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A Farewell Letter to My Lost Possible Selves

Posted on Feb 20, 2018 in blog, Emotional, Intellectual, Relational, Spiritual, Uncategorized

by Nicole C. Fuentes Last week, I had the opportunity to listen to Margarita Tarragona, an expert in the field of positive psychology, talk about the important role that the stories we tell ourselves play in our emotional well-being. Margarita shared with us many interesting ideas, but one in particular got me thinking: the idea of the “lost possible self.” What never was, what almost was, what no longer is … Everything that belongs in...

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The Power of Story in Our Lives

Posted on Feb 1, 2018 in blog, Emotional, Intellectual, Relational, Spiritual

by Hanna Perlberger Today’s post is excerpted from Hanna’s book A Year of Sacred Moments: The Soul Seeker’s Guide to Inspired Living, blending Torah, ancient Jewish wisdom, positive psychology principles, and the insight of contemporary thought leaders. “You don’t just have a story—you’re a story in the making and you never know what the next chapter’s going to be. That’s what makes it exciting.” —Dan...

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Some of My Favorite Questions—for Coaching and for Life

Posted on Jan 23, 2018 in blog, Emotional, Inspiring Change, Intellectual, Relational, Spiritual

by Lynda Wallace It happened again last week, which shouldn’t really surprise me, because it happens pretty often. I was reflecting on my coaching sessions at the end of a day working with clients, and I kept going over one conversation in particular. My client was feeling as if her life had become a series of obligations, and she wanted to live with a greater sense of purpose. So I asked her one of my favorite coaching questions: If you could...

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Life Is Not Like a Box of Chocolates

Posted on Jan 11, 2018 in blog, Emotional, Intellectual, Physical, Relational, Spiritual

by Megan McDonough Forrest Gump famously said, “Life is like a box of chocolates.” When I got my Christmas present, I came to the conclusion that life is more like a jigsaw puzzle. For Christmas, you see, I got a very challenging puzzle. That’s what I asked for from my husband (I’m really at the point in life where I don’t need or want any more stuff!). On Christmas Day, I unwrapped it: a close-up shot of a beautiful bouquet...

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Finding Meaning in Work

Posted on Jan 9, 2018 in blog, Intellectual, Relational

by Susan Peppercorn There are as many reasons why people don’t like their jobs as there are jobs themselves. Bad bosses top many people’s lists of gripes, alongside difficult coworkers, limited resources, employer demands to work increasingly long hours, and ethical challenges that may force employees to choose between corporate profitability and doing the right thing. Despite these objections, work provides an important source of meaning...

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The Path of Restraint: Let It Be

Posted on Jan 4, 2018 in blog, Emotional, Intellectual, Relational, Spiritual, Uncategorized

by Hanna Perlberger “Sometimes nothing is the hardest thing to do.” —Tyrion Lannister, from George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones It was toward the end of a weeklong training for facilitators of positive psychology workshops, and we were participating in a group exercise. We all stood in a circle, and in the middle of the floor were scattered a few dozen cards, face down. Every person picked a card at random, and in turn read...

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