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Health Promotion or Disease Prevention: Which Do You Need?
By Marie-Josée Shaar  
April 8, 2014 – 7:33 pm | 3 Comments

Many sources in the wellness industry erroneously treat the concepts of disease prevention and health promotion as if they were one and the same. That’s a big mistake, and not recognizing the inherent distinction between the two undoubtedly reduces our ability to implement our health intentions. Here’s why, and how to use each.

Five Thinking Errors That Hurt Your Health
By Marie-Josée Shaar  
March 11, 2014 – 3:24 pm | No Comment
   Running knees

Over generations of survivors, humans developed thinking shortcuts which are still very pervasive today. Of these common shortcuts, 5 are very costly to our health. While it is unlikely that we’ll ever break free of their influence, increased mindfulness can alleviate their effects on our thought processes, behaviors, and wellness.

5 Minutes to Feeling More Loved, Valued, Peaceful, and Connected
By Christine Duvivier  
February 14, 2014 – 9:35 am | 4 Comments
Photo of Birds Taking Off

When they want to feel more loved, valued, respected or connected, most people give away their power. They ask (or want) others to be different, which means someone else’s behavior determines how happy they will be.
What do happier people do?

Still Accepted But Blatantly Outdated
By Marie-Josée Shaar  
January 29, 2014 – 9:33 am | No Comment
   Let's stop taking huge portions

The desire to fit in is a powerful shaper of behavior. In some cases, social pressures serve us well. In other cases, social pressures are lagging behind their times. Here’s how to use social pressure to extinguish four unhealthy social norms.

Positive Psychology and the Body (Book Review)
By Bridget Grenville-Cleave  
December 27, 2013 – 2:40 pm | 7 Comments

The main message of this book is that it doesn’t work to focus only on the cognitive aspects of psychological well-being if you want to increase human flourishing. There are many processes involving the physical body that contribute to psychological well-being. If you have a serious interest in positive psychology and mental health, then reading Positive Psychology and the Body is a must.

Dogs: The Ultimate Health Promoters
By Marie-Josée Shaar  
October 2, 2013 – 10:53 am | 2 Comments
dog fun

Today I’d like to spend a few minutes looking at the many health benefits of owning a dog.

How Love Creates Health
By Shannon Polly  
August 13, 2013 – 10:06 am | 10 Comments
   Barbara Fredrickson at IPPA Congress

Love contributes to health. It doesn’t stop with counting blessings. It’s not abstract. It’s deeply physical. Let’s follow the argument made by Barbara Fredrickson during the IPPA World Congress.

Profiting from the Positive (Book Review)
By Jeremy McCarthy  
August 1, 2013 – 9:32 am | 3 Comments

Since most business leaders are immersed in their own negativity bias, there is a distinct competitive advantage for focusing on the positive side of the science. Positive approaches remind us not only to give our attention to our most challenging customers and employees, but also to spend quality time with our best customers and employees. If you are in business, it is likely that your competitors are neglecting some of these opportunities. If you can do them well, you can indeed profit from the positive.

The Oxford Handbook of Happiness (Book Review)
By Bridget Grenville-Cleave  
July 29, 2013 – 2:03 pm | 2 Comments
Oxford Handbook of Happine

This is a ground-breaking volume of positive psychology research, and the breadth of perspectives is unparalleled. Not only are new and more specialized topics included, but even familiar topics are illustrated with up-to-date research, case studies, and examples. Clearly this is what positive psychology students and teachers need to progress the science, do high quality research, and put it out into the public domain.

Physical Fitness for Elders, Part 3: Laughter and Restorative Medicine
By Diana Boufford  
July 12, 2013 – 3:23 pm | One Comment

Adopting an optimistic, playful attitude to problems over which you have no control improves your coping and your longevity.. Elders benefit from having a good sense of humor, including the ability to laugh at themselves. Restorative therapy gives control back to people. We can help them be the people they want to be through good food, exercise structured for their needs and goals, and positive energy.

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