Last Sunday night, seven women gathered around my television set as a shapely, but taut, body of a drop-dead gorgeous woman filled the screen. “How can she wear that thing and look so good?” one exclaimed. “Black makes you look thinner, but this is ridiculous. She looks half her age, and even acts half her age!” another said.
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Last week, I had the extraordinary privilege of hearing J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter mega-series, deliver an electrifying commencement speech at Harvard University to a sold-out, standing room only audience of young and adult alike. Although I knew she’d be entertaining, I had no idea how profound Rowling’s talk would be, nor how tightly entwined her speech would be with the themes and message of Positive Psychology.
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Wrestling For Your Life
Don’t ever let anyone tell you a dream is unreachable. Persistence, stubbornness, passion and heart will fill in the gaps where you need a boost, and you’ll never know how many people you will touch with your spirit, changing their lives as well. Dustin Carter is changing the world, one wrestling match at a time.
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My Favorite Things: A Variation on Oprah’s List for Positive Psychologists
“Raindrops on roses and Whiskers on kittens Bright copper kettles and Warm woolen mittens” Julie Andrews sang about them. Oprah has them. And so I now want to do a…
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Grandma Had It Right! Positive Psychology And Common Folk Wisdom
My unscientific finding, as I continue to delve into the world of well-being and quality of life research, is that there are countless phrases that I heard from my grandmother and other wise people throughout my life that are now backed up with relevant research. Consequently, I feel much more confident about using them with others and even believing in them myself.
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Why Seeing “The Bucket List” Might Change Your Life & Make You Happy
Imagine this: A corporate billionaire and a working class mechanic have nothing in common until they share a hospital room and realize that they both share a burning desire to spend the time that they do have left to accomplish unfulfilled dreams until they “kick the bucket.”
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Why My Bat Globe Will Give Me a Longer Life (and make me smile, too)
In mid-September, I pulled my trusty bat globe out of the garage and set it up on my front lawn. And like clockwork, the negative comments soon came my way,…
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How To Be Happy At College — And Beyond! Notes from One Mom to a College Freshman
Not too long ago I deposited my oldest child at college, which was probably more traumatic for me than it was for him. Although there are very normal and healthy…
Last fall, HBO aired a documentary that had good intentions and a terrible outcome. “Thin” was created by filmmaker Lauren Greenfield, whose goal was to show the devastation of eating disorders and the price its sufferers pay in health, well-being and overall quality of life. She succeeded. And that’s the problem.
Last weekend, I was feeling wonderful, and I was marveling that so many areas of my life were in the place I wanted them to be. My career has had…
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Happiness and Your License Plate
I’ve become “the license plate lady” to all of my children’s friends, who are now accustomed to riding in a carpool with me and hearing me suddenly yelp as I spot a terrific vanity plate, “Get a picture of that license plate!” Anyone with a good view of my target now knows to zoom in, get a few snaps, and show it to everyone for approval so that I can use it as a teaching tool about the power of words in shaping our moods. […]
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Is Success a Secret Or Is “The Secret” Just Positive Snake Oil?
It’s hard not to notice the non-stop enthusiasm on television shows and in mainstream media for the phenomenon called, “The Secret,” which purports to tell us what we need to…
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The Gratitude Cruise
I have just arrived back from sharing my work around the connection between Positive Psychology and gratitude with 180 people on the “Ocean of Gratitude Cruise,” which was a fabulous 8-day opportunity…
I began to write this piece right after talking to one of my clients, who has taken countless risks since we started working together last fall, from launching her own photography business in her forties to…
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The Energy of Gratitude
Last weekend, I was at a gathering of college friends when one of them mentioned that her daughter had attended an Orthodox Jewish day camp one summer where she’d learned…
Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP, PCC is a professional coach, author, educator and speaker who specializes in goal-setting, change, happiness and grit. She is the author of six best-selling books, including…