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Using positive psychology and neuropsychology to live well with chronic illness or disability
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Why is walking in the woods so good for you?

Why is walking in the woods so good for you? | Positive Psychology and Chronic Illness | Scoop.it

... "[A] study, which will appear in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Affective Disorders, found that volunteers suffering from depression who took a 50-minute walk in a woodland park improved their cognition, as measured by the ability to remember a random string of digits and repeat them in reverse order, compared to those who took a walk through city streets. An earlier study found similar results in subjects who weren’t depressed." ...

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Positive Psychology News Daily » Boost Success and Passion: Tell a Better Story

Positive Psychology News Daily » Boost Success and Passion: Tell a Better Story | Positive Psychology and Chronic Illness | Scoop.it

"Did you know that you are a storyteller? Or that you are just one story away from what you really want?

 

Most of us don’t realize that we have a few central narratives running through our lives because the stories we tell ourselves are so familiar that we don’t even realize they are stories. The easiest way to see this is to notice other people’s stories. It’s ironic that even when you can’t see your own story clearly, you can easily see the story a friend, employee, or student is telling herself."

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Sophia Williams's curator insight, December 11, 2013 10:34 PM

Having a positive attitude about your life and your 'story' can have a positive effect on your emotions and could even improve your life expectancy.

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Positive Psychology News Daily » Enclothed Cognition: Put On Your Power!

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"What are you wearing right now? How does it make you feel? Does what you wear affect your behavior?

 

Researchers at Northwestern University have found that the clothing we wear affects our psychological states, as well as our performance levels. Given their findings, individuals can intentionally choose to wear clothing that will induce more desirable psychological states and enhance task-related performance."

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Study: Gratitude May Diffuse a Difficult Boss's Toxic Behavior - EHS Today

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Study: Gratitude May Diffuse a Difficult Boss's Toxic BehaviorEHS TodayIf you think your boss is a monster, researchers might have some surprising advice for you: Show a little gratitude.
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TEDxBrighton -- George MacKerron -- Mapping Happiness across Space and Time

TEDxBrighton -- George MacKerron -- Mapping Happiness across Space and Time | Positive Psychology and Chronic Illness | Scoop.it
George MacKerron George MacKerron is a PhD researcher at the London School of Economics & Political Science. His work focuses on wellbeing, happiness, and ho...
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Mindfulness Training May Help Arthritis Patients Cope - healthfinder.gov

Mindfulness Training May Help Arthritis Patients Cope - healthfinder.gov | Positive Psychology and Chronic Illness | Scoop.it
Small study finds mindfulness training may help arthritis patients cope - http://t.co/SyhAwXAo...
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HIV/AIDS Vaccine Developed at The University of Western Ontario Proceeding to Human Clinical Trials - Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry

RT @uwofm: Schulich News: HIV/AIDS Vaccine Developed at The University of Western Ontario Proceeding to Human Clinical Trials http://t.co/UzAq2X8X...
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Positive Psychology Center

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University of Pennsylvania is home to Martin Seligman and the Positive Psychology Center. "Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive." Seligman is considered the "father of positive psychology." The Positive Psychology Center provides an extensive collection of articles, assessments, conference listings and research. it is the starting point for this topic.

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The power of pronouns | OdeWire

The power of pronouns | OdeWire | Positive Psychology and Chronic Illness | Scoop.it

..."Intuitively, we’ve known for centuries that this loose kind of writing is good for our creativity. But what we didn’t know until recently is that 15 minutes of free writing a day can help us fight cancer, high blood pressure, heart attacks and loneliness—and that autobiographical writers who use a variety of pronouns (I and me but also we and you and they) laugh more and take fewer aspirins than those who stick to the first person singular." ...

 

 

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Positive Psychology News Daily » Positive Psychology Interventions with Depression

Positive Psychology News Daily » Positive Psychology Interventions with Depression | Positive Psychology and Chronic Illness | Scoop.it

"Sometime in the last century I was stuck in the Geneva airport waiting for a snowstorm to pass so that I could catch my long-delayed flight home. My mood had turned as bleak as the sky. This was no surprise. My default position seemed to hover somewhere just above depression. I fished Martin Seligman’s Learned Optimism out of my bag. Within a few pages, the seeds of my transformation were sown, and I had found a path that would lead to authentic happiness. A decade later I was a member of the first European MAPP class. When Martin Seligman came to speak to us, I asked him to sign my much-thumbed copy of his book, wondering if he ever still got that wet weather in the soul?"

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Amber's curator insight, November 21, 2014 11:26 PM

One of the strongest points this blog post makes is when she says, “If you focus on activities that increase your happiness, the likelihood is that your happiness will grow. If you focus on your depression as therapy often does, the chances are that you might get to know the black dog more than you care to…!” (Akhtar, 2012) I found this to be something we can all relate to. We are at our best when we are focusing on activities that increase our happiness. For example researchers are studying positive emotions by assessing exercises and interventions aimed at increasing happiness (Myers, 2014) If this is something researchers can understand more in depth, its possible there will be less and less depression in the world. It seems that this blog post is based on opinion and experience rather than any type of scientific study or article. The article does have one brief sentence that other authors and their colleagues confirm that positive psychology interventions are efficacious in alleviating depression just as they are in enhancing happiness and well-being. (Akhtar, 2012) In Positive Psychology and Attachment: Positive Affect as a Mediator of Developmental Outcomes, Holly Schiffrin points out “In other words, positive emotions broaden the way individuals process information and increase the type and amount of activities they want to pursue” (Fredrickson and Branigan 2005). Which really ties in with what Akhtar was concluding. While the author makes a lot of great points the post does not account for those groups of people who suffer from depression because of drug addictions or eating disorders, therefore those groups may not understand the how focusing on happiness bring happiness rather then depression.

 

References:

1.Myers, David (2014) Exploring Psychology in modules New York, NY: Worth Publishers

2. Schiffrin, H (May 16, 2013) Positive Psychology and Attachment: Positive Affect as a Mediator of Developmental Outcome.

J Child Fam Stud (2014) 23:1062-1072

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LAUGHTER YOGA EXERCISE

Laughter Yoga Exercises are derived from Yoga based exercises, playful exercise and value based exercise...
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Men: A Different Depression

Research shows that men are less likely to seek help for depression than women.

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Confessions of a happychondriac

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What happened when somebody created an app that you could tell when and where you were happy and unhappy?
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The New Psychology of Depression - Download free content from Oxford University on iTunes

The New Psychology of Depression - Download free content from Oxford University on iTunes | Positive Psychology and Chronic Illness | Scoop.it
Download or subscribe to free content from The New Psychology of Depression by Oxford University on iTunes.
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'I do...or do I?' Psychology researcher finds that second-guessing one's decisions leads to unhappiness / News - FSU.com

'I do...or do I?' Psychology researcher finds that second-guessing one's decisions leads to unhappiness / News - FSU.com | Positive Psychology and Chronic Illness | Scoop.it

Joyce Ehrlinger, an assistant professor of psychology, has long been fascinated with individuals identified among psychologists as “maximizers.” Maximizers tend to obsess over decisions — big or small — and then fret about their choices later. “Satisficers,” on the other hand, tend to make a decision and then live with it.

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