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Changing your To-Do List To Ta-Da!
By Daniel Tomasulo  
July 23, 2015 – 11:36 am | 3 Comments
Being social

Savoring what we’ve accomplished helps us experience gratitude for the good things in our lives, which puts us in a better frame of mind than just grinding it out. Then we can invest in the six areas that we know have value for us in the long run. These areas fuel us with the sustenance we need to make life worth living. When we do that, we change our to-do’s into ta-da’s.

Upward Spiral Seen at the Airport (An IPPA Report)
By Kathryn Britton  
July 2, 2015 – 9:20 am | 4 Comments
Walking together

On Sunday morning at the IPPA World Congress, I heard Barbara Fredrickson give a keynote address about a fundamental challenge of our time, helping people build healthy habits. She suggested that finding enjoyment in healthy behaviors can create an upward spiral. Liking leads to wanting. Wanting affects the spontaneous thoughts that pop up in peoples’ minds. Those thoughts lead to small choices that affect health. Imagine my amazement when I saw her positivity spiral in action in the airport food court just a few hours later.

Making Self-Help Effective
By Orin Davis  
June 19, 2015 – 11:15 am | 2 Comments
Edmund

Engage in change on your own terms: an invitation to a TEDx talk.

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?

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.

Mindfulness in the Morning is More than Meditation
By Louis Alloro  
January 16, 2015 – 10:08 am | 4 Comments
meditation

The world needs peace right now. The world needs you to increase your mindfulness. So, thank you for practicing and building your mindfulness muscle. When the alarm goes off tomorrow morning, take a slow and low cleansing breath and remember to express gratitude for another day to be alive.

The Tyranny of Perfection
By Homaira Kabir  
January 7, 2015 – 11:22 am | 3 Comments
Learning to crawl

No baby learned to walk by receiving a beating for its tumbles or taunts about the perfect stride. I have also learned that the best version of me is not one that is perfect, but one that is human, hopeful, fallible, energetic, and emotional.

Designing Happiness for 2015
By Bridget Grenville-Cleave  
December 26, 2014 – 4:23 pm | 6 Comments
 

From Paul Dolan’s talk about his new book, Happiness by Design, I gained 3 important insights to shape my thinking about happiness in the new year.

Struggling with Gratitude
By Shannon Polly  
November 5, 2014 – 11:01 am | 13 Comments
ENT Clinic doesn't do noses

If you know that gratitude is good for you but it is still a struggle, how do you work on it?

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?

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