The 5i Change (?) Agent Model characterizes recurring themes in the ways that people use positive psychology in their livelihoods. While they may be teachers or coaches or therapists or doctors or dancers, what they actually do with positive psychology can be described by 5 verbs. Knowing which of these verbs characterize your own approach helps you take steps to augment your impact on the world.
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The Psychology of Spas and Wellbeing (Book Review)
The Psychology of Spas and Wellbeing by Jeremy McCarthy offers a clearly stated, scientific investigation of the mind-body connection and the psychology of relaxation, beauty, touch, and holistic wellness.
Oxytocin is a neurotransmitter that acts as a hormone. Oxytocin is released in the body when we feel safe and connected and tells the brain, “Everything is all right.” Humans have evolved as hyper-social creatures. Oxytocin helps us navigate our world of complex social relationships by rewarding positive social behavior with feelings of contentment and relaxation.
My Dieting Becomes an Eating Disorder I put myself on my first diet when I was 12 years old. I was never terribly overweight, just a little chubby. But I…
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Stop Being So Serious… No, I’m Serious!
Something happens to many people when they hit adulthood. Life becomes serious. It loses that lightness and freedom it had during childhood. It is a choice (conscious or unconscious) that adults make based on how they interpret what happens to them and the actions they take.
Laughter is a powerful way to bring that lightness of being back into one’s life.
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Loving Kindness Meditation instead of the Hedonic Treadmill
Dr. Barbara Fredrickson and Sharon Salzberg share the stage at the Rubin Museum in New York City talking about meditation practices as part of the Brainwave Series exploring the intersection of mind and matter. One of the most powerful practices is the loving kindness meditation that involves cultivating and sending out a sense of love and well-being to all sentient beings.
In an age of e-mail, on-line shopping and text-messaging it is easy to get sucked into wanting things to happen quickly, and if they don’t, it’s easy to give up. Grit is defined as perseverance and passion toward long-term goals. Gritty people tend to persevere, self-regulate and push themselves toward success.
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Top Valentine’s Day Date Ideas from Positive Psychology
Want ideas for what to do with your sweetie on Valentine’s Day?
“Loving, selective, enduring attachment… scientists find such love difficult to talk about,” says Dr. George Vaillant, renown psychiatrist and author. Love as noun is hard to measure. Love as a verb or an action is more tangible. Here are some actions you can take tomorrow, based on positive psychology. You can share these with your partner, friend, or family member: the strengths date, savoring, partner yoga, gratitude, and a strengths gift. […]
Read this book! Review of “Creating Your Best Life”
What separates people who achieve lofty goals from people who procrastinate with even simple things? Creating Your Best Life: The Ultimate Life List Guide is the best and most comprehensive resource I have come across on this topic.
How does happiness work in the body? Ever fantasize about duplicating yourself? Like when you want to go to your kid’s little league game and be at an important business…
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Smile and Others Smile with You: Health Benefits, Emotional Contagion, and Mimicry
What if research were to show that people can effect enormous positive changes in their lives and in the lives of others using a tool they have with them at…
Have you ever been:
- So nervous that you made your stomach churn?
- So excited about something that you could hardly sit still?
- So worried you wound up sick over it?
These phenomena refer to the psychosomatic principle, that is, the mind’s ability to have physiological effects on the body.
Emiliya Zhivotovskaya, MAPP, ERYT is President and Founder of Flourish, an organization dedicated to utilizing research based tools to enable individuals and organizations to flourish. Emiliya fuses the best of…