Happiness

Meaning in Life

Meaning in Life

Positive psychology presents a compelling argument for cultivating happiness. Those who walk the talk report more satisfying relationships, better health and a brighter outlook on life. Make no mistake, the goal is not to be happy all the time. It’s about developing the skill base […]

The Power of Love

The Power of Love

While falling in love is an experience we all cherish, it doesn’t do the heavy lifting in life. The maintenance of love requires many repeated gifts of tolerance, compassion and generosity. Giving daily in small ways makes us healthier and happier. It’s also associated with […]

Our Innate Worth

Our Innate Worth

Our value is unconditional because it is based on our innate worth as a human being. It is not something to be earned. We were born with it. It’s the external world that makes us feel unworthy. As we walk through life, the opinions of […]

The Gift of Gratitude

The Gift of Gratitude

“Silent gratitude isn’t very much to anyone.”  – Gertrude Stein There is now evidence that when we share our gratitude – whether in words, kindness, or gifts – we nurture our relationships. Expressing appreciation brings people closer together, strengthening the ties that bind. Of course, […]

Appreciation Matters

Appreciation Matters

Gratitude is mindfulness in action. It requires heightened awareness of our environment. And nowhere is the impact more deeply felt than in our personal relationships. One of the most common mistakes couples make is the “assumption error.” This occurs when we assume our partner knows […]

Cultivate Gratitude

Cultivate Gratitude

We are here to love. Period. The more open we are to receiving the benefits of it, the more capable we are to face the challenges of life. Hard times are inevitable. They won’t disappear just because we raise our positivity ratio – though they […]

The L-Word

The L-Word

Most folks get the concept of feel-good vibes, but are hesitate to call that spark of connection love. People feel more at ease reserving this powerful word to describe more intimate or exclusive relationships. Thankfully, the scientific understanding of love offers a fresh lens. Research […]

Follow Your Bliss

Follow Your Bliss

Postponing what you deeply want to do is a subtle form of avoidance. What if what I want is a fantasy? What if I lack creative discipline? What if I don’t know my heart’s desire? There will never be a perfect time. Now is all […]

Filling the Reservoir

Among our birthrights as human beings is the experience of joy. It comes in many forms and reigns whenever positive emotions like love, gratitude, serenity, interest, and inspiration open your heart. Think of the times you feel connected to and loved by others; when you […]

Unhook and Let Go

It’s no secret. I hawk freedom for living. My “theory of change” revolves around the idea that we are stuck in habituated ways of being that are no longer serving our best selves. For most of its young life, psychology’s main job has been to […]