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  • To Be Creative, What Are the Best Habits To Follow?

    Gretchen Rubin
    gretchen@gretchenrubin.com (Gretchen Rubin)
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:59 pm
    Assay: This post is back by popular demand, because when I tell people that I’ve been working on Better Than Before, my book about habit change, one of the questions that people most often ask me is: “What habits are best for creativity?” They want to know what habits help people think creatively — and also, actually produce. Often, people make the case for adopting a particular habit by pointing to a renowned figure who practiced that habit, with great success. For instance… Maybe we should live a life of quiet predictability, like Charles Darwin. Or maybe we should indulge in…
  • 5 Steps to Overcome Your Negative Thoughts

    Happyologist
    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…
  • Emotional Intelligence Is the Key To Your Success

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    Reham Al Taher
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:20 am
    Everyone has had the experience of visiting a doctor, nurse, therapist, or even boss and felt like even though they weren’t saying anything that was particularly wrong, they just didn’t “get you”.I remember taking my very, very sick cat to the vet and the doctor was completely ignoring my trembling voice, shaky hands, and tears and proceeded to tell me that she could pretty much die at any second. As I left the office I kept thinking, “Why doesn’t he see what I’m going through? Why isn’t he responding sensitively to my devastation?” I realized later on that what he was…
  • What is the Classification of Character Strengths and Virtues?

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    Reham Al Taher
    19 Feb 2015 | 1:15 am
    Character Strengths and Virtues is a groundbreaking handbook that was created built on reports from a prestigious group of researchers who have attempted to create a systematic classification and measurements of widely valued positive traits. The aim was to present a measure of humanist ideals of virtue in an empirical and scientific way.This handbook intends to provide a theoretical framework that will help assist positive psychology practitioners in developing practical applications for the field. There are six classes of virtue that are made up of 24 character strengths:Wisdom and…
  • Listening as an Act of Love

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    Homaira Kabir
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:03 pm
    By Homaira Kabir -     Vibrant child talkingStruggling to Listen Lunch-time was often a struggle for my mental capacities. Rarely did a day go by when my vibrant nine-year old, just back from school, failed to enlighten us with long and winding tales of girly social interactions. Rarely did I manage to follow them all the way through. In fact, I usually lost the story line somewhere in Act One. It’s not that I did not try. I know the importance of being a highly responsive parent for the overall confidence of our children. I even oohed and aahed where I deemed appropriate…
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  • Three Areas of Appreciative Education (Conference)

    Susanna Wu-Pong
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:24 pm
    By Susanna Wu-Pong - AE siteThe Appreciative Education Conference took place in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on January 4-7 2015. Dr. Jennifer BloomWhat is Appreciative Education (AE)? According to Jennifer Bloom, conference organizer and Professor and Director of the Higher Education and Student Affairs Program at the University of South Carolina, AE aims to improve education in K-12 through higher education by providing “an intentional and positive approach to bettering educational enterprises by focusing on the strengths and potential of individuals and organizations to accomplish…
  • The Year of Sisu 2015: An Interview with Emilia Lahti

    Marta Velázquez
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:02 pm
    By Marta Velázquez - Editor’s Note: We are publishing this article a little bit too late to call you to participate in the Day of Sisu (February 28) this year. But there’s still time to participate in the international Hour of Sisu on March 10. This article was first published on the Spanish language PPND site as El Año de Sisu 2015: Una Entrevista con Emilia Lahti.    Emilia Lahti at TEDxIt is a great pleasure for me to interview Emilia Lahti, MAPP’13. Emilia is a researcher whose work revolves around understanding how individuals, groups, and organizations…
  • Listening as an Act of Love

    Homaira Kabir
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:03 pm
    By Homaira Kabir -     Vibrant child talkingStruggling to Listen Lunch-time was often a struggle for my mental capacities. Rarely did a day go by when my vibrant nine-year old, just back from school, failed to enlighten us with long and winding tales of girly social interactions. Rarely did I manage to follow them all the way through. In fact, I usually lost the story line somewhere in Act One. It’s not that I did not try. I know the importance of being a highly responsive parent for the overall confidence of our children. I even oohed and aahed where I deemed appropriate…
  • TWO Coursera Courses Starting This Week

    Editor K.H.B.
    10 Feb 2015 | 12:38 pm
    By Editor K.H.B. - For followers of positive psychology, two relevant Coursera courses started this week: Barbara Fredrickson’s course, Positive Psychology (February 9 – March 26) Stewart Friedman’s course, Better Leader, Richer Life (February 8 – April 23) Coursera courses are free to anyone in the world with an online connection. Positive Psychology Course Description Taken from Coursera About this Course: Register for Positive Psychology“These are exciting times. The science of positive psychology now clearly offers evidence-based approaches to help people…
  • Lesson in Gratitude: The Teacher Taught

    Homaira Kabir
    7 Feb 2015 | 10:35 am
    By Homaira Kabir - I guess it is the nature of parenthood to find your children ungrateful. Or at least not as grateful as they could be, should be or used to be. This feeling really hit me hard when my twins entered their teenage years. Gratitude SignI understood the heightened activity in their limbic brains and allowed for some level of dissatisfaction and unhappiness with life. But when nothing was enough and their insatiable need for more began to cross boundaries, I knew that a good dose of gratitude was just what they needed. A Failed Experiment I started with subtle reminders, stories…
 
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    Gretchen Rubin

  • Podcast: Getting More Sleep, Resisting Strong Temptations, and Why It’s OK To Be Boring

    gretchen@gretchenrubin.com (Gretchen Rubin)
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:36 am
    I’m very excited to announce the second episode of the new weekly podcast, “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.” One thing that makes this podcast especially fun is that I’m doing it with my sister the sage, Elizabeth Craft. So what will you hear us discuss, when you listen to “Happier with Gretchen Rubin“? We talk about how to build happier habits into everyday life, as we draw from cutting-edge science, ancient wisdom, lessons from pop culture—and our own experiences (and mistakes). Each week, we give  a “Try This at Home” suggestion, for some easy habit you can try, as part…
  • “The Way We Live Our Days, What We Do at 10 A.M., Really Is the Way We Live Our Lives”

    gretchen@gretchenrubin.com (Gretchen Rubin)
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:55 pm
      Interview: Brigid Schulte. I’m fascinated by habits and happiness, so I’m very interested in how we can use our time wisely, get the most out of every day, include everything we value into our ordinary routine, and so on. So I was very interested to read journalist Brigid Schulte’s book, Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time. The title says it all! The book discusses a crucial issue:  how we can make time for the things that really matter. It just came out in paperback, so it seemed like a good time to ask Brigid Schulte some questions about her…
  • Do You Find It Hard To Imagine That an Important Place Continues, After You Leave?

    gretchen@gretchenrubin.com (Gretchen Rubin)
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:57 am
    “I didn’t entirely like this glossy new surface, because it made the school look like a museum, and that’s exactly what it was to me, and what I did not want it to be. In the deep, tacit way in which feeling becomes stronger than thought, I had always felt that the Devon School came into existence the day I entered it, was vibrantly real while I was a student there, and then blinked out like a candle the day I left.” — John Knowles, A Separate Peace One of my children’s literature reading groups is reading A Separate Peace, and I certainly know the feeling…
  • Revealed! Book Club Choices for March

    gretchen@gretchenrubin.com (Gretchen Rubin)
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Because nothing boosts happiness more than a great book, each month, I suggest: · one outstanding book about happiness or habits · one outstanding work of children’s or young-adult literature–I have a crazy passion for kidlit · one eccentric pick–a widely admired and excellent book that I love, yes, but one that may not appeal to everyone Shop at the wonderful Brooklyn indie WORD, BN.com, Amazon (I’m an affiliate of all three), or your favorite local bookstore. Or visit the library! Drumroll… An outstanding book about happiness or habits: Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason…
  • To Be Creative, What Are the Best Habits To Follow?

    gretchen@gretchenrubin.com (Gretchen Rubin)
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:59 pm
    Assay: This post is back by popular demand, because when I tell people that I’ve been working on Better Than Before, my book about habit change, one of the questions that people most often ask me is: “What habits are best for creativity?” They want to know what habits help people think creatively — and also, actually produce. Often, people make the case for adopting a particular habit by pointing to a renowned figure who practiced that habit, with great success. For instance… Maybe we should live a life of quiet predictability, like Charles Darwin. Or maybe we should indulge in…
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  • 4 Dynamic Actions Towards Outstanding Success

    Peter G. James Sinclair
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:08 am
    Post written by Peter G. James Sinclair. The one thing I like predominantly about hanging around winners is that they force me to continue to seek ways to improve. I remember reading about Sam Walton – the founder of the mighty Wal-Mart chain. He would make it his habit to regularly visit his competition, and if he ever found one idea that they were doing well, he would immediately adapt it and roll it out into his stores. He was always seeking ways to improve his business. And that’s how we should live our lives. Whenever we come across a better or a smarter way of doing something we…
  • 6 Indispensable Tips For Guaranteed Self Improvement

    Peter G. James Sinclair
    22 Feb 2015 | 8:06 am
    Post written by Yohana Petrovic. Every first quarter of the year (the first month, specifically), people are very much into making resolutions for self-improvement. A new year usually means having a fresh start and we us it to jumpstart any plans for self-improvement we want to undertake. However, as the year progresses, it is easy to lose your motivation to push through with your self-improvement plans. Busy careers, a couple of setbacks, or maybe even getting bored are just a few of the many reasons self-improvement resolutions do not happen. So, whether it is in the form of a healthier…
  • How To Break Free From The Comparison Trap

    Peter G. James Sinclair
    15 Feb 2015 | 8:13 am
    Post written by Peter G. James Sinclair If there is one word of wisdom I can offer you today it’s this: stop comparing yourself to those around you. The days of keeping up with the Jones or the Smiths are dead and gone. Stop looking at the other guys car, because if you knew the truth of it all, you’d probably be glad to know that you don’t have to pay his monthly lease bill. I have seen it time and time again – especially in tough economic times – the shedding of top end vehicles and multi-million dollar mansions because the vehicles and properties were never owned by the occupants…
  • 3 Momentous Lessons Forged In The Fire Of Crisis

    Peter G. James Sinclair
    8 Feb 2015 | 8:11 pm
    Post written by Sandy Shugart. “Think back. Think back.” These were the words wise old Merlin offered to Arthur at the moment of his greatest defeat and dismay. His new order of chivalry in disarray, the round table broken, Camelot and all it had stood for in doubt, Arthur finds himself encamped before the castle of his best friend whom he would engage in mortal combat in just a few hours over his complete betrayal with Guinevere, the love of Arthur’s life. His whole life and legacy in ruins, Arthur calls out to his long absent counselor to know how it could all have come to this. And…
  • 7 Sure-Fire Ways To Defeat Rejection

    Peter G. James Sinclair
    1 Feb 2015 | 9:46 pm
    Post written by Peter G. James Sinclair. I have lost count as to the number of rejection slips I have received throughout the years. But it hasn’t stopped me from publishing and creating magnificence in my life. Nor should it stop you. I have learnt the secret of how to never come under the subjection of rejection – to treat it like ‘water off a ducks back’. So allow me to instruct you on how you can sail across and thrive amidst your own personal sea of rejection. 1. The Word NO Won’t Kill You Go on. Stand in front of a mirror and yell at yourself the word NO. Go on.
 
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  • How To Let Go Of Ego, Anger, and Negativity

    Walter Jacobson
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:43 am
    Fully appreciate it is in your best interest to do so. Replace fear, judgment and anger with compassion, acceptance and forgiveness. Over and over and over again. Until it becomes a habit. The post How To Let Go Of Ego, Anger, and Negativity appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
  • “When You Share, You Have More.” ~ Leonard Nimoy

    Walter Jacobson
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:52 pm
    The scarcity principle is based on fear and maintains that if you give to others then you will have less. But what Leonard Nimoy wisely understood is the prosperity principle, that when we share we multiply life’s blessings. The post “When You Share, You Have More.” ~ Leonard Nimoy appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
  • Let Go or Be Dragged

    Walter Jacobson
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:44 am
    If you don’t let go of your investment in your ego and don’t find a way to release your resentments and embrace acceptance and forgiveness, you are doomed to struggle with unhappiness. The post Let Go or Be Dragged appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
  • EVERY Relationship is an Opportunity to EXTEND LOVE

    Walter Jacobson
    21 Feb 2015 | 8:58 am
    We know what a telephone is for: To talk to somebody. But at a DEEPER LEVEL, it is a way to extend LOVE to another person. Even when you’re just ordering a pizza. The post EVERY Relationship is an Opportunity to EXTEND LOVE appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
  • The Power of Self-Esteem

    Walter Jacobson
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:59 am
    When we have sufficient self-esteem our ego is neither inflated by adulation nor threatened by minimization from others. This leads to us making wise, empowering decisions in our lives. The post The Power of Self-Esteem appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
 
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    Personal Development | How To Get Success In Life

  • How to Overcome Laziness and Get Things Done

    Johnny Lee
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:21 am
    Who hasn’t felt a little lazy from time to time? There are days where the most attractive choice is to do nothing. This can be an issue, however, when the desire to be lazy coincides with a lot of pressing obligations. Overcoming laziness is a skill everyone can learn and apply. Never again will you have to feel motivated in order to get things done. Overcome laziness by applying these tips 1. Think about the end result rather than the process. The thought of having a clean house or a completed business report feels good. The idea of cleaning or crunching numbers does not. If you find…
  • 7 Tricks to Boost Your Memory

    Johnny Lee
    22 Feb 2015 | 11:57 pm
    It’s a normal part of aging to become a bit more forgetful as we grow older. In the past, it was widely believed that little could be done to strengthen our memory and mental agility once we had entered adulthood. However, research conducted at the University of California, San Francisco, and other notable institutions has found that the connections in our brains are “plastic” and new neural pathways are being created all of the time! Try these activities to strengthen your memory 1. Play games. Crossword puzzles, Sudoku, and other word games have been shown to strengthen…
  • Are Your Habits Helping or Hurting You?

    Johnny Lee
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:14 pm
    A habit is described as something you do over and over again, automatically, without thinking about it. We’re all profoundly affected by the habits in our lives. At times, we mindlessly repeat behaviors related to our home lives, work personas, and relationships. When a certain situation occurs, you do the familiar behavior. Since your life is largely made up of habits, it makes sense those habits can be supportive of your personal wants, values, and relationships. They can also thwart your efforts to live the life of your dreams. Do your habits help or hurt you? Ponder these points to…
  • How to Make Important Changes in Your Life

    Johnny Lee
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:12 pm
    One thing you can depend on in life is that there will be change. Change, although usually seen as stressful, can actually help you get over some hurdles and move ahead with your life. Yet, instituting change can be quite challenging. How can you go about bringing a much-desired change to your life? Use these strategies when you wish to alter your existence 1. Ensure you have a clear understanding of what you’d like to change about your life. Is it your job? Initiating or ending a relationship? Moving to a place that fits you better? Write down in a sentence or two what change you seek.
  • Managing Your Time to Achieve Success

    Johnny Lee
    20 Jan 2014 | 5:38 am
    Living in the 21st century can be overwhelming. Your job is busier than ever, your kids are involved in several after-school activities, and you’re busy keeping up with everything else around the house. Yet, you long to do other things that require a time commitment. Will you ever be able to juggle everything and still do the things you enjoy? Institute these changes today so you can achieve the success you crave: 1. Obtain a calendar and use it. If you’re trying to juggle too many things, it’s imperative that you have a calendar. A calendar will help you schedule events,…
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    Your Life YOUR Way

  • Debunked! 3 Myths That Get In The Way of Business Success.

    Tia
    13 Feb 2015 | 11:09 pm
    There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way. – Christopher Morley. 3 Myths That Get In The Way Business of Success I’ve always been a driven person. Back in the 80’s, as a teenager I used to carry a little newspaper clipping in my wallet that said “Decide to Succeed!”. As cheesy as that may sound, it served as a powerful daily reminder to stay on track for the bigger dreams and goals that I had in life. As I grew older and achieved many of those goals and dreams, I realised that I needed to sit down and actually define what success…
  • 4 Small, Simple Ways To Get Back Your Sparkle

    Tia
    6 Feb 2015 | 10:08 am
    Everyone is trying to accomplish something big, not realising that life is made up of little things. – Frank A Clark. Pic credit: http://pixabay.com Little things are happening around us every day. Every moment, in fact, we are encountering little things. Yesterday, when I was walking into a shop, a woman smiled at me. I smiled back and thought to myself, “That was such a small thing but it made me happy to be acknowledged by a stranger.” Often we dismiss the small stuff because we are caught up in the bigger picture. We’re working towards our goals that are afar off and forget to…
  • 5 BIG Reasons to Let Go of the Past.

    Rajeshwari Chakravarty
    2 Feb 2015 | 6:21 am
    Sometimes letting go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on. – Eckhart Tolle. Pic credit: Randy Heinitz @ flickr.com/photos/rheinitz Letting go of the past and embracing the present continues to be the most rewarding experience of my life.  This is not an overnight task and may take be tough and challenging, but the results far outweigh the effort. Maybe like me, it starts with you asking what baggage you’ve been carrying for a while. Is it a relationship, a strong belief, a mistake made, an unfulfilled desire or lingering hurt? You see, knowing who or…
  • 75 of the Best, Most Inspiring Quotes on Hopes + (Following your) Dreams

    Tia
    11 Jan 2015 | 10:18 am
    Every woman’s life is the sum of all her choices, and Revlon India is here to support that. Choices by Revlon is a platform that will allow every woman to express her opinions and make her choices freely. This month, Revlon talks about Hopes & Dreams and believes that each woman should dream at whatever scale she desires, then pursue to accomplish them. Hello Darling! It’s always so fun to kick off a brand new year, isn’t it? Fresh start. Clean slate. A do-over if you will. A chance to get back on track with your goals and dreams. Let go of some old ones. Create new ones. While…
  • 75 of The Best, Most Inspiring, and Kickass Quotes on (Positive Mental) Attitude!

    Tia
    2 Jan 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Hi Gorgeous! Pic credit: Ziglar.com I’ll admit it. I had a pretty pathetic/ineffective attitude for most of 2014. It wasn’t that it was a bad year. Not at all! Amongst the major things that happened, I.. finished an epic Leadership course (that I got a scholarship for in the most magical of ways). got engaged & married the sweetest, most adorable man after dating for 3 months (post a 5 year dating drought). woke up every morning all tangled up in various cuddle positions with my man (best.feeling.ever). travelled to Paris, Madrid, Barcelona for a whirlwind and special 10…
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    Good Vibe Blog

  • Q&A: Is Pain Part of Spiritual Growth?

    Jeannette
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:41 am
    Here’s a question from within the community that deserves your attention to do it justice. It comes from a delightful young woman who’s manifested major success, but feels stuck now. What say you, wise ones? I’ve recently recovered from anorexia and substance abuse, and have used the law of attraction to manifest so many more amazing things in my life. It’s astounding how much my life has been healed with good vibes! Except for one thing. I’ve had awful health issues ever since recovering, namely digestive symptoms that cause me pain every second of every day. I…
  • Powerful Money Spells that Work

    Jeannette
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Wouldn’t it be nice if you could wave a magic wand or speak a few words to manifest money? Well, you’re in luck because we totally can! Conscious creators know that as we speak/vibrate, so shall it be. So why not use our powers to create more money? I’ve shared love alignment spells before, and spells for breaking the evil curse. Sounds like a good time for a powerful money manifesting spell. It turns out I’m no stranger to these, so I know how well they work. Some might call it an affirmation or mantra or better-feeling-thought rather than a spell, but whatever the…
  • Is Your Brain Giving Good Advice?

    Jeannette
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:26 am
    The LOA Science Guy, Greg Kuhn, explains how he deals with his brain’s bad advice when it comes to managing emotional pain. Enjoy learning from an LOA savvy brainiac how to work with the brain and emotions: When in emotional pain, I am no different, perhaps, than anyone else. My brain usually screams, “Who did this to us?” Does that reaction sound familiar to you? Then my brain lays out a plan for me – old and familiar. A compelling blueprint that I used my entire life until I created the game, “Grow a Greater You”: Pinpoint who or what is responsible for this pain Detail…
  • Hands Off the Hows

    Jeannette
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:23 am
    Conscious creators are reminded time and again not to worry how our dream will unfold, but rather just to focus on the end result we desire and let Universe do the work. But I’ve seen another way we sometimes handicap our success – which is by focusing on the end result we think will make us happy. Sometimes that focus becomes yet another “how” that muddies the water of our highest satisfaction and joy. For example … I know someone who didn’t like their daughter’s new boyfriend, wishing he would make a swift exit from the family. Sure enough he did,…
  • Alignment Query for Success

    Jeannette
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:05 am
    Last Monday I had an exceptionally good day, which I am no stranger to, but this day was really off-the-charts fantastic. Nancy asked what contributed to it, and the only thing I’d done different was to start the day off asking facebook friends what the good news was. It was a fun question to answer and read others’ responses to. Friday was yet another stellar day, so much so that I paused to take note of what I’d done different – in case it was replicable. All that stood out was that first thing that morning I’d asked fellow coaches to share their smartest…
 
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  • How To Develop Patience. 2 Simple Tips.

    Baker
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:57 am
    Patience. Is it something you have? Most will say actually they would want to be more patient. The reason for this varies from person to person. But the truth is that patience is the driving force for manifesting all the good that you want to manifest in your life. Sometimes, it’s not a rush you [...]
  • 2 Tips To Living Your Life’s Purpose

    Baker
    15 Feb 2015 | 10:14 am
    Everyone has a life’s purpose. You can tell when someone is living their life’s purpose, when you see that they are content with how their life is flowing. The main benefit of living your life’s purpose is clarity. Your world becomes a lot more clear. This simply means how you interact with your world is [...]
  • 3 Simple Tips To A Positive Life

    Baker
    2 Feb 2015 | 7:54 pm
    Living a positive life. It sounds wonderful. Everyone probably would want more positivity in their life. Yet, why do most end up  living lives that are filled with negativity and pain? Well, at an early age most people aren’t taught how to be positive. That is the problem. It seems as though the greater society [...]
  • How To Deal With Being Incredible

    Baker
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:07 am
      “The world is divided in two classes, those who believe the incredible, and those who do the improbable.” -Oscar Wilde Being incredible. It is something that most people want to experience and be. Is being incredible in life hard? Yes for some it is. Why is it that most people can want to be [...]
  • Living From Inspiration

    Baker
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:37 am
      Choosing To Live From Inspiration    Are you choosing to live from inspiration? It is estimated most people living today lead quiet lives of misery and pain. Yet, in the midst of it all there is hope. That hope comes in the form of choosing to live not from the old story of misery [...]
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  • 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…
  • Creating Nurturing Environments

    Rachel Collis
    8 Feb 2015 | 8:52 pm
    I want to highly recommend this podcast to you. Trent Codd talking with Anthony Biglan about creating nurturing environments. Key points for me: There are now many randomised controlled trials of family and community interventions that have been shown to make a significant difference to the development of children and adolescents. We now have the science to impact on problems that we used to think were intractable. Helping parents let go of harsh, critical or coercive approaches and become more nurturing, supportive, loving and caring is important. If we want to build well being then we need…
  • How Mindfulness And Compassion Could Help You Do What Really Matters

    Rachel Collis
    9 Jan 2015 | 10:41 pm
    The end of one year and the beginning of another is often an opportunity to torment ourselves with difficult questions: Did I give enough energy to the things that really matter to me? Did I give too much energy to things that aren’t important in the long term? Did I live my values? (To get a visual picture of this, you might fill out Tobias Lundgren’s Values Bulls Eye.) When you review the previous year, it is likely that you have done well in some areas of your life and have some regrets about others. We often don’t devote as much time and energy as we would like, to what really…
  • 2014 in review

    Rob Archer
    7 Jan 2015 | 9:39 am
    The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 39,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 14 sold-out performances for that many people to see it. Click here to see the complete report.
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  • 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…
  • Do You Have A Strengths Development Plan?

    mmq
    12 Feb 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Have you taken a strengths assessment– like StrengthsFinder, the VIA Survey or Realise2 – only to be left wondering what’s next? Just how are you going to use a talent like woo (your ability to win others over), a character strength like love (your desire to develop and foster strong relationships with others), or a realized strength like resolver (your enjoyment of solving problems)? Of course it’s great to discover what you’re good at and actually enjoy doing at work. For most of us it’s even easy to start imagining what our strengths-fuelled future might start to look like.
  • Do You Have Executive Presence?

    mmq
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:48 pm
    When you walk into a room at work are people naturally drawn to you? When you sit at a meeting table do others ask to hear your thoughts? When there’s a decision to be made do people seek our your ideas? If you’re wavering in your responses chances are you’re missing what researchers have found is an essential component to getting ahead at work … executive presence. Reported to account, on average, for 25 percent of what it takes to get promoted, understanding how to project confidence, stay poised under pressure and be authentic are clearly skills worth having. But if you’re not…
  • Longing For A Strengths-Fuelled Future?

    mmq
    15 Jan 2015 | 3:51 pm
      If you were given the opportunity to create your dream job, do you know what it would look like?  What would you be doing each day that build on your strengths?  Who would you be working with?  Why would you feel proud when you went home each night? When people come to me for coaching they’re able to easily list off all the things they’re not really enjoying about their work, but when I ask them what the job they’re longing for looks like I mostly see blank faces.  And when they start to actually think about where they’re headed, it’s usually focused…
  • 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…
 
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    The Vibrant Writer

  • Replace Rice with Broken Wheat/ Dalia for a Slimmer and Healthier You

    yamini
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:33 pm
    Rice has always been an important part of meal for me. Indian food has a treasure of delicious rice preparations and they are very addictive. We Indians love our rice. Different parts of the nation like rice in their own special way. In south it is enjoyed with Sambhar, in north there is Rajma or… Read More
  • 5 Affirmations for Writers

    yamini
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:33 pm
    Have you ever wondered why the craft of writing can sometimes seem like a bad relationship? First there’s the blissful feeling of deep purpose when your creative flow is turned on. It’s the unshakeable knowing that you are aligned with destiny as the…
  • The Great Indian Litterbug – Monkey See Monkey Do

    yamini
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:23 am
    Last month I went on a weekend outing with a bunch of friends. We were a mix of all sorts married, single, newly married, about to get married and a couple with a kid. Stuffed in 3 cars we drove from Mumbai to Panchgani and most of the group was cranky because of the long… Read More
  • Amla Goodness – Spoonful a Day (Dabur Chyawanprash).

    yamini
    18 Jan 2015 | 1:28 am
    Everyday millions of Indians all over the world have a spoonful of goodness. They incorporate immunity and health in their life daily with a spoonful of Chyawanprash. Chyawanprash is loaded with nutrition of Amla and other Ayurvedic ingredients like Ashwagandha, Guduchi. In my post Amla or Indian Gooseberry: Every day Visit to the Fountain of… Read More
  • 20 Best Time Management Tips from Brain Tracy – Part 3

    yamini
    14 Jan 2015 | 8:20 pm
    In the last two parts (20 Best Time Management Tips from Brain Tracy Part 1 & Part 2) we saw 10 tips that can turn around our life by improving our time management skills. In this post we are going to see some few methods that can help us become more productive and get a… Read More
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    Happyologist

  • 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…
  • How to Find Love (and Sustain It)

    Susanna Halonen
    4 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    Love is a core part of our lives. Without it, life can be dull and meaningless. Without it, we can find ourselves feeling a bit empty and low. And that’s completely normal. We humans are social creatures and we thrive when we love. We love our family, we love our partners, we love our friends. We learn to love ourselves and to love life in itself. Love – in fact – is all around us. That’s why it’s such a powerful force and an important one to regularly reflect on. When we talk about love most of us want to understand how to find love – and how to keep it…
  • From Purpose to Passion [video]

    Susanna Halonen
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:05 am
    Have you ever felt like you’ve wanted more purpose in your life? Have you wished your job had more purpose? Or are your just feeling a bit flat and looking for more passion? If you answered yes to any of those questions – or are simply curious about the answers – my latest TEDx talk will help you out. In November I was invited to speak at TEDxSquareMile about the Power of Purpose. I thought it was a perfect match with my obsession with passion – especially as one of the keys to unlock your passion is having purpose! (If you’re curious about these keys have a…
  • Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail (and How to Succeed)

    Susanna Halonen
    7 Jan 2015 | 4:33 am
    It’s the start of the year and you’re excited about the year ahead. New Year, New You. New New Year’s resolutions. You’re already starting to doubt whether you’re going to get through  January with them. And there’s still 11 months to go after that. I think the real question you have to ask yourself is if these New Year’s Resolutions are right for you – and why you even set them in the first place. These types of resolutions often fail for there reasons: They are unrealistic to achieve as you haven’t ‘practiced’ for them…
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    StrengthsMining

  • 7 DAYS, 7 WAYS TO MINDFULNESS

    Shaunigan
    16 Feb 2015 | 2:58 am
    SMILING MIND, the free Australian mindfulness website and app provides a simply jumpstart into mindfulness while aiming to raise funds for charity. Join the 7 day mindfulness challenge now.
  • Starting the path of Mindfulness part 3: Books

    Shaunigan
    13 Feb 2015 | 4:47 am
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  • Starting the path of Mindfulness part 2: For your students

    Shaunigan
    11 Feb 2015 | 5:45 am
    Teachers, mindfulness is terrific for you. It has been shown to result in “significant improvements in stress, wellbeing, mindfulness, and self-compassion” of teachers who learn and practice it. And it has super benefits for students: Increased emotional regulation Increased social skills Increased ability to orient attention Increased working memory and planning and organization Increased self esteem Increased sense of calmness, relaxation, and self acceptance. Increased quality of sleep Decreased test anxiety Decreased ADHD behaviors- specifically hyperactivity and…
  • Starting the path of Mindfulness part 1: For yourself

    Shaunigan
    11 Feb 2015 | 3:59 am
    What Why Here is an EXCELLENT summary on many benefits of Mindfulness Did you know… mindfulness meditation actually makes positive structural changes in your brains neurocircuitry? This physical “re-wiring” of your brain increases attention, focus, and concentration, as well as reduces stress and cortisol levels, improves sexuality and mood states, slows aging, enhances empathy, improves emotional intelligence, as well as treats addiction, anxiety, and depression. and a wonderful video summary Did you know that if you stay in the moment, you are happier…even…
  • Starting the path of Mindfulness: For yourself

    Shaunigan
    11 Feb 2015 | 2:47 am
    What Why Here is an EXCELLENT summary on many benefits of Mindfulness Did you know… mindfulness meditation actually makes positive structural changes in your brains neurocircuitry? This physical “re-wiring” of your brain increases attention, focus, and concentration, as well as reduces stress and cortisol levels, improves sexuality and mood states, slows aging, enhances empathy, improves emotional intelligence, as well as treats addiction, anxiety, and depression. and a wonderful video summary Getting started on your own meditation There are several websites…
 
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    Dr. Isaiah Hankel will help you create a focused life.

  • Why Your Entire Life Is Your Fault

    Isaiah Hankel
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:55 am
    “Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment, and learn again to exercise his will–his personal responsibility.” Albert Einstein (Scientist and Nobel Laureate) “It is a painful thing to look at your own trouble and know that you yourself and no one else has made it.” Sophocles (Greek Tragedians and Playwright)  “Happiness depends on ourselves.” Aristotle (Greek Philosopher and Scientist)   I was invincible. Until I turned 28. Then I started having scary symptoms and going to the doctor every week. I was injected with contrast dyes and had CAT scans,…
  • How To Be The Guy Who Crushes It, Not The Guy Who Blows It

    Isaiah Hankel
    17 Feb 2015 | 4:18 am
    “The last thing you want to do is finish playing or doing anything and wish you would have worked harder.” Derek Jeter (Former MLB Player, 5X World Series Champion) “If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success.” James Cameron (Director, Terminator and Alien) “The unseen enemy is always the most fearsome.” George R.R. Martin (Author, Song of Fire and Ice)   I’ve blown a lot of big opportunities. Big business deals. Big wrestling matches. Great personal relationships. I’ve messed them…
  • Why You Need To Leave Your Negative Friends Behind

    Isaiah Hankel
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:11 am
    “Everybody isn’t your friend. Just because they hang around you and laugh with you doesn’t mean they’re for you. Just because they say they got got your back, doesn’t mean they won’t stab you in it. People pretend well. Jealousy sometimes doesn’t live far. So know your circle. At the end of the day real situations expose fake people so pay attention.” Trent Shelton (Former NFL Wide Receiver) “Cutting negative people from my life does not mean I hate them, it simply means I respect me.” Marilyn Monroe (Actress, The Seven Year Itch)…
  • 5 Ways Happy People Ruthlessly Simplify Their Lives

    Isaiah Hankel
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:36 am
    “That’s been one of my mantras—focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” Steve Jobs (Co-Founder, Apple Inc.) “Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.” Lin Yutang (Author, The Importance Of Living) “In character, in manner, in style, in all the things, the supreme excellence is…
  • 7 Signs You’re Slowly Turning Into A Coward (Is #5 Too Harsh?)

    Isaiah Hankel
    5 Jan 2015 | 8:36 am
    “It is better by noble boldness to run the risk of being subject to half of the evils we anticipate than to remain in cowardly listlessness for fear of what might happen.” Herodotus (Ancient Greek Historian and Author) “A third of people are villains, a third are cowards, and a third are heroes. Now, a villain and a coward can choose to be a hero, but they’ve got to make that choice.” Tom Hanks (Actor, Captain Phillips) “Hatred is the coward’s revenge for being intimidated.” George Bernard Shaw (Noble Prize Winner, Literature)   Most people don’t…
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    Life Coach Code

  • Get Pissed Off !

    Dejan Davchevski
    10 Feb 2015 | 3:12 pm
    I’m not saying that you need to start punching walls. The kind of anger you get when someone hits your car or makes fun of you or when simply it’s not your day. I am saying to... The post Get Pissed Off ! appeared first on Life Coach Code. Get Pissed Off ! was first posted on February 11, 2015 at 12:12 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
  • Superhuman Academy Episode 2: The Rules of The Game

    Dejan Davchevski
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:47 pm
    “We must warn the realms!” One of the Nahakals says. “And what good will that make?” “What action should we take? We never faced a situation like this before..” Another one wonders. “It is wise to... The post Superhuman Academy Episode 2: The Rules of The Game appeared first on Life Coach Code. Superhuman Academy Episode 2: The Rules of The Game was first posted on January 26, 2015 at 9:47 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 guilty of copyright…
  • How do Human Beings Win by Being Human ?

    Dejan Davchevski
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Let’s put all the cards on the table. We are all born as human beings. All of us! Red, Black, White, Yellow, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jew, Atheist, Scientist, Blue Collar Workers, White Collar Workers, Politicians, Terrorists,... The post How do Human Beings Win by Being Human ? appeared first on Life Coach Code. How do Human Beings Win by Being Human ? was first posted on January 22, 2015 at 9:30 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 guilty of copyright…
  • Superhuman Academy Episode 1: The Moth and The Butterfly Part 2

    Dejan Davchevski
    18 Jan 2015 | 7:26 am
    Not very distant from the Greenlands, there is a place in the tall mountains. A place covered with blue crystals. The blue crystals are spread across these mountains and this place is the nexus from where... The post Superhuman Academy Episode 1: The Moth and The Butterfly Part 2 appeared first on Life Coach Code. Superhuman Academy Episode 1: The Moth and The Butterfly Part 2 was first posted on January 18, 2015 at 4:26 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 Academy Episode 1: The Moth and The Butterfly Part 1

    Dejan Davchevski
    18 Jan 2015 | 7:26 am
    “Destiny. It’s always one step ahead. It’s always above everything else. You may think you’ve tricked it.. you may be stubborn enough to live your whole life running away from your purpose, but in the end... The post Superhuman Academy Episode 1: The Moth and The Butterfly Part 1 appeared first on Life Coach Code. Superhuman Academy Episode 1: The Moth and The Butterfly Part 1 was first posted on January 18, 2015 at 4:26 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

  • LookUp With Optimism

    5 Mar 2015 | 1:20 am
    "Optimism is like salt which has to be in right proportion otherwise it makes everything tasteless".Life keeps its pace in full if we have a right attitude to approach it. There are situations in life that are differently dealt by different people, what only matters is the eye to grasp the situation and act accordingly. We can find brightness in whatever task we may take up it can be preparing food for our loved ones, watering plants, playing with kids and the list goes on.There are times when we learn many things from the world around unknowingly, if we carefully observe there is a message…
  • रोटी की आत्मकथा - Autobiography Of Roti ( Bread )

    4 Mar 2015 | 1:46 am
    रोटी को है ख़ुद पर अभिमान ,मुझे पूजता है हर इन्सान। जो कहती इन्सान से अपनी व्यथा। कड़ा परिश्रम जीवन मे करता। मुझे पाने के लिए तुम बने सक्षम। तो एक अंश मेरा है काफी। तो मेरा ढेर भी फैलाता उदासी। छोटा या बड़ा ,गरीब या…
  • Literacy Blossoms

    1 Mar 2015 | 3:51 am
    Namita and team was in town for social mission,to fulfill a purpose of child’s education.Often she remembers family and whimpered lonely,but was brave and docile to handle situations calmly.Affection and care from town made her strong and concentrated,and their team’s motive ‘education for all’ was soon inflicted.Spring arrives in town where children’s life blossoms with literacy,to end numerous troubles plus worries and to imbibe learning legacy.SourceReturning back from mission Namita never imagined,that it would be a memorable experience and never forgotten.  Word…
  • A Guiding Hand

    1 Mar 2015 | 2:49 am
    Parents leave an inspiring and considerate impression of their personality on their children. Be it mother or father, their each action is a kind of verdict for a child. Each step put forward in childhood,is directed by parents in joyous mood.Tiny steps, few concrete and few tumble,but child is made to learn to be stable.Each phase from childhood to teenager,one needs an amazing manager.Parents mold into a humble person,where child is clay and parents mason.Parents who hold their children so tightly, takes a bold step to make them fly in the free sky. They set aside their fears and wish to…
  • Book Review : When She Smiled

    27 Feb 2015 | 8:34 pm
    The book “When She smiled “ is the debut novel written by Ritoban Chakrabarti, is  a story of a teenager boy who finds his destiny hidden behind a ‘Smile’. The front cover of the book is well designed and attractive which tempts the reader to start off. Book : When She SmiledPlot:The story is set up in the backdrop of mesmerizing Shivalik  ranges in  Shimla which is well known for its picturesque beauty. The story revolves around a fifteen year old boy,Mrityunjoy Roy ,who returns from the Sainik school to join his previous DAV school  and was delighted to meet…
 
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    Walter E. Jacobson, M.D.

  • How To Let Go Of Ego, Anger, and Negativity

    Walter Jacobson
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:43 am
    Fully appreciate it is in your best interest to do so. Replace fear, judgment and anger with compassion, acceptance and forgiveness. Over and over and over again. Until it becomes a habit. The post How To Let Go Of Ego, Anger, and Negativity appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
  • “When You Share, You Have More.” ~ Leonard Nimoy

    Walter Jacobson
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:52 pm
    The scarcity principle is based on fear and maintains that if you give to others then you will have less. But what Leonard Nimoy wisely understood is the prosperity principle, that when we share we multiply life’s blessings. The post “When You Share, You Have More.” ~ Leonard Nimoy appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
  • Let Go or Be Dragged

    Walter Jacobson
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:44 am
    If you don’t let go of your investment in your ego and don’t find a way to release your resentments and embrace acceptance and forgiveness, you are doomed to struggle with unhappiness. The post Let Go or Be Dragged appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
  • EVERY Relationship is an Opportunity to EXTEND LOVE

    Walter Jacobson
    21 Feb 2015 | 8:58 am
    We know what a telephone is for: To talk to somebody. But at a DEEPER LEVEL, it is a way to extend LOVE to another person. Even when you’re just ordering a pizza. The post EVERY Relationship is an Opportunity to EXTEND LOVE appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
  • The Power of Self-Esteem

    Walter Jacobson
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:59 am
    When we have sufficient self-esteem our ego is neither inflated by adulation nor threatened by minimization from others. This leads to us making wise, empowering decisions in our lives. The post The Power of Self-Esteem appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
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    positivepsychologyprogram.com

  • Mind the Mindset of Your Strengths-based Interventions

    Reza Zolfagharifard
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:50 am
    Positive psychology practitioners regularly use strengths-based interventions by identifying and developing their clients’ personal strengths to help them become more effective and more successful. Strength-based interventions work on the premise that people have abilities and internal resources that can be utilised to achieve remarkable outcomes, when understood and applied correctly.Strengths-based interventions are highly empowering and motivating, and give people control and confidence. These approaches do not ignore weaknesses but work on the basis that investing time and energy on the…
  • Affective Forecasting: Can We Predict Our Emotions?

    Nhu Tran
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:25 pm
    We also are concerned with our future emotions and feelings. We all want to know how we are going to be. Will it be enjoyable if we go to that restaurant?  Will we live a happy life? The term Affective Forecasting is defined as our predictions about our future emotions.DefinitionThe term “affective forecasting” was coined by Dr. Timothy Wilson and Dr. Daniel Gilbert. Affective Forecasting is people’s predictions about their affect (emotional state) in the future. Early studies only focus on measuring people’s forecast, while recent work have begun to examine the accuracy of the…
  • Emotional Intelligence Is the Key To Your Success

    Reham Al Taher
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:20 am
    Everyone has had the experience of visiting a doctor, nurse, therapist, or even boss and felt like even though they weren’t saying anything that was particularly wrong, they just didn’t “get you”.I remember taking my very, very sick cat to the vet and the doctor was completely ignoring my trembling voice, shaky hands, and tears and proceeded to tell me that she could pretty much die at any second. As I left the office I kept thinking, “Why doesn’t he see what I’m going through? Why isn’t he responding sensitively to my devastation?” I realized later on that what he was…
  • From Bucket List To Bucket Living: Turning Plans into Positive Experiences

    Editorial staff
    21 Feb 2015 | 1:30 am
    Climb Kilimanjaro, explore the ruins of Machu Piccu, go on a safari in Kenya, make cupcake soaps, learn the art of Thai Massage- The list of items goes on and on but these are some of the awesome things to do on my bucket list!Many of you probably have a similar list of things to achieve and places to visit before you ‘kick the bucket’ but how many of you are actually living out your lists and crossing things off? How many buckets are overflowing because they’re not getting emptied regularly? How many of you have a hole in your bucket, letting these great ideas drip out and…
  • What is the Classification of Character Strengths and Virtues?

    Reham Al Taher
    19 Feb 2015 | 1:15 am
    Character Strengths and Virtues is a groundbreaking handbook that was created built on reports from a prestigious group of researchers who have attempted to create a systematic classification and measurements of widely valued positive traits. The aim was to present a measure of humanist ideals of virtue in an empirical and scientific way.This handbook intends to provide a theoretical framework that will help assist positive psychology practitioners in developing practical applications for the field. There are six classes of virtue that are made up of 24 character strengths:Wisdom and…
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    Happiness India Project

  • 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 intelligent.
  • Profits And Happiness

    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 of a…
  • Measure Your Happiness

    Sandip Roy
    4 Feb 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Happiness India Project Happiness India Project - Happiness is more than a smile! Do you want to find out how happy you are? ‘Your Happiness Assessment’ is a personality test that assesses 14 different factors that influence your happiness. By evaluating yourself, you can find out improving which specific areas can help you create more happiness in your life. This test was developed from the International Personality Item Pool – a collaborative effort by personality researchers to develop advanced measures of individual differences. The results descriptions are written by…
  • The Pains of Happiness

    Sandip Roy
    17 Jan 2015 | 6:17 pm
    Happiness India Project Happiness India Project - Happiness is more than a smile! Pain is a sensation of hurt. It is experienced in degrees, and tolerated in thresholds. Pain hurts, causes anguish, brings tears. There are pains that you grow fond of, and pains that you never recover from. But there is one thing you have always known about pain: Your pain is fully understood by only… you. Pain is an exact individual experience. The same goes with happiness! Only you can perceive your happiness in entirety. The overall happiness levels of a society is a useless parameter to its finest…
  • 10 Best Happiness Articles of 2014

    Sandip Roy
    31 Dec 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Happiness India Project Happiness India Project - Happiness is more than a smile! Here is a collection of the best articles on Happiness that came out in 2014. While almost all of these are rooted in the science of Psychology, one comes from the Philosophy. This is a nearly homogeneous collection of reads that will enrich you, humor you, and get you to re-think your ideas on happiness. The Best Happiness Articles Of 2014 1. Why Is Happiness Healthy? A CNN article exploring happiness within the domain of science, strictly for beginners. This is a Q&A format article by Elizabeth Landau,…
 
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    Mary Anne Horsman

  • Love is Urgent

    Mary Anne Horsman
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Mary Anne Horsman Ever feel like the “To Do” list just keeps getting longer? It’s times like this that you want to take a nice deep breath and remember the most important thing on your list. Perhaps the only one that really matters anyway. Love this moment. Now is Always There will always be plenty of tasks that need doing, but how you go about accomplishing them is what makes you who you are. It determines how much joy you experience and what kind of contribution you make to those around you. I once heard that, “How you do anything is how you do everything.” If…
  • Love is in the Lead

    Mary Anne Horsman
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:39 am
    Mary Anne Horsman It feels good to be part of a winning team, doesn’t it? That’s why today’s edition of The Love Post is a quick reminder that Love is in the lead! When you think about the state of affairs in the world today, it’s super important to realize that millions of people are joining you in living for Love. The Best News Isn’t New The truth is, Love doesn’t get the media spotlight like more dramatic scenes. This can give the false impression that the world is kind of a wreck. But if you look for it, you will be completely amazed by the stories of…
  • Love says, “Let it Go”

    Mary Anne Horsman
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:58 am
    Mary Anne Horsman Are you ever amazed by how hard it is to let go? Whether it’s letting go of a material item, an idea, a memory, or a relationship, attachment is quick to rear its ugly head. The truth is, holding on just holds us back. Love says, “Let it go. Be here now. Set yourself free by letting go of attachments.” Love is Unattached All is One. The extraordinary flow of life encompasses all of time and space. Everything is really part of the perfect whole. Nothing is ever lost. Love has no reason to hold on to anything because It’s fully aware of endless…
  • Love and Mindfulness. One and the Same?

    Mary Anne Horsman
    21 Feb 2015 | 2:09 pm
    Mary Anne Horsman Are you here in this moment completely? Or are you distracted with thoughts of the past . . . the future . . . ? If any part of you is anywhere but here, now, you’re diminishing your true power. You are only able to fully focus and expand your Love energy when you are totally present at the singular location of space and time that you currently occupy. Be Mindful, Be Loving I’m excited to share the amazing results I’ve been experiencing recently with mindfulness as my top priority. It’s been my most effective method so far for instantly increasing my…
  • Love Wants You!

    Mary Anne Horsman
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:16 pm
    Mary Anne Horsman What do you think Love’s dream come true would look like? I imagine a world full of happy, peaceful people, each living their days in freedom and joyful passion. I see a world in balance, beautiful creatures living in perfect harmony with the Biosphere . . . How You Can Help Make Love’s Dream Come True Love is a powerful, limitless force. It’s the Energy that created our amazing world and our breathtakingly incredible minds. Love brought you to life. But Love gave you freedom. And that’s why it’s up to You to help make Love’s dream come…
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  • Mind the Mindset of Your Strengths-based Interventions

    Reza Zolfagharifard
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:50 am
    Positive psychology practitioners regularly use strengths-based interventions by identifying and developing their clients’ personal strengths to help them become more effective and more successful. Strength-based interventions work on the premise that people have abilities and internal resources that can be utilised to achieve remarkable outcomes, when understood and applied correctly.Strengths-based interventions are highly empowering and motivating, and give people control and confidence. These approaches do not ignore weaknesses but work on the basis that investing time and energy on the…
  • Affective Forecasting: Can We Predict Our Emotions?

    Nhu Tran
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:25 pm
    We also are concerned with our future emotions and feelings. We all want to know how we are going to be. Will it be enjoyable if we go to that restaurant?  Will we live a happy life? The term Affective Forecasting is defined as our predictions about our future emotions.DefinitionThe term “affective forecasting” was coined by Dr. Timothy Wilson and Dr. Daniel Gilbert. Affective Forecasting is people’s predictions about their affect (emotional state) in the future. Early studies only focus on measuring people’s forecast, while recent work have begun to examine the accuracy of the…
  • Emotional Intelligence Is the Key To Your Success

    Reham Al Taher
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:20 am
    Everyone has had the experience of visiting a doctor, nurse, therapist, or even boss and felt like even though they weren’t saying anything that was particularly wrong, they just didn’t “get you”.I remember taking my very, very sick cat to the vet and the doctor was completely ignoring my trembling voice, shaky hands, and tears and proceeded to tell me that she could pretty much die at any second. As I left the office I kept thinking, “Why doesn’t he see what I’m going through? Why isn’t he responding sensitively to my devastation?” I realized later on that what he was…
  • From Bucket List To Bucket Living: Turning Plans into Positive Experiences

    Editorial staff
    21 Feb 2015 | 1:30 am
    Climb Kilimanjaro, explore the ruins of Machu Piccu, go on a safari in Kenya, make cupcake soaps, learn the art of Thai Massage- The list of items goes on and on but these are some of the awesome things to do on my bucket list!Many of you probably have a similar list of things to achieve and places to visit before you ‘kick the bucket’ but how many of you are actually living out your lists and crossing things off? How many buckets are overflowing because they’re not getting emptied regularly? How many of you have a hole in your bucket, letting these great ideas drip out and…
  • What is the Classification of Character Strengths and Virtues?

    Reham Al Taher
    19 Feb 2015 | 1:15 am
    Character Strengths and Virtues is a groundbreaking handbook that was created built on reports from a prestigious group of researchers who have attempted to create a systematic classification and measurements of widely valued positive traits. The aim was to present a measure of humanist ideals of virtue in an empirical and scientific way.This handbook intends to provide a theoretical framework that will help assist positive psychology practitioners in developing practical applications for the field. There are six classes of virtue that are made up of 24 character strengths:Wisdom and…
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  • 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…
  • A Major Christian Grey Area

    Stacy Menzies
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:01 am
    When the book 50 Shades of Grey came out I made a conscious decision not to read it. The book was described to me in terms of a young woman who falls under the spell of an older man. She makes it her mission to change the man. I’m not judging the book or those who read it. Like I said, I’ve never read it so I don’t have much of an opinion on it. My decision was predicated on the idea that a woman, or anybody for that matter, would subjugate themselves with the desired purpose of changing somebody else.I’ve been very fortunate that I’ve never entered into a relationship with the idea…
  • Happiness is Personal

    Stacy Menzies
    17 Feb 2015 | 6:52 am
    I’m often asked “What is Happy Fix?”  It’s a completely legitimate question that I, sometimes,  have trouble answering because it’s so personal. It really doesn’t lend itself to an answer in the form of a 30-second elevator pitch.  Yes, it’s a company.  Yes, it’s a lifestyle brand.  Yes it’s a line of products.  But most important, Happy Fix is a mind set.  It’s a commitment to live the best life you can with the hand you’ve been dealt (props to Oprah for the “live your best life” concept).Last summer, I had a conversation with a friend.  While she liked…
  • Doing What Needs to Be Done

    Stacy Menzies
    20 Jan 2015 | 2:27 am
    This week, I’m spending a day cold calling on retailers.  It’s an important part of running a successful business and one we are using to help move Happy Fix forward and get our message to “Celebrate What’s Great” to a wider audience. Cold calling is not easy and can be scary for some people, but being scared and getting out of your comfort zone can yield great rewards.  We all have things that scare us which sometimes become obstacles.  Part of the joy in life comes from overcoming those fears and doing the things that we don’t think we can do.  Here are some of the things I…
  • Hope is A Happy Fix

    Stacy Menzies
    8 Jan 2015 | 1:24 pm
    One of the things I love most about being Chief Happbassador at Happy Fix is making connections with people who take tough situations and work hard to make the best out of them. Today I met with people from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.   St. Jude’s has always been near to my heart.  It may have started when I was a kid and my grandmother had a statue of St. Jude in her backyard.   He is the Patron Saint of Hopeless Causes.  In the Roman Catholic Church, he is who you pray to when all hope feels lost.  St. Jude has been my Patron Saint since I was a teenager.   St. Jude…
 
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  • How Judgment Hurts You

    Polly Campbell
    4 Mar 2015 | 11:48 am
    I don’t like those shoes. I can’t believe she said that. It makes no sense when he puts the bowls in the top of the dishwasher. That color does not work for her. Why would they pay money for that? Did you hear what he said to his daughter? Tsk. Tsk. Tsk, say the voice of judgment. And it seems these days we’ve all got the tone down pat. We are quick to scrutinize and form opinions about other people and things. Judgment Hurts Us Of course, this habit has also helped us survive. If we deem someone a bit sketchy, or too drunk to drive, or unsafe we are more likely to stay away and…
  • Different Views and The Dress

    Polly Campbell
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:01 am
    Last week there was an uproar on the Internet as many of us on Facebook and Twitter and through text messages became consumed by “the dress.” It was a simple thing really, a picture of a white and gold dress. What? You saw something else? Blue and black maybe? Soon after the pic appeared the cyber trash talk began. “Are you CRAZY? That is gold!” said a post. “Am I crazy?” said another, “The dress just changed while I was looking at it.” “I KNOW it’s blue and black, I don’t know what the rest of YOU are looking at,” from another. But this isn’t about the picture…
  • Proof that You Can Handle Anything

    Polly Campbell
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:24 am
    Original work by Erin Cairney White Seriously, you’ve got this. Whatever it is keeping you awake at night or causing your impatience and stress, you can handle it. I know that. Still, there are times when it feels like the challenges and hurt are bigger than we are. It becomes tough to see our way through the difficulty. So today I’ll be what intuitive Sonia Choquette calls your “believing eyes.” I believe that while you may be facing obstacles you’d rather not face, you’ll be okay. You can do it. You don’t even have to know how. The path doesn’t have to be clear, you…
  • Unlearning Limitation

    Polly Campbell
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:34 am
    I’ve been listening to Invisibilia, a podcast about thoughts. How they work, what they do, how dependent we can become on our own ideas even though often what we think isn’t true at all. That doesn’t stop us from adhering to them. To following these unfounded ideas and beliefs. We even act out of them. And that behavior creates tangible results. Results which we then hold up as evidence that our idea was true all along. When all along it was probably just a really bad idea. Here’s how it works: once a teacher or parent or other grown-up suggested you weren’t all that good at…
  • Three Reasons Meditation Freaks Us Out

    Polly Campbell
    18 Feb 2015 | 4:08 am
    Start talking about meditation and you can see people start to fidget. They want to say they meditate, see the value in it, think it’s great. But, unless they practice regularly, they are more inclined to feel nerves rather than Nirvana  when the topic comes up. Though meditation has moved into the mainstream – backed by scores of studies that say it improves our health, focus, concentration, and stress levels – so many people are still reluctant to give it a go. It’s not surprising. Meditation used to be so, well, Out There, for us Western-minded souls. It seemed suitable for only…
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  • 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…
  • 6 Powerful Truths that Unite Humanity

    Dave Lott
    9 Feb 2015 | 2:38 pm
    Humanity is at the brink of its greatest evolution… But how many of us even realize it?TRUTH #1 ~ We are all the same       Our DNA's match at 99% or higher. We are human beings; our DNA matches every other human being on the face of the planet at a rate of 99% or higher. We are one race, the human race. We are all brothers and sisters of humanity, family of the greatest proportion. 7 billion individuals with the ability and capacity to love each and every one of us.Wouldn’t it be amazing if we saw ourselves as one big family, as brothers and sisters of the human race?
  • Depression, Anxiety, Doubt, Worry to Happiness in just 10 steps…

    Dave Lott
    2 Feb 2015 | 2:27 pm
                        I can't take anymore... Depression is an epidemic in our world today, but why? Doubt, worry and anxiety are something we all battle, but why?  Just turn the TV on for 5 minutes and it’s pretty simple to see why – the near constant stream of negativity.  These four definitely do not discriminate; it doesn’t matter your skin color, where you’re from, your gender, your social status or your occupation, these are human conditions, but why?   The easy one word answer is “fear”.  Fear is…
  • How can a Smile Change your Life: The Power of a Smile

    Dave Lott
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:42 pm
    The easiest most powerful way to change your attitude or brighten someone’s day is to smile. A smile has a magical, almost spiritual connection to our souls.  You can actually feel it deep inside when you smile and someone else smiles back at you. That’s the positive, overwhelming connection created when a smile is exchanged. What is a smile? A burst of positive energy? The use of certain facial muscles to create a positive look? The dictionary says:  to assume a facial expression indicating pleasure, favor, or amusement.  Some say it takes 22…
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