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Positive Outlook

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.

10 Things Happy People Do Differently

Paula Davis-Laack | Posted 03.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Paula Davis-Laack

Since graduating with my master's degree in positive psychology, I've worked with and observed thousands of people in a wide variety of settings, and happy people just flow with the groove of life in a unique way. Here is what they do differently.

How To Live An Uncluttered Life Full Of Light

Jessica R. Dreistadt | Posted 03.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Jessica R. Dreistadt

This year, I have decided to adopt a new way of thinking, being, and doing that continually radiates my inner core, casting a transcendent light through every moment of my life. My resolution, for now and for always, is to live an uncluttered life full of light.

Why You Should Reconsider Your New Year's Resolutions

SidneyAnne Stone | Posted 02.28.2013 | Healthy Living
SidneyAnne Stone

Starting a fresh year with a list of things you don't like about yourself and want to change is negative. Shift your focus to all of your positive achievements in the last year and you may find yourself naturally building momentum and wanting to keep it up.

5 Achievable Resolutions For A Longer, Happier Life

Lisa Firestone | Posted 02.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

Taking a positive and proactive approach to our goals gives us the best chance of achieving lasting change. As we take on resolutions that will help us to become our best selves, we must treat ourselves with compassion, sensitivity, and respect.

Your 2013 Emotional Diet Plan

Rupa Mehta | Posted 02.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Rupa Mehta

This New Year's, let's draw needed attention to and appreciate the simplicity and significance of the weight of words. Let's gain control over our emotional waistlines and reflect on the words and sayings that weigh us down and lift us up.

How To Shift Your Perspective To Stress Less

Dr. Wendie Trubow | Posted 02.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Wendie Trubow

Have you ever noticed how your perspective influences how you interpret things? Sometimes shaking up our perspective can make all the difference in the world. In addition to appreciating ourselves, it can also help us to live more vibrantly.

Being Determined to Find Joy in the Everyday Affects Not Only Ourselves, But Our World

Gregg McBride | Posted 02.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Gregg McBride

Finding joy within ourselves (and being determined to do so no matter what's going on around us or what's happening in the world) really can help to make the world a better place.

A Little Bit of Negativity Hurt No One...

Tarun Sakhrani | Posted 02.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Tarun Sakhrani

The other day someone told me that I was being a "Negatron." I guessed what it meant, but sought clarification; I was told that I needed to learn to be more positive, that I needed an attitude adjustment. My first reaction was defensive: "No way! I'm not negative!"

Are You Undermining Your Midlife Renewal and Vitality?

Douglas LaBier | Posted 02.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Douglas LaBier

The key to redirecting your karma is to awaken and accept your responsibility for dealing with the residue. Forgiveness and compassion toward yourself can help open the door to real change and avoid remaining caught within a continuous loop.