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What Your 'Life Story' Really Says About You | Huffington Post

What Your 'Life Story' Really Says About You | Huffington Post | How's Your Family Really Doing? | Scoop.it

"We all have one particularly important story that we tell ourselves, about ourselves: our "life story," which helps us to organize our experiences and give us a sense of self, even dictating our behavior in some cases. We're constantly updating, amending and adding to this story as we encounter new experiences.


By understanding how we create these stories and how they are structured, we can alter our own stories and rewrite our own scripts in ways that improve our lives."

 

Read the full article to find out more about these six principles from narrative psychology to help you better understand your 'life story.'

Your story is constantly evolving, becoming more positive later in life.Your present emotions color your entire narrative.We conceive of our life story in the structure of a novel.Successful people's stories contain themes of redemption.Your stories are dictated by social and cultural norms.You can take control of your own stories.
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Are you the hero or heroine in your story or are you a victim?

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Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s curator insight, November 19, 2013 1:03 AM

What I like about this article is that it points out that our stories are always open to interpretation and adaption.  They're never really final if you don't want them to be.  It's good to be reminded of that.

Angie Mc's curator insight, November 19, 2013 9:24 PM

The power of story to unite a family is amazing. 

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Sweating Out The Sadness: Can Exercise Help You Grieve? - Huffington Post

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Sweating Out The Sadness: Can Exercise Help You Grieve?

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Exercise is helpful for so many things. Check this out.

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Julianna Bonola's curator insight, June 11, 7:48 PM

Exercise is a key element in assisting people with elevated anxiety levels generally, but when we grieve, our normal defenses can cause a spike in our anxiety. I suggest exercise to assist in regulating  the emotional overload  that may occur during such times. It  can and does help if we follow through with a regular exercise schedule.  It doesn't much matter what form that exercise takes, so long as we do it regularly.  

Ellen Diane's curator insight, July 22, 11:53 AM

exercise helps everything

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The Single Most Proven Way To Get Smarter And Happier

The Single Most Proven Way To Get Smarter And Happier | How's Your Family Really Doing? | Scoop.it
Research points to a very simple thing that, if done daily, can help you get smarter, happier and healthier.

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Peter Shanks's curator insight, January 18, 7:14 AM

What’s a scientifically validated way to get smarter, happier, healthier and calmer?

Stop reading this right now and go for a walk.

It’s that simple.

 
John Michel's curator insight, January 18, 7:57 AM

Being in good shape increases your ability to learn. After exercise people pick up new vocabulary words 20% faster.


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» Unhappy Relationships and Depression Go Hand in Hand - Parenting Tips

» Unhappy Relationships and Depression Go Hand in Hand - Parenting Tips | How's Your Family Really Doing? | Scoop.it
Assessing and treating both positive and negative aspects of their intimate relationships should be considered evidence-based treatment for depression.

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3 Suggestions to Share to Help Your Stressed Out Teen

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As adults we sometimes forget that being a teenager comes with some really big stresses.
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Create an Attitude of Gratitude - PsychCentral.com (blog)

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Create an Attitude of Gratitude
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A great place to start is with one of the books of psychologist Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology.

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Meditation is one of the most ...

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Meditation is one of the most effective ways to relieve stress. Here's how to do it http://t.co/nReT6Oqxmd

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Sweet and simple instructions.

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Using Music as a Teaching Tool for Kids

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“There may be no more powerful method of learning than through music, and no more important lessons for children than those that focus on character and social and emotional skills,” according to clinical psychologist and author Don MacMannis, Ph.D.
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Music can be a powerful medium for building social and emotional intelligence in kids.

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Top 10 Free Mental Health Apps

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If you’re looking for good mental health apps, those selected here are all solid. But the really great thing about the apps on this list?
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They are all free. Many of them help to lower anxiety and help with troubled sleep.

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5 Signs Your Teen Needs Mental Health Treatment

5 Signs Your Teen Needs Mental Health Treatment | How's Your Family Really Doing? | Scoop.it
Teens go through emotional ups and downs all the time. Hormones are changing, life can seem overwhelming, and without much life experience, a young adult can feel misguided.
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The iParents: Adults face modern struggle to balance staying connected and ... - National Post

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A study on parenting in the digital age released in June by the U.S.
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Your are only as good as your own mind!

Your are only as good as your own mind! | How's Your Family Really Doing? | Scoop.it

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The benefits of mindfulness.

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Panda little's curator insight, September 3, 2013 11:35 PM

Your mind is everything!

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Parenting for College: Three Things I'd do Differently

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If you saw last week’s post, you already know we've just returned from an exhausting round of college tours with our son, who is a rising senior. In that post, I shared what we learned from the tou...
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Important info for parents of high school kids preparing for college apps.

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Amazon.com: How's Your Family Really Doing? eBook: Debra MacMannis, Don MacMannis: Kindle Store

How's Your Family Really Doing? - Kindle edition by Debra MacMannis, Don MacMannis. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets.
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10 Steps To Effective Listening

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In today’s high-tech, high-speed, high-stress world, communication is more important then ever, yet we seem to devote less and less time to really listening to one another. Genuine listening has become a rare gift—the gift of time. It helps build relationships, solve problems, ensure understanding, resolve conflicts, and improve accuracy. At work, effective listening means fewer errors and less wasted time. At home, it helps develop resourceful, self-reliant kids who can solve their own problems. Listening builds friendships and careers. It saves money and marriages.


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Jerry Busone's curator insight, April 9, 9:18 PM

Greta quote in the cartoon. "nobody hates a listener"

Jerry Busone's curator insight, April 9, 9:19 PM

Great caption in cartoon "Nobody hates a listener"

Stefano Principato's curator insight, April 25, 6:13 AM
  1. Face the speaker and maintain eye contact.
  2. Be attentive, but relaxed.
  3. Keep an open mind.
  4. Listen to the words and try to picture what the speaker is saying.
  5. Don’t interrupt and don’t impose your “solutions.
  6. Wait for the speaker to pause to ask clarifying questions.
  7. Ask questions only to ensure understanding.
  8. Try to feel what the speaker is feeling.
  9. Give the speaker regular feedback.
  10. Pay attention to what isn’t said—to nonverbal cues.









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30 Dr. Seuss Quotes to Live By

30 Dr. Seuss Quotes to Live By | How's Your Family Really Doing? | Scoop.it

you don’t have to have children of your own to entertain, educate and enthrall them.
“You make ‘em, I’ll amuse ‘em,” Dr. Seuss used to say


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Thank you, Dr. Seuss, for some great reminders!

 

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Positive Quotes For Life: Letting go of what we can't change takes courage

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RT @blazelazarony: Positive Quotes For Life: Letting go of what we can't change takes courage

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And focus on the things you CAN change...

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The ABC's of Mental Health and Happiness - PsychCentral.com (blog)

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Cultivate the mindset of a child with the openness to learn something new each and every day. Mindfulness and ...

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Do you know your ABC's?

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What Your 'Life Story' Really Says About You | Huffington Post

What Your 'Life Story' Really Says About You | Huffington Post | How's Your Family Really Doing? | Scoop.it

"We all have one particularly important story that we tell ourselves, about ourselves: our "life story," which helps us to organize our experiences and give us a sense of self, even dictating our behavior in some cases. We're constantly updating, amending and adding to this story as we encounter new experiences.


By understanding how we create these stories and how they are structured, we can alter our own stories and rewrite our own scripts in ways that improve our lives."

 

Read the full article to find out more about these six principles from narrative psychology to help you better understand your 'life story.'

Your story is constantly evolving, becoming more positive later in life.Your present emotions color your entire narrative.We conceive of our life story in the structure of a novel.Successful people's stories contain themes of redemption.Your stories are dictated by social and cultural norms.You can take control of your own stories.
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Are you the hero or heroine in your story or are you a victim?

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Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s curator insight, November 19, 2013 1:03 AM

What I like about this article is that it points out that our stories are always open to interpretation and adaption.  They're never really final if you don't want them to be.  It's good to be reminded of that.

Angie Mc's curator insight, November 19, 2013 9:24 PM

The power of story to unite a family is amazing. 

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What is Positive Psychology?

"What is Positive Psychology?" A "white board animation" sponsored by Test Prep Gurus. Written and Produced by: Nick Standlea Animation Technique Development...

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It makes sense for families to capitalize on their strengths.

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, November 14, 2013 9:06 AM

a pretty good animated summary

Belkacem Nabout's curator insight, November 14, 2013 5:10 PM

Produits Universaliss Bank....Produits Universaliss Laboratory
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Gottfried's curator insight, November 14, 2013 9:26 PM

Positive much?

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Stepparent Problems: The 18 Biggest Misconceptions About Step-Parenting - Huffington Post

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Stepparent Problems: The 18 Biggest Misconceptions About Step-Parenting
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Stepparents can't seem to win.
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Parenting Chronically Ill Kids Can Stress Entire Family - PsychCentral.com

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Parenting Chronically Ill Kids Can Stress Entire Family PsychCentral.com Parenting Chronically Ill Kids Can Stress Entire Family New research chronicles the extra demands placed on parents of chronically ill children and finds that caregiving...
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Excessive texting linked to emotional problems in students - Salon

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Salon Excessive texting linked to emotional problems in students Salon A new study suggests university freshmen are more vulnerable to a variety of emotional problems if they (a) find themselves in difficult personal relationships, and (b) text...
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The Importance of Validation

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On Oprah’s final episode of her wildly popular TV show, she highlighted the importance of validation: “I’ve talked to nearly 30,000 people on this show,” she said, “and all 30,000 had one thing in common.
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WATCH: Dr. Brené Brown On Why Shame Is 'Lethal' and the Antidote is Empathy.

WATCH: Dr. Brené Brown On Why Shame Is 'Lethal' and the Antidote is Empathy. | How's Your Family Really Doing? | Scoop.it
Shame and vulnerability researcher Dr. Brené Brown has studied the power of these intensely painful feelings as a professor at the University of Houston's Graduate College of Social Work.

 

By keeping quiet, Brown says your shame will grow exponentially. "It will creep into every corner and crevice of your life," she says.

 

The antidote, Brown says, is empathy. She explains that by talking about your shame with a friend who expresses empathy, the painful feeling cannot survive. "Shame depends on me buying into the belief that I'm alone," she says.

Here's the bottom line: "Shame cannot survive being spoken," Brown says. "It cannot survive empathy."


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Important info about the negative effects of shame.

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Past is a nice place to visit , not a place to stay

Past is a nice place to visit , not a place to stay | How's Your Family Really Doing? | Scoop.it
Past is a nice place to visit - Sayings with Images on We Heart It / visual bookmark #68135910

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Same goes for the future. Best to return to the present moment.

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