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What is Your Cashew? How Curiosity Leads to Happiness (and Sometimes a Nobel Prize)

Posted on Feb 22, 2018 in blog, Emotional, Physical, Relational

by Louis Cinquino In this series, CiPP4 graduate Louis Cinquino brings to life some of the core concepts of positive psychology and wholebeing happiness—putting the basics in context through his insightful observations, personal experiences, and fresh interpretations. Louis begins each installment in the series with a six-word story. Her eyes saw everything, assumed nothing. Richard Thaler knew it when he saw it. Knew it when he felt it....

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Nothing Changes if Nothing Changes: Breaking Through in Flywheel Class

Posted on Feb 8, 2018 in blog, Emotional, Physical, Relational, Spiritual

by Amy Alpert I have been going to Flywheel religiously two days a week for several years. Flywheel is a spin class where you ride a stationary bike to music with an instructor leading the way. I love the dark space where I zone out and ride to the beat. The music fills me and I get taken away on a journey each time. During class, you accrue a score based on your effort, a calculation based on resistance and speed. I somehow get the same score...

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Kindness to Self and to Others: Is It One and the Same?

Posted on Feb 6, 2018 in blog, Emotional, Physical, Relational, Spiritual

by Suzee Connole Kindness—it’s a theme that is continually reinforced at different stages of our lives. As children, we learn the Golden Rule; Do to others what you want them to do to you. As adults, we are taught the benefits of practicing random acts of kindness. Ellen DeGeneres closes out every episode of her talk show by saying, “Be kind to one another.” With all this emphasis on promoting and applying kindness, are we forgetting...

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The Courageous Act of Asking for Help

Posted on Jan 16, 2018 in blog, Emotional, Physical, Relational, Spiritual

by Kim Childs At the start of a new year, many of us identify and commit to changes we’d like to make in our lives. These good intentions can fail, however, if we don’t enlist the help and support that’s often crucial to real and lasting change. Imagining that we can—or should—do challenging things on our own all the time can not only set us up for failure, but also reinforce self-defeating beliefs that make change even harder. When...

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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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Real Change

Posted on Jan 2, 2018 in blog, Emotional, Inspiring Change, Physical, Spiritual

by Tal Ben-Shahar Making resolutions or setting intentions for the new year? This excerpt from Tal’s book Being Happy: You Don’t Have to Be Perfect to Lead a Richer, Happier Life offers wisdom, research, and an exercise focused on how to effectively shift behaviors and traits that aren’t serving you. “It’s not that some people have willpower and some don’t. It’s that some people are ready to change and others are not.”—James...

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