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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 …

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 …

Have you ever taken the time to reflect on how busy you are, and compare that to how you value the tasks you are doing each day? I remember telling my mom, years ago: “I’m involved in all sorts of activities each and every day; I’m always busy! But, truth be told, the only things of VALUE I do involve my children…and that only happens when they’re out of school!” …

Self-compassion is a topic that is neither given enough time nor energy. It’s so easy to lose patience with yourself during times of stress and frustration, failing to offer either the tolerance or compassion both deserved and required. Yet, this is a prime example of exactly what we need. We tend to tell ourselves that we’re not enough. Not smart enough, popular enough, or in possession of whatever else we …

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 …

Happiness seems to be a BIG topic these days: The Greater Good Science Center offers an on-line course called The Science of Happiness that examines scientifically proven strategies to improve personal levels of happiness. Since the program launched in 2014, this FREE class has had more than 450,000 people enroll who have benefited from the information. Yale University offers a class called Psy157, Psychology, and the Good Life. In less …

High performance psychologist Michael Gervais has much to say about what it takes to achieve mastery in your area. Working with mindset and mindfulness, Gervais says that it’s all about your level of awareness; I would say the truth of this statement is not to be underestimated. Establishing a habit of mindfulness Teaching mindfulness, there are many early learners who cannot begin to imagine the improvement their lives will see …

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 …

As an educator, I’ve always loved being inspired by children. When they speak, it may sometimes be a challenge to work my way to the true heart of what they are really trying to communicate, but it’s always well worth the time it takes to do so. Addressing a concern from a student One particularly important experience for me, as a teacher, occurred when a fourth grade boy suggested that …