Category: Positive Psychology

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The Science of Gratitude

The Science of Gratitude

My teacher and well-known positive psychology expert  Ben Tal-Shahar says " When you appreciate the good, the good appreciates." It is a play on words. And a good one. I recently spend a few days writing an article about gratitude and looking at the research, studies and neuroscience. I could...

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An unexpected Monday

An unexpected Monday

It's the text you hope you won't get. Hey, Mom. I'm at the ER now. We'd dropped him off for college just six days ago. He'd been kayaking on Lake Champlain and camping in the outback with ten other college freshman. No media. All new people. We had talked the day before when he had returned...

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hammers and happiness

hammers and happiness

"If I had a Hammer" by Peter, Paul and Mary was the first song that I can remember hearing as a young child. My parents played the song over and over again. I loved it. It was simple and soulful. As that song played, I was learning to be a thinker, to "figure things out." Quickly I understood my...

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Making dreams real

Making dreams real

On my recent trip to Costa Rica we were driving to the treehouse community where we were to stay for the next three nights. I was happily telling my teenage son about Matt and Amy. Quickly I realized I had fallen into the quicksand of teenage cynicism in my attempt to engage him in conversation....

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lessons from being lonely

lessons from being lonely

I thought I was the only one. But a quick search for loneliness found two articles, just published today. These cite the health issues that increase when people feel isolated and alone.  One statistic cited "The health risks of feeling lonely, as well as actual social isolation, surpass...

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A drop of gratitude

A drop of gratitude

When I began this week's musings about boat pose and water the quote "the sea is so great, and my boat is so small" came to mind. These words graced the desk of President John F. Kennedy. They are fragments of an Old Breton prayer inscribed on a wood block given to Kennedy by Admiral Hyman...

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which glasses are you wearing?

which glasses are you wearing?

I have a February related confession. Not so many years ago I really, really disliked hearts. Perhaps it was bad Valentine's Day party memories from my childhood. Maybe I just thought hearts seemed cheesy. I just did not like them. At one point I was looking for a couples counselor and I had the...

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The golden repair

The golden repair

Change...of seasons, of life, of anything can bring up all kinds of thoughts, emotions and experiences. I actually like change, or so I say. Until something unexpected happens and I want things to stay the same. One of my earliest lessons related to change was watching The Brady Bunch. I've...

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Giving yourself an A

Giving yourself an A

I'm not sure how I came upon this book, The Art of Possibility, but like most of the books that are stacked at my bedside, they usually find me at the perfect time. Written by Rosamund Stone Zander, a name you probably don't recognize, and her husband Benjamin Zander it's a best seller and quite a...

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The best possible event

The best possible event

Happy New Year! I like to think of the New Year as a new blank sheet of paper or a fresh beautiful blanket of snow...a clean slate ready for a new start. Others may see a blank sheet of paper as something scary and new snow as missed school days, annoying traffic and parking problems and a...

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