Category: Positive Psychology

positive psychology

Positive psychology is often referred to as “the science of happiness.” Leading researcher Sonja Lyubomirsky describes happiness as “the experience of joy, contentment, or positive well-being, combined with a sense that one’s life is good, meaningful, and worthwhile.”

 

The more I learn about positive psychology, the more I am convinced of its tremendous potential. Potential to transform individuals and societies. Potential to steer humanity into a new era, an era that pays homage to this statement:

 

Every human being, whether living now or in a future generation, should be afforded the opportunity to live a meaningful, happy, and fulfilling life.

March 23, 2017 Carol No comments exist

This year the U.S. is number 14 in happiness, a ranking so low that we literally fall of this chart.   The data comes from the 2017 World Happiness Report, released on March 20th, to coincide with World Happiness Day.The report was prepared by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, an international panel of social scientists…

March 19, 2017 Carol No comments exist

Trees live in communities and help one another. Baboons teach us how to be peaceful. Humans are born to be good.   There you have three prime examples of how nature makes the case for compassion. Mother Nature Wants Us to Be Compassionate Why? Because she wants her children to do well. To survive, to thrive….

March 13, 2017 Carol No comments exist

Kindness makes us happier and healthier The giver, the receiver, even the observers.    Even the small acts of kindness.   And kindness has this phenomenal way of spreading. Picture ripples on a pretty sun-dappled pond.   Have your doubts? Try this simple experiment. A Kindness Experiment Next time you are waiting in line at the…

March 6, 2017 Carol No comments exist

Starting Over Is Part Of Life Earth is reborn every Spring   Dawn greets a new day New babies are born all the time, giving us hope and such joy But Starting Over Can Be Hard Sometimes we choose to “start over.” We decide to end a relationship, make a career change, move to a new place. Even…

February 16, 2017 Carol No comments exist

Anne Lamott is an American novelist and non-fiction writer. She is also a progressive political activist, public speaker and writing teacher. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, her nonfiction works are largely autobiographical. Wikipedia Anne Lamott is one of my favorite authors. When Anne writes about her life experiences, she is open and honest. Her books overflow…

February 5, 2017 Carol No comments exist

Are you a dog lover? Do you think you might become one if you give it a chance? Has your child been begging for a dog?   Adding a canine member to your family might be beneficial in ways you never imagined. The power of dogs to transform human lives seems nearly miraculous.  The Therapeutic Power…

January 22, 2017 Carol No comments exist

Nursing wounded soldiers on a battlefield. A prime example of doing something useful, and the one that inspired this post. But there are countless ways of doing something useful. Operating Daniel’s Table, a food truck to feed the hungry. Volunteering at the local food pantry. Bringing your therapy dog around to care centers. Refusing to…

January 20, 2017 Carol 5 comments

The Extraordinary Power of Kindness An act of kindness has the power to deflect anger and conflict *****     *****     *****     *****     *****     ***** An act of kindness has the ability to shift someone’s bad day into a better one   Click on image below to read…

January 17, 2017 Carol No comments exist

The simplest act of kindness – holding a door for the person behind you, or inviting someone to go ahead of you in the grocery line. How does it make you feel? Do you experience an immediate lift to your spirits? Instinctively you already know what I am going to say! Performing acts of kindness…

January 15, 2017 Carol No comments exist

Movies are a powerful and enjoyable medium for learning about the concepts and the real-life benefits of positive psychology. There’s even a book, Positive Psychology at the Movies: Using Films to Build Virtues and Character Strengths, that explains how to use film in this way. Positive Psychology As defined by the Positive Psychology Center at the…