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Ferdinand the Bull Can Teach Your Kids About Their Strengths

The classic story of Ferdinand the Bull is now an animated film. Ferdinand is family-friendly but it can be so much more. You can use it to help your kids find their strengths.

Pure Solitude, Away From Devices, Is Calming: New Research

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in Living Single
Four new studies show that pure solitude, away from electronic devices, is calming. They also help explain when time alone is and is not experienced as sad, lonely, or boring.
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Seven Pathways to Thriving

By Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D. on November 08, 2017 in What Matters Most?
New research reveals key personal enablers of thriving in life. Learn these seven pathways and the ingredients that can help you create them.

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“Learned Mindfulness”: Achieving Authentic Integrity

Learned Mindfulness is achieving Authentic Integrity. This Integrity Mindfulness model prevents job burnout and optimizes the quality of life.

Are Your Strengths Making You Unhappy?

When it comes to doing more of what you do best each day at work are you missing the mark? So what’s the best way to put your strengths to work?

What Are Spiritual Guidelines for Organizational Success?

Group entrainment can lead to desired outcomes in sports, jazz, and organizations.

Five Ways to Practice Gratitude

Need a gratitude boost this holiday season? Try these five gratitude practices.

Generating Energy to Be Kind

By Mica B. Estrada, Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in Lead with Kindness
Do you have enough energy to be kind today? Wisdom and science show how personal reflection empowers us to be our best self.

Psychologist vs. Psychiatrist With Wonder Woman in Between

A psychologist helped build up the comic book industry. In the 1950s, a psychiatrist wrecked it. Both saw comics' powerful potential, whether to improve society or destroy it.
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One Question That May Determine Whether Your Love Will Last

The one question that may determine whether your love will last

What’s Your Ideal Wellbeing Day?

Let’s face it, the reality is most workplaces can make it hard to have your ideal day very consistently. But what if small ideal moments done often could improve your wellbeing?

Can You Be With The Whole Of Your Psyche?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on November 13, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
R.A.I.N. is an acronym developed by Michelle McDonald but adapted a bit by me, to summarize a powerful way to expand self-awareness.

The Paradox of "In Here" and "Out There"

It seems that, at least in the academic realm, the "objective" reality does not have to "prove" anything. It simply is. Accepted as it is—as The Truth.

How to Heal the Primal Wound

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on November 12, 2017 in Moral Landscapes
To protect ourselves from feeling the primal wound, we create a false world and a false self.

Ten-Plus Happiness Games and Activities

Do you like games and want to be happier? These games were made to increase happiness.
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A Room of Our Own

By Diana Raab PhD on November 07, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
Do you feel as if you don't have any quiet time to yourself? Research over the years has shown that having a sacred space that you can call your own is essential to well-being.

The Essential Happiness-Skill No One Teaches Us

By Ken Page L.C.S.W. on November 07, 2017 in Finding Love
Few of us are taught one of the greatest happiness-skills of all: learning to bear our joy.This lovely 2 minute practice will teach you exactly how.

Can You Create a Magical Workplace Culture?

Do you wish that you could change the culture of your organization? What does it really take to create a culture of motivated, high-performing employees?
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Accessing Authenticity

Authenticity’s appeal is obvious, but how does a person even go about being fully authentic, anyway? Here are three tips to get started.
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Are You Thinking Too Much?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on November 06, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
Our minds are hauled along in a culture without a speed limit – exceeding the limit there's always a price. Pulling out of the mental traffic, it's an act of freedom and wisdom

When Your Boss Is Challenging

How to improve your workday and your mental state.

What Are the Three Steps to an Authentic Life?

By Stephen Joseph Ph.D. on November 03, 2017 in What Doesn't Kill Us
To live an authentic life, it is not enough simply to try to be ourselves. We also need to know ourselves and own ourselves.

4 Ways Spending Smarter Can Make You Happier

How do you create a budget that optimizes for happiness? Financial expert, Matt Goren, explains how to do it.

Mindfulness Is the Hottest New Trend—But Should It Be?

New research suggests that despite the growing popularity of mindfulness, it might not be so good for you after all.

Who’s Left Off Your Gift List?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on October 30, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
Let gifts flow over the one you have the most power and the highest duty of—the one with your name.

Why Being Yourself Matters

By Stephen Joseph Ph.D. on October 28, 2017 in What Doesn't Kill Us
Are you looking for happiness? Thinking about a more authentic life can help.

Zen and the Art of Awe

Awe is not a luxury emotion. Awe makes us nicer and happier and is essential to our physical, psychological and spiritual health; enhancing mindfulness, creativity, and curiosity.

What Are Your Happiness Strengths and Weaknesses?

Not sure what you need to do to increase your happiness? Make progress by focusing on your weaker skills

Are You Self-Nurturing?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on October 23, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
Stress builds up over time, so it's important to do small things throughout the day to keep the stress meter in the "green zone." There are many ways to lower stress.
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How Can We All Become “Super Agers?”

By Lori Russell-Chapin Ph.D. on October 22, 2017 in Brain Waves
What does it take to become a Super Ager? Work that bucket list.

Cutting-Edge Research Shows That Love Is All Around Us

How can our precognitive abilities help tune us in to timeless love?
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3 Million of Us (Diabetes-3)

By Elizabeth Young on October 19, 2017 in Adaptations
I have had diabetes for 44 years, 6 months, and 29 days. But who's counting?