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  • Putting the Science of Happiness into Practice

    Positive Psychology News Daily
    Geoff Fallon
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:22 am
    By Geoff Fallon -    View from Esalen Big HouseFrom February 27 to March 1, 2015 at the spectacularly beautiful Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California experts from UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center (“GGSC”) “explored the roots of personal happiness and offered concrete, science-based approaches to boosting happiness in one’s self and others.“ 125 people attended the workshop, and since Wi-Fi was limited to the dining room at non-meal times, there was lively interaction among participants. Happiness Rooted in Social Connectedness Emiliana Simon-Thomas began…
  • Utilizing Explanatory Styles to Boost Optimism

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    Jackie Echeverri
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:49 am
    Is it more difficult to identify different shades of green, or the difference between green and blue?If you chose the second task, I’m betting you weren’t raised in the Himba tribe of northern Namibia. This is because the Himba color naming system differs drastically from that in the English language.According to a 2005 study from the University of Essex, this difference led to drastically different color perceptions between Himba and British children. Himba children greatly excelled at naming similar shades of green when compared to English children of the same age.Conversely,…
  • How To Be Focused And Happy Without All The Guilt

    Dr. Isaiah Hankel
    Isaiah Hankel
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:27 am
    How To Be Focused And Happy Without All The Guilt comes from Dr. Isaiah Hankel. It was written by Isaiah Hankel, Bestselling Author and Speaker. Start Creating A Confident And Focused Life today. “The human capacity for guilt is such that people can always find ways to blame themselves.” Stephen Hawking (Fellow, The Royal Society) “I wanted color. I wanted to soar with happiness even if it meant dealing with the weight of fear and guilt, too. I wanted to live.” Heather Anastasiu (Author, Glitch) “Happiness shouldn’t be associated with guilt.” Gretchen Rubin (Author, The…
  • The Defining Qualities Of A Decision Maker

    Motivational Memo Blog
    Peter G. James Sinclair
    12 Apr 2015 | 8:16 pm
    Post written by Peter G. James Sinclair. ‘It were better that in Causes of weight, the Matter were propounded one day, and not spoken to, till the next day.’ Sir Francis Bacon Recently, because of the actions of another I was devastated. My first reaction was – to react. But fortunately I was reminded of the wise counsel given to me by Sir Francis. For a lot can happen in a man’s heart between ‘one day’ and ‘the next day’. So it is wisdom, when having to deal with ‘Causes of weight’, that we learn to ‘sleep on it’. So I wrote pages of notes on the ‘one day’,…
  • How To Change – Honesty. Open Mindedness. Willingness.

    Walter E. Jacobson, M.D.
    Walter Jacobson
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:54 am
    Have the willingness to be honest and open minded. Practice being honest and open minded. Have faith in honesty being the best policy. And then watch your world get better. P.S. Faith can move mountains. The post How To Change – Honesty. Open Mindedness. Willingness. appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
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    Positive Psychology News Daily

  • Putting the Science of Happiness into Practice

    Geoff Fallon
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:22 am
    By Geoff Fallon -    View from Esalen Big HouseFrom February 27 to March 1, 2015 at the spectacularly beautiful Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California experts from UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center (“GGSC”) “explored the roots of personal happiness and offered concrete, science-based approaches to boosting happiness in one’s self and others.“ 125 people attended the workshop, and since Wi-Fi was limited to the dining room at non-meal times, there was lively interaction among participants. Happiness Rooted in Social Connectedness Emiliana Simon-Thomas began…
  • Can The Arts Contribute to Health Promotion?

    Marie-Josée Shaar
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:38 am
    By Marie-Josée Shaar -     The arts have inspired us for centuries. Think of the emotions you still feel when you hear the song you associate with your first kiss, when you remember the play that made you laugh to tears, or when you picture the most impressive photograph or oil painting you’ve ever seen. The arts add much richness to life. Yet they are practically absent from worksite wellness programs. Today, Josh Hummel joins me in demonstrating that the arts aren’t just a different, whacky, or inspiring avenue to explore. They impact key health metrics.
  • Life After Chocolate: Romance Over the Long Haul

    Donald Officer
    13 Apr 2015 | 3:26 am
    By Donald Officer - Review of Love Sense: The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationships By Sue Johnson 340 pp. Little, Brown & Company 2013.  Sue Johnson’s Love Sense is indeed about romantic love as popularly defined. More specifically the book targets prospects for “happy ever after.” Her continuing professional and research focus is fostering the enduring emotional attachment she believes truly happy couples exhibit. According to Johnson’s clinical experience, despite inevitable conflicts or setbacks, true long range love is no fairy tale. Sue…
  • The Many Faces of Authenticity

    Homaira Kabir
    9 Apr 2015 | 11:06 am
    By Homaira Kabir - Ah, the proverbial coming of age at 18! I wonder how many of us actually make the transition from the turbulent adolescent years to a stable adult identity when we are biologically programmed to do so. Looking Out versus Looking In My sense of self emerged at a far younger age, steady and reliable, but alas, as separate from my real self as a piece of clothing from the body. It was this garb of expectations, mostly assumed and self-inflicted, that I wore for years until the disconnect began to suffocate me. A deep desire to connect inwards gave me the courage to let go of…
  • Handbook of Positive Supervision (Book Review)

    Kathryn Britton
    6 Apr 2015 | 8:20 am
    By Kathryn Britton - According the the Merriam-Webster dictionary, supervision is “the action or process of watching and directing what someone does or how something is done.” Supervision means feedback. So necessary for continuing improvement. Often so hard to swallow. Here are some of the things I have wanted from managers who have supervised my performance: Awareness of what I’m already doing well so that I can keep doing it   Awareness of what to practice, try, or alter to raise my performance to another level   Energy to move forward Thinking back on my…
 
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    Gretchen Rubin

  • How Does a Rebel Change Habits? One Rebel’s Clever Solutions.

    gretchen@gretchenrubin.com (Gretchen Rubin)
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:51 am
    In my (bestselling) book Better Than Before, I set forth my “Four Tendencies” framework, which divides people into one of four categories, depending on how they respond to expectations. To take the quiz to find out your Tendency, go here. To read generally about the Four Tendencies, go here. Since Better Than Before came out last month, I’ve talked a lot about the Four Tendencies. It’s definitely one of the things that readers are finding most interesting. I love it when people tell me about their ingenious ways of working with their Tendency, in order to change their…
  • Do People Ask Themselves the Right Questions?

    gretchen@gretchenrubin.com (Gretchen Rubin)
    26 Apr 2015 | 11:46 am
    “People often ask themselves the right questions. Where they fail is in answering the questions they ask themselves, and even there they do not fail by much…But it takes time, it takes humility and a serious reason for searching.” — William Maxwell, Time Will Darken It Agree, disagree? I think it’s often very hard to think searchingly about questions that we know we should face, but don’t want to face.  
  • Video: The Tomorrow Loophole. A Very Popular Loophole!

    gretchen@gretchenrubin.com (Gretchen Rubin)
    25 Apr 2015 | 12:01 pm
    In my new (bestselling) book, Better Than Before, I identify the twenty-one strategies of habit-formation, and one is the Strategy of Loophole-Spotting. I’m doing a video series in which I discuss the ten categories of loopholes. I love studying loopholes, because they’re so funny. And ingenious! We’re such great advocates for ourselves — in any situation, we can always think of some loophole to invoke. Well, what is a “loophole?” When we try to form and keep habits, we often search for loopholes, for justifications that will excuse us from keeping this…
  • “As Long as the Good Habits Outnumber the Bad Ones, I’m Ahead of the Game.”

    gretchen@gretchenrubin.com (Gretchen Rubin)
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:25 am
    Interview: Frank Bruni. Frank Bruni has written several books and is an op-ed columnist for the New York Times. His brand-new book is a bestseller that has received a huge amount of buzz: Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania. It’s a thought-provoking look at how the college admission system works–and a fresh, reassuring reminder of what really matters in the college experience (as I wrote in my blurb for Frank’s book!). Also, when I was researching Better Than Before, I read Frank’s fascinating memoir, Born Round: A Story…
  • Podcast #9: Treat Yourself, But Resist “YOLO”; the Challenge of Changing Someone Else’s Habit; Why Elizabeth TP’d a Friend’s House.

    gretchen@gretchenrubin.com (Gretchen Rubin)
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:01 am
    My sister Elizabeth Craft and I are having a great time doing our new podcast,  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.“ We’re thrilled–we’ve hit more than 500,000 downloads, in just eight episodes! Thanks for listening! (If you like the podcast, we’re sheepishly asking people to rate and/or review it, if time and inclination permit; that’s very helpful for a new podcast like ours.) Like last week, this episode was especially fun; I was in Los Angeles for my book tour for my new book Better Than Before, so Elizabeth and I got to record together in the studio. By the way,…
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    Motivational Memo Blog

  • 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…
  • The Defining Qualities Of A Decision Maker

    Peter G. James Sinclair
    12 Apr 2015 | 8:16 pm
    Post written by Peter G. James Sinclair. ‘It were better that in Causes of weight, the Matter were propounded one day, and not spoken to, till the next day.’ Sir Francis Bacon Recently, because of the actions of another I was devastated. My first reaction was – to react. But fortunately I was reminded of the wise counsel given to me by Sir Francis. For a lot can happen in a man’s heart between ‘one day’ and ‘the next day’. So it is wisdom, when having to deal with ‘Causes of weight’, that we learn to ‘sleep on it’. So I wrote pages of notes on the ‘one day’,…
  • How To Live Your Dream Life

    Peter G. James Sinclair
    7 Apr 2015 | 10:55 pm
    Post written by Peter G. James Sinclair. It’s so exciting to dig up old dreams. It’s like being an archaeologist stumbling across an ancient relic and a new dig. For the old adage is true – where there is still life there is always hope. It is never too late to refresh an old dream, to dust it off and go again. You simply need to relook at it with fresh eyes and renewed enthusiasm that is fired by your original vision. So what dreams have you packed away in a box, stuffed in the attic or stored away in the garage? It’s Never Too Late It’s never too late to go again. You’re never…
  • How To Remain Calm In A Noisy World

    Peter G. James Sinclair
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:04 pm
    Post written by Peter G. James Sinclair. Throughout the years it has been, and is still my goal to remain in a state of calm – a stability that is driven from within, and that remains unaffected by what is happening without. There are so many forces – particularly in this media-driven generation – that would seek to draw away our attention from our internal mission and our God-given assignment. And it is for that reason that we must constantly guard our personal radar from being jammed or interfered with. For true reception rises from the heart and soul of a man or woman, and what a…
 
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    Walter E. Jacobson, M.D. » Self-Help Blog

  • How To Stop Sabotaging New Relationships – Get Your Own House In Order

    Walter Jacobson
    26 Apr 2015 | 11:42 am
    Ignoring red flags in others is a big mistake in new relationships. A bigger mistake is ignoring red flags in yourself. The post How To Stop Sabotaging New Relationships – Get Your Own House In Order appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
  • Please Subscribe To My YouTube Channel

    Walter Jacobson
    25 Apr 2015 | 5:14 pm
    HAPPINESS, SUCCESS and FORGIVENESS are attainable! Cognitive tools and spiritual techniques for emotional stability, effective living, sustainable relationships, health, happiness, and success. End self-sabotage and create the life you want! PLEASE SUBSCRIBE NOW! NEW VIDEOS WEEKLY! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAMG8fT00Iw The post Please Subscribe To My YouTube Channel appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
  • How To Change – Honesty. Open Mindedness. Willingness.

    Walter Jacobson
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:54 am
    Have the willingness to be honest and open minded. Practice being honest and open minded. Have faith in honesty being the best policy. And then watch your world get better. P.S. Faith can move mountains. The post How To Change – Honesty. Open Mindedness. Willingness. appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
  • Who Should Change In A Relationship?

    Walter Jacobson
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:56 am
    Oftentimes we insist that the other person needs to change in order for the relationship to survive. Sometimes that is very much the case. But sometimes it’s possible for us to accept, overlook, tolerate imperfections and annoyances when we put our ego aside and remember the love which is at the foundation of the relationship. The post Who Should Change In A Relationship? appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
  • How To Treat Social Anxiety

    Walter Jacobson
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:38 am
    The treatment for social anxiety includes behavioral desensitization techniques as well as cognitive therapy techniques. Together, with practice and persistence, this condition can be managed effectively without medications. The post How To Treat Social Anxiety appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
 
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    Good Vibe Blog

  • How to Attract Financial Windfalls

    Jeannette
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:58 pm
    Earlier this month my friend Melanie Bates shared an abundance exercise I’d never used before. I played along for fun and ended up manifesting a roughly $10,000 windfall in 10 days. (My goal was one thousand in ten days, so I was impressed with the results.) Some of you may be interested in playing with this one, too, so here’s the “money out of the blue” exercise as I learned it from Melanie (who picked it up from Martha Beck): Get out paper and pen to write out three short lists: The first list is to jot down three times you’ve felt abundant. The second list…
  • Janette’s Identity Shift Challenge

    Jeannette
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:06 pm
    When I saw Janette Dalgliesh post this LOA alignment challenge to her private Identify Shift Ninja group, I knew it had the potential to be a game-changer for our manifesting success. Janette generously gave permission to share it here: If there is anything you want to change in your life, you’re seeking to shift identity into that version of yourself. Shifting identity takes you another step toward alignment, so you become that girl with the healthy body, that guy with the fabulous relationship, or that woman with the kickass business. But it can be tricky to get into that new identity…
  • Manifesting with a Magic Hat

    Jeannette
    19 Apr 2015 | 3:01 pm
    I was buying sandals at REI for an upcoming Maui beach trip when I ran across the floppy hat I’ve always wanted. It was perfect in all ways. Even though Russ said I should just buy one once we got there, I knew this was my hat. I liked it so much I wore it on the way home from the store. As soon as I put it on, I laughed out loud. I felt carefree, lighthearted and more fun. This hat made me happier. Could a hat really do that? I know some women feel that way about shoes. There’s even a song about that, so why not a hat? I wore my new floppy straw hat at home while Russ made…
  • Q&A: How to Manifest a Marriage Proposal

    Jeannette
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:49 pm
    I’ve seen my share of beach weddings in Maui this week, so it seems serendipitous to post this reader’s question about what it takes to manifest a marriage proposal. Here’s the question from an LOA-savvy aspiring bride: I’ve been wanting and trying to manifest marriage (or at least a marriage proposal) from my boyfriend for about the last year. I feel like I’ve tried everything to manifest a marriage proposal from him, and while over the last year I seemed to get close (he brings it up and talks about our future, his mom even mentions it) – I still…
  • The Only Manifesting Skill You Need

    Jeannette
    7 Apr 2015 | 10:14 pm
    What’s the most powerful manifesting skill out there, that by its very own self can transform your experience of life? It might not be what you think … Yes, it’s helpful to be able to script like a pro, to engage a rich visualization, and to affirm our desired reality like it’s a done deal. And who can deny the power of ignoring a dream-stopping reality, answering the call of inspiration, and releasing resistance on a dime? These are among many highly touted elements in our manifesting playbook. But there’s one skill that outdoes all the rest when it comes to…
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    BAKER THE BRAND DOT COM - Baker Jacinto's Inspiring Blog

  • 2 Simple Tips To Getting Into Action

    Baker
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:39 pm
      Procrastination. It is something you don’t want to do, but still do it. Why is this? Well procrastination, is common in all humans. However, into getting action gets things done. As you start doing what you love and start seeing income from this. The next best thing is to getting into the habit of [...]
  • 2 Things That You Should Consider When Reaching For Your Big Dreams In LIfe

    Baker
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:24 am
    There are people that want to achieve their big dreams in life. Yet, why is it that only percentage wise a select few actually achieve their big dreams in life? One of the big dreams I never even had was writing and having a published book that is now in 9 different languages and is an [...]
  • Magic Carpet Journey To New Eden – Book Review

    Baker
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:26 am
      I was approached by author Carol Watson, on her new book called Magic Carpet Journey To Eden. Carol’s exciting soon to be released book is also  published under same publishing house my self help book was published in Virgo Ebooks. Who is Carol Watson? Carol Watson is a multimillionaire with 12 years experience as [...]
  • Rising Above Your Mistkes

    Baker
    10 Apr 2015 | 6:45 pm
    Mistakes. It is something some dread, while others look forward to. Why would some look forward to making mistakes? Because when you make them you can correct and learn along the way. As you will see that in this post that mistakes are part of your journey. Your Personal Learning Process The more you can [...]
  • 2 Tips To Joy

    Baker
    10 Apr 2015 | 9:50 am
      Living in joy. Do most people  live it? A joyful life begins and ends with you. When you living in joy you are living a good life. When you are not living in joy you are not living a good life. A good life begins and ends with you attitude. How you perceive  your [...]
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    Working with ACT

  • 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…
  • Getting Things Done (2.0)

    Rob Archer
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:46 am
    Perhaps in common with other people who run their own business, I am mildly obsessed by productivity techniques.  From apps that help organise work, manage attention, to ways of filtering emails and using technology to help limit the impact of technology – I am always a bit obsessive interested. One of the best productivity systems is David Allen’s Getting Things Done, where he explains why we need a system (a ‘second brain’) which we trust if we are to work without   distraction. It’s great stuff, but I think ACT has much to add to his system, in particular…
  • What a Country GP Can Teach You About Fame and Fortune

    Rachel Collis
    16 Feb 2015 | 2:33 pm
    My father was a doctor. When he finished medical school, he planned to pursue a career with some prestige attached to it. He was going to become a surgeon or physician in some teaching hospital. He would work his way up the hierarchy until he was like Sir Lancelot Spratt, with a host of nurses, doctors, medical students and sundry allied health professionals traipsing after him, writing down his pronouncements and doing his bidding. My mother had a different view of what sort of life would suit them and she persuaded my dad to instead become a country GP in a relatively poor part of…
 
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    Michelle Mcquaid

  • 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…
  • Want To Use Your Strengths Each Day At Work?

    mmq
    13 Mar 2015 | 6:25 pm
    If you had eleven minutes each day to just – shine and do what you do best at work – where would you start? Would you learn something new each day? Take the time to really connect with a colleague? Make some space for creativity? Today 5 out of every 10 people report they have the opportunity to do what they do best each day at work – an increase of 30% over the last decade. As a result they tell us that they feel more engaged and energized, that what they do makes a difference and is appreciated and are much more likely to describe themselves as flourishing. How are they getting these…
  • 3 Fascinating Ways To Improve Your Wellbeing

    mmq
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:59 pm
    When it comes to improving your wellbeing, what would you be willing to try? Instead of fighting food cravings to lose weight, would you be willing to just accept these thoughts? Rather than trying to forget about what’s upsetting you, would you be willing to write about your emotional experiences for around 15 minutes each day, to improve your mental and physical health? Perhaps instead of gritting your teeth next time you feel stressed, you could listen to music to improve your wellbeing in painful environments? With studies suggesting, more than seventy percent of people around the…
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    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.
  • Quote 4: Woody Allen

    yamini
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:30 pm
    This beautiful quote is included in the post:######appreciation 5 easy methods to tame your mind. “The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have, instead of what you don’t have.” ~ Woody Allen. The post Quote 4: Woody Allen appeared first on The Vibrant Writer.
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    Happyologist

  • 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…
  • 6 Shortcuts to Kill Procrastination and Become Happier

    Susanna Halonen
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:03 am
    At the start of every year I reflect on my Happyologist® business mission and future vision. It’s a great way to look back on how far I’ve come already, and check that the sails are still taking me the right direction. Saying that, it’s quite a big daunting task to explore mission, vision and strategy for my own business. It’s slightly overwhelming to say the least and as a result I have to admit procrastination has taken the driving seat. I’ve been doing everything but thinking about my business direction. Cleaning, riding, extra yoga sessions, booking extra…
  • 5 Steps to Overcome Your Negative Thoughts

    Susanna Halonen
    18 Feb 2015 | 3:02 am
    Sometimes life feels a bit crap. It feels like everything that could go wrong goes wrong. It’s like the world is against us. And the more we feel like the world is against us, the more negativity we seem to attract – both in our heads and in the world around us. Last week was a bit like that for me (yes Happyologist® has negative thoughts too). Image by Jenny Kaczorowski (Flickr)   My boiler broke resulting in no hot water or heating. The man who was supposed to install the phone line and internet to my new place couldn’t (something to do with a faulty line and lots of…
 
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  • Improve Self-Confidence By Ignoring These 3 Life Destroying Myths

    Isaiah Hankel
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:23 am
    Improve Self-Confidence By Ignoring These 3 Life Destroying Myths comes from Dr. Isaiah Hankel. It was written by Isaiah Hankel, Bestselling Author and Speaker. Start Creating A Confident And Focused Life today. “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…
  • 3 Strategies On How To Deal With Toxic People Who Have A Victim Mentality

    Isaiah Hankel
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    3 Strategies On How To Deal With Toxic People Who Have A Victim Mentality comes from Dr. Isaiah Hankel. It was written by Isaiah Hankel, Bestselling Author and Speaker. Start Creating A Confident And Focused Life today. “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…
  • The Rotten Truth About People Who Call Other People Narcissists

    Isaiah Hankel
    7 Apr 2015 | 1:39 pm
    The Rotten Truth About People Who Call Other People Narcissists comes from Dr. Isaiah Hankel. It was written by Isaiah Hankel, Bestselling Author and Speaker. Start Creating A Confident And Focused Life today. “Stop pointing fingers and placing blame on others. Your life can only change to the degree that you accept responsibility for it.” Steve Maraboli (Scientist and Author, Unapologetically You) “When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.” Wayne Dyer (Speaker and Author, Your Erroneous Zones) “A narcissist is someone better looking than…
  • How To Be Focused And Happy Without All The Guilt

    Isaiah Hankel
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:27 am
    How To Be Focused And Happy Without All The Guilt comes from Dr. Isaiah Hankel. It was written by Isaiah Hankel, Bestselling Author and Speaker. Start Creating A Confident And Focused Life today. “The human capacity for guilt is such that people can always find ways to blame themselves.” Stephen Hawking (Fellow, The Royal Society) “I wanted color. I wanted to soar with happiness even if it meant dealing with the weight of fear and guilt, too. I wanted to live.” Heather Anastasiu (Author, Glitch) “Happiness shouldn’t be associated with guilt.” Gretchen Rubin (Author, The…
  • How To Focus Your Life By Cutting Negative People Out Of It

    Isaiah Hankel
    16 Mar 2015 | 12:42 pm
    How To Focus Your Life By Cutting Negative People Out Of It comes from Dr. Isaiah Hankel. It was written by Isaiah Hankel, Bestselling Author and Speaker. Start Creating A Confident And Focused Life today. “Sometimes you’ve got to be able to listen to yourself and be okay with no one else understanding.” Christopher Barzak (Author, One for Sorrow) “Listen, smile, agree, and then do whatever the f*ck you were going to do anyway.” Robert Downey, Jr. (Actor, Iron Man) “Do not follow the ideas of others, but learn to listen to the voice within yourself.” Dōgen…
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  • Wrecked land not Spirits

    27 Apr 2015 | 5:31 am
    Earthquake do shatter panestremors give an irreversible pain.Hither thither life goes in a second,shattered pages essays depth of menance.Everything can be shaken on land,but my spirits are high and grand.Source - GoogleRitcher scale can't measure my high,as my spirits are touching sky.Though Nature wrecks the floor,but my will wins the furore."Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will."- Mahatma GandhiI pray that all victims of earthquake get courage to face the wrecks and keep their will strong.Sharing with A to Z Challenge - Letter W@Meenal
  • Reaching Through Words - Shadorma

    21 Apr 2015 | 5:27 am
    My powerwords depict a lotthoughts rattledeep withinreflection of expressionsputs forth what's in heart.Sharing with A-Z Challenge Letter- R,B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond and MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie & Two Shoes Texas - Rattle or risk#127@Sonal   
  • Magical Numbers

    15 Apr 2015 | 4:06 am
    Who says statistics are just figures and numbers, they are lot more than that. Surely it is or else we all would not celebrate milestones attached with it. Any milestone crossed brings in merry time and experiences packed in beautiful memories; it multiplies our strength and gives a beautiful boost to life. We are happy to share with you all that we have crossed another milestone in numbers by crossing over 25,000 footfalls of our blog. Numbers are so magical and it spells its charm and motivates to begin afresh.  Happy to share :) Thank you all for your love and support to our blog and…
  • Immortal Flower

    10 Apr 2015 | 1:36 am
    I am tender & light,don’t hold me too tight.I am flimsy but surely resilient,as I erase tense mood being silentI spread fragrance everywhere,offer my part for hungry bees with care.I am none other than but a flower,from which love and care always shower.Color and fragrance of amazing flower,purify mind and cherishes heart forever.Blogging from A to Z April Challenge: I is for InspirationSharing with A to Z Challenge - Letter I for Immortal, Two Shoes Texas - Final or Flower, 3WWW #422 - Flimsy, Hungry, Tense , Theme Thursday - Tender & Poets…
  • Enigmatic Flame

    5 Apr 2015 | 11:51 pm
    A flame deep within, can miraculously bend what not As a tiny spark in life is enough,to blossom flowers as in springSource A little spark is enough to set ablaze,if not directed well leads to unending mazeFlame builds a rabid connection,where a tiny light gives one relaxationA flame is put out when no efforts bubble out, so let enigmatic flame be always there to shout. Sharing with A to Z Challenge Letter E, Poetry Jam - Flame, 3WWW #421 - ablaze, rabid, deep & Theme Thursday - Spring@Sonal
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    Walter E. Jacobson, M.D.

  • How To Stop Sabotaging New Relationships – Get Your Own House In Order

    Walter Jacobson
    26 Apr 2015 | 11:42 am
    Ignoring red flags in others is a big mistake in new relationships. A bigger mistake is ignoring red flags in yourself. The post How To Stop Sabotaging New Relationships – Get Your Own House In Order appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
  • Please Subscribe To My YouTube Channel

    Walter Jacobson
    25 Apr 2015 | 5:14 pm
    HAPPINESS, SUCCESS and FORGIVENESS are attainable! Cognitive tools and spiritual techniques for emotional stability, effective living, sustainable relationships, health, happiness, and success. End self-sabotage and create the life you want! PLEASE SUBSCRIBE NOW! NEW VIDEOS WEEKLY! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAMG8fT00Iw The post Please Subscribe To My YouTube Channel appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
  • How To Change – Honesty. Open Mindedness. Willingness.

    Walter Jacobson
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:54 am
    Have the willingness to be honest and open minded. Practice being honest and open minded. Have faith in honesty being the best policy. And then watch your world get better. P.S. Faith can move mountains. The post How To Change – Honesty. Open Mindedness. Willingness. appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
  • Who Should Change In A Relationship?

    Walter Jacobson
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:56 am
    Oftentimes we insist that the other person needs to change in order for the relationship to survive. Sometimes that is very much the case. But sometimes it’s possible for us to accept, overlook, tolerate imperfections and annoyances when we put our ego aside and remember the love which is at the foundation of the relationship. The post Who Should Change In A Relationship? appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
  • How To Treat Social Anxiety

    Walter Jacobson
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:38 am
    The treatment for social anxiety includes behavioral desensitization techniques as well as cognitive therapy techniques. Together, with practice and persistence, this condition can be managed effectively without medications. The post How To Treat Social Anxiety appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
 
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  • Is the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Program a Failure?

    Kristen Truempy
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:01 pm
    I am not going to lie: the news in USA Today regarding the outcome of the ‘Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness Program’ is a disappointment to me. 287 Million dollars had been invested to make US soldiers more resilient and optimistic yet this goal was not achieved according to the data. It’s always easy as an outsider and with hindsight to find flaws and make up explanations as to why something did not work. I don’t know what happened and do not want to speculate, but leave it up to the scientists involved to uncover the reasons.It could be looked at as a serious…
  • The Only 97 Words You Should Read Today…

    Seph Fontane Pennock
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:56 am
    Getting results is all about taking action.Read all you want, but nothing will happen until you execute.That is why today, I’m cutting this post short. Instead of reading, I want you to do something for someone else instead – right now. Do something for your children, spouse, friends or clients that will help them and that you wouldn’t have done otherwise.All I ask is that you leave a comment explaining what you’re about to do and actually commit to doing it. Let’s see how many lives we can touch today.Sound’s good?I’ll start:The post The Only 97 Words You Should Read…
  • 10 Positive Psychology Studies to Change Your View of Happiness

    Seph Fontane Pennock
    26 Apr 2015 | 2:28 am
    “People wait all week for Friday, all year for summer, all life for happiness.”In An Introduction to Positive Psychology, Dr. William Compton describes positive psychology as seeking “to make normal life more fulfilling.” It utilizes the scientific method (hypothesis, prediction, study, research, analysis) to understand the positive and emotionally fulfilling aspects of human behavior. It is the study of what actions, pursuits, and motivations best contribute to the good life.I enjoy reading positive psychology. The more I discover, the more I am reminded that happiness is rarely…
  • Psychology Congress in Graz (May 28th-June 1st)

    Phoebe Pradhan
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:36 pm
    Although the field of psychology has come a remarkably long way since its founding in 1879 by Wilhelm Wundt, as is the case with most academic domains, constant progress is not just a goal, it is a necessity.In order to cultivate some of the brightest and the best minds involved in the practice of psychology today, the 3rd Congress’ “Spaces of Thought and Action in Psychology”  is being held from May 28th to June 1st, 2015 in Graz, Austria featuring notable speakers such as Kim Cameron, Rick Hanson, Chris Germer, Hilarion Petzold, Ernest Rossi, Suzann Pileggi and many…
  • Utilizing Explanatory Styles to Boost Optimism

    Jackie Echeverri
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:49 am
    Is it more difficult to identify different shades of green, or the difference between green and blue?If you chose the second task, I’m betting you weren’t raised in the Himba tribe of northern Namibia. This is because the Himba color naming system differs drastically from that in the English language.According to a 2005 study from the University of Essex, this difference led to drastically different color perceptions between Himba and British children. Himba children greatly excelled at naming similar shades of green when compared to English children of the same age.Conversely,…
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  • Unlock Your Dark Side, Now!

    Sandip Roy
    4 Apr 2015 | 4:10 pm
    Happiness India Project Happiness India Project - Happiness is more than a smile!  Negative emotions as anger, anxiety, and guilt are necessary parts of our lives. For a rich, complete life, your healthy mind must accept and embrace the dark side of human nature. Without the presence of these emotions from the dark side, your journey to a happy life will remain a distant dream. The Upside of Your Dark Side is a book that peers into the dark depths of the human psyche, and brings to us the practicality and utility of our painful emotions – the ones that we mostly wish we could do away…
  • 50 Greatest Positive Psychology Quotes

    Sandip Roy
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:27 pm
    Happiness India Project Happiness India Project - Happiness is more than a smile!  We wanted to have a collection of some of the best Positive Psychology quotes in picture-quote format. We wanted to include everyone who is or was Who’s Who of positive psychology. But we wanted to include quotes by the giants which would qualify as positive psychology from before 1998, when positive psychology was formally introduced to the world by Martin Seligman along with Christopher Peterson, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, and Ed Diener. So, as we searched through the publicly available resources,…
  • Success: 2 Traits, 5 Steps And 1 Timeless Definition

    Sandip Roy
    15 Mar 2015 | 2:22 pm
    Happiness India Project Happiness India Project - Happiness is more than a smile!  Maya Angelou in an oft-quoted remark said, “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”  The Minimalists Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus put it this way, “If we’re not happy, then we’re not successful.”  The Macmillan dictionary describes success – as a metaphor – as, “Being successful is like being high up.” The Oxford dictionary defines success as “the attainment of fame, wealth, or social…
  • Are Extroverts Happier Than Introverts?

    Sandip Roy
    22 Feb 2015 | 3:24 pm
    Happiness India Project Happiness India Project - Happiness is more than a smile!  “Welcome to the party! Come right in – join in the fun! Let me take you around to meet some great guys!” If that’s the kind of welcome you receive at the door of a common friend’s party, the first thought that flashes through your mind is, ‘I like this person! She’s cool.’ Are Extroverts Happier Than Us? So, you like her ‘cool quotient’. Now, if anyone is to ask what you mean by ‘cool’, you probably would offer these explanations: She loves people. She is socially…
  • Profits And Happiness: Work-Life Balance

    Sandip Roy
    14 Feb 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Happiness India Project Happiness India Project - Happiness is more than a smile!  Profits And Happiness: There isn’t much time for self-reflection when you are advising on company takeovers but at Irish corporate law firm William Fry they are giving themselves some serious thought. In between drafting contracts and negotiating deals, over 70 of the firm’s partners are mapping out how they spend their time, from meetings with clients to games of tennis with friends, and then considering how engaged they were at each activity. The analysis, charted using an online app, is part…
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    Mary Anne Horsman

  • The Love Diet

    Mary Anne Horsman
    25 Apr 2015 | 9:14 am
    Mary Anne Horsman Isn’t it amazing the incredible life in spirit you feel because of the nicer weather? For me, it’s like the winter was dragging me down more than I knew. And spring is arriving like just the breath of fresh air I needed. Literally and figuratively. It’s a time of expansion and growth. We all start getting excited to be “ready” for the glory of summer days. It’s sort of like a second New Year’s . . . I noticed that the parking lot of the local gym was packed today, so I thought it was a good time to share this Post. What Really…
  • Happy Earth Day from The Love Post!

    Mary Anne Horsman
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:28 pm
    Mary Anne Horsman Just like Valentine’s Day is a special occasion that (hopefully) reminds us of the importance of Love all year, Earth Day is another great reminder holiday. It draws attention to the amazing role our planet plays in supporting not only life, but our luxurious modern lifestyle! Really, we would do well to adopt a practice of daily gratitude for all that the Earth provides. And we must continue to make decisions with a conscious awareness of the consequences of our actions. Creating a more Loving world requires us to find a way to live in harmony with the planet that…
  • How to Affirm Your Love

    Mary Anne Horsman
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Mary Anne Horsman You may have heard how powerful affirmations are. This edition of The Love Post will affirm it yet again! But what is an affirmation, anyway? It is a positive declaration. It supports the truth of something by stating it as fact. Using affirmations is a simple way to stay focused on your goals and build your belief in the possibilities of achieving your dreams. But there are a few things you should know to make your affirmation efforts more effective. How to Affirm Your Love First of all, you want to choose your affirmations thoughtfully. Decide what it is that you want…
  • Double Your Love with this Quick Survey

    Mary Anne Horsman
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Mary Anne Horsman Have you ever thought about exactly what it would take to double your Love? As it turns out, simply asking the right questions is a fantastic way to jump start your progress to getting what you want out of life. And if you want to get the most out of answering these questions, share them with others who will support you in your process of growth and success. (That’s us!) Take the Love Survey Today I’m asking you to take this quick Love Survey for two reasons: 1. So you get clear on exactly what you’re aiming for. 2. So I can help you get there as quickly…
  • Love is Judgment Free

    Mary Anne Horsman
    11 Apr 2015 | 5:27 pm
    Mary Anne Horsman Love is a beautiful thing. I can think of nothing better. It is all that is good and pure and true in this life. That’s why today’s edition of The Love Post is about something that seems to cause so much unnecessary pain and suffering. It seems that Love has been misrepresented so often. It’s time to clarify. Judgment is not Love Although I’m dedicated to focusing on what Love is, there are certain things that Love is not. Judgment is one of them. It’s become apparent to me that self-judgment stops Love in its tracks. It can fill you with fear,…
 
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  • Is the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Program a Failure?

    Kristen Truempy
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:01 pm
    I am not going to lie: the news in USA Today regarding the outcome of the ‘Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness Program’ is a disappointment to me. 287 Million dollars had been invested to make US soldiers more resilient and optimistic yet this goal was not achieved according to the data. It’s always easy as an outsider and with hindsight to find flaws and make up explanations as to why something did not work. I don’t know what happened and do not want to speculate, but leave it up to the scientists involved to uncover the reasons.It could be looked at as a serious…
  • The Only 97 Words You Should Read Today…

    Seph Fontane Pennock
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:56 am
    Getting results is all about taking action.Read all you want, but nothing will happen until you execute.That is why today, I’m cutting this post short. Instead of reading, I want you to do something for someone else instead – right now. Do something for your children, spouse, friends or clients that will help them and that you wouldn’t have done otherwise.All I ask is that you leave a comment explaining what you’re about to do and actually commit to doing it. Let’s see how many lives we can touch today.Sound’s good?I’ll start:The post The Only 97 Words You Should Read…
  • 10 Positive Psychology Studies to Change Your View of Happiness

    Seph Fontane Pennock
    26 Apr 2015 | 2:28 am
    “People wait all week for Friday, all year for summer, all life for happiness.”In An Introduction to Positive Psychology, Dr. William Compton describes positive psychology as seeking “to make normal life more fulfilling.” It utilizes the scientific method (hypothesis, prediction, study, research, analysis) to understand the positive and emotionally fulfilling aspects of human behavior. It is the study of what actions, pursuits, and motivations best contribute to the good life.I enjoy reading positive psychology. The more I discover, the more I am reminded that happiness is rarely…
  • Psychology Congress in Graz (May 28th-June 1st)

    Phoebe Pradhan
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:36 pm
    Although the field of psychology has come a remarkably long way since its founding in 1879 by Wilhelm Wundt, as is the case with most academic domains, constant progress is not just a goal, it is a necessity.In order to cultivate some of the brightest and the best minds involved in the practice of psychology today, the 3rd Congress’ “Spaces of Thought and Action in Psychology”  is being held from May 28th to June 1st, 2015 in Graz, Austria featuring notable speakers such as Kim Cameron, Rick Hanson, Chris Germer, Hilarion Petzold, Ernest Rossi, Suzann Pileggi and many…
  • Utilizing Explanatory Styles to Boost Optimism

    Jackie Echeverri
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:49 am
    Is it more difficult to identify different shades of green, or the difference between green and blue?If you chose the second task, I’m betting you weren’t raised in the Himba tribe of northern Namibia. This is because the Himba color naming system differs drastically from that in the English language.According to a 2005 study from the University of Essex, this difference led to drastically different color perceptions between Himba and British children. Himba children greatly excelled at naming similar shades of green when compared to English children of the same age.Conversely,…
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  • '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…
  • Deciding What Hill to Die On

    Stacy Menzies
    9 Mar 2015 | 7:19 am
    by Stacy Menzies Chief Happbassador, Happy FixDaily, we are presented with challenges.  Some of them are of our own making.  Others come from people or  institutions.  In looking at each of these challenges, we have to decide whether it is worth it to fight to overcome them or turn away from them.  As my husband says, “You’ve got to decide what hill you want to die on.”This  weekend marks the 50th Anniversary of the March on Selma.  Fifty years ago, institutionalized racism was the norm.  The challenges seemed insurmountable but with incredible leadership and the support of…
  • Blue? Gold? Black? White? Who Cares?

    Stacy Menzies
    1 Mar 2015 | 3:07 pm
    by Stacy Menzies Chief Happbassador, Happy Fix This past week, I watched as my Facebook news feed blew up.  The culprit?  The dress.  You know the one.  It’s gold and white……..or blue and black…..Awww heck, I’m not sure what it is but it littered my status updates and got me pretty irritated. Clearly, it was not my Happy Fix.I love a healthy debate.  I’ve been known to dig my heels in on something I feel passionately about.  I will go toe to toe with somebody until one of us brushes off the “We’ll just have to agree to disagree,” line so we can both get on with our…
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  • Start Over When a Bad Mood Threatens

    Polly Campbell
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Sweet P recently came home with some advice and I’m glad I was paying attention. It wasn’t the usual “Kids get more homework done when they eat lots of candy.” Nor was it a suggestion I’ve heard before about converting the garage into a kid’s fort with an iPhone and a refrigerator with pop where no grown-up are welcome. NOT EVER. This was advice about how to get through a bad day and it’s simple: Start Over. At any point, she told me, you can decide to start again. You don’t have to hold on to the stress of a crazy morning when you almost forgot your lunch, or the anger…
  • How to Get Unstuck

    Polly Campbell
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:19 am
    Erin Cairney White We all have times when we feel like we are stalled in the fast-lane of life. Stuck in the routine. Bored and maybe even burned out. In Monday’s post, which you can find here, I offered some tips to get unstuck. Here are a few more worth trying. Do something for someone else. Tough to remain stuck when we move outside of ourselves to help another. This is the easiest way to get back in the game of life. Go sweep a neighbor’s porch. Hide love notes around the house for your partner. Make a casserole for the new mom down the street. Go eat lunch with your daughter’s…
  • How to Get Your Swagger Back — Part 1

    Polly Campbell
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:05 am
    There are only so many meals you can cook, commutes you can make, bills you can pay, socks you can match before life begins to feel a little mundane. Boring even. You know the feeling when the same ol’ stuff, feels drab and uncomfortable. Motivation is flagging and you no longer feel fired up about the work or activities that you used to enjoy. You are stuck. Been there done that. It’s not uncommon to hit a point where we feel depleted and worn by the daily routine. But you don’t have to stay stuck in in that overall sense of is-this-all-there-is dissatisfaction. When you are ready to…
  • How to Get Grit

    Polly Campbell
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:51 am
    Grit, say psychologists, is the quality that makes us willing to commit to the long-term goals and see them through despite adversity. It’s a stick-to-it-ness requiring tenacity and a combination of  other qualities like courage, social support, conscientiousness, optimism, and self-motivation. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania who study resilience and grit say that grit is even more important than intelligence or talent when it comes to succeeding in school, work, and at other tasks. Grit is even the quality, according to research, that helps cadets survive at West point and…
  • What it Means to Be Gritty

    Polly Campbell
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:35 am
    Yesterday, my husband finished a marathon. An achievement for sure. The fact that he’s even walking around today and has already done the grocery shopping is, in my eyes, a mega-achievement. After all, walking to the mailbox can wipe me out. But, it isn’t the strong finish that I was most impressed by or that he stayed awake on the drive home. Noteworthy, yes. Impressive no. I was most impressed with all of the work he put in ahead of time. How he prevailed in training. Almost every Saturday for a year, Mr. J would get up before dawn, throw on his fluorescent running gear, strap on a…
 
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  • 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…
  • Can the pointing of a finger change the world?

    Dave Lott
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Of course it can. Let’s find out how…Not that long ago we (as in humanity, us) believed that we were the center of the Universe. We also believed that the world was actually flat and that at some point you would fall off. Luckily, some individuals came along and challenged these beliefs. And of course in typical human fashion they were initially dishonored, discredited and told that’s impossible. We look at this now and say to ourselves, we were crazy to believe something so stupid, yet this is what we seem to continuously do.During the Crusades, about 800 years ago, millions were…
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    LIVING INTENTIONALLY - Intentional Happiness

  • Don't Fuss at Yourself!

    27 Apr 2015 | 6:18 pm
    The first sentence of the introduction to my book says, "I just got back from a wonderful women's retreat."  Well, guess what?  I just got back from another one.  Really, really great.  Food, conversations, speaker, the whole ball of wax and enchilada.  But remember how I kind of spoiled things for myself recently because I was so worried that no one was going to show up at a book signing I attended?  Well, I just did the same thing this past weekend:  I fussed at myself for some very minor missteps.  Why wasn't my packing more organized?  Why…
  • A Happiness Paradox

    23 Apr 2015 | 4:56 pm
    If I plan ahead for an event and am able to relax and enjoy it, then I'm sorry when it's all over.  If I procrastinate and have lots of last-minute anxiety, then it's a tremendous relief to have the event behind me.  These strange feelings have become especially obvious to me as I've looked back on the retreat breakfasts I've overseen this year for my wonderful community chorale.  (But we still have one more concert, and therefore one more Friday-night reception for me to agonize over.)So I've been pondering this state of affairs.  I keep saying that I want to become a…
  • Tool Cost

    22 Apr 2015 | 2:49 pm
    I seem to be on a tool tear, as it were.  Over the past several weeks I've written about using Scrivener as a writing tool, my little laptop as a bill-paying tool, and habits as tools to help lend structure to my life.  But . . . I've also emphasized that tools don't do the work for us.  So I'm dedicating this post to two non-tool-users, Woody Allen and K. Lee Scott.We'll start with Woody Allen.  I recently read (most of) the book How to Fly a Horse:  The Secret History of Creation, Invention and Discovery by Kevin Ashton.  The main purpose of the book is to…
  • Habits are just tools!

    20 Apr 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Here's what I want:  to move along doing the grungy stuff on automatic pilot while I think great thoughts.  Wouldn't that be wonderful?  Suddenly, at the end of the day, I'd realize that every task had been done perfectly but that I hadn't had to exert any effort to do them.  All done through the magical power of habits and routines.  We all know, though, that it ain't never gonna happen.  And guess what?  it would be a shame if it did.  If you're like me you're absent-minded enough as it is.  I just made a couple of trips downstairs to get my…
  • A Portrait Puzzle

    16 Apr 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Can reading, and re-reading, and re-re-reading a book make you happy?  The answer is certainly yes for me.  The book in today's post didn't just entertain me; it added a new facet to my understanding of the past, not only for the particular events described but for history in general.  I don't remember when I first read this, but it was probably when I was in high school.  I came back to it as an adult and used its story about the ill-fated Richard III as the starting point for the 9th-grade world history class I taught for a number of years.  I was reminded of the…
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  • 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…
  • Get In Touch With The Genius Of Being Genuine

    Christy Harvey
    10 Apr 2015 | 7:55 pm
    You embody genuine genius.  Yes, you.  Need proof? Check out this definition from Mirriam-Webster: a peculiar, distinctive or identifying character of spirit; a personification or embodiment, especially of a quality or condition.  That’s right.  It doesn’t necessarily mean you are overflowing with intellectual capacity – although that may absolutely be the case. Your genius is available as a gift to the world every time you are being genuine.  How many times have you hidden your peculiar, distinctive or identifying character of spirit? Thousands?  More? I know I…
  • Do You Know The Fantastic Secret To Feeling A Happy Flow?

    Christy Harvey
    8 Apr 2015 | 10:20 pm
    Ready to learn the key to fundamentally enhancing your quality of life?  The ultimate positive psychology resource? It’s my beauty secret.  Flow.  The fabulous state of flow is freaking AMAZING. Haven’t had the pleasure yet? Flow is a state of consciousness in which we are completely absorbed in an activity, particularly one that uses our creative capacity. Remember a moment in your life when you were fully engaged in something you loved, when self-consciousness disappeared, you felt strong, alert, capable and you lost track of time. In that moment, you were in a state of…
  • The Most Important Key To Increasing Excellence in Empathy

    Christy Harvey
    7 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Empathy. You know it when you feel it.  The moment another soul connects with you and you KNOW that you are seen, heard and witnessed in all your imperfect humanity. You are recognized and accepted just as you are without any rankling ounce of pity. I am not a fan of pity. Don’t want it, don’t give it. But empathy…..well, empathy is MAGIC. One of the surest balms for the soul we ever experience. It is the understanding and ability to share the feelings of another. I bet you know people who try to fake this, but you have built in radar, don’t you? As a natural…
 
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