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In 1998 Martin Seligman, in an address to the American Psychological Association, included in his speech the belief that, while psychology had competently researched areas such as illness and depression, and how to help heal these issues, more emphasis needed to be placed on what Seligman called “positive psychology.” Seligman defined this as “a reoriented science that emphasizes the understanding and building of the most positive qualities of an individual: …

This was a busy week. Things I had let go for a while snowballed, and I was overwhelmed. Typically, this is a time for an emotional disaster. Instead, I found success. This time I kept two things to attend to, and let all the others go. I kept my family commitments, and I kept my mindfulness practice. Nothing else was important enough that I needed to throw myself into a …

  Compassion, defined as sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others, is a trait we’ve always valued in our personal relationships. But how often is it discussed in terms of the workplace? Is the workplace meant to be a “dog eat dog” kind of experience where everyone is out for himself, never worrying about the woes of colleagues? Or, can compassion be helpful in most, if …

What we’re finding is that it is not necessarily the reality that shapes us, but the lens through which your brain views the world is what shapes your reality.  If we can change the lens, not only can we change your happiness, we can change every educational and business outcome at the same time. These words, spoken by Shawn Achor at TEDxBloomington, can be life-changing. They should be life-changing. Can you imagine a world …

Mindfulness is an area that is creating an extraordinary amount of attention these days. From the impact of mindfulness on the Seattle Seahawks, to boosting test scores, and improving cardiovascular health, we are made aware of the vast array of benefits from almost every corner of society. The Mayo Clinic is even on board, listing the benefits of a mindfulness practice as  reduced stress, anxiety and depression, less rumination, and …

The plans are made; everybody’s going to be there. And then, right before the big event, the phone call comes. “There is a glitch; the guy has a conflict.” What?! My first reaction to this call was to send an upset, possibly angry, email. An email…not a phone call. Not a Facetime session. Why? Because we somehow feel able to say things in an email that we would never say …

The new year has arrived! It’s a perfect time to make a habit of the practices that will bring you the greatest amounts of happiness and contentment. Not sure what to try first? See if something from this list helps you get started: START MOVING–Develop a fitness routine that is reasonable and sustainable. Don’t worry about what anyone else is doing; this is your time! Make sure to include components …

Today we’re going to work on opening our hearts. While these could be the first words spoken in a mindfulness class, they were first spoken in my yoga class this morning. Beautiful. They set my intention right where it needed to be. Don’t worry that you’re still not flexible; doing your best is enough. It’s fine that you have lousy balance; you’re lucky that you have great people in your …