James Sinclair. How do you measure real wealth? Is it the car you drive? Is it the house you live in? Is it the wealthy friends you gather around you? Is it your neighbourhood? Is it the size of the ring or the length of your powered boat? Is it the bank balance or the portfolio? What Is It? For whatever it is to you will determine whether you are simply creating riches or creating beyond riches. I want to take you to the next level of wealth and riches – so allow your mind to open just wide enough so that you can grasp the concepts that I’m about to share…
  • 10 Important Things That Help You Accomplish More At Work

    Peter G. James Sinclair
    17 May 2015 | 8:49 pm
    Post written by Cindy Bates. Do you struggle to accomplish more at work? At one point or another, everybody experiences the struggle of accomplishing something. Here are 10 things that will help you accomplish more at work. 1. Remember Your Goal If you want to learn how to be productive at work, you must stay focused. Almost everybody who gets hired wants to impress their boss and eventually get promoted. Keeping your goals in mind always will help you boost your work morale. Remember you are different when you have a goal. This alone will help you accomplish more at work. 2. Schedule Time…
  • 4 Fears You Need To Eliminate To Build Self Confidence

    Peter G. James Sinclair
    4 May 2015 | 2:25 am
    Post written by Theo Ellis. Fear can be good when you’re walking past an alley at night or when you need to check the locks on your doors before you go to bed, but it’s not good when you have a goal and you’re fearful of obstacles. We often get trapped by our fears, but anyone who has had success has failed before. – Queen Latifah Isn’t it funny how we fear the things we most want in our lives? We fear the things we know deep down will help us make massive progress. We fear the things that will build our self confidence, and we fear the things that will make us…
  • The Billionaire & The Twelve Million Dollar Question

    Peter G. James Sinclair
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:28 am
    Post written by Peter G. James Sinclair. I recently read a sad obituary of a billionaire who had passed on. It recorded the fact that they had been known for their ‘bullish’ dealings in business and their unsettled family relationships resulting from three marriages. Now they may have been the owner of some other fine qualities throughout their lifetime, not noted in the obituary, but for me personally – to have recorded as part of my obituary the above details, is the leaving of a sad legacy. Success In Life Success in life must be assessed by not just the bank balance alone, but…
  • The Two Essential Qualities Of A Great Leader

    Peter G. James Sinclair
    19 Apr 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Post written by Peter G. James Sinclair. What are the two you ask? Good moral character and humility. So let’s dig deeper to discover more about these essential qualities. Character is the inherent complex of attributes that determines a person’s moral and ethical actions and reactions. It also speaks of moral rectitude. And rectitude is defined as righteousness as a consequence of being honorable and honest. I’ve lived long enough to observe the outworking of lives lived with or without character. Flawed Or Strong Character Now please do not misunderstand me. Bad things still happen to…
 
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    The Psychology of Wellbeing

  • 5 Ways to Charge your Batteries

    Jeremy McCarthy
    23 May 2015 | 3:47 am
    5 Ways to Charge your Batteries, from The Psychology of Wellbeing Time management is out. Energy management is in. Time is a precious resource (some say the most precious resource we have) and we do feel like we never have enough. But if we look at how people use their time we see that people do have more time than they think (how else do we manage to binge watch entire seasons of America’s Next Top Model?) We have time, but we don’t always have energy. How much time do you spend, for example, in unproductive pursuits: binge watching a season of your favorite TV show, aimlessly browsing…
  • On the Evolution of Assholes

    Jeremy McCarthy
    3 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    On the Evolution of Assholes, from The Psychology of Wellbeing We are genetically programmed to look out for ourselves. Or more accurately, we are genetically programmed in ways that will protect our genes (and their future replication.) So it is not surprising that humans are prone to “assholeness.” On an individual basis, it is generally better for our genes to do whatever is best for ourselves at the sacrifice of anyone around us.  Consider the infamous “Prisoner’s Dilemma” problem that Richard Dawkins outlines in his book, The Selfish Gene. The Prisoner’s Dilemma is named…
  • Superman is Among Us

    Jeremy McCarthy
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:24 am
    Superman is Among Us, from The Psychology of Wellbeing Photo: Courtesy of Laird Hamilton Laird Hamilton is a superman. I don’t just mean that in the sense of being my hero (although he is that.) I mean that he has superhuman capabilities, can do things that other people can’t, and is able to survive things that would kill most of us mere mortals. On a surfboard, he is faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and is able to surf waves that are bigger than tall buildings. Laird Hamilton is just one example of a new breed of superhumans Steven Kotler highlights in his…
  • Talking to Kids During Tough Times

    Amy Kite
    18 Mar 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Talking to Kids During Tough Times, from The Psychology of Wellbeing This is a guest by post by Amy Kite, the author of “Divorce: What About Me?” and “Cancer, Cancer Go Away!” To learn more about Amy or her children’s books on tough topics, please visit her website: http://amyleekite.com.  Photo courtesy of swambo Even as adults, many people simply don’t like talking about death. It’s scary; it’s a concept that is hard to grasp; and, it’s just not fun to delve into that dark abyss. The same is true for many other tough topics such as divorce and illness. So, if we adults…
  • Drowning in Stuff

    Jeremy McCarthy
    13 Mar 2015 | 9:47 pm
    Drowning in Stuff, from The Psychology of Wellbeing On a recent family vacation, I arrived to Bali wearing a green t-shirt with the “Biofreeze” trademark emblazoned across the chest. It was one of six t-shirts I had brought on the journey with the intention of leaving them behind at the end of the trip. To be clear, there was nothing wrong with the Biofreeze t-shirt. It was brand new (I received it for free at a recent spa conference and the flight to Bali was the first time I had worn it.) It was made of comfortable, high-quality cotton, was a pleasing green color, and who wouldn’t…
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    Good Vibe Blog

  • LOA Stories of Kitties Come Home

    Jeannette
    22 May 2015 | 7:40 am
    Who doesn’t love a good success story involving kitties? That’s what this post is – stories of cool cats come home. It’s dedicated to anyone who gets caught up in worry or fear about a favorite feline gone awol. Take heart (and a lesson) from these powerful creators who manifested their kitties home sweet home: Astha We live in a house surrounded by trees on one side and a main road on the other. Two days before our cat went out and didn’t return. We were all tensed the whole day whether someone took her away (as she is really cute) or some animal attacked her.
  • Question Everything (That Doesn’t Feel Good)

    Jeannette
    19 May 2015 | 4:37 pm
    Yesterday I wrote a newsletter encouraging conscious creators to use their guidance even on the things we take for granted. Including popular abundance practices like picking up pennies and carrying hundred dollar bills around. I shared how those practices actually foster anti-abundance for me. So it’s worth tuning in to make sure a process or exercise truly is taking us where we want to go. This morning I was tested to walk my talk about prioritizing inner guidance over popular opinion … A valued friend who is an international luminary shared an article on her facebook page about…
  • 2 LOA Secrets to Attract Love & Romance

    Jeannette
    17 May 2015 | 10:49 am
    Aspiring lovers wanting to manifest a romance or spouse will find all sorts of good law of attraction tips for it, including: getting clear about what you want making a list of traits & qualities of your desired partner  releasing limiting beliefs about love and relationships visioning yourself in the relationship using an affirmation, etc. But there are two secrets that savvy creators know make all the difference in the world when it comes to drawing in the love of a lifetime. These aren’t popular suggestions, but they are powerful ones. So if you’re serious about getting…
  • How to Manifest a Miracle for Someone Else

    Jeannette
    13 May 2015 | 1:23 pm
    A reader emailed this morning asking how to manifest for someone else, and a few hours later my business partner told me a really cool story about it. I took it as a sign to share the tip. Here it is by reader request, compliments of Lisa Hayes‘ wisdom and expertise – how to manifest a miracle for someone else: First of all, don’t tell anyone you’re doing it. Otherwise your ego gets caught up in it and that’s not the cleanest energy. So keep quiet about it. Second, all you do is take five minutes a day to visualize their success. Just loosely hold it in your…
  • The “Even Better” Manifesting Charm

    Jeannette
    12 May 2015 | 1:15 pm
    I learned this gem from Julie B at GVU. She’s a rock star manifestor and proved it again with this easy peasy super effective manifesting charm. Here’s how it works … When things don’t look so good, and you can’t figure out how it’s going to work out, just say, “Even better!” out loud (or in your head) until you feel the vibe click. We all know that vibration right? Like when the 10% off coupon we thought we had turns out to be for 20%. And it’s not just one item, it’s for the whole cart. woot! Or when your sweetie says they were out…
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  • Manifesting Your Best Life

    Baker
    23 May 2015 | 5:02 am
        Manifesting your best life. Is this something that you are doing? From my personal experience I’ve found that manifesting what you want into the physical world is an art form. Like any art form… It does take practice to get the hang of how manifestation works. Everyone at different levels are manifesting. Manifesting [...]
  • How to Be A Positive Person In The World

    Baker
    22 May 2015 | 4:37 am
    You have seen movies where superheroes have some kind of evil enemy. Superman, Batman, or Spiderman. Do you ever feel that you are a positive person and the only evil enemy you have to face is the rest of the world? Well, don’t feel that way. The truth is, if you want to be a [...]
  • 2 Tips To Better Health

    Baker
    21 May 2015 | 6:02 am
    Better health. Is it something you have? Along with a positive mindset, having better health is essential to living the type of lifestyle and success that you want to live. But why is having good health is what most people want, but why is that most people don’t have better health ? The reason can [...]
  • Carving Your Own Path In Life : 2 Simple Tips

    Baker
    20 May 2015 | 6:48 am
    As mentioned in a previous post on how to live a full life. One of the lessons I shared in that previous post was this idea of carving your own path in life. Carving your own path in life, is absolutely fascinating. You will love your life so much when you are making progress with [...]
  • 2 Tips To Living A Full Life

    Baker
    19 May 2015 | 6:40 am
    A life where you live fully. Imagine that for one second. Can you imagine, what it would feel like ? Most are concerned with what they don’t want to have happen in life, and they end up creating more of it. Most personal development and spiritual gurus will tell you time and again, and you [...]
 
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    Working with ACT

  • Little Things Lead to Sucess At Work

    Rachel Collis
    18 May 2015 | 5:46 pm
    What if your greatest successes are more a reflection of your small, everyday choices than of the big decisions you make? In his book, ‘How to Choose’, David Freemantle suggests that it is our micro-behaviours that make the difference between success and disappointment. By micro-behaviours, he means the ‘nuances and minutiae of our observed behaviours’. We tend to remember big choices we have made and think they have determined the course of our life. Whilst it is true that these larger choices are important. Freemantle suggests that it is actually our micro-behaviours that…
  • Applying ACT to Workplace Coaching – E-book by Rachel Collis

    Rob Archer
    11 May 2015 | 11:42 am
    As promised, here is a link to Rachel’s excellent new E-book, Applying ACT to Workplace Coaching. I think this is a hugely important contribution to the development of effective, ACT-consistent coaching interventions, and essential reading for: Members of the ACBS with an interest in using ACT in the workplace: the paper explains how to make interventions which organisations will actually buy and which organisational clients will respond to.  It also provides a fantastically clear outline of how and why ACT is relevant to organisational contexts. Organisational coaches with an interest…
  • The Price

    Rob Archer
    28 Apr 2015 | 1:05 am
    This is a story about two blog posts, two people wanting to make a contribution, and the price that comes with doing that. In my last post I promised to write something about the difference between ACT as therapy and ACT as coaching. Before I did, I checked with Rachel that she was happy for me to do so, as we’d presented together on a similar subject before. This was her (edited) reply: On 24 Apr 2015 22:27, “Rachel Collis” <racheljanecollis@gmail.com> wrote: Go for it! Also, if you think it is helpful, I would love you to link to the ACT Coaching e-book that goes…
  • Seven (or Eight) Reasons Why Executive Coaches Need ACT

    Rob Archer
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:39 am
    I’ve been been talking to fellow coaches at Ashridge Business School about the benefits of using ACT as part of coaching. In the interests of space I won’t try to explain what ACT is, but will restrict myself to listing some of the benefits of using it in a coaching context.  My intention is to generate responses below, which I’ve learned are nearly always more valuable than mine. Evidence-based. If coaching is to be progressive and credible, then the interventions used should have been shown to be effective. They should have achieved a desired effect over and above…
  • A Letter to The Escape Tribe

    Rob Archer
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:18 am
    For regular WWA readers, some context.  I’ve been working as one of the Faculty at the brilliant Escape School, in particular an amazing Tribe of 50 people who have been on a 3 month journey to get unstuck and do something more meaningful with their careers.  It was so enjoyable and moving that I wanted to write them a short letter…and I’m sharing it here because it is hopefully a good example of ACT being used in coaching (and getting into the water supply). Dear Escape Tribe, I can’t tell you my admiration for your courage to stand for something in your lives, even in the…
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    Michelle Mcquaid

  • Four Busy-Proof Ways To Physically Flourish

    mmq
    21 May 2015 | 8:49 pm
    Do you feel exhausted just from the thought of all the things you “should” be doing to maintain your physical wellbeing? Get eight hours of sleep. Eat better food. Take 10,000 steps. And repeat. Day after day after day of “should”, “should”, “should”. Let’s be honest … few among us have the willpower to sustain this kind of effort no matter how good it might be for us. In the real world of demanding bosses, growing families and long-suffering friends, looking after our physical wellbeing often feels like a luxury we simply can’t fit in. But given being healthy is not…
  • 5 Ways To Be A More Positive Leader

    mmq
    7 May 2015 | 3:42 pm
    I have a confession to make. There was a time in my career when I was a horrible boss. When I was 26 years old I was appointed as the General Manager of boutique public relations firm and while I was technically great at my job and had nothing but good intentions for my team … I had no idea how to bring out the best in others. Unfortunately I’m not alone. Studies suggest that 63% of managers say their leadership skills are average or below. The problem is most leaders are appointed because they’ve been technically successful. And while some of us are given training…
  • Can You Banish Self-Doubt?

    mmq
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:06 pm
    Could confidence be over-rated? What if instead of confidently striding into your next meeting, pitching your new big idea or even owning a large public stage relied less on feeling fearless and more on acknowledging your self-doubt and having the courage to move forward and do it anyway? You see when we lack confidence in ourselves and our abilities we tell ourselves stories like: “I doubt I’ll be successful if I try this”, “People will find out I’m not good as they thought” and even “If I fail my career is going to be over.” “The challenge is that these beliefs shape our…
  • Are You Overplaying Your Strengths?

    mmq
    9 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Ever had one of those moments where you feel like despite trying to do your very best work, no one seems to be appreciating your efforts? In fact, perhaps they even seem a little bit annoyed or frustrated with you? For me this is true when I’m leading a project and feel like all systems are firing as we plan our milestones, set up our budgets and put our team in place. Then as we set out at full speed to accomplish great things, little by little I notice the wheels are starting to fall off. People are run down and sick. Tasks are executed in a clumsy manner. Stakeholders aren’t kept up to…
  • 5 Ways To Be Braver At Work

    mmq
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Ever sat in a meeting thinking, “If only I had the guts?” Perhaps you found yourself playing it safe rather than speaking up, suggesting a change or taking a chance only to regret it later? There is no doubt, that from time to time, most of us wish we were a little braver when it comes to saying and doing what we think really needs to be done in our work. Be it a difficult conversation that needs to had, a negotiation on which we have to hold firm, or an opportunity that we believe needs to be seized, bravery at the office is not the absence of fear but the ability to triumph over it. But…
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    The Vibrant Writer

  • Brisk walks and A Good Chair can Reverse Effects of Long Sitting Hours

    yamini
    18 May 2015 | 6:24 am
    Scientist and Doctors are constantly warning us about the harmful effects of sitting long hours. It is no secret that prolonged sitting is linked to high cholesterol, obesity and cardiovascular problems. Unfortunately most of us spend a major part of our day and life in an office chair. It is important that we pick the… Read More The post Brisk walks and A Good Chair can Reverse Effects of Long Sitting Hours appeared first on The Vibrant Writer.
  • 3 Alkaline Chilled Drinks For A Vibrantly Healthy And Lean Body

    yamini
    25 Apr 2015 | 5:11 am
    Summer gets unbearable every year and what I find more annoying than the smoldering heat is the shameless ads of good for nothing soft drinks and sodas. The sodas are just some artificial flavored colored sugar water that many prefer to drink and they completely ignore how bad they are for our health. I am… Read More The post 3 Alkaline Chilled Drinks For A Vibrantly Healthy And Lean Body appeared first on The Vibrant Writer.
  • Quote 6: Marjorie Pay Hinckley

    yamini
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:23 am
    This beautiful quote is included in the post: How to Trick your Mind to Lose Weight “The trick is to enjoy life. Don’t wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead.” — Marjorie Pay Hinckley The post Quote 6: Marjorie Pay Hinckley appeared first on The Vibrant Writer.
  • Quote 5: Dalai Lama

    yamini
    10 Apr 2015 | 9:23 am
    This beautiful quote is included in the post:7 Mind Traps That Steal Our Happiness – Trap 2. Worry “If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it’s not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is… Read More The post Quote 5: Dalai Lama appeared first on The Vibrant Writer.
  • Paulo Coelho’s ‘The Alchemist’ Reminds me to Listen to My Heart

    yamini
    9 Apr 2015 | 5:12 am
    I have read mixed reviews about Paulo Coelho’s most famous novel “The Alchemist” some call it life changing while others find it too simple. For me it is a very much needed reminder to listen to my #heart. Today we are too busy planning big tasks and conquering battles in every field of our life.… Read More The post Paulo Coelho’s ‘The Alchemist’ Reminds me to Listen to My Heart appeared first on The Vibrant Writer.
 
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    Happyologist

  • 5 Happiness Myths That Need to Die a Slow Death

    Susanna Halonen
    20 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    When I meet new people and tell them that I’m the Happyologist, I immediately get bombarded with a series of questions about what that actually means. Once I explain that I’m a happiness life coach and that I help people to make happiness a habit, they often ask, “Does that mean you’re always happy?”. Having practiced my response to this question about a hundred times (at least!), I’ve discovered the perfect response. I giggle and say, “No, I’m human.” I then go on to give a brief explanation on what happiness is actually about…
  • 5 Life Changing Learnings from the Yoga World

    Susanna Halonen
    6 May 2015 | 1:51 am
    Few days ago I returned from an epic one-week journey of self-discovery, healing and personal growth – at a yoga retreat! As a yoga beginner (having practiced it only for 6 months), I never knew yoga could be so transformative in so many ways. I went into the retreat knowing it was far out of my comfort zone – and found a sense of belonging I never expected to find. From ashtanga yoga to yin yoga to meditation to shamanic drums to chanting to veggie foods to massages to reiki to nature walks to puppy cuddles to good conversations – it was an unforgettable holiday in so many…
  • Change Your Attitude and You’ll Change Your Life

    Susanna Halonen
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:24 am
    One of the reasons I love my job so much is that I get to work with amazing, unique individuals who are all very eager to grow and develop. Some come to me looking for insights around happiness, others to build their confidence and others to actually find clarity on what they want. Whatever the challenge they have, they all have one thing in common. They have a positive attitude towards their challenge. They come to me because they want to resolve their challenge and they are committed to putting the work in to make it happen. Those are two key ingredients of happiness and success: attitude…
  • How to Stop Anxiety Around Failure in 5 Steps

    Susanna Halonen
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:57 am
    As I’m writing this post I’ve just wrapped up four wonderful days with my parents visiting me in London. We talked, we laughed, we ate good food, we drank good wine and we did our favourite activities in (and out of) town. It reminded me again how lucky I am to have such encouraging, supportive parents who are always looking out for me and doing everything they can to help me to reach my dreams. I love them to bits and I’m never afraid to show my gratitude to them for the unconditional love they’ve always provided. Yet this doesn’t mean that I’ve never…
  • Join the Happy Party for a Happy Planet

    Susanna Halonen
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:08 am
    Isn’t it the best feeling in the world when you are so happy that you want to dance around? When you want to jump up and down from joy and hug everyone you see? I love happiness boosts like this and I often put Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ song on to jump around even more. (Yes Happyologist has her crazy moments too! ;) And that’s exactly what I did earlier today. I joined the happy party. I was feeling so high after a good session with a new coaching client that I put ‘Happy’ on and started jumping around. And took some pictures whilst doing it – so I…
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    StrengthsMining

  • Developing Point-i-ness in your child

    Shaunigan
    28 Apr 2015 | 7:09 pm
    Many people have heard the mantra: “follow your passions.” Aside from being completely wrong as career advice, it leaves out how to even cultivate a passion that lends itself to what the world needs. This article goes into mor depth than the one published in Shanghai Daily. Start with reviewing the VIA character results of your teen. Even better take your own so you can better understand it. It is free. You can get a foundational understanding in this movie: Research shows that people who use their signature strengths regularly are less stressed, more fufilled, happier, more…
  • Developing Point-i-ness in your child

    Shaunigan
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:41 pm
    Many people have heard the mantra: “follow your passions.” Aside from being completely wrong as career advice, it leaves out how to even cultivate a passion that lends itself to what the world needs. This article goes into mor depth than the one published in Shanghai Daily. Start with reviewing the VIA character results of your teen. Even better take your own so you can better understand it. It is free. You can get a foundational understanding in this movie: Research shows that people who use their signature strengths regularly are less stressed, more fufilled, happier, more…
  • PERMA Reading List: Positive Emotions

    Shaunigan
    21 Mar 2015 | 3:07 am
    Barbara Fredrickson identified 10 positive emotions that Broaden and Build our capacities.  Joy   Joy. Joy emerges when one’s current circumstances present unexpected good fortune. People feel joy, for instance, when receiving good news or a pleasant surprise. Joy creates the urge to play and get involved, or what Frijda (1986)termed free activation, defined as an “aimless, unasked-for readiness to engage in whatever interaction presents itself” (p. 89). The durable resources created through play are the skills acquired through the…
  • Kindness

    Shaunigan
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:15 am
  • 7 DAYS, 7 WAYS TO MINDFULNESS

    Shaunigan
    16 Feb 2015 | 2:58 am
    SMILING MIND, the free Australian mindfulness website and app provides a simply jumpstart into mindfulness while aiming to raise funds for charity. Join the 7 day mindfulness challenge now.
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    Dr. Isaiah Hankel

  • 3 Cognitive Reappraisal Techniques For Refocusing Your Life After Someone Hurts You

    Isaiah Hankel
    18 May 2015 | 7:40 am
    “When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait.”  Paulo Coelho (Author, The Alchemist) “The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.”  Randy Pausch (Author, The Last Lecture) “Adversity introduces a man to himself.” Albert Einstein (Nobel Laureate, Theoretical Physics)   My best friend and…
  • Why Lack Of Discipline And Emotional Weakness Are The Cause Of Your Failures

    Isaiah Hankel
    13 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    “‎Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard master to yourself.” Henry Ward Beecher (Essayist, The Independent) “The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That’s the day we truly grow up.” John C. Maxwell (Author, The 5 Levels of Leadership) “Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power.” Clint Eastwood (Director, Million Dollar Baby)   I started crying like a baby on the…
  • Why Protecting Mental Energy Is Vital To Increasing Willpower

    Isaiah Hankel
    5 May 2015 | 8:32 am
    “When mental energy is allowed to follow the line of least resistance and to fall into easy channels, it is called weakness.” James Allen (British Philosopher And Author, As A Man Thinketh) “It is not hard work that drains off energy but emotional upheaval.”  Norman Vincent Peale (Minister And Author, The Power Of Positive Thinking) “Fatigue makes cowards of us all.” Vince Lombardi (Former Head Coach, Green Bay Packers) “You’re a coward.” My girlfriend looked at me in disgust. She said the word “coward” with such intense finality that I believed her. Maybe I…
  • Improve Self-Confidence By Ignoring These 3 Life Destroying Myths

    Isaiah Hankel
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:23 am
    “Low self-confidence isn’t a life sentence. Self-confidence can be learned, practiced, and mastered–just like any other skill. Once you master it, everything in your life will change for the better.” Barrie Davenport (Author, Building Confidence) “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” Thomas Jefferson (3rd United States President) “It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” Sir Edmund Hillary (Mountaineer, One of First To Climb…
  • 3 Strategies On How To Deal With Toxic People Who Have A Victim Mentality

    Isaiah Hankel
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    “You can either be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure. It all depends on how you view your life.” Paulo Coelho (Author, The Alchemist) “You cannot continue to victimize someone else just because you yourself were a victim once—there has to be a limit” Edward W. Said (Professor and Author, Orientalism) “Don’t let your struggle become your identity.” Ralston Bowles (Songwriter, Carwreck Conversations)   I laid face down on the cold, hard table with my shirt off. Ten people were circled around me. I could feel the pressure of the gun against my…
 
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    Aura Of Thoughts...place U grow up

  • My Expert MOM

    20 May 2015 | 9:13 am
    At every stage in life,I look back for your valuable advise.Your guiding hand nurtured, a raw life with loving gestures.My mentor, my friend, my strength,in any role play you are a hit.Steadily taking utmost care,your pat infuses an optimistic flare.I do remember each instance how hard was to send me school.Tears rolling down my eyes,were wiped with a hesitant smile.Each time in life I stumble,you are there before I tumble.Didn't let any fear make a room,taught me to be prepared for a zoom.Right attitude made me through,as I learned tolerance from you.Handling all pressure each…
  • Novel Gift to MOM

    17 May 2015 | 11:05 am
    My Mom is a great cook, said oneMy mother manages house and work excellently, believed another.My mamma never forgets a single thing, she is perfect, proudly said one.My Ma is superhuman, super hero and so on…Such were the posts recently in social media on occasion of mother’s day or I say social media was flooded with delightful messages for mother. How we all tribute our success to her is not new as mothers are so special. Mother’s care and concern cannot be delivered by anyone, as their single touch makes us feel relaxed and confident. God has sent angels in every one’s life and…
  • True Bonding

    13 May 2015 | 5:40 am
    “Mom my lesson says that Father, Mother, brother and sister makes a family; is it true?” asked 8 year old Rohan innocently.“This is one of the way we look at a family dear, but there are many more” answered Deepa entering the details in register.She added, “When there no negative intentions against each other, where no justification is required for our actions, where only love and understanding lingers everywhere and a mere dream of departing from them gives a haunting impulse.”“Is it mom? Now I understood what a family means then I have surely an extensive family with me”…
  • माँ : खुशियोँ का आँचल

    8 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    आज पुछा मेरी बिटिया ने , चलो माँ एक खेल खेलें ,मैं बाँधू सवालों के पुल, सवाल सरल ही होंगे देखो, पहला सवाल है माँ बताना ,मन में मेरे बसा है।आज कहीं मन मेरा सब में ,जो तेरा मन चाहा है ,बिटिया रानी सुनकर सारे जवाब ,हल्के…
  • Welcome to Ek Nayi League

    7 May 2015 | 2:19 am
    IPL, Indian Premier League’s slogan India ka tyohar(festival) is too apt, as this season does not have major festival to celebrate, but all are united in celebrating cricket. If one name game cricket, then Kapil Dev is not far away in discussions. Kapil Dev has been always associated with sports in one or another form; this time he is bringing a new form of league named “EkNayiLeague” and it’s left to us to guess what’s it is all about.Kapil Dev clearly gives message to many celebrities that if they play this new league with all by heart then surely they will be hit wicket. Message…
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    Walter E. Jacobson, M.D.

  • The Forgiveness Diet – How To Forgive To Win

    Walter Jacobson
    23 May 2015 | 7:26 am
    Unconditional forgiveness is necessary. Unconditional forgiveness is extremely difficult. The Forgiveness Diet is a daily regimen of thoughts and actions to help people release judgments and resentments, embrace love and acceptance, and make forgiveness a daily habit. The Amazon Best-Seller “Forgive To Win!” can be purchased at: http://amzn.to/v4Xx1q The post The Forgiveness Diet – How To Forgive To Win appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
  • The Stigma of Mental Illness

    Walter Jacobson
    20 May 2015 | 7:14 am
    There is a prejudice against those who are given the label of having a “mental illness.” I maintain we are all mentally ill to some degree. Watch this video and you’ll see what I mean. The post The Stigma of Mental Illness appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
  • How To Let Go Of Victimhood – We Forgive Others For Our Own Peace Of Mind

    Walter Jacobson
    17 May 2015 | 6:29 am
    When we hang onto our anger, our hurt, our fear, our victimhood, we are sentencing ourselves to a lifetime of emotional pain. When we find a way to forgive others, we free ourselves from that emotional prison.#ForgiveToWin The post How To Let Go Of Victimhood – We Forgive Others For Our Own Peace Of Mind appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
  • How To Become Your Authentic Self

    Walter Jacobson
    14 May 2015 | 6:47 am
    First look inward. Acknowledge the good, the bad, and the ugly. Make a commitment to move from the darkness to the Light. And then DO IT! The post How To Become Your Authentic Self appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
  • Gratitude Is A Two-Part Process

    Walter Jacobson
    12 May 2015 | 7:27 am
    It’s not enough to be grateful. Gratitude is the stimulus. Sharing is the response. Giving back. Paying it forward. Recognizing your blessings and wanting blessings for others. And doing what you can to create that. The post Gratitude Is A Two-Part Process appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
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    positivepsychologyprogram.com

  • Showing Your Gratitude to the Ones You Love

    Mariana Pascha
    23 May 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Gratitude is being thankful for; people, situations and circumstances in life; what you have received, experienced and learned; resources within yourself; abundance within; what you give and forgive; your inner qualities; future positive experiences, prosperity and blessings” (Friedman, 1989 & 2000) Effectiveness of gratitude The construct and benefits of gratitude have been demonstrated in numerous studies, showing positive contribution to overall well-being of people, such as an increase in positive emotions (Emmons, & McCullough, 2003; Fredrickson, 2004; Lyubomirsky, Sheldon,…
  • There’s More to Life Than Being Happy – The Atlantic

    Seph Fontane Pennock
    22 May 2015 | 10:35 am
    “It is the very pursuit of happiness that thwarts happiness.” In September 1942, Viktor Frankl, a prominent Jewish psychiatrist and neurologist in Vienna, was arrested and transported to a Nazi concentration camp with his wife and parents. Three years later, when his camp was liberated, most of his family, including his pregnant wife, had perished — but he, prisoner number 119104, had lived. In his bestselling 1946 book, Man’s Search for Meaning, which he wrote in nine days about his experiences in the camps, Frankl concluded that the difference between those who had…
  • Psychology of Happiness and Fulfillment Coursera Course Starts June 15th

    Mariana Pascha
    21 May 2015 | 1:44 am
    Attention all positive psychology enthusiasts! A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment is an free online course provided by Coursera to help you live a better life and learn more. Guest appearances include Barbara Fredrickson, Ed Diener, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, and more. About this course In this course, Dr. Rajagopal Raghunathan (also known as “Dr. Happy-Smarts”), a professor of marketing at the McCombs School of Business at UT Austin, will be teaching you about the “7 Deadly Happiness Sins”, “7 Habits of the Highly Happy”, and educate you on why the…
  • Subjective Well-Being: Evaluating Your Life

    Kevin Irvine
    19 May 2015 | 11:48 pm
    Pondering the idea of whether or not one has lived a fulfilling life is by no means uncommon; rather, it is an essential part of being human. This is based on the evaluation of one’s own affective reactions and cognitive judgements. As the name suggests, subjective well-being is completely particular to the individual in question: no set guidelines lead to the development of a high or low level of Subjective Well-Being. That being said, there are indeed certain ways to lead yourself to feeling more positive and satisfied about your life. Definition As mentioned before, the term…
  • Why Passion Isn’t Something to Be ‘Followed’

    Editorial staff
    19 May 2015 | 11:23 am
    I used to think I had to ‘find’ and ‘follow my passion’ in order to be happy. Until I did – and I was utterly miserable. I was 18 years old. I had thought following my love for horses would make me the happiest person on this planet. I went on to study Equine Business Management at a university in the middle of nowhere in western England – and I lasted three months. Making horses my career killed my passion for it. I quickly realised I’d made the wrong choice and I got the hell out of there. I went to study Business Management instead and kept horses as a competitive…
 
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    Mary Anne Horsman

  • Love and Money

    Mary Anne Horsman
    23 May 2015 | 11:14 am
    Mary Anne Horsman Alright. This is a loaded topic. I’ve been putting it off. The time has come to address it directly because it’s just so important. The truth is, money allows us to expand our Love. So we need to embrace economic abundance to serve more people and spread our message far and wide. Why Love and Money Go Hand in Hand Yes, I know. It might sound strange at first. But it’s true. Love and money are two forms of energy. And in order to acknowledge the Love energy we offer to the world, we must exchange money as an equal trade of energy. So if you’re anything…
  • Love Song

    Mary Anne Horsman
    20 May 2015 | 6:58 am
    Mary Anne Horsman Today’s edition of The Love Post is a confession. I’ve been holding back. I’ve (*sort of) kept my best gift a secret. Yes, I Love words and I offer them freely here twice a week. And I’ve focused on what I consider to be the most important subject there is: Love. Still, to be honest, I’ve got to admit that I can give more. I can add a whole new dimension to my message by speaking a Universal language: music. I Love Music. I am music. My music is one of my most authentic bits of Self. Singing My Love Song So, I want to practice what I preach and…
  • Books of Love

    Mary Anne Horsman
    16 May 2015 | 10:58 am
    Mary Anne Horsman Just finished reading Og Mandino’s The Greatest Miracle in the World. What a fantastic little book! I give it 5 ‘s and recommend you read it for yourself! And there are so many other wonderful books in the world. So many voices of Love to be found in the written word . . . How Reading Can Improve Your Love Life Reading this power-packed little volume got me thinking about just how amazing books really are. You can learn, get inspired and get out of your own head with a good book in your hands. It’s like TV . . . only better! By choosing to spend some time…
  • A Place for You on The Love Team

    Mary Anne Horsman
    13 May 2015 | 10:15 am
    Mary Anne Horsman You are welcome here. You are wanted. You are needed. There is a place for You on the Love Team because You are a vital member of the community of life on this planet. And even more importantly, if You’re reading this message, You are open to finding a way to express Your Love more fully and expand Your impact in the world. Become A Member of The Love Team Today! There are different roles you can play as a member of the Love Team. It’s all up to You. Every role is important and every role must be filled. The more clear You get about Your place on the Love Team,…
  • Get Healthy and Love It

    Mary Anne Horsman
    9 May 2015 | 5:12 pm
    Mary Anne Horsman I just finished a 5 day clean eating challenge with my amazing friend Trisha Selbach. I feel so thankful to have had this opportunity. And I’m so glad that I said yes. I knew that I might not get everything “perfect”, but, wow, even some small changes had a positive effect! More water. More salad greens. Less sugar. More Exercise! Health is one of those things that you really can’t do without. Taking care of your body and your mind is absolutely vital to taking on almost any impressive undertaking. And if you want to be an example of Love in the…
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    positivepsychologyprogram.com

  • Showing Your Gratitude to the Ones You Love

    Mariana Pascha
    23 May 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Gratitude is being thankful for; people, situations and circumstances in life; what you have received, experienced and learned; resources within yourself; abundance within; what you give and forgive; your inner qualities; future positive experiences, prosperity and blessings” (Friedman, 1989 & 2000) Effectiveness of gratitude The construct and benefits of gratitude have been demonstrated in numerous studies, showing positive contribution to overall well-being of people, such as an increase in positive emotions (Emmons, & McCullough, 2003; Fredrickson, 2004; Lyubomirsky, Sheldon,…
  • There’s More to Life Than Being Happy – The Atlantic

    Seph Fontane Pennock
    22 May 2015 | 10:35 am
    “It is the very pursuit of happiness that thwarts happiness.” In September 1942, Viktor Frankl, a prominent Jewish psychiatrist and neurologist in Vienna, was arrested and transported to a Nazi concentration camp with his wife and parents. Three years later, when his camp was liberated, most of his family, including his pregnant wife, had perished — but he, prisoner number 119104, had lived. In his bestselling 1946 book, Man’s Search for Meaning, which he wrote in nine days about his experiences in the camps, Frankl concluded that the difference between those who had…
  • Psychology of Happiness and Fulfillment Coursera Course Starts June 15th

    Mariana Pascha
    21 May 2015 | 1:44 am
    Attention all positive psychology enthusiasts! A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment is an free online course provided by Coursera to help you live a better life and learn more. Guest appearances include Barbara Fredrickson, Ed Diener, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, and more. About this course In this course, Dr. Rajagopal Raghunathan (also known as “Dr. Happy-Smarts”), a professor of marketing at the McCombs School of Business at UT Austin, will be teaching you about the “7 Deadly Happiness Sins”, “7 Habits of the Highly Happy”, and educate you on why the…
  • Subjective Well-Being: Evaluating Your Life

    Kevin Irvine
    19 May 2015 | 11:48 pm
    Pondering the idea of whether or not one has lived a fulfilling life is by no means uncommon; rather, it is an essential part of being human. This is based on the evaluation of one’s own affective reactions and cognitive judgements. As the name suggests, subjective well-being is completely particular to the individual in question: no set guidelines lead to the development of a high or low level of Subjective Well-Being. That being said, there are indeed certain ways to lead yourself to feeling more positive and satisfied about your life. Definition As mentioned before, the term…
  • Why Passion Isn’t Something to Be ‘Followed’

    Editorial staff
    19 May 2015 | 11:23 am
    I used to think I had to ‘find’ and ‘follow my passion’ in order to be happy. Until I did – and I was utterly miserable. I was 18 years old. I had thought following my love for horses would make me the happiest person on this planet. I went on to study Equine Business Management at a university in the middle of nowhere in western England – and I lasted three months. Making horses my career killed my passion for it. I quickly realised I’d made the wrong choice and I got the hell out of there. I went to study Business Management instead and kept horses as a competitive…
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  • No Judgement, No Labels, Just Joy

    Stacy Menzies
    18 May 2015 | 6:43 am
    by Stacy Menzies Chief Happbassador, Happy Fix This past weekend I went to my high school prom. Well, not "my" high school prom, I already had that many moons ago; rather, the prom for the high school I teach at. I went as a chaperone to make sure that the students were well watered, fed, and “left room for Jesus” on the dance floor. The music was loud, the lights were bright but the gym was beautifully decorated and you could tell a lot of love and effort went into creating a special night for our kids.When we see students in the hallway or in classrooms, it’s easy to think that you…
  • Selfish vs. Self-Care: There is A Difference

    Stacy Menzies
    28 Apr 2015 | 5:58 am
    by Stacy Menzies Chief Happbassador, Happy Fix Have you ever had one of those really stressful periods of time, whether a few days, weeks or months? For my family, the past couple of months have been like that. As part of the process of getting ready to send our youngest son to college, we’ve been faced with research, campus visits, applications, letters of recommendation, travel expenses, financial aid, loans, paperwork, and everything else that comes along with trying to give our child the best leg up he can have. Couple that with daily activities like working, making sure everybody is…
  • 'Cause I gotta have faith...

    Stacy Menzies
    13 Apr 2015 | 3:29 am
    by Stacy Menzies Chief Happbassador, Happy Fix It’s a rare day when I quote 80’s pop star George Michael but here we are. The last full week of March, my oldest son’s school (U.S. Air Force Academy) was out for spring break. Some of the cadets went home to see family, some went on trips with buddies, and some did service projects. One of the cadets going home for break was Hailey Lane. Hailey is a sophomore, like my son. Hailey has been an athlete all of her life. She is a competitive swimmer and by all accounts, is in exceptional shape. While at home, she went to her local gym to work…
  • Freedom, Family and Change

    Stacy Menzies
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:10 am
    by Stacy Menzies Chief Happbassador, Happy Fix This week marked one of the last meaningful spring breaks that I will have as a parent. With my oldest son at school in Colorado, my youngest ready to ship off to school in NYC or Boston next year and me working in education, the odds of all of our vacations overlapping is pretty slim. Before the break even started, my youngest son said that he wanted to spend part of the break camping with some friends. His reasoning was that it may be the last time he would have this opportunity and that while we will always be his family and, therefore, always…
  • A Lesson from Les Mis

    Stacy Menzies
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:16 am
    by Stacy Menzies Chief Happbassador, Happy Fix This week, my youngest son was in a high school production of Les Misérables.  He played Javert, a police  inspector who was born to criminals.  When he becomes an adult, he joins law enforcement and with laser focus, makes it his life’s mission to hunt down and imprison Jean Valjean, the “good guy” lead in the play.  Javert is principled, single-minded, and at the end of the play (spoiler alert) dead because he cannot reconcile compromising his growing feeling that the law is not always moral.Javert is a good example of digging your…
 
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    Imperfect Spirituality

  • Get Out of Your Head and into Your Heart

    Polly Campbell
    20 May 2015 | 8:57 am
    Kindness can be a pretty simple thing, a ‘Thank You,’ holding the door open for another, donating to someone in need, offering a gentle smile, or helping a neighbor. Leading with compassion rather than hostility. But we can make this so hard. We get caught thinking that our kindnesses are too small, that they don’t matter, that we can’t make a difference. We believe that if we cannot save the rainforests or end crime that we are powerless to do anything. Baloney.  To be a good in the world, though, you’ve got to get out of your own way. Stop over thinking and start feeling.
  • Lead with Kindness

    Polly Campbell
    18 May 2015 | 5:07 am
    Yesterday, a friend, whom I don’t talk to often, took time from her ridiculously full life to write me a note. She told me that these posts make a difference to her. That they make her think and that she appreciates my work and the friendship. The note came at just the right time: In a moment when I wondered if all this hard work was worth it. If it mattered. And in that moment, her kindness kept me going. It’s the little things that make a big difference. But we overthink this detail. We think that we can never do enough. We figure, well, if I can’t end war, poverty, AND global warming…
  • How to Cut Cravings

    Polly Campbell
    13 May 2015 | 8:13 am
    One of the best ways for me to manage my cravings – which seem to strike in the mid-afternoon – is to keep the food that gets me into trouble out of the house. I rarely buy chips so when I want them, I have to find something else to eat. But there are other strategies that help keep my cravings at bay. If if I eat a good breakfast with fruit and protein and usually a whole grain like a piece of bread, I rarely crave chips or sugary snacks later in the day. That experience is backed up by research. In a study, Heather Leidy and other researchers found that those who ate a good breakfast…
  • The Biology Behind Cravings

    Polly Campbell
    11 May 2015 | 8:40 am
    Chips. Chips and dip. Ruffles and onion dip to be precise. Yeah. I could go for some of that right now. Seems like every afternoon I’m seeking something salty. The latest food craving. Other times it’s ice cream after I get my daughter in bed. Sometimes it is pasta. While I don’t believe in abstinence – meaning if my body feels like eating a particular type of food, I’m likely to eat at least a little bit of it – I don’t want to be at the whim of my cravings, either. I’m working on eating more mindfully and making healthier food choices. So, when I encounter a craving, I…
  • How to Be Kind When Others Aren’t

    Polly Campbell
    6 May 2015 | 9:12 am
    It’s tricky staying cool and compassionate when others aren’t. But, results are powerful when you do. Not only will you feel better, but you will change the angry dynamic, lower stress for others involved, and contribute to an atmosphere of peace rather than hostility. This will help you move on and through without dealing with more muck. Here are some ways to do it. Smile and send a silent hope. If someone is behaving badly, it might be because they a)have got big problems and stresses in their lives, b) they are jerks because they have big problems and stresses in their lives, c) they…
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  • We must be bigger, we must see higher...

    Dave Lott
    13 May 2015 | 9:32 am
    How big we see and how high we see describes greatly how far we see and what we see. It defines how big our world is, or how small it is.If your vision is that from the space station orbiting the earth, 205 miles above us, then you have a unique view.Looking down on us from that angle gives a perspective that we all should share, that we all must share. From that height, our planet, our home, is a thing of beauty. It is silent, it is calm, it is breathtakingly beautiful. It is the big picture of our world, our species, and our existence. From that view, there is no war, there is no poverty,…
  • Promote what you love rather than bashing what you hate.

    Dave Lott
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:29 pm
    It's a pretty simple concept, yet it seems to be quite difficult to do.From social media, to politics and yes, even religion. We bash and sling hate from the individual level all the way up to a race of people, a religious group, or a political party. From our beliefs that differ to our opinions that differ. We utilize negative means to attempt to further place a poor view on the others.I am right and you are wrong... (Sound familiar? It should, it's EGO.)What does hate do? It spreads, breeds and feeds further hate and negativity. Hate and negativity are a disease, they…
  • The Road called Happiness

    Dave Lott
    15 Mar 2015 | 7:23 pm
    Picture yourself driving a car. You are on a road and that road is named Happiness.The journey you are on is, you guessed it, life. While driving on our daily journey of life, on the Road called Happiness, things occur. Those things are typically people or circumstances. These people or circumstances do their best run us off the road, slow us down, cause a roadblock or even cause us to have an accident. Whatever the event, they inevitably derail our ride on the happy trail and in comes a detour down Stress Lane, Anxiety Highway, or even Interstate Worry.But why? I’m…
  • What is your True Potential?

    Dave Lott
    7 Mar 2015 | 12:53 pm
    What if we knew what we were truly capable of, what our full potential in life is?  What if we knew why we limit our potential and how to change that? What if we lived in a world where we believed more in our dreams and in ourselves than we do in our fears? What if there was a simple chart that could explain all of this?This is the blueprint of human potential, yours and mine. This is the view of our potential from the international space station revolving the earth, 205 miles above, looking down on us in our current state and comparing us to our full potential. This is how the Universe…
  • Can we actually believe anything anymore?

    Dave Lott
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:40 pm
    The answer is yes, but with meticulous careful concern. When attempting to navigate the daily bombardment of information from every conceivable outlet, what do we really believe anymore? Isn't it all just biased opinions of fabricated data to sell products...Or is it tainted fear invoking lessons to take our money...Or maybe it's another dose of propaganda spun to look and taste like the truth.The truth is quite subjective, being that it is in fact what you choose to believe. Your choice of believing information as true, typically does not mean another may…
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    LIVING INTENTIONALLY - Intentional Happiness

  • The Future Will Become the Present, Part II

    22 May 2015 | 11:06 am
    Yesterday I wrote about my failure to enjoy the process of preparing for an event in the future.  Today I want to look at another mistake that I often make:  failing to prepare adequately for that future because of procrastination.  I don't think there's ever been a meal or reception I've prepared that included everything I'd planned.  At some point of the procedures I realize that there's no way I can get everything done and so something gets cut.  Usually it's not a problem, but I have to say that it probably would have been good to include the breadsticks in…
  • The Future Will Become the Present

    21 May 2015 | 3:23 pm
    Yesterday I wrote about what was going on in our lives one year ago as we finally got a diagnosis for our son Gideon and started him on the treatment that cured his cancer.  So you'd think that I'd be rejoicing at any and everything that happened this week, since nothing could be as bad as that was.  Right?  Right.  You would think that.  And yet, there I was on Tuesday, grumbling and complaining to myself about the dinner I was making for my beloved community chorale's annual business meeting.  "I wish this were over with," I thought.  I had the sensation…
  • A Happy Anniversary of a Terrible Week

    20 May 2015 | 3:08 pm
    During the week of May 14-21 last year we:1.  Found out that our 19-year-old son Gideon had tumors on his spine,2.  Had to wait five days to get in to see the oncologist,3.  Got him in to the doctor's office and were sent over to the hospital, where Gideon4.  Had a bone marrow biopsy,5.  Was given the diagnosis of a rare form of lymphoma that attaches to the bone, and6.  Started radiation therapy absolutely the moment that the diagnosis was given.This week Gideon has:1.  Finished up a very challenging 18-hour semester at University of Colorado at…
  • Happiness in Transient Things

    15 May 2015 | 3:31 pm
    I love tulips!  And if you're going to grow them you'd better love them, because they give you maybe two weeks (if you're very lucky) of bloom and then six weeks of dying foliage.  If you want them to come back the next year you have to let the leaves stay in place and die back naturally, as that's how the bulb stores food.  You could just whack off the leaves as soon as the flowers are done and then plant new bulbs every fall, but doing that is 1) expensive and 2) lots of work.  What you're supposed to do, which I've never succeeded at, is to plant other flowers around…
  • Why do we care what other people think?

    14 May 2015 | 3:27 pm
    When People are Big and God Is Small:  Overcoming Peer Pressure, Codependency, and the Fear of Man by Edward T. Welch, P & R Publishing, 1997.  Published in cooperation with The Christian Counseling and Education Foundation.This past Sunday, during an excellent sermon drawn from the book of Romans, my pastor cited a term that was new to me:  "imposter syndrome."  According to an article in Forbes magazine and other sources, this condition occurs when seemingly confident and capable people are plagued by the fear of being exposed as frauds.  "Everyone thinks I'm so…
 
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    The Alchemist's Heart

  • Brilliant Alchemical Voices To Inspire Your World

    Christy Harvey
    19 May 2015 | 5:40 pm
    In a world overflowing with noise, it is a great pleasure to be able to share alchemical voices that encourage a soul-felt YES! A  perfect message in light of the world’s pain is outstandingly shared by Parker J. Palmer at OnBeing.org in Heartbreak, Violence and Hope for New Life: “My heart is stretched every time I’m able to take in life’s little deaths without an anesthetic: a friendship gone sour, a mean-spirited critique of my work, failure at a task that was important to me. I can also exercise my heart by taking in life’s little joys: a small kindness from a…
  • Kaleidoscope of Kisses Guaranteed to Transform Your Life

    Christy Harvey
    15 May 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Consider yourself kissed!  Today is “K” in the alchemical alphabet. I am completely delighted to be celebrating “K” in the alchemical alphabet by starting a new tradition of gift-giving  from The Art & Science of Creating Sacred Space. Kisses from your True Self are simple practices designed to inspire a deeper relationship with the wisest part of you. The best part is that each kiss is GUARANTEED to take 3 minutes or less – although you have total freedom to enjoy the goodness as long as you like! During class I send these out DAILY, and my students…
  • 12 Steps To The Sacred Journey Of Your Life

    Christy Harvey
    12 May 2015 | 10:51 am
    In celebration of my 100th post (YAY!!!), I invite you into the remarkable adventure of exploring the Hero’s Journey in your life. There is a pattern in all the great stories of the world that are really one story – one monomyth, with different faces.  This is the hero’s story – the sacred journey of your life. Moms, in light of Mother’s Day, I dedicate this to you and the profound process of entering new parenthood.  I offer you two short videos, one easy infographic and one condensed list.  My bet is that taking a few minutes with one (or all) of these…
  • Inspire Your Life With This Valuable Invitation

    Christy Harvey
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:24 pm
    Your invitation to inspiration has arrived!  Did you know the meaning of the word inspire means, literally, to breathe life into?  Join the adventure with the magical letter “I” in our awesome alchemical alphabet through an incredible poem (some might even say incantation) by Oriah Mountain Dreamer.  I challenge you to let the words soak into your soul and inspire your own relationship with your uniquely beautiful and potent self. Will you accept this invitation to inspire your life? I want to know!Click To Tweet The Invitation  It doesn’t interest me what you do…
  • How To Honor Your Deepest Truth Now

    Christy Harvey
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    I know you bring your heart and soul forward to honor other worthy people, but do you do this for yourself? It’s time to learn the essential elements you need to honor your deepest truth. The first and most important tool is honesty. Hiding from or ignoring the way you feel won’t protect you. It can prevent you from gathering the help and information you need to feel as healthy and whole as possible. Bringing your awareness to what you are dealing with and how you feel from the inside out is incredibly empowering. Give yourself total permission to actually know how you feel. Ask…
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    A Brighter Everyday

  • 31 Leadership Quotes that Make You a Sought-After Leader

    Enock Machodi
    19 May 2015 | 5:55 pm
    As I take my first stride to write this post, you need you to understand that leadership is all about the relationship and social influence you have among people, as well as steps you take towards guiding, managing or solving problems; hence, leaving everyone inspired and empowered.     Leadership is influence. – John C.… Read More The post 31 Leadership Quotes that Make You a Sought-After Leader appeared first on A Brighter Everyday.
  • 3 Things You Need To Do To Overcome The Odds Of Finding A Passion That Works In Your Favor

    Enock Machodi
    13 May 2015 | 2:51 pm
    Finding your passion is something that could bring you happiness. But to understand what your passion is, there are rules you need to know. I wrote about this in a previous post “Is this the unsexy three-rule clue to understanding your passion?” to help you understand the rules to finding your passion and how finding… Read More The post 3 Things You Need To Do To Overcome The Odds Of Finding A Passion That Works In Your Favor appeared first on A Brighter Everyday.
  • Killing Impossibility with Effort

    Enock Machodi
    28 Apr 2015 | 11:37 am
    Everything at this moment sucks! And nothing is worth trying… That’s the impression I get from the frown on your face, simply because nothing seems to be working in your favor. Right? It seems like you’ve been living in a world of impossibilities and… …with every ticking second, you get the assumption that your dreams… Read More The post Killing Impossibility with Effort appeared first on A Brighter Everyday.
  • The Best Ideas in 2015 won’t always come from you

    Enock Machodi
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:32 pm
    …Ideas. Yes. So elusive in a way that is untold, but at one point they cross our minds and, Each one of us wants to come up with one or two. Elusive in a way we tend to give them up or even forget about the last idea that came up on our minds. It… Read More The post The Best Ideas in 2015 won’t always come from you appeared first on A Brighter Everyday.
  • Is this the Unsexy Three-Rule Clue to Understanding Your Passion?

    Enock Machodi
    10 Apr 2015 | 3:05 pm
    What do you know about passion? In my view, passion is an emotion that portrays realism, and is kinda powerful too. The truth is your believe about finding passion could be wrong. As a general rule of the thumb, you need to know that all emotions exist for good reasons. For example, you feel thirsty… Read More The post Is this the Unsexy Three-Rule Clue to Understanding Your Passion? appeared first on A Brighter Everyday.
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