The Benefits of Gratitude

Gratitude is an emotion expressing appreciation for what one has—as opposed to, for example, a consumer-driven emphasis on what one wants. Gratitude is getting a great deal of attention as a facet of positive psychology: Studies show that we can deliberately cultivate gratitude, and can increase our well-being and happiness by doing so. In addition, gratefulness—and especially expression of it to others—is associated with increased energy, optimism, and empathy.

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Gratitude Can Be Sexy

By Diana Raab PhD on July 26, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
Is listening to the news making you feel pessimistic and gloomy? Expressing gratitude to your loved ones or engaging in gratitude journaling can be lead to happiness and wellbeing.

The Good Life: Pause, Observe, and Absorb Positives

Appreciation, gratitude, and savoring the good stuff. You can enjoy all of these qualities by nurturing them in your life.

Breaking Up: Positive View Despite Emotional Turmoil

The Museum of Broken Relationships, recently on exhibit in NYC, reminded me of one of my top break-up stories, over 850,000 hits and counting. If only love had such an impact.
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The Hero's Journey

A path to a peaceful heart can be yours.

The Kismet List

By Guest Blogger on July 11, 2017 in The Guest Room
We need to have the guts to stare deeply and intently into the abyss, until gratitude blooms, and we vow to get everything we can out of our one wild and precious life.

No Time for Mindfulness? Think Again.

Love your morning cup of coffee or tea? Add a bit of mindfulness to start your day off with a taste of calm, focus, and pleasure.

Independence Day Tips for Letting Go and Embracing Love

Researchers point to the value of a positive attitude, forgiveness, and kindness.

5 Strategies for Accepting Your Mortality

You can't fall in love, make new friends, or teach your grandchildren to read if you're feeling scared and bitter - free yourself from death!

The Price of Choice

By Kristen Lee Ed.D., LICSW on June 30, 2017 in Reset 24/7
Have you ever faced "choice anxiety"--fretting over decisions, setting unrealistic expectations, and blaming yourself for "failing"? Research shows us how choose a better way.

Three Enjoyable Ways to Deepen Your Relationship This Week

Want to do a little something to boost your relationship this week? Here are three easy, evidence-based tips from saying a quick "thank you" to playing word games over dinner.

What We Know About Gratitude And Giving Back

There is no question that gratitude is good for you. But is it good for society too?

Bragitude

Don’t brag about how grateful you are. It’s too transparent.

Thank You, Mrs. Price

By Karl Albrecht Ph.D. on June 25, 2017 in BrainSnacks
If you love someone; if you appreciate them; if you're grateful to them - tell them now. One day it will be too late.

A Note of Gratitude for My Friend

Dr. Leigh Shaffer has been an inspiration to me and I want to share my feelings of gratitude.

Coping With Not Knowing What Happened to a Missing Loved One

We have become used to images of missing people collecting on street corners as signifying the hope of those searching for any news.

Quick Tips to Shift Your Mood with Gratitude—Permanently!

Throughout your day, stop, breathe deeply and express gratitude for life having brought you to this moment. Notice that this doesn't take any extra time at all out of your day.
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Finding Their Way Home: Posttraumatic Growth in Veterans

The same skills forged in battle can be leveraged to thrive at home.

What Are My Brain Tumors Trying to Tell Me?

By Sophie Sabbage on June 15, 2017 in The Cancer Whisperer
What if illnesses mark the places in your being where parts of you got lost?

The Three Types of Complaining

There are three types of complainers. Which are you?

A Sneaky Idea for Your Next Staff Meeting

Have you ever left a regular staff meeting feeling fantastic and energized? Probably not. Fortunately, Ron Friedman, the author of The Best Place to Work, has an idea.

Why Do We Struggle to Express Affection?

New research shows that low self-esteem can cause us to underestimate the benefits of showing affection and gratitude to our loved ones.

The Mind of God

"The Mind of God" is an elegant and wise book that leads us to wonder about and fashion our own unique answers to some of the most baffling and vital of questions.

Chasing Happiness Steals Joy

It is ironic that we can get so busy chasing happiness that we fail to notice the things that could be bringing joy to us in the present. Yeah, that was my morning.
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13 Reasons Why to Live

By Ana Nogales, Ph.D. on May 30, 2017 in Family Secrets
Sometimes depression doesn't let us see the beauty of life.

3 Exercises That Build Mental Strength in Just 5 Minutes

These mental strength building exercises are like push ups for your brain. Do them consistently and build your mental muscle in less than five minutes a day.
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You Are Lucky to Have Found Mindfulness

Why are you lucky to have discovered the practice of mindfulness?

Marriage Can Heal Old Wounds From the Family

Sometimes, the greatest lessons that we learn in our family of origin have more to do with what we don’t want than what we do.

Is Happiness a Choice?

Researchers Shawn Achor and Michelle Gielan on choosing happiness.

The Meaning of Disaster

Disasters have many different meanings for many different people. Here is a personal perspective on disasters from the point of view of a volunteer disaster responder.