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the flourishing domain of strengths based approach to psychology
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Can Awe Buy You More Time and Happiness?

Can Awe Buy You More Time and Happiness? | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it

about the A study shows feeling awe can make people feel like they have more time, and might make them more likely to help others.

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about the awesome emotion called awe!

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10 Ways To Attract Positive People Into Your Life

10 Ways To Attract Positive People Into Your Life | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
The people we associate with make all the difference in our lives. Studies show that when you spend more time with people who are pursuing the same goals as you, you will also make progress towards your goals and enjoy greater success. Therefore, it is vital to spend more time in a positive environment and…

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you are the sum total of the people with which you associate on daily basis!

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John Michel's curator insight, February 15, 2015 11:52 PM

If your light does not shine bright enough, nobody can find you. Therefore, we really need to place ourselves in situation where we can be easily found. It is vital to be authentically yourself in order to attract positive people into your life.

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Psychological Strength Research That Everybody Needs to Know

Psychological Strength Research That Everybody Needs to Know | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
Using Psychological Strengths to Treat Depression
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How strengths based approach wins over deficiency based approaches!

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Spanish is the happiest language, Chinese the most balanced, new study reveals

Spanish is the happiest language, Chinese the most balanced, new study reveals | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
Humans evolved to look on the bright side of life, and this ‘positivity bias’ has been built into our language, the results of a massive examination of the words used in 10 different languages has shown. The basis of this research harkens back to...
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While evolutionarily 'bad is stronger than good' , it seems culturally we have evolved to see good more often than bad:-)

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Margarita Tarragona's curator insight, February 11, 2015 9:36 PM

¿Sabias que el español es el idioma más feliz?

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7 Ways Meditation Can Actually Change The Brain

7 Ways Meditation Can Actually Change The Brain | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
Science is showing that meditation is very deserving of its newfound fame.
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the power of meditation to bring about lasting changes!

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What Makes Life Meaningful: Michael Steger at TEDxCSU - YouTube

Michael F. Steger is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Colorado State University. He has spent more than a decade researching people's ability to find ...
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Change the focus form just living a  meaningful life to giving a meaningful life to others!

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Margarita Tarragona's curator insight, February 6, 2015 1:23 PM

Uno de los mejores investigadores sobre el sentido de vida , Michael Steger habla de lo que contribuye a que nuestras vidas sean significativas

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How to let altruism be your guide

How to let altruism be your guide | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
What is altruism? Put simply, it's the wish that other people may be happy. And, says Matthieu Ricard, a happiness researcher and a Buddhist monk, altruism is also a great lens for making decisions, both for the short and long term, in work and in life.
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Altruistic motivation as the key to short and long term sustainability!

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Eric Horesnyi's curator insight, February 16, 2015 5:42 PM

@mathieuricard in front of tech fans. Great read for all social entrepreneurs:  http://bit.ly/ricardted. ;

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Thank You, Cancer? | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis

Thank You, Cancer?  | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
Thank You, Cancer? - February 4 is World Cancer Day, a day when we remember the people who battled cancer and some who won the battle against one of the most dreaded diseases.
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How cancer survivors and caregivers find the silver lining!

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How to Buy Happiness: The Purchases Most Likely to Bring You Joy

How to Buy Happiness: The Purchases Most Likely to Bring You Joy | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
While true happiness may be something that can only be found in the heart, there are plenty of arguments that say money can actually buy you some happiness here and there. Here are some of the ways experts say it's possible to write a check and make it out to your happiness.
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how to use your money for maximum happiness!

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Margarita Tarragona's curator insight, February 1, 2015 3:19 PM

Algunas maneras en las que el dinero sí puede contribuir a la felicidad

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How Gratitude Can Help You Through Hard Times

How Gratitude Can Help You Through Hard Times | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
It's easy to feel grateful when life is good, says Robert Emmons. But when disaster strikes, gratitude is worth the effort.
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similar to post traumatic growth the idea that gratitude can help us befit from even tough times. 

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Pay it Forward

Pay it Forward | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
Gratitude may seem like a simple emotion, but Robert Emmons argues that it inspires kindness, connection, and transformative life changes. And he’s done the research to prove it.
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gratitude enables one to have pro-social intentions and actions and also feel loved and cared about- a double whammy of goodness:-)

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Writing Your Way to Happiness

Writing Your Way to Happiness | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
Some researchers believe that by writing and then editing our own stories, we can change our perceptions of ourselves and identify obstacles that stand in the way of better health.
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story - editing as a route to happiness!

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Lisa A Romano's curator insight, January 21, 2015 3:19 PM

Great article sharing the evidence base for narrative therapy as an intervention

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The single best goal you can set for 2015

The single best goal you can set for 2015 | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
Be less judgmental. It will make you happier, more powerful, and help others around you.
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Don't judge a book; neither by its cover nor by its text:-)

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Debra Manchester's curator insight, January 16, 2015 11:54 AM

This is a powerful way each of us can not only be happier, enjoy broader social networks but also help make the world a better place.

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Marrying an optimist may help you stay healthy - Futurity

Marrying an optimist may help you stay healthy - Futurity | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
Having an optimistic spouse appears to have positive effects on a partner's health—even more than a person's own positive outlook.
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The social benefits of having positive people in your life!

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Margarita Tarragona's curator insight, February 16, 2015 4:02 PM

Tener una pareja optimista  puede impactar positivamente nuestra salud.

Margarita Tarragona's curator insight, February 16, 2015 4:03 PM

Tener una pareja optimista  puede impactar positivamente nuestra salud.

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Seven Habits of Optimistic People

Seven Habits of Optimistic People | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
Happy people live longer and feel better. But how do they stay so upbeat?
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start living these habits on a daily basis!

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Margarita Tarragona's curator insight, February 12, 2015 12:19 PM

7 hábitos de la gente optimista

Margriet Darwinkel's curator insight, February 18, 2015 1:54 AM

De eigenschappen van Happy People. Je kunt ze maar beter weten ;-)!

Julianna Bonola's curator insight, February 22, 2015 11:37 PM

Most people will need to choose to be happy when life happens, in order to feel happy. Life can dampen our enthusiasm at times, but when you choose to look for reasons to be happy, you are already 50% of the way to happiness.

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Social-Emotional Learning: Why Now?

Social-Emotional Learning: Why Now? | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
Our new and deeper understanding of human development is reshaping how we think about education.
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time to teach socio-emotional skills to our children.

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Margarita Tarragona's curator insight, February 11, 2015 9:21 PM

¿Por qué hay hoy tanto interés en el aprendizaje socioemocional? Algunas respuestas

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IPEN's Favorite Books From 2014

IPEN's Favorite Books From 2014 | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
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some good books there. only have one in my bookshelf as of now!!

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How to be Happy? Just Try

How to be Happy? Just Try | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
how to be happy
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intentionally trying to become happier may not backfire, as per new research!

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The Will-to-Meaning: Viktor Frankl and Logotherapy - YouTube

This video was created for a graduate-level Theories of Counseling Psychology course at The University of Texas at Austin. I hope that it gives you some insi...
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How to Be Happier: Go Slower

How to Be Happier: Go Slower | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
A veteran journalist sits down with a Buddhist monk, and the resulting discussion delivers wisdom most entrepreneurs could benefit from hearing.

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slowing down, meditating,  coupled with taking time to savor the good things may seem like a slow paced life; but its worth it!

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7 Habits Of Highly Resilient People

7 Habits Of Highly Resilient People | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
Some people just seem to bounce back from anything. Here's what they have in common.
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are you resilient enough? if not, what are you doing to develop resilience?

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The Surprising Benefits of Forgiveness

The Surprising Benefits of Forgiveness | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
Making amends with those who trespass against us yields a number of physical and mental benefits. Sometimes even victims of the worst crimes can find solace in letting go.
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the necessity of forgiving - others as well as oneself:-) also find out how a grudge is a  literal drag on you!

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Margarita Tarragona's curator insight, February 1, 2015 3:25 PM

Los sorprendentes beneficios de perdonar

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7 Keys to Increasing Your Self-Esteem Today!

Self-esteem can be defined as healthy respect for yourself, as well as healthy self-worth. In our competitive society, the propensity to be affected by low self-esteem is chronic and pervasive. The good news is that having low-self-esteem is largely a learned phenomenon. Here are seven keys to enhancing self-esteem...
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Learn and practice these.

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Why Self-Compassion Trumps Self-Esteem

Why Self-Compassion Trumps Self-Esteem | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
Researcher Kristin Neff reveals the benefits of going easy on yourself: less anxiety, less conflict, and more peace of mind.
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Loving yourself is a prerequisite of loving others:-)

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What Makes a Resilient Mind

What Makes a Resilient Mind | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it

"...In other words, Suomi sees a genetic predisposition for resilience, but one that only develops in a nurturing environment. That same genetic predisposition may make someone—monkey or human—more likely to founder if brought up in a stressful, unsupportive environment.

As we enter a large playpen-type cage, Suomi points out that some monkeys have jumped up on an artificial branch in the cage, and they’re looking at me curiously. They’re the monkeys who were raised by their mothers and seem to be comfortable with strangers. They are deemed the resilient ones.

“And then there are the monkeys who were peer-reared,” he says, pointing to a tunnel that led into an indoor cage, where the monkeys who were taken away from their mothers live. “You’re not seeing any of them because they’re all inside, because they’re afraid.”

But the good news, he says, is that circumstances and, to some extent, gene expression can be changed. Suomi has recently become fascinated by the field of biology called “epigenetics,” which looks at how genes are turned off and on as a result of experience and environment. If childhood adversity can lead to maladaptive epigenetic changes, Suomi says, then social supports may reverse the damage. To test this notion, Suomi and his researchers have introduced into the cage what he calls “foster grandparents” in the form of an older monkey couple who offer extra cuddling or break up fights.

“That’s the kind of manipulation that we’ve found changes genes or normalizes gene expression,” Suomi says. “We’re making social groups smaller and less intimidating, and it looks like it’s normalizing the behavior of those who grew up in the nursery.”

Extending this principle to humans, Suomi points out the calming effects of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness training on many trauma survivors. In fact, those were only methods of treatment that Amanda Lindhout said she found helpful. After her release, she said, she went through 20 different therapists who gave her no relief until she stumbled upon a mindfulness program that included talking to herself with soothing and encouraging words.

“I continue to be afraid of the dark. I have nightmares sometimes that jar me awake, and in confined spaces, like an elevator, I’m terrified. I sometimes feel like I can’t breathe,” Lindhout said. “But for my own good, I strive towards feeling forgiveness and compassion above all the other things that still rise up in me every single day....”

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the importance of resilience with a good example.

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Julianna Bonola's curator insight, January 20, 2015 6:56 PM

Any one who has experienced childhood trauma, be it physical or mental abuse, sexual abuse or anything at all, will benefit enormously from mindfulness, meditative practices and or yoga.  You don't have to live in fear, you can change your life (from your genes up).