Tag: Happiness

If You Don’t Have Enough Time, This Can Help

This is certainly valid. You likely have a long to-do list and many responsibilities. You likely could use an additional hour—or 5 each day. But what’s also true is that we could benefit from becoming more intentional and ruthless with our time. We could benefit from paying closer attention to what’s actually going on. Because […]

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How Mindfulness of Feelings Is Essential for Building Healthy Relationships  

We can’t expect others to feel drawn toward us, if we’re not willing to take the risk to be vulnerable and reveal the ever-changing textures of our inner world. Yes, some people might be attracted to us based upon the image we project, such as being “successful,” or being interesting in some peculiar way, perhaps […]

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7 Realistic Ways to Look on the Bright Side—Which Don’t Feel Fake or Forced

However, as psychotherapist Genesis Games, LMHC, pointed out, “Looking at the bright side is not negating the pain, hurt, and despair. Some situations are truly heartbreaking and beyond difficult.” Rather, it’s about not letting painful or traumatic experiences define us and negatively shape our lives, said Games, who specializes in working with individuals, couples, and […]

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Do You Have to Be a Jerk to Be Great?

Soren Kierkegaard asked God to give him the power to will one thing. Amid all the distractions of life he asked for the power to live a focused life, wholeheartedly, toward a single point. And we’ve all known geniuses and others who have practiced a secular version of this. They have found their talent and […]

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New Research on the Benefits of Informal Meditation Practice: Taking Meditation Off the Cushion and Into Our Lives

It struck me how rare it is to see someone pause in the midst of the busyness of their day and savor the moment in this way.  It also surprised me that in all of my times back and forth to the gym I had never once noticed this little patch of nature.   Consider these […]

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Work Burnout: How to Know When You Need a Break

Work Is a Burden An article in Forbes on the five telltale signs of job burnout highlights a few symptoms that may easily resonate with overworked individuals in any line of work. Among them is one that stands out for me: Everything about work starts to seem like a burden. Indeed, when you get up […]

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Creating Boundaries Without Being Bound by Them

Boundaries regulate how how responsive we want to be toward others. If a friend asks a favor, such a ride to the airport or a request to meet for lunch, we know that we have the right to say “yes” or “no.” Our caring prompts us to consider their request and take it seriously. Our […]

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Psychology Around the Net: July 13, 2019

Dive into this week’s Psychology Around the Net where you’ll find all that and more! 10 Insanely Popular Ways to Weaken Your Self-Confidence: To the approval-seekers, the excuse-makers, the second-guessers: this one’s for you. Women Who Stop Drinking Alcohol Improve Mental Health: Researchers studied the drinking habits and self-reported mental health of more than 31,000 […]

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How to Add More Joy to Your Days

Sometimes, we can get so swept up in the daily hustle that we forget to ask ourselves this question—and we have no idea about the answer. According to therapist Lynn Zakeri, LCSW, “joy is found in different ways by different people.” She defines joy as “better than feeling good,” and “better than fun.” It’s forgetting […]

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Bridging the Gap Between Vacation and Everyday Life

I love a good vacation, don’t get me wrong, but I begin to wonder if this whole idea just reinforces the feeling that we are somehow held captive in our day to day life. Why can’t our normal days be more aligned with our vacation days? Do the two really have to be so different? […]

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Self-Care: Why Is It So Important? Why Is It So Hard?

You are not alone if you are asking yourself this same question. Many of us tend to prioritize our day to day duties in something similar to the following order: family, work, chores (cooking, shopping, laundry, etc), activities or other commitments, and last but not least self-care. Rinse and repeat. We consistently put self-care as […]

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How to Make Time for the Things You Really Want to Do

So, if we barely have enough time to do the things we really need to do, how the heck will we have time for the things we really want to do? Below are eight tips to answer that very question. Forget the traditional to-do list. According to Holly Reisem Hanna, creator of The Work at […]

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Psychology Around the Net: June 22, 2019

Enjoy! How to Get to Sleep: Lifehacker’s podcast, The Upgrade, is calling all “insomniacs, tossers, turners, blanket hogs, disco nappers, and snooze button pushers” for their recent episode “How to Get to Sleep,” during which they spoke with experts about — you guessed it — getting a good night’s sleep with the promise of avoiding […]

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