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Walking the Talk to Well-being
By Miriam Akhtar  
May 12, 2015 – 2:50 pm | One Comment
Satish on Dartmoor

The benefits of physical activity for mental health are well-known, but for some people the word exercise summons up images of sweaty discomfort. Walking is a gentle form of exercise that has the advantage of getting you out into the great outdoors.

Rosalind Turner and I are facilitating a walk for well-being on Sunday 17th May as part of Bristol Walk Fest. Come join us, or perhaps you can get something organized where you live.

An Unexpected Way that Mood Can Boost Exercise
By Marie-Josée Shaar  
May 5, 2015 – 3:44 pm | 5 Comments
Problem solving

If oxytocin helps inhibit fear, and fear keeps us from exercise, can higher levels of oxytocin lead to more physical activity?

Can The Arts Contribute to Health Promotion?
By Marie-Josée Shaar  
April 15, 2015 – 11:38 am | No Comment
Oil Painting

The arts have inspired us for centuries. Think of the emotion you still feel when you hear the song you associate with your first kiss or remember the play that made you laugh to tears. The arts add much richness to life. Yet, they are practically absent from work places.

Let’s explore what the arts can contribute to our work lives and to good health.

Better Than Before (Book Review)
By Lisa Sansom  
March 18, 2015 – 12:34 pm | 9 Comments
Better than Before Cover

Gretchen, you are indeed an accomplished author and I do enjoy your books. You achieve a lightness and self-discovery that many academic books lack, and yet you still root much of your work in the scientific findings that I value.

E-Mail and Stress in the Workplace
By Geoff Fallon  
October 13, 2014 – 10:50 am | 5 Comments
Connecting?

E-mail is a double-edged tool. While using e-mail increases stress, it also allows us to work remotely and to leave work to attend a child’s activity. How can we get more of the benefit and less of the cost?

Health Habits Work Better Together: Evidence from the Transtheoretical Model
By Marie-Josée Shaar  
September 17, 2014 – 7:37 pm | One Comment
Fruits and vegetables

We intuitively know that when we sleep poorly, we are drawn to snacking and overeating. We also know that nothing gets rid of a crappy mood faster than a good sweat and that lower stress levels contribute to a better night’s sleep. So why are so many programs treating sleep, food, mood, and exercise as if they were separate topics?

Positive Strokes: A Story of Post-traumatic Growth
By Miriam Akhtar  
September 3, 2014 – 9:25 am | One Comment
Robert Wilkinson Quotation

It may be easier to advocate for positive psychology when life is on an upward slope, but for me, it has been the tough times that have truly shown me the value of the science. In July less than 24 hours after facilitating the Penn Resilience Program I got a phone call which would plunge me into a test of my own resilience.

The Surprising Ingredient of Good Health
By Marie-Josée Shaar  
August 8, 2014 – 8:08 am | 3 Comments
Tree roots

Victor Strecher summarizes it well. “What’s the point of high energy and living a long time if we think life sucks? When we have purpose, we want to be at our best so we can better serve that purpose. Purpose is akin to the root system of a tree, grounding and feeding the whole organism so it can flourish and thrive, no matter what the exterior conditions are.”

Positive Psychology Road Trip: Summer 2014
By Lisa Buksbaum  
August 1, 2014 – 11:14 am | 3 Comments
Amsterdam sunset

I was thrilled to speak at two back-to-back Positive Psychology conferences this summer. I came away from the two experiences with my brain filled with new resources to integrate into my work and dozens of new connections. I am so grateful to be part of a community that is at the forefront of bringing positive health and wellness to people worldwide.

Workplace Well-Being is Not an Oxymoron
By Shannon Polly  
July 2, 2014 – 9:48 am | 3 Comments
I love my job!

New data shows that work engagement is better than usually reported. Workplace bullying needs some active attention. Wellness programs may benefit from sneak approaches, such as using smaller plates in lunch lines. The interface between work and life is smoothest when employers and employees collaborate on the solutions. These are just some of the takeaways from the stimulating Work & Well-Being 2014 conference held on May 30 in Washington, D.C..

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