Look on the Bright Side: The Science of Optimism (Positive Psychology Series #2)
November 14, 2017
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Most studies show that being optimistic is good for us: optimists have better mental health and may even live longer.

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Positive Psychology: The Theory and Science – Part I
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Rather than removing pathology, the field of Positive Psychology focuses on ways to cultivate qualities like optimism, gratitude, generosity and resilience. This is the first in a series of upcoming... Read More...
Be Kind to Yourself: Four Ways to Practice Self-Care
February 20, 2017
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When was the last time you took time to do something nice for yourself? If you’re like many people, you might find that you’ve been too busy to get a full night of sleep, to cook yourself a good... Read More...
Feeling Stressed? Awe Might Be What You Need
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I still remember feeling awestruck when I saw the Pacific Ocean for the first time as a child. I remember how incredible it felt looking at the waves and realizing that they stretched so much farther... Read More...
Can Writing Make You Healthier and Happier? 3 Easy Writing Activities To Try
April 19, 2016
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You’ve probably heard that keeping a journal is good for your mental health, but did you know that writing can benefit your physical health as well? In fact, psychologists studying the effects of... Read More...
How Do You Feel About Yourself? Tips For Raising Self-Esteem
January 25, 2016
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How do you feel about yourself? Tips for Raising Self Esteem, picture titled Observer by Hernan Pinera at FlicrkPhoto Credit Hernan Pinera
You’ve probably heard that self-esteem is important, but you may not know exactly what to do if you’re not feeling so great about yourself. In today’s post, I’ll review what self-esteem is,... Read More...
Finding the Right Balance: How to Regulate Emotions
December 1, 2015
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Emotion regulation is the process of changing the emotion we experience—whether we are trying to amp up the experiences of a positive emotion or lower the amount of a negative emotion. According to... Read More...
10 Cognitive Clarities (the opposite of cognitive distortions)
November 6, 2015
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“Cognitive Clarities,” in contrast to cognitive distortions, are inspired by the premise behind positive psychology – that we can live more joyful and peaceful lives by not just eliminating the... Read More...
The Link Between Creativity and Happiness
September 30, 2015
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If you’re like most people, you probably drew in coloring books, painted, or worked on another type of art project in elementary school. But, unless you’re a professional artist, you probably... Read More...
Can Your Phone Make You More Mindful? 3 Mindfulness Apps to Try
August 27, 2015
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Do you sometimes feel like you’re not really present in the moment? Research suggests that simply using an app on your phone may help you relax and become more mindful. Whether you practice... Read More...