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How to Apply Positive Psychology to the Midlife Journey

Posted on Aug 7, 2019 in blog, Emotional, Intellectual, Physical, Relational, Spiritual

by Maria Sirois The fields of positive psychology, mind-body medicine, and the spiritual disciplines offer wisdom—culled from research and centuries of experience—that can sustain our unique over-40 needs. Here are five of these wisdom teachings. 1. Remember that change is possible at any time. Not only is our brain plastic (able to be “remapped” toward greater health, calm, memory, and reduction of pain) but also our thoughts and...

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The Connection Between Meaning and Happiness

Posted on Jul 31, 2019 in blog, Emotional, Intellectual, Relational, Spiritual

by Michael F. Steger In researching the factors that foster well-being and reduce psychological distress in people’s lives, I have spent most of my time looking at the role that meaning in life plays in human well-being. Humans appear to have a strong desire to be able to understand their experiences, gain some clarity about their own identity, and identify some sense of purpose in their lives. In other words, people want to know what their...

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The Wonderful Thing About Triggers

Posted on Jul 25, 2019 in Alumni Spotlight, blog, Emotional, Inspiring Change, Intellectual, Relational, Spiritual

by Linda D. Wiesinger Triggers. We all have them. Anyone who came through childhood has them, which I assume is pretty much all of us. Someone says or does something—looks at us with a certain expression, uses a particular tone of voice, criticizes us unfairly—and we are off to the races. We actively create all sorts of stories and beliefs in our minds, so many that it can feel as if we are tripping over them: They did it ON PURPOSE and with...

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Alumni Spotlight: Stories of Transformation

Posted on Jul 17, 2019 in Alumni Spotlight, blog, Emotional, Intellectual, Physical, Relational, Spiritual

We’re always deeply moved by the stories our alumni tell us about how the Certificate in Wholebeing Positive Psychology changed their life. Today, we share with you two of those stories. First, here’s Kathy Washburn, describing how the Certificate program helped her during a massive life transition. She had left her corporate job, her 25-year marriage had fallen apart, and she was coping with an empty nest after her two sons started...

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Cultivating Positivity via … Technology?

Posted on Jul 10, 2019 in blog, Emotional, Intellectual, Relational, Spiritual

by Anda KlavinaRecently, a participant in one of my positive psychology seminars told a story about doing some housecleaning and noticing that her cat was “helping.” She took a photo and immediately sent it to her parents, who live in another town. They all had a good laugh. Had she waited for the next time she visited her parents to show them the snapshot of her helpful cat, she would have forgotten the moment, or she wouldn’t care...

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The Greatest Freedom

Posted on Jul 4, 2019 in blog, Emotional, Intellectual, Relational, Spiritual

by Megan McDonough Who do you long to be? That question—and your ability to live into the answer each day—is the greatest freedom of all. And that big freedom can be overwhelming, especially when we’re looking for the “right” way to live. Life is not always easy, kind, or clear cut. Life is messy. And I keep trying to neaten it up. I think most of us try to do that … to take the unknown, mixed in with our longings and deep desires,...

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