Savoring

As the holidays approach, and as we continue to go through challenging times, it is a good time for us to focus our attention on positive emotions and experiences. In the field of Positive Psychology there is discussion regarding how to increase the duration, intensity and appreciation of positive emotions and experiences. This practice enhances…
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Transitions

This time is a period of transition for all of us. We are adjusting to new norms in the society, to new behaviors and expectations. Some of us have gone through major changes in terms of our work, homes, family or social lives. These changes may have included difficult experiences and losses. It is important…
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Increasing Happiness

We have all been through a difficult year. Summer can be a time for rest and restoration and engaging in pleasurable activities. In his book, Authentic Happiness, Martin Seligman discusses the importance of enjoying experiences of the senses in order to enhance happiness. He suggests as one idea, that we arrange a special day for…
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Intention

Maintaining a focus on intention is of great importance. When we have a goal in mind, we can focus on that goal and on imagining accomplishing it. Having an image of our own progress and success is helpful, along with positive thoughts and statements to ourselves. We must learn to set aside negative “self-talk” and…
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Positive Affect

As we have gone through this difficult year, it has become even clearer just how important it is for us to each have positive affect or emotions in our day. As part of our self-care during this time, it is necessary for each of us to know what we enjoy, what makes life truly worth…
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