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  • The Problem with Positive Psychology

    The Psychology of Wellbeing
    Jeremy McCarthy
    6 Dec 2014 | 7:33 pm
    The Problem with Positive Psychology, from The Psychology of Wellbeing Courtesy of paulcoxphotography Positive Psychology has a problem. This is difficult for me to say, as I am an enthusiastic proponent of positive psychology. I study the science. I apply it both personally and professionally. I write about it in my books, articles and blogs. And I teach it in my courses. But I have to admit, the field has a big problem. The problem is not, by the way, as many of the critics of positive psychology would suggest, that the science is too biased towards the positive. At least not in the way…
  • Looking for Some Last-Minute Holiday Gift Ideas?

    Positive Psychology News Daily
    Senia Maymin and Kathryn Britton
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:09 am
    By Senia Maymin and Kathryn Britton - The holiday gift giving scene is upon us. Perhaps some of the suggestions here will give fresh ideas about giving gifts that show love and build well-being. MenoraSenia Maymin: Give a friend you don’t see so often a note on real paper – not just email – that you want to do a specific activity with this person in 2015. For a book, give Profit from the Positive. Giselle Nicholson Timmerman: Give a Positive Memory Album. Instead of giving a traditional photo album (childhood, wedding, etc), create a digital photo album about a special…
  • “I Wear the Chain I Forged in Life…Of My Own Free Will I Wore It.”

    Gretchen Rubin
    gretchen@gretchenrubin.com (Gretchen Rubin)
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:14 am
    “You are fettered,” said Scrooge, trembling. “Tell me why?” “I wear the chain I forged in life,” replied the Ghost. “I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free will, and of my own free will I wore it.” — Charles Dickens, “A Christmas Carol” Habits are a chain we forge in life–a chain that can pull us down, or lift us up. A nice marriage of the theme of habits and the holidays! I’m impressed I pulled that off.
  • Revenge Of The Animals

    Walter E. Jacobson, M.D. » Self-Help Blog
    Walter Jacobson
    14 Dec 2014 | 4:51 pm
    The global farming of animals for food is a double-edged sword. We love our burgers and bacon. But it is consuming our natural resources at alarmingly devastating rates and is destroying the planet. Plus: animal protein turns on cancer genes and causes other health issues that impact on our mortality and longevity. Who knew animals would have the last laugh? The post Revenge Of The Animals appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
  • “Wild” Could Have Been a Standard Hollywood Weeper. Here’s How Reese Witherspoon Saved It

    Happiness / Good Life Articles from YES!
    Christopher Zumski Finke
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Reese Witherspoon plays Cheryl Strayed in Wild. Image courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures. Early in Wild, Cheryl Strayed’s ex-husband, Paul, tells her, “I’m sorry you have to walk a thousand miles just to …” “Finish that sentence,” Cheryl responds. “Why do I have to walk a thousand miles?” He doesn’t say. In Wild, audiences see another side of Witherspoon, who appears in almost every second of the film. Later, a few hundred miles into her hike of the Pacific Crest Trail—a path through desert and mountain wilderness stretching from Mexico to Canada—Cheryl calls her…
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    Positive Psychology News Daily

  • Looking for Some Last-Minute Holiday Gift Ideas?

    Senia Maymin and Kathryn Britton
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:09 am
    By Senia Maymin and Kathryn Britton - The holiday gift giving scene is upon us. Perhaps some of the suggestions here will give fresh ideas about giving gifts that show love and build well-being. MenoraSenia Maymin: Give a friend you don’t see so often a note on real paper – not just email – that you want to do a specific activity with this person in 2015. For a book, give Profit from the Positive. Giselle Nicholson Timmerman: Give a Positive Memory Album. Instead of giving a traditional photo album (childhood, wedding, etc), create a digital photo album about a special…
  • Sisu: Beyond Perseverance

    Marta Velázquez
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:58 pm
    By Marta Velázquez - Editor’s note: This article was originally published in the Spanish-language edition of Positive Psychology News and translated by the author into English. We celebrate the movement of articles in this direction! Last June 29th, 2013, at the Third World Congress on Positive Psychology, there were many symposia and workshops to choose from. A friend recommended that we attend a specific one about sisu. I had never heard this term, so my curiosity was aroused.     Storm ComingMany times in life we encounter challenges that we need to face with bravery…
  • Work Hard, Be Nice

    James O'Shaughnessy and Emily Larson
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:17 am
    By James O'Shaughnessy and Emily Larson - Authors’ Note: We are happy to announce that The International Positive Education Network (IPEN) mentioned below launched today. If you are interested in staying up to date on the best research and practice in positive education and being a part of a growing network please sign our manifesto or just check out our website. You can find us on twitter @PosEdNet and on Facebook under Positive Education Network. Editor’s Note: For those interested in learning more about positive education, there is a new Coursera course starting tomorrow,…
  • Yearning for Grace

    Homaira Kabir
    7 Dec 2014 | 10:50 am
    By Homaira Kabir - The final weeks of December have been quite serene these past few years. I’ve felt no pressure to rethink my entire life as the year draws to a close, no pressure to re-craft my old and set ways overnight or else deal with the ensuing guilt as the days roll on and nothing seems to change. This year though, I am consciously getting into the old resolution game again. I use the word consciously rather cautiously. If reason is “slave to passions” as Hume famously said, then the more I think of my reasoned decision, the more I can see the silent drivers of emotion…
  • Failing with Grace and Style

    Donald Officer
    5 Dec 2014 | 11:56 am
    By Donald Officer - Yesterday I wrote about quitting, citing Streep and Bernstein’s new book, Mastering the Art of Quitting: Why It Matters in Life, Love, and Work. Today I want to move on to failing, using Meg McArdle’s new book, The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success. Fail often, fail early? Start-up (eventually successful) entrepreneurs glibly recommend this practice for new businesses. However, this four letter “f” word is more shocking than the well known scatological epithet. Let’s be honest, if yesterday’s topic, quitting, is a…
 
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    Gretchen Rubin

  • “I Wear the Chain I Forged in Life…Of My Own Free Will I Wore It.”

    gretchen@gretchenrubin.com (Gretchen Rubin)
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:14 am
    “You are fettered,” said Scrooge, trembling. “Tell me why?” “I wear the chain I forged in life,” replied the Ghost. “I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free will, and of my own free will I wore it.” — Charles Dickens, “A Christmas Carol” Habits are a chain we forge in life–a chain that can pull us down, or lift us up. A nice marriage of the theme of habits and the holidays! I’m impressed I pulled that off.
  • Need an Idea for a Holiday Gift?

    gretchen@gretchenrubin.com (Gretchen Rubin)
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Warning: self-promotion to follow. If you don’t like this sort of thing, stop reading now! Holiday season is upon us, and many people exchange gifts. If you’re trying to think of a good gift for someone, may I suggest…one of my books. THE HAPPINESS PROJECT This is certainly my best-known book. I can’t help mentioning: it was on the New York Times bestseller list for two years. Yes, two. It’s a book about the year I spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, the current scientific studies, and the lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. Read a sample…
  • Fighting Holiday Food Temptation? Try These 13 Tips.

    gretchen@gretchenrubin.com (Gretchen Rubin)
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:33 am
    I think a lot about habits, and lately I’ve been thinking a lot about habits related to holiday eating. The holidays are supposed to be a festive time, but many people feel anxiety and regret around food and drink—the holiday season is so full of temptation. I have to say, I enjoy the holidays much more, now that I’ve got a better grip on my habits, than I used to. Here are some ways to apply the strategies of habit-change to this challenge: 1. Buy food in small containers. Studies show that people give themselves larger portions out of larger boxes, so I don’t buy that economy…
  • Video: The Most Fun Way to Change Your Habits

    gretchen@gretchenrubin.com (Gretchen Rubin)
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:29 pm
    I’m doing a video series in which I discuss the various strategies that we can use for habit-formation. Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life, and a significant element of happiness. If we have habits that work for us, we’re much more likely to be happy, healthy, productive, and creative. My forthcoming book, Better Than Before, describes the multiple strategies we can exploit to change our habits. To pre-order, click here. (Pre-orders give a real boost to a book, so if you’re inclined to buy the book, I’d really appreciate it if you pre-order it.) Here, I talk about…
  • Ta-Da! Check Out the Updated Look of My Site

    gretchen@gretchenrubin.com (Gretchen Rubin)
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Take a look around! My site has been redesigned (slightly). I hope you like the changes. The improvements will be most noticeable if you read this site on your phone or on a tablet. The experience should be much, much better. Also, you’ll see that I’ve started to add a lot of material about habits–now available for downloading. Check out the “Get Started & Downloads” section above. There’s more to come, but much of it is up already. We’ve checked and checked again, but with a site like this, it’s hard to catch everything that might need to…
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  • The Problem with Positive Psychology

    Jeremy McCarthy
    6 Dec 2014 | 7:33 pm
    The Problem with Positive Psychology, from The Psychology of Wellbeing Courtesy of paulcoxphotography Positive Psychology has a problem. This is difficult for me to say, as I am an enthusiastic proponent of positive psychology. I study the science. I apply it both personally and professionally. I write about it in my books, articles and blogs. And I teach it in my courses. But I have to admit, the field has a big problem. The problem is not, by the way, as many of the critics of positive psychology would suggest, that the science is too biased towards the positive. At least not in the way…
  • Life is not a Marathon

    Jeremy McCarthy
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:49 am
    Life is not a Marathon, from The Psychology of Wellbeing Photo courtesy of Robert Jinks Tony Schwartz is an expert on human performance who has set himself apart from other productivity experts with his unique approach on “energy management.”  For Schwartz, who is the founder of “The Energy Project,” productivity and performance are determined by how well we use (and conserve) our energy to maximize engagement and focus in the areas where we most want to see results. In 2004, Schwartz wrote, “The Power of Full Engagement,” encouraging people to look at their professional…
  • The Past is your Reservoir of Happiness

    Jeremy McCarthy
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    The Past is your Reservoir of Happiness, from The Psychology of Wellbeing Photo courtesy of Tal Bright Happiness is found in the present moment. At least that is the popular narrative in Western culture where there is a growing appreciation for the benefits of mindfulness. But I have argued that in addition to “The Power of Now,” there also exists “The Power of Before and After.” We don’t only benefit from the mindful appreciation of the present moment, but also from reminiscing and appreciating our past, or from planning, hoping for, or anticipating the future. I was reminded of…
  • Fish Out of Water Syndrome

    Jeremy McCarthy
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:25 am
    Fish Out of Water Syndrome, from The Psychology of Wellbeing Earlier in my life, I lived in Mexico for a few years. Being a “fish out of water” in a new culture is an amazing experience. It is challenging, stressful, and hard work. But it’s rewarding too. Every day, every relationship, every interaction is an opportunity for learning and growth. I remember at one point, after I had already been in Mexico for around three years, I was still learning new things every day. I was learning the language, learning the culture, and even learning more about my own culture from the contrast.
  • Living Powerfully with Suicide Disease

    Jeremy McCarthy
    17 Jun 2014 | 4:31 am
    Living Powerfully with Suicide Disease, from The Psychology of Wellbeing Today’s article was originally posted as a response to a question on Quora.  The question was, “When you get knocked down, will you stay down or get up?”  The most popular answer was a personal story shared by Abby Smith, a 19-year old woman who has been knocked down.  But every day she gets up again and faces her life in the bravest way possible.  With her permission, I’m sharing her story.  Here’s Abby . . . I rarely ‘tell my story,’ because I feel like I’m just…
 
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  • Revenge Of The Animals

    Walter Jacobson
    14 Dec 2014 | 4:51 pm
    The global farming of animals for food is a double-edged sword. We love our burgers and bacon. But it is consuming our natural resources at alarmingly devastating rates and is destroying the planet. Plus: animal protein turns on cancer genes and causes other health issues that impact on our mortality and longevity. Who knew animals would have the last laugh? The post Revenge Of The Animals appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
  • A Positive Attitude Turns Shadows Into Rainbows

    Walter Jacobson
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:27 am
    Being negative is not a virtue. It doesn’t make you smarter or wiser or more prepared to deal with the difficulties life sends you. Much better to choose to be positive, optimistic and hopeful despite the obstacles and setbacks you’re facing. The post A Positive Attitude Turns Shadows Into Rainbows appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
  • Think Before You Tweet

    Walter Jacobson
    7 Dec 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Sometimes the best action to take is to not take action. Sometimes it’s wise to hold your tongue and not tweet the first thing that comes into your head. Although it may seem very cool or insightful or edgy at the time, with further reflection you may appreciate it is not actually what you want to share with the universe. The post Think Before You Tweet appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
  • See Everyone As Sinless

    Walter Jacobson
    16 Nov 2014 | 7:43 am
    Sin is an illusion. This entire world we perceive is an illusion born of our fear, our judgment, our separation from God, our separation from ourselves. Illusions are like dreams. They are not real and they have no consequences in reality. If this is the case, that this entire world is an illusion, then to see anyone as a sinner is to embrace illusions rather than reality, which is that each one of us is a loving child of God deserving of our acceptance, gratitude, respect and unconditional love, regardless of what they’ve done and how they are behaving. Embracing this philosophy is the…
  • Saying “I Love You” Means Nothing If You Don’t Show It

    Walter Jacobson
    12 Nov 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Without loving acts, loving words are meaningless. The post Saying “I Love You” Means Nothing If You Don’t Show It appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
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    Happiness / Good Life Articles from YES!

  • “Wild” Could Have Been a Standard Hollywood Weeper. Here’s How Reese Witherspoon Saved It

    Christopher Zumski Finke
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Reese Witherspoon plays Cheryl Strayed in Wild. Image courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures. Early in Wild, Cheryl Strayed’s ex-husband, Paul, tells her, “I’m sorry you have to walk a thousand miles just to …” “Finish that sentence,” Cheryl responds. “Why do I have to walk a thousand miles?” He doesn’t say. In Wild, audiences see another side of Witherspoon, who appears in almost every second of the film. Later, a few hundred miles into her hike of the Pacific Crest Trail—a path through desert and mountain wilderness stretching from Mexico to Canada—Cheryl calls her…
  • Video: This Philly Beauty Salon and Rehab Clinic Helps People Heal—With a Little Magical Realism

    YES! Editors
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:25 pm
    “My main goal in sharing my story, and the other stories in the film, is not only to advocate for people in recovery but to give mental health challenges a human face,” says one of the patrons of Hollywood Beauty Salon, who is also a co-collaborator on the documentary film of the same name. Director Glenn Holsten worked with the patrons and employees of the Hollywood Beauty Salon to film a documentary exploring recovery from mental illness and addiction. The beauty salon is part of the Germantown Recovery Community, a nonprofit that provides mental health services in northwest…
  • We Don't Need Santa's Magic When We Already Have Our Own

    Shannon Hayes
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Photo by Shutterstock. The girls and I are standing on Lisa’s doorstep. They are under strict instructions notto discuss their inside knowledge about Santa Claus with the other kids this afternoon. Saoirse gives me a knowing nod. At 11, she gets it. Not every child is in on the secret. There’s no need to stomp on other families’ choices. I put my hand on Ula’s 7-year-old shoulder, pushing my thumb ever-so-slightly into her tense muscle. This is my gentle (yet admittedly coercive) reminder to her: I’m watching you, kid. She isn’t simply proud of herself for outgrowing Santa.
  • Ridley Scott's Weak Defense of "Exodus" Casting Will Help You Understand Why Hollywood's So White

    Christopher Zumski Finke
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Ramses (Joel Edgerton) and Moses (Christian Bale) face off in Exodus: Gods and Men. Image courtesy of 20th Century Fox. Ridley Scott’s epic retelling of the biblical story of Exodus is out today, and with it, the controversy attached to the film is getting even more attention. Chief among the criticisms of Exodus: Gods and Kings (other than that it is just plain bad) has been the unfortunate decision by 20th Century Fox to cast white actors in all the lead roles, despite the non-white characters they play. The film stars British actor Christian Bale as Moses. Australian Joel Edgerton…
  • Everything You Need to Know About the Radical Roots of Wonder Woman

    Christopher Zumski Finke
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Photo by Flickr / B. Baltimore Brown. All these things are true about Wonder Woman: She is a national treasure that the Smithsonian Institution named among its 101 Objects that Made America; she is a '70s feminist icon; she is the product of a polyamorous household that participated in a sex cult. Harvard historian Jill Lepore claims in her new book, The Secret History of Wonder Woman, that Wonder Woman is the “missing link in a chain of events that begins with the women’s suffrage campaigns of the 1910s and ends with the troubled place of feminism fully a century later.” She comes out…
 
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  • Your Favorite Posts of the Year

    Good Vibe Coach
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:58 am
    Of the 98 posts published here throughout the year, you guys had a handful of favorites that got way more attention than most. Here’s where the big love was flowing at the blog in 2014: 1. How to Practice Being Rich We’ve talked before about why it’s powerful to practice being rich; in this post we talk about how exactly to do that. This post had quadruple the traffic of other articles. 2. Sleep Your Way to Success  How can sleep help manifest your desires? This post on how you can sleep your way to success written by LOA expert Nancy Barry-Jansson was your second most…
  • How to Pretend When Reality Disagrees

    Good Vibe Coach
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:39 am
    LOA savvy folks know the power of acting as if you’ve already got what you want. Becoming the person you want to be – before reality agrees with you – is incredibly effective at aligning your signal to allow your desires to manifest in 3D reality. This works no matter what you’re manifesting – whether your goals are professional, spiritual, relationship, financial or physical health. Yet lots of creators don’t practice it because they quickly run into challenges with pretending it’s already so. Like, the guy manifesting financial abundance…
  • Activate: New Money Story

    Good Vibe Coach
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:27 am
    Is it time for a new money story? If the one you’ve been telling isn’t your favorite, let’s replace it. I’ll share tidbits from mine and invite you to share highlights from yours so we can piece together our absolute favorite way to do money. Remember how this works: change starts with a new story. And we have to be willing to tell that story before it’s “true.” This is not for sissies. Being able to speak it like you want it before it is takes some cojones. But we can do it – because we’re conscious creators who know how to engage our…
  • Getting Clients the LOA Way

    Good Vibe Coach
    2 Dec 2014 | 10:14 am
    If you’d like my help to rock your business, I’ve got a fab new way to help you get clients. Or readers, subscribers, customers, buyers, projects, gigs – whatever you call it when someone shows up to pay you for the work you’re doing in the world. If you’re a healer, coach, artist, singer, writer, or any type of service professional who relies on attracting clients to stay in business, you’re invited to my Vibrational Marketing event a week from today. It’s a free hour where I lay out the LOA way to get perfect clients. This is something I’m…
  • What’s In Your DNA?

    Good Vibe Coach
    29 Nov 2014 | 9:41 am
    Did you know you can get your dog’s DNA tested for like $65? It’ll tell you the different breeds making up their ancestry. Cool, right? We just sent in Sadie’s cheek swab a few days ago. In anticipating what the results will say about her heritage, it made me wonder what’s in my DNA. But then I realized I don’t need a test to tell me what I’m programmed with. I feel it every day, in every cell, in every breath … … my DNA reads “Inspire Conscious Creators.” (There’s no ACGT code in mine, I’d bet money. It has to be all…
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  • 3 Simple Tips To A Beautiful Life

    Baker
    6 Dec 2014 | 1:46 pm
      A beautiful life. If you asked anybody;  if they wanted to a have a more beautiful life, what would they answer? Most would answer an absolute yes. A more beautiful life and having beautiful in ones life is ideally a great space to be in energetically. However, why is it that if most want [...]
  • 3 Tips To Greatness Within

    Baker
    29 Nov 2014 | 9:21 am
    There is greatness in you. Yes it is true. There are times in your life when you may doubt this, however if you take a look at where your life is headed do you see that glimmer of hope ? As you take entire stock of you life see what you are grateful for that [...]
  • You Become What You Think

    Baker
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:15 am
        You become what you think. If you think positive you get positive results. If you get negative you get negative results. Why is this? This is because we live in a world of energy. The reason I continue to live a very blessed, financially prosperous, authentic, and beautiful life is because that is [...]
  • How To Be At Peace

    Baker
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:08 am
    Have you ever wondered why peace seems to allude you? Truth is, peace can come to you by simply being yourself. Yes. Being true to who you are and awakening to the peace within you is going to open up the space of peace that lives within you. Align with peace. Become and embody peace. [...]
  • 2 Tips To Having More Happiness In Your Life Today

    Baker
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
      Happiness. Do you have it? It seems to be something that comes and goes for most people. Why is it that people say they want to be happy. But, actually do things that don’t make them happy and leave them feeling sad, worried, and frustrated with daily life? In my journey, happiness never seems [...]
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  • Maybe we should ask our staff to read Harry Potter?

    Paul Atkins
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:31 pm
    What if reading novels helped us to learn the perspective taking skills that we need to empathise with others? Maybe our staff development programs should include a book club. My kind of workplace!   Recently Vezzali et al. (2014) showed that the more Harry Potter books that undergraduates had read, the more positive were their attitudes towards refugees and other stigmatised groups. Interestingly, the strength of this effect was moderated by the extent to which participants identified with Harry or with Voldemort. Those who identified with Harry were more likely to take…
  • Helping Alpha Executives to Drop The Corporate Armour

    Rachel Collis
    1 Nov 2014 | 8:59 pm
    According to Ludeman and Erlandson (2004). ‘Alpha’ executives make up 70% of senior executives. They are confident and intelligent, competitive and impatient. They like to be in charge. ‘Alpha’ executives don’t tend to listen well to others. They engage in dominance behaviours, (Schmid Mast and Hall 2009) such as: Taking charge of the conversation Interrupting others Talking down to people Expressing strong opinions Tending to steamroll others into doing what they want (Schmid Mast and Hall 2003) And unfortunately these behaviours seem to worsen as they get more power. Senior…
  • Which 8 Practices Will Help You To Flourish?

    Rachel Collis
    6 Aug 2014 | 12:57 am
    We are experiencing a rapid increase in the incidence of ‘lifestyle’ disorders such as diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disorders, depression and anxiety. Number (in Millions) of Persons with Diagnosed Diabetes, United States, 1980–2011 Dr Kelly Wilson (who IMHO wrote one of the best books I have ever read on psychotherapy) is hoping that contextual behavioural science and evolutionary science can help us to work out what can be done to understand and reverse this trend. At a recent workshop, Kelly reflected on the impact of the 24/7, hyper-connected yet…
  • The Hard Thing about Hard Choices

    Rob Archer
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Many times in Executive coaching the person I’m working with is facing a difficult choice.  Do I take job A or B?  Should I spend more time at work or with my family?  How can I work with a difficult colleague? I am a fan of decision science, but more often than not, this does not actually help the person to decide.  That’s because they are wrestling with what Ruth Chang calls  ‘hard choices’ – there is no right or wrong answer.  However this is usually not what people want to hear.  They want certainty… and an answer! How then should we choose? The…
  • Finding Meaning

    Rachel Collis
    9 Jun 2014 | 8:08 pm
    Meaning in life is an important factor in human well being. You probably won’t be surprised that research has shown that people who have a sense of meaning and purpose in their life are happier than those without that sense of meaning (Duh!). However, more than that, people who have a sense of meaning and purpose seem to live longer, cope better with the losses and difficulties of life  and have greater sense of life satisfaction. Having a sense of purpose even seems to protect against cognitive decline as we age. So if having a sense of meaning is a good thing. What do you do if you…
 
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  • Is Your Search For Happiness Holding You Back?

    mmq
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:52 am
    Are you hoping for a happier life?  I’ve spent a lot of my life searching for happiness.   I’ve travelled the world, spent a small fortune buying books and attending courses and been fortunate to sit with some of the world’s leading scientists to try and understand what would make my life happier. The good news is, what I discovered – particularly from the growing body of research in positive psychology – absolutely worked. My relationships improved.  I truly came to enjoy my work.  My health was never better.  And although I’d still have blue moments, overall I felt…
  • 5 Ways To Thrive During The Holidays

    mmq
    11 Dec 2014 | 1:50 am
    Yes it’s that time of year again, the season to be jolly.  So why might you be starting to feel a creeping sense of anxiety and even a little bit of dread? The truth is this time of year often finds most of us scrambling around trying to get everything done.  Buying presents, wrapping up our work and making travel arrangements.  By the time the holidays finally arrive, we’re usually so tired that in our rush to relax we forgo all the small habits that make it possible to flourish during the year.  Then before we know it the holidays are almost over and we’re starting to wonder just…
  • Want To Feel More Engaged At Work?

    mmq
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Do you walk through your office doors each morning with a bounce in your step and a sense of anticipation about the day ahead? Or do you drag your feet and feel weighed down by that feeling of dread that’s tugging at your heart? While the numbers vary on just how engaged people really are at work – anything from 13 percent to 60 percent globally – there’s no doubt most of us would like to feel a little more inspired, confident, enthusiastic and empowered at work. After all feeling engaged at work isn’t just a way for organizations to squeeze more productivity from us, it’s also…
  • Are You Making Your Wellbeing Harder Than It Needs To Be?

    mmq
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:02 am
    What are you willing to try when it comes to improving your wellbeing?  Would you eat dirt to eliminate bad bacteria?  Garden under the moonlight to beat depression?  Plunge into icy water to improve your immune system? Is it just me or does it seem like each day there is another weird and wonderful way being recommended to improve our wellbeing? Don’t get me wrong I’m open to trying the odd “woo-woo” idea in the name of better health, but I was recently reminded by a wonderful group I’m coaching that the very best place to start when it comes to flourishing is by getting the…
  • Are You A Positive Leader?

    mmq
    11 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    What kind of leader are you? No matter what your job title says, each of us have the ability to consistently bring out the best – or the worst – in other people around us. So how does the way you show up, impact others around you? For most of my career I was so focused on just getting through each day myself, that I only thought about my impact on others when I ran into difficulties. You know people who just wouldn’t do what I needed them to do. People who whined or complained about my approach. Or people who just flat out didn’t seem to like me (I can’t imagine why!). Running on…
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    The Vibrant Writer

  • Time To Take A Break, Time To Do What You Love!

    Guest Author
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:52 am
    Here’s good news! Doing the things that you love can actually be a good thing and can benefit your health immensely. Don’t believe us? Here is some scientifically backed evidence that proves that doing your favourite things is actually good to you! So banish those guilt thoughts, start feeling good about yourself and discover why… Read More
  • Make Losing Weight A Game Of Your Mind And Win

    yamini
    15 Nov 2014 | 6:43 am
    This post is special not only because I am writing after a break but also because I am sharing my big secret about finally getting a grip on my weight problem. I have been struggling with an overweight body for more than a decade now. I got fed up of experimenting with weight loss solutions,… Read More
  • Clean is Healthy & Happy (Swachh Bharat Abhiyan/ Clean India a Mass Movement)

    yamini
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:46 am
    “It does not require money, to live neat, clean and dignified..” — Mahatma Gandhi. A new wave of positivity is taking over Indians all over the world. Hon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given a much needed hope to the people of my country. He has shown us a vision of a Developed India. He… Read More
  • How To Achieve Goals Faster: 9 Steps

    yamini
    13 Sep 2014 | 2:44 am
    How To Achieve Goals Faster: 9 Steps What are you working on? Managing your health? An upcoming project for work? Improving your relationships? Taking greater control of your life? A new career? Making a huge decision soon? Have you found yourself setting…
  • Mantra for Success – Determination and 3 Steps to Get Determined About Any Desire.

    yamini
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    Birthdays are full of mixed emotions on one hand it’s a celebration on the other it is a realization that we spent one more year of our life. I celebrated my birthday recently and had set some high goals for me to achieve on my lucky day of the year. Things didn’t go as planned… Read More
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  • 13 Unique Ideas on How to Feel Happier

    Susanna Halonen
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:07 am
    Are you tired of hearing that you’ve got to exercise, eat healthy and sleep plenty to be happy? Are you already doing those things and are looking for an extra happiness boost? Maybe you’re just looking for another excuse to have some fun in the bedroom? Whatever your reasoning, I get it. Sometimes it’s nice to play with some new ideas to get your happy hormones on fire. In fact, just thinking about testing new ways on how to feel happier will start the positive vibes! Here are some ideas you can play with over Christmas and in the New Year – and why not get your loved…
  • Meditate Your Way to a Happy, Successful You [video]

    Susanna Halonen
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:16 am
    Meditation has been coming up in the media a lot in the recent years as more and more research has made a strong case for its amazing benefits on our bodies, minds and lives. Personally I’ve struggled to get on board the meditation wagon myself… until now! I totally understand how frustrating it is to hear people say “You should try to meditate”, “You should try this mindfulness trick”, or “Just learn to calm your mind and you’ll be fine” if you’re not ready to take the leap. I used to want to run away screaming from these people…
  • 5 Uplifting Christmas Gift Ideas

    Susanna Halonen
    2 Dec 2014 | 6:12 am
    I love Christmas. It’s the one time of the year my whole family spends a few days together. (It’s not easy to achieve this with everyone living all over Europe!) I look forward to it all autumn and now that we’ve crossed into the December month I can speak about my excitement for Christmas openly. Another reason why I love Christmas is because I love using it as an excuse to be uber generous. I get lost in the online world looking for the perfect gifts whilst listening to Christmas music, wearing my Santa hat and drinking glogg (Scandinavian equivalent of hot mulled wine).
  • Walk Happy Be Happy

    Susanna Halonen
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:26 am
    Imagine that you’ve just nailed your dream client. You walk out of the meeting in which they signed the contract to be your client and and you’re feeling pretty good. You are so energised you can’t sit still so you go for a walk to your nearest coffee shop to reward yourself with a yummy treat. As you walk to the coffee shop you have a spring in your step and a smile in your face. You feel like telling everyone around you to be happy simply because you’re feeling so good. Strangers on the street get infected by your positive energy. In essence, you’re walking…
  • 12 Life Lessons for Entrepreneurs Who Want to Do It Right

    Susanna Halonen
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am
    This week I wanted to write a post for entrepreneurs to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week – whoop whoop! As an entrepreneur myself I’m fully aware of the roller coaster ride we are continuously on and how resilience, persistence and focus are the things that make an entrepreneur succeed. Yet this week I’d like to offer an alternative approach. Having just recovered from being ill for a week (most likely due to overworking), I’ve gotten a nice wake up call on many things. Last week I wrote about how important it is to take care of yourself before you take care of…
 
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    Personal Development For Intelligent People

  • Two Signs You’ll Always Be Average (Skip #1 If You’re Sensitive)

    Isaiah Hankel
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:20 am
    “When you work for others, you are at their mercy. They own your work; they own you. Your creative spirit is squashed. What keeps you in such positions is a fear of having to sink or swim on your own. Instead you should have a greater fear of what will happen to you if you remain dependent on others for power.”  Robert Greene (Author; The 50th Law) “As a bee seeks nectar from all kinds of flowers, seek teachings everywhere. Like a deer that finds a quiet place to graze, seek seclusion to digest all that you have gathered. Like a mad one beyond all limits, go where you please…
  • How I Broke President Obama’s Facebook World Record

    Isaiah Hankel
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:44 am
    “Your purpose is to make your audience see what you saw, hear what you heard, feel what you felt.” Dale Carnegie (Author, How To Win Friend And Influence People) “The greatest ability in business is to get along with others and to influence their actions.” John Hancock (Former President of the Continental Congress) “All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” Ernest Hemingway (Author, A Farewell To Arms)   Virality is what happens when you finally align your purpose with your audience. I woke up in a panic and…
  • 10 Strategies For Eliminating Manipulative People From Your Life

    Isaiah Hankel
    10 Nov 2014 | 1:12 pm
    “Be grateful even for hardship, setbacks, and bad people. Dealing with such obstacles is an essential part of training in the art of peace.” Morihei Ueshiba (Founder; Japanese Martial Art of Aikido) “Almost all people are hypnotics. The proper authority saw to it that the proper belief should be induced, and the people believed properly.” Charles Fort (Author; The Outcast Manufacturers) “Stop letting people who do so little for you control so much of your mind, feelings and emotions.” Will Smith (Actor and Producer; Ali)   Manipulative people are those who disguise…
  • 10 Laws Of Self-Reliance Needy People Hate

    Isaiah Hankel
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    “Where did our sages get the idea that man have normal desires? What made them imagine that man must necessarily wish what is sensible and advantageous? What man needs is only his own independent wishing, whatever that independence may cost and wherever it may lead.” Fyodor Dostoyevsky “Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.”  Aristotle “Be a flame, not a moth.” Giacomo Casanova   Depend on yourself, not others. I heard our family’s car engine start. Weird. We didn’t have to be to school for at least another hour.
  • 12 Success Killing Mistakes Hard Working People Make

    Isaiah Hankel
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    “The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That’s real glory. Thats the essence of it.” Vince Lombardi (Former Head Coach; Green Bay Packers) “No one gives a damn about the size of your to-do list.” Ryan Freitas (Co-Founder; About.me) “Learning from failure is overrated.” Jason Fried (Co-Founder; 37Signals)   When you’re working against yourself, hard work is a disadvantage. The wrestling team captain stepped to the side, twisted his hips, and threw me onto my back. We were in the middle of our second wrestle-off to see…
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    Life Coach Code

  • The Old Man Who Chose to Be Happy

    Dejan Davchevski
    7 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    There was an Old Man, not too tall, with grayish hair always combed to the right. He was always dressed up nicely from tip to toe and his shoes were always shiny. There was a gentle... The post The Old Man Who Chose to Be Happy appeared first on Life Coach Code. The Old Man Who Chose to Be Happy was first posted on December 8, 2014 at 5:00 am.©2013 "Life Coach Code". Use of this feed is for personal non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed reader, then the site is guilty of copyright infringement. Please contact me at davcevskid@gmail.com
  • SHOCKING! This Video Explains More about What is a Soul than about Physics!

    Dejan Davchevski
    2 Dec 2014 | 12:20 pm
    I watched a video from “The Physics Girl” my dear friend shared on Facebook and I realized something. The video explains A LOT more about THE SOUL than about physics. It actually explains what is a... The post SHOCKING! This Video Explains More about What is a Soul than about Physics! appeared first on Life Coach Code. SHOCKING! This Video Explains More about What is a Soul than about Physics! was first posted on December 2, 2014 at 9:20 pm.©2013 "Life Coach Code". Use of this feed is for personal non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed…
  • The Egg – WARNING! This Story will BLOW YOUR MIND to a Whole New Level!

    Dejan Davchevski
    29 Nov 2014 | 7:50 am
    Yes. It is true. The story I am about to tell you will be probably one of THE BEST short stories you’ll read in your life I have no doubt about that. Also, this story will... The post The Egg – WARNING! This Story will BLOW YOUR MIND to a Whole New Level! appeared first on Life Coach Code. The Egg – WARNING! This Story will BLOW YOUR MIND to a Whole New Level! was first posted on November 29, 2014 at 4:50 pm.©2013 "Life Coach Code". Use of this feed is for personal non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed reader, then the site is…
  • SUPERHUMAN: How Davin Infinity and his Team of Superhumans Change The World ?

    Dejan Davchevski
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    As you probably know by now, I seek Super Humans who actively do a positive change to The World and make it a better place to live in, with more LOVE and WONDER in it. These... The post SUPERHUMAN: How Davin Infinity and his Team of Superhumans Change The World ? appeared first on Life Coach Code. SUPERHUMAN: How Davin Infinity and his Team of Superhumans Change The World ? was first posted on November 19, 2014 at 6:38 pm.©2013 "Life Coach Code". Use of this feed is for personal non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed reader, then the site is…
  • WHY We are NOT Sorry for Life Coach Code Being Off for 13 Days ?

    Dejan Davchevski
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:13 am
    As you probably know by now if you are one of our regular readers, or if you “coincidentally” stumbled upon our website during these “blackout” times, we were down for approximately 13 days. As the owner... The post WHY We are NOT Sorry for Life Coach Code Being Off for 13 Days ? appeared first on Life Coach Code. WHY We are NOT Sorry for Life Coach Code Being Off for 13 Days ? was first posted on November 19, 2014 at 2:13 pm.©2013 "Life Coach Code". Use of this feed is for personal non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed reader, then the…
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    Aura Of Thoughts...place U grow up

  • Gala Time

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:11 am
    Winter brings gala time,Happiness is all to shine.Holidays comes with message,Have all fun without sabotage.Spread the joy to one and all,Even to the security at the mall.Make everyone more alive,By rejoicing carols in joy.Waiting till midnight for surprise,And thinking what will be inside. Source-Poetry JamGlaring face with misty two eyes,Expression after receiving gift of choice.How does Santa know it all?This mysterystill not solved.Is it Santa who spread the joy?Or my dear ones who often coy(shy).Whoever is it; I love my present,  My smile is bigger than moon’s…
  • Aura Of Thoughts turns 1

    16 Dec 2014 | 10:43 pm
    We are glad to share with you all that we have turned One today. We didn't even know when the time has sailed and we have completed a milestone. The journey of our blog was beautiful and taught us many things. Last year on the same day we put forth our dream of thoughts in the form of our blog and since then there was no looking back. We will certainly keep working with even more enthusiasm and hard work. Aura Of Thoughts turns 1We are very grateful to our readers who in all walks appreciated our work by giving us their valuable comments thus helping us in growing…
  • Let's Trend in SAFETY

    15 Dec 2014 | 3:50 am
    The well-known saying “Charity begins at home” holds eternal truth, so as “Safety begins with me”.  Expecting safety on road from others shall only come in action when you yourself are giving and ensuring safety of self and others. Nobody wants an end of his or her journey in midway; who would like to call death on its own? Then why there is irresponsible behavior on the road. A single stupid stunt can end bright future of self and can tarnish dreams forever. If one analyzes the accident situation, the main culprit according to me is hurriedness. If one starts in a hurry,…
  • Xylophonic Reflection

    14 Dec 2014 | 8:22 am
    This post has won a WOW badge from Blogadda :)Holidays on cruisewith my family and friends There is so much funabsorbing all happiness Excluding worriesuntil cruise hit giant rockCommotion in air all scattering here and thereI was left alonein a skimmed, dull and rough boat I looked in river to see the depth and was scared Source - BJ Shdorma & BeyondMy reflection smiledI didn’t, amazed looked againIt was a messagefrom my own calm reflectionTrust self, keep couragehearing this I gathered nerve Rowed till my arm drainreaching the deserted shoreWhen stepping from boatlooked again at…
  • Rise above FEAR

    13 Dec 2014 | 8:51 am
    Parents walk with their child in every path of life, teaching those lessons of life. Even I am blessed and was nurtured under their guidance, but was amused when they told me that sometimes I even have to walk alone. It was surprise for me, as I was habituated of a company in every task I performed. This was a lesson taught by my parents, a way ago in mid level school, and I took it as theoretical and never thought that same could go practical in future.It was after my high school I was supposed to travel in bus all alone for my further education. There was a fear of travelling alone, and my…
 
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    Walter E. Jacobson, M.D.

  • The State of our Nation

    Walter Jacobson
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:34 am
    Our nation seems more concerned with reality tv shows than reality. People seem more interested in spending time dancing with the stars than elevating their consciousness and helping to effect necessary changes in the world that could lead to the healing of the planet and true peace among all the people of the world. If this doesn’t change we will be singing and dancing ourselves into oblivion. Nero fiddled while Rome burned. We are doing no less. The post The State of our Nation appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
  • Revenge Of The Animals

    Walter Jacobson
    14 Dec 2014 | 4:51 pm
    The global farming of animals for food is a double-edged sword. We love our burgers and bacon. But it is consuming our natural resources at alarmingly devastating rates and is destroying the planet. Plus: animal protein turns on cancer genes and causes other health issues that impact on our mortality and longevity. Who knew animals would have the last laugh? The post Revenge Of The Animals appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
  • A Positive Attitude Turns Shadows Into Rainbows

    Walter Jacobson
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:27 am
    Being negative is not a virtue. It doesn’t make you smarter or wiser or more prepared to deal with the difficulties life sends you. Much better to choose to be positive, optimistic and hopeful despite the obstacles and setbacks you’re facing. The post A Positive Attitude Turns Shadows Into Rainbows appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
  • Think Before You Tweet

    Walter Jacobson
    7 Dec 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Sometimes the best action to take is to not take action. Sometimes it’s wise to hold your tongue and not tweet the first thing that comes into your head. Although it may seem very cool or insightful or edgy at the time, with further reflection you may appreciate it is not actually what you want to share with the universe. The post Think Before You Tweet appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
  • See Everyone As Sinless

    Walter Jacobson
    16 Nov 2014 | 7:43 am
    Sin is an illusion. This entire world we perceive is an illusion born of our fear, our judgment, our separation from God, our separation from ourselves. Illusions are like dreams. They are not real and they have no consequences in reality. If this is the case, that this entire world is an illusion, then to see anyone as a sinner is to embrace illusions rather than reality, which is that each one of us is a loving child of God deserving of our acceptance, gratitude, respect and unconditional love, regardless of what they’ve done and how they are behaving. Embracing this philosophy is the…
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    positivepsychologyprogram.com

  • Existential Positive Psychology: Big Questions, Big Answers

    Nhu Tran
    29 Nov 2014 | 11:48 am
    Have you ever wondered about life and why things are the way they are? At one point in your life, you start to question who you are and what you want to become. In addition, you want to enjoy the things that you do and be happy. In order to achieve the desired goals, you will need to work your way through difficulties and struggles. This concept is known as existential positive psychology (EPP).DefinitionExistential psychology concerns with the human existence and how flexible we are in the struggle for happiness during hardship. Positive psychology focuses on what is good and right with…
  • Positive Psychology and the Body: Review + Summary

    Reza Zolfagharifard
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:52 am
    Positive Psychology and the Body: The Somatopsychic Side to FlourishingBy: Dr Kate HefferonFirst published in 2013By Open University PressDr Kate Hefferon is a Chartered Psychologist and a senior lecturer at the University of East London.  Her PhD thesis was on the experience of Post-Traumatic Growth (PTG) amongst breast cancer survivors and the role of the body and physical activity in the recovery and growth process.Her fascination with the body started years ago when she was a professional dancer and continued into her university education leading to MSc in Performance Psychology and PhD…
  • Positive Psychology and Mental Health

    Paul Wierzbicki
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Sometimes, in the world of psychology, it is easy to get carried away with one perspective. Within the umbrella term that is psychology, there is an array of different topics that can be researched. Some scientists think that neuropathways are the most important topic to study; however, others psychologists base their careers on uncovering disabling psychological trauma from the subconscious. This does not mean that one perspective is more important than the other; each branch, or perspective, is important in their own right, and each branch continues to uncover answers to human behavior and…
  • The Hedonic Treadmill: Happiness Throughout a Lifetime

    Paul Wierzbicki
    16 Nov 2014 | 5:07 am
    Perhaps once in your life you’ve found yourself at the gym. Out of all the machines you have at your disposal, you make your way to the treadmill because, why not? You get ready and start the machine. After about an hour you’ve walked a distance, but you’re still in the same place. You didn’t know it at the time, but you’ve become a part of a really important metaphor for a concept in psychology. The Hedonic Treadmill is a theory that proposes that people stay at about the same level of happiness, regardless of what happens to them.A Little HistoryTwo psychologists, Brickman and…
  • The Upside of your Dark Side Review

    Kristen Truempy
    15 Nov 2014 | 8:10 am
    How do you react when something bothers you? Do you reach for the painkillers or distract yourself? Have you ever thought about the word painkiller? Killing pain might sound perfectly reasonable if you think that pain is the enemy. However biologically pain is a messenger: it tells you in no uncertain terms that you must change your behaviour right now.When you put your hand on the stove it would luckily not occur to you to take a painkiller. Instead you remove the hand and if it wasn’t there for long the problem is solved.With emotional pain however we tend to keep the hand on the…
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    The Empowerment Diary

  • Love in Paradise

    Diana Raab, Ph.D.
    8 Dec 2014 | 3:30 pm
    A full moon weekend is a perfect time for a retreat on the power of love. Read more about this spectacular weekend with spiritual leader, Ram Dass and friends in Maui.read more
  • A Passionate Attitude of Gratitude

    Diana Raab, Ph.D.
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to incorporate a passionate attitude of gratitude as a way towards transformation and a sense of empowerment. This can be done by pausing, reflecting and connecting with loved ones, while practicing the art of lovingkindness.read more
  • Sexual Identity and Eroticism in Writing

    Diana Raab, Ph.D.
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:42 pm
    Some say that freeing your sexual energy can free your creative energy. Those comfortable with their sexual energy, according to Abraham Maslow are more likely to be self-actualized. Tapping into secrets helps with our overall physical, psychological and emotional well-being.read more
  • Fantasies, Sexuality, and Halloween

    Diana Raab, Ph.D.
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:26 am
    This Halloween I want to wear a sexy dress, fishnet stockings and high heels and maybe a red-haired wig. Men seem to love red heads. This year feels like the time to express my hidden fantasies and desires. Maybe having just become a sexagenarian has brought out this sense of wonder in me. What does your costume say about your fantasies?read more
  • Metamorphosis - Is it Your Time for Change?

    Diana Raab, Ph.D.
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Life is an adventure into the unknown and mysterious. When we are born, we follow a particular path, but as time goes on, we expand our quest, perhaps undertake an adventure or try something new and different; it is about stepping out of the box to discover something outside our comfort zone, and welcoming some sort of metamorphosis or change. read more
 
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    Happiness India Project

  • The Placebo Effect: Empty Pills of Happiness

    Sandip Roy
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Happiness India Project Happiness India Project - Happiness is more than a smile! Is your mind capable of healing your body? Are sugar pills as effective as prescription drugs? Placebos are 75% as effective as antidepressants. Is Happiness a Placebo? Brain images reveal that placebo-treated patients have the same changes in brain as those treated with drugs. Or, is the whole story of placebo effect fictional, imagined, and ‘sham’? Read More The post The Placebo Effect: Empty Pills of Happiness is an article from Happiness India Project. Sharing the best ideas on the ‘Science of…
  • How to Achieve Happiness: Flow Theory

    Sandip Roy
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Happiness India Project Happiness India Project - Happiness is more than a smile! How can you calm your mind to reach a Zone of Happiness? This is the secret of musicians, artists, and painters who stay blissfully happy for days and months in their work. You can learn their method of creating a calm mind that stays intensely immersed in a state of authentic happiness called Flow or Read More The post How to Achieve Happiness: Flow Theory is an article from Happiness India Project. Sharing the best ideas on the ‘Science of Happiness’ from global positive psychology research! Sandip Roy…
  • A Brand Called Happiness

    Sandip Roy
    8 Nov 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Happiness India Project Happiness India Project - Happiness is more than a smile! Why will happiness matter as a brand in this decade? How the market growth in the coming years is going to be rooted in Happiness? In fact, Happiness is increasingly being seen as the KPI (Key Performance Indicator) by CEO’s and managers. Any thing that gets made, gets a bit of happiness attached to it Read More The post A Brand Called Happiness is an article from Happiness India Project. Sharing the best ideas on the ‘Science of Happiness’ from global positive psychology research! Sandip Roy…
  • 10 Things To Do To Be Happy Now

    Sandip Roy
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Happiness India Project Happiness India Project - Happiness is more than a smile! Top 10 Tips from The Happiness Science: Each of these has been picked by psychologists, and proven to be highly effective in making you happier. Quickly read the list if you are short of time. And, if you’ve ample time, read through to the end for a better understanding of each point. 10 Things To Do To Read More The post 10 Things To Do To Be Happy Now is an article from Happiness India Project. Sharing the best ideas on the ‘Science of Happiness’ from global positive psychology research! Sandip Roy…
  • Money, Happiness, and Experiences

    Sandip Roy
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Happiness India Project Happiness India Project - Happiness is more than a smile! Can money buy happiness? Yes!  This is not just a hypothesis, but what the growing body of research over the last 15 odd years tells us. It has been accepted by the psychologists that lack of money brings both emotional misery and low life evaluation. And money buys us out of misery and low life. More Money Read More The post Money, Happiness, and Experiences is an article from Happiness India Project. Sharing the best ideas on the ‘Science of Happiness’ from global positive psychology research! Sandip…
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    Mary Anne Horsman

  • A Tale of Christmas Love

    Mary Anne Horsman
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Mary Anne Horsman Today’s special edition of The Love Post is a true story . . . Once upon a time there was a woman who Loved Christmas like she was still a little girl. She wanted something to remind her of Christmas in every room. The brisk air filled her with bliss as she shared a warm “Hello!” with fellow shoppers. She even hoped for snow (Just a few inches) so that it would be a white Christmas. This woman, now a mother with two little girls of her own, was filled with delight as she decked the halls and counted the days until Christmas. It was even more magical now,…
  • Do You Workout at the Love Gym?

    Mary Anne Horsman
    13 Dec 2014 | 6:42 am
    Mary Anne Horsman A gym is a great place to get stronger, to increase your flexibility, to improve your stamina and to push your limits. You use both your body and your mind to accomplish feats you may once have thought to be impossible. The beautiful thing about flexing your Love muscles is that you can do it anywhere, anytime. Really, the world is your Love gym. Everyday, life gives you the opportunity to show up and practice. It’s up to you to stretch beyond your comfort zone and grow into a high functioning Love machine. What’s a good Love workout look like? A good Love…
  • Love is Generous

    Mary Anne Horsman
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:19 am
    Mary Anne Horsman When it comes to giving, Love sets a perfect example. There’s no hesitation. There’s no fear of lack. There’s no expectation of reciprocity. Love simply gives everything there is to give. Love shares her abundance freely; her cup is ever full. Give with All Your Heart ‘Tis the season to be generous. And it’s important to remember what that really means. Spending money can be a sign of generosity. And when you do spend, it’s best to do so with gratitude and confidence that you are increasing prosperity by doing so. But there are other ways…
  • Are You a Disciple of Love?

    Mary Anne Horsman
    6 Dec 2014 | 9:48 am
    Mary Anne Horsman The Free Dictionary defines disciple as “One who embraces and assists in spreading the teachings of another.” We teach by example, whether we’re doing it consciously or not. Our words and actions have a real impact on those around us. If we’re clear about what we want to represent in the world, our impact can be that much more effective. We can make a positive, lasting change in the lives of many. A Disciple of Love I am a disciple of Love. I want to share it’s power and wisdom with everyone I meet. Love is at the core of all the major world…
  • Long Live Love

    Mary Anne Horsman
    3 Dec 2014 | 8:03 am
    Mary Anne Horsman It’s quite the ride, this life of ours. You’ve got to hold on to your hat. Sometimes the day flies by and you hardly know where it went. Other times each minute feels like an hour. It all depends what’s going on around you . . . and inside you. Two sides of the same coin. Through it all, Love is a constant. It’s the underlying essence. A calm foundation under layers of chaos. When I think about improving my quality of life and that of my fellow human adventurers, I feel quite certain that tapping into our most boundless resource is the key. Love will…
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    Palchoice

  • 15 life lessons from ancient text panchtantra

    admin
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:33 am
    The post 15 life lessons from ancient text panchtantra appeared first on Palchoice. Man quest is always to learn new things. But we can learn so many new things from our ancient history also. The ancient text is full of wisdom quotes and text. They can teach us how to live a wonderful life. Recently I completed reading the ancient Indian text panchtantra. I tell you this book [...] The post 15 life lessons from ancient text panchtantra appeared first on Palchoice.
  • 16 wake up early quotes to inspire you

    admin
    28 Nov 2014 | 10:21 am
    The post 16 wake up early quotes to inspire you appeared first on Palchoice.   Why is there  so much fuss about waking up early in the morning? Why your mother keep on pestering you from the day you started your school to get up early in the morning? What’s so magical about getting up early in the morning? Let’s get it clear that every person is different. Some [...] The post 16 wake up early quotes to inspire you appeared first on Palchoice.
  • top 9 famous quotes of chanakya

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    23 Nov 2014 | 12:39 am
    The post top 9 famous quotes of chanakya appeared first on Palchoice. Chanakya was an acclaimed Indian teacher, philosopher, and royal advisor. A professor of economics and political science at the ancient Takshashila University, Chanakya is widely credited for having played the most important role in the establishment of the Maurya Empire. Maurya empire was the first empire in archaeologically recorded history to rule most of the Indian subcontinent. [...] The post top 9 famous quotes of chanakya appeared first on Palchoice.
  • 7 ways to motivate yourself for studies

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    17 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    The post 7 ways to motivate yourself for studies appeared first on Palchoice. Do you find it difficult to motivate yourself for studies? Or do you want to find the ways to motivate your children for studies? If your answer is yes to above questions then I think you are landed on the right place. In this article, I am going to share some of the practical things [...] The post 7 ways to motivate yourself for studies appeared first on Palchoice.
  • Walking lesson: learn to walk really?

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    12 Nov 2014 | 11:35 am
    The post Walking lesson: learn to walk really? appeared first on Palchoice. Since I was working continuously sitting in front of the computer my mother was forcing me to go for a walk in the park. I also needed a break so I decided to go for an evening walk and get refreshed. But this evening walk turn out to be very fruitful for me in more [...] The post Walking lesson: learn to walk really? appeared first on Palchoice.
 
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  • Existential Positive Psychology: Big Questions, Big Answers

    Nhu Tran
    29 Nov 2014 | 11:48 am
    Have you ever wondered about life and why things are the way they are? At one point in your life, you start to question who you are and what you want to become. In addition, you want to enjoy the things that you do and be happy. In order to achieve the desired goals, you will need to work your way through difficulties and struggles. This concept is known as existential positive psychology (EPP).DefinitionExistential psychology concerns with the human existence and how flexible we are in the struggle for happiness during hardship. Positive psychology focuses on what is good and right with…
  • Positive Psychology and the Body: Review + Summary

    Reza Zolfagharifard
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:52 am
    Positive Psychology and the Body: The Somatopsychic Side to FlourishingBy: Dr Kate HefferonFirst published in 2013By Open University PressDr Kate Hefferon is a Chartered Psychologist and a senior lecturer at the University of East London.  Her PhD thesis was on the experience of Post-Traumatic Growth (PTG) amongst breast cancer survivors and the role of the body and physical activity in the recovery and growth process.Her fascination with the body started years ago when she was a professional dancer and continued into her university education leading to MSc in Performance Psychology and PhD…
  • Positive Psychology and Mental Health

    Paul Wierzbicki
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Sometimes, in the world of psychology, it is easy to get carried away with one perspective. Within the umbrella term that is psychology, there is an array of different topics that can be researched. Some scientists think that neuropathways are the most important topic to study; however, others psychologists base their careers on uncovering disabling psychological trauma from the subconscious. This does not mean that one perspective is more important than the other; each branch, or perspective, is important in their own right, and each branch continues to uncover answers to human behavior and…
  • The Hedonic Treadmill: Happiness Throughout a Lifetime

    Paul Wierzbicki
    16 Nov 2014 | 5:07 am
    Perhaps once in your life you’ve found yourself at the gym. Out of all the machines you have at your disposal, you make your way to the treadmill because, why not? You get ready and start the machine. After about an hour you’ve walked a distance, but you’re still in the same place. You didn’t know it at the time, but you’ve become a part of a really important metaphor for a concept in psychology. The Hedonic Treadmill is a theory that proposes that people stay at about the same level of happiness, regardless of what happens to them.A Little HistoryTwo psychologists, Brickman and…
  • The Upside of your Dark Side Review

    Kristen Truempy
    15 Nov 2014 | 8:10 am
    How do you react when something bothers you? Do you reach for the painkillers or distract yourself? Have you ever thought about the word painkiller? Killing pain might sound perfectly reasonable if you think that pain is the enemy. However biologically pain is a messenger: it tells you in no uncertain terms that you must change your behaviour right now.When you put your hand on the stove it would luckily not occur to you to take a painkiller. Instead you remove the hand and if it wasn’t there for long the problem is solved.With emotional pain however we tend to keep the hand on the…
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  • Maria Von Trapp: The First Global Happbassador

    Stacy Menzies
    14 Dec 2014 | 2:42 pm
    I’m not sure how The Sound of Music became so closely associated with Christmas.  Yes, part of it takes place in winter but beyond that, I’m not sure what the tie-in is.  What I do know is that it is Christmas time and I periodically hear “These are a Few of my Favorite Things” on the “All Christmas Music, All the Time” radio station that my car radio is permanently tuned to from the day after Thanksgiving until Christmas Day.  Why is this considered a Christmas song?  I’ve never received “Brown paper packages tied up with string,” for Christmas or any other holiday for…
  • Giving Thanks Every Day

    Stacy Menzies
    28 Nov 2014 | 11:40 am
    Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.  I think any day that is devoted to celebrating what is great in our lives and giving thanks for it is a solid holiday.  Expressing gratitude is an exercise that I perform daily. It centers me and emphasizes what is great in my life. I do it in a number of ways: 1. I write daily in a Gratitude Journal.  It’s a notebook that I carry around in my pocketbook.  In the morning, I sit in a comfy chair and reflect on what happened the day before.  I write down five things I’m grateful for and why.  This serves as a daily reminder to keep a…
  • Ready...Set...Holidays!

    Stacy Menzies
    15 Nov 2014 | 5:44 am
    A week or two before Halloween, I started to notice extravagantly lit trees showing up inside buildings.  “How on earth did this happen?”  I asked myself.  Myself confirmed that trees do not typically grow in places like the aisles of Kroger, Home Depot and WalMart. That could mean only one thing.  The holiday season had started in earnest. People grumble about the holiday season starting too soon and the rampant consumerism that goes with it.  It’s too early to listen to Christmas music on the radio or to see displays adorning our stores.  They worry about how they will greet…
  • Afraid of Fear? How to Beat Back the Monster

    Stacy Menzies
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:36 am
    I don’t know if it’s because Halloween is right around the corner but I’ve been thinking a lot about fear and how much fear keeps people from living up to their potential.  Everytime you turn on television it seems like there are a variety of things to scare you; terrorism, crime, disease.  Lately it seems as though you can’t get away from it.One of the biggest fears I had to deal with early on was a fear of failure.  What I’ve learned over the years is that there really is no failure if you learn something from it.  If that’s the prism through which we view it, then failure…
  • This is a Test, This is Only a Test

    Stacy Menzies
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:54 am
    In addition to being Chief Happbassador for Happy Fix, I am a high school educator. Last week, I was involved in helping to administer a standardized test to teenagers. “Standardized test” -- the very term strikes fear in the hearts of teachers, students and parents.  Why?  Because it is what it says it is: a test that is the same for everybody.  It measures people in the same way about the same topics. While administering the aforementioned standardized test, I noticed that some of the teenage test-takers jumped into it enthusiastically.  One student tried to hide during a break…
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