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Positive Outlook

Brain Push-Ups? A 5 Minute Mental Workout

Rupa Mehta | Posted 04.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Rupa Mehta

This five-minute routine is like doing a set of push-ups for your brain -- no props necessary except pen and paper, Blackberry or your writing utensil of choice. Results will be guaranteed if you're honest in your answers, diligent with your form and you practice in the right setting.

When 'Going With The Flow' Feels Impossible

Daniel Scott | Posted 04.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Daniel Scott

Going with the flow is easy, especially when that current feels great. The challenge is learning how to drop into a positive flow when half-swept away in a riptide of epic misfortune. No, life, I'm not waving. I'm drowning.

Forgiveness Is Choosing to Love

Pragito Dove | Posted 04.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Pragito Dove

Do you find it easy to forgive people who have hurt or abused you in some way? I didn't until I started to understand that I was hurting myself more by maintaining a tight knot of resentment and anger toward the people who had wronged me.

The Gift

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 04.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Rubinstein

Facing the challenges and fears of this past year has brought us closer. We see each day together as a gift. Our appreciation of the simple things of life is heightened, whether it's a moment shared watching our dogs play, or the enjoyment taken in a meal before the fireplace.

Reflections on the Culture of Appearance

Mary Pritchard | Posted 04.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Mary Pritchard

At the end of the day, it doesn't matter if your hair wasn't perfect or if your spouse forgot to throw out the garbage. Focus on being happy. And you will be.

Try This! The 7-Day Happiness Challenge

Luminita Daniela Saviuc | Posted 04.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Luminita Daniela Saviuc

If you take this seven-day challenge and if you commit yourself to doing all of these things without cheating, not only you will know what makes happy people happy, but at the end of the challenge, you might also experience that happiness for yourself.

Show Me the Half-Full Glass

Lai-Lai Jenkins | Posted 04.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Lai-Lai Jenkins

If you can't seem to see the glass half-full, surround yourself with people that can. Find a supportive community; look for people with similar interests who understand you and will be able to provide you with the encouraging words you need to hear.

You Just Never Know

Jean Grossman | Posted 03.31.2013 | Healthy Living
Jean Grossman

On a rainy Sunday evening I returned from St. Michael's Medical Center in Newark, having visited my brother, who had a heart attack the night before. The upshot -- which of course I'll make positive, since that's how I view life -- is this.

Are You Letting Your Heart Sing? 5 Tips For Opening Up

Judith Johnson | Posted 03.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

As a life coach, I often find myself working on the same bottom line with clients -- are you letting your heart sing? This is a powerfully loaded question that deserves some unpacking here.

Where You Won't Find Happiness

Rupa Mehta | Posted 03.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Rupa Mehta

Happiness is not dependent on what the number on the scale says or whether you get that promotion at work or marry your college crush. Happiness is the ability to recognize and be okay with the fact that you won't always feel -- well -- happy.

Hope And Heart: 5 Ways To Feed Your Compassionate Self

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 03.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

We feed the wolf of love with heart and with hope. We feed this wolf by sustaining our sense of what's good in other people, what's good in ourselves, what's already good in our world, and what could be even better in a world we can build together.

Think Happy, Be Happy: Tips To Access More Joy

Randy Taran | Posted 03.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Randy Taran

Happiness has many aspects: From quiet appreciation to living with zest and passion, it's great to explore all the various facets available to you now. Inner happiness has many entry points. Try these out and notice how good you feel.

Being Your Own Means of Motivation

Hilary Sheinbaum | Posted 03.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Hilary Sheinbaum

The biggest lesson I learned from JV cross-country is that motivation comes from within. It's helpful to have a team, a coach, family and friends, or cheerleaders to show support, but ultimately, the only cheerleader that matters is you.

Why You Should Do the 'Impossible' (And How, Because I Know It's Hard)

Stephenie Zamora | Posted 03.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Stephenie Zamora

I'm a big believer that anything is possible. That "crazy" business idea you have. Running a marathon when you presently get winded climbing the stairs at work. Taking a year off to travel the world. An amazing relationship with the great guy you're convinced doesn't exist.

Why We Should Be Grateful For The Things We Don't Have

Nancy Colier | Posted 03.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Nancy Colier

We are trained to be grateful for getting the things we want, but we can and need to become equally grateful for the things that we don't get, and the wonderful and unexpected opportunities and gifts that those absences bestow upon us.

Take a Stand!

Donna Henes | Posted 03.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Donna Henes

We can shrink in fear and wallow in our worries, just close down. Or we can use this time to work toward the expansion, openness, and love that we all know in our heart of hearts is possible.

On Taking Your Own Advice

Janet M. Neal | Posted 03.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Janet M. Neal

Life is not all rosy all the time. Sometimes we get a splinter in our soul. Something is there that doesn't belong and until we get it out -- all of it out -- it is painful.

5 Keys To Cultivating A Positive Outlook (Even During Dark Days)

Pragito Dove | Posted 03.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Pragito Dove

Everything is a mirror. We cannot change the reflection, but we can change the original (ourselves), and then, automatically, the reflection changes.

What You Think Becomes How You Live

Penny Love | Posted 03.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Penny Love

The subconscious mind accepts whatever you choose to believe. What you choose to think about yourself and your life becomes true for you. We have unlimited choices about what we can think about.

The Time-Saving Rule That Most People Think Is Stupid

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 03.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Lisa Earle McLeod

I admit it, I have a blind spot; I have a hard time spotting bad intent. But viewing the world through a lens of mistrust creates problems, as well. When you walk around expecting people to treat you badly, they usually do.

When You Really Love a Friend

Susan Winston | Posted 03.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Susan Winston

There are many of you who are going through the pain of dealing with the illness of a loved one. You need to keep your energy going the same way we do to help your person pull through. There is something strong about positive thinking, meditation, and the power of family and friends.

New Year, New Values, New Spirit

Donna Henes | Posted 03.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Donna Henes

This year, may we discover and embrace our own purpose, passion and power. May we accept our responsibility and our personal rule. May we take our ideas and our skills and use them to create a viable, safe, sustainable and sane world for us all.

The Science Of Happiness

Meghan Keener | Posted 03.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Meghan Keener

The field of positive psychology operates from the premise that we ought to acknowledge both the light and the dark sides of life. It focuses on positive elements of life such as character strengths, positive emotion, resilience, purpose, positive relationships, and creative achievement.

No Need To Stick To The Script: You Can Re-Write Your Story

Brenda Della Casa | Posted 03.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Brenda Della Casa

I wanted to share this gift with you -- the gift of honesty, accountability and reflection in the hopes that it will remind you that you are not defined or limited by past chapters. Your "story" is in development, and one chapter should lead to another.

Coping With the Side Effects of Chemotherapy

Hollye Harrington Jacobs | Posted 03.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Hollye Harrington Jacobs

After my fourth round of chemotherapy, I went into what I now refer to as "The Funk Zone." What helped me the most was my ability to put on my nurse's cap (being a nurse was definitely a Silver Lining during my treatment) and assign myself some healthy coping mechanisms.