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Developing key social connections is of greater importance than ever previously realized. In addition, there is a tie between social connection and resilience.  While we do need time alone, that solitude is given meaning by the social connections we possess. What exactly does this mean? The impact of losing social connections Think about the latest pop stars. They worked toward a goal of becoming more successful, and, when they reach …

Do you ever wonder what those people are talking about when they tell you that you need to be kind to yourself? Like, what is that? Dr. Kristin Neff has authored several books and research studies relating to the practice of self-compassion and tells us that it’s much more important than one might imagine. What compassion is Neff’s definition of compassion is the sympathetic consciousness of other’s distress, and includes …

Stress has proven to have a huge impact on the body and how it impacts the aging process. Yet, people can practice strategies to reduce the impact of stress, and even repair the damage previously done by prior stressful situations. Dr Elisa Epel has done quite a bit of research on the topic and she shares her knowledge through speaking engagements and books she has written. Dr. Epel mentions retreats …

When was the last time you told a person how much he meant to you? How he helped you during your lifetime? And offered examples of what he said or did that made such an impact? Researchers Seligman, Steen, Park and Peterson tested five different exercises in 2005 and found that writing, in letter format, that for which you are grateful, and delivering that letter to the person to whom …

When was the last time you said thank you to the people who made a difference in your life? And, do you realize just how many people have offered assistance along the way? Do you realize that teamwork is what made the difference for you? There is no “I” in TEAM Shawn Achor’s book, Big Potential: How Transforming the Pursuit of Success Raises Our Achievement, Happiness, and Well-Being, spends quite …

Do you ever wonder how some people carve out the time to complete a daily meditation or two? When you think about it, that could be almost an hour each day that you have chosen to give up in order to simply sit. But, is it only, really, sitting? The normal chores of each day Yes, you’re taking a break from television, house chores, movies, emails, phone calls, and so …

I am not a jock. A bad back was the reason my doctor mandated my withdrawal from physical education classes beginning in the seventh grade, so I didn’t have that high school experience of team or individual sports. As an adult, I have participated in one type of exercise after another, but, again, I show up and kind of do my best; still, it’s not exactly my thing. So, why …

We all have times when we need to take a step back; in fact, we just feel we need a few moments for ourselves. A sadness or frustration seems to overtake us, and we need time to realign ourselves. Never fear; this is within the range of normal. In fact, we should allow ourselves to notice how we feel, realize how those thoughts and feelings are impacting our bodies, and …

  While my background is K-8 schooling, I recently attended a conference aimed toward college-age faculty, students, and environments. Offering copies of The Empowered Teacher: Proven Tips for Classroom Success, attendees asked questions about the information included in the book, and questioned the applicability of the subject matter. The overwhelming response proved that, while one might presume that the issues facing these different demographics would be unalike, responses from participants …

I see it all around me, and apparently I am not alone. I am constantly hearing about someone else who decided to cut themselves off from the social media that had become a part of their daily lives. The Negativity Bias These people who have removed themselves from their social media sites voice varying concerns: Negativity from friends or family–“Politics have become so divisive and family members are now yelling …