Essential Reads

Feel the Wind at Your Back

By Jaime L. Kurtz Ph.D. on October 12, 2017 in Happy Trails
Consider a new type of gratitude question.
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When Music Makes You Cry

By R. Douglas Fields Ph.D. on September 28, 2017 in The New Brain
A new study suggests that the reasons music makes us feel like crying reveal something about our personalities.

Combatting the Loneliness of Transition

Five strategies to feel less lonely even in the midst of transition.
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Practicing Gratitude

By Kristin Meekhof on September 17, 2017 in A Widow's Guide to Healing
Practicing Gratitude: A Guide To Help You Find Goodness

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Solve 5 Baffling Problems Using the Latest Psych Research!

By Meg Selig on October 17, 2017 in Changepower
You've got problems. The latest psychology research has answers. Learn to: Look more attractive, ease depression and anxiety, decide when to socialize and when to work...and more.

Why Get Out of Bed?

By Jennifer Haupt on October 16, 2017 in One True Thing
What would happen if I didn’t rip back the sheets, slap one foot on the floor and then the other, and then keep on moving all day long? A meditation on functional depression.

Don't Lose What You Have to What You Have Lost

By Lucy C Hone Ph.D. on October 16, 2017 in Resilient Grieving
While research shows the benefits of focusing on the good, gratitude is rarely spoken of during bereavement. Time for a change, says Lucy Hone.
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The Free Secret to Happiness

Embracing nature is one of the most powerful healing tools we have.
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6 Ways to Survive a Toxic Boss

By Tasha Eurich Ph.D. on October 06, 2017 in The Power of Insight
Is your horrible boss driving you crazy? Here are six ways to deal.
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Things We Say That Block Contact

Our common responses to someone's kind words or action can invite deeper contact or push people away. Being more mindful of our language may open a door to deeper connections.

My Evening with Armistead

By Rick Miller LICSW on October 04, 2017 in Unwrapped
Who are you now? How did you get here? Who helped you arrive
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Surviving Suicidality

By Elizabeth Young on September 27, 2017 in Adaptations
The past 20 years are a gift I wouldn't have had if I had completed suicide: all the adventures, the growth, the connections, the happiness!

The Tide Always Wins, and Yet...

Take your place in the ebb and flow.

6 Simple Steps to Make Happiness Happen

Welcome happiness into your life with these six simple practices from the field of positive psychology.

You Can Learn to Be Happy and More Optimistic. Really.

By Peter Lambrou Ph.D. on September 10, 2017 in Codes to Joy
Who doesn't want to be happier and more optimistic about life?

Are You Giving Yourself the Level of Self-Care You Deserve?

By Gregg McBride on September 09, 2017 in The Weight-ing Game
When we care for something, it thrives. When we shun it, it withers. Therefore, isn't it time we stop mentally knocking ourselves down when we think of goals we haven't yet met?

Is Realistic Positivity the Key to Happiness as We Age?

By Andrea Brandt Ph.D. M.F.T. on September 05, 2017 in Mindful Anger
Do you think you can change your mindset?

10 Ways to Improve Your Days

By Atalanta Beaumont on September 02, 2017 in Handy Hints for Humans
Ten Handy Hints for Improving your Life

30 Days of September Gratitude, Joy, Love, and Remembrance

By Rita Watson MPH on September 01, 2017 in With Love and Gratitude
With those glorious sunsets and bursts of golden flowers, September is a time to embrace our heritage, laugh often, and invite gratitude and love into our hearts.

Understanding Anxiety from a Different Perspective

As healthcare professionals, are we treating anxiety through rose colored glasses? Exploring alternative treatment perspectives to help relieve symptoms of anxiety in everyday life

The Optimism Challenge, Continued

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on August 18, 2017 in Boundless
More ways to live a more positive life.

Overcoming the Fear of Solitude: 10 Thoughts

By Rita Watson MPH on August 06, 2017 in With Love and Gratitude
Being alone with our thoughts can be threatening. In an experiment people were asked to spend 6 to 15 minutes alone. One third cheated. Focusing on gratitude may be the solution.
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.