happiness

Sleep
We all know to a certain level that sleep is important… but how important? Maybe more than you originally thought. A third of our lives (read more)

The Effects of Stress
In the 1960’s, a famous psychologist named Martin Seligmen conducted a series of tests that defined the term “learned helplessness”. A (read more)

What is Depression?
Depression can happen to all of us, and is nothing to be ashamed of. Many of us feel low points in our lives, and since teenagers go (read more)

Happiness is Attainable
Happiness can be difficult to come by sometimes. All in all, I believe it’s important to seek happiness for our own benefit and our influence (read more)

Pessimism vs. Optimism
Your life is what you make it. If you want to enjoy something, the way you look at it will definitely make you enjoy it (or hate it). If you (read more)

Depression is Perception
Your moods are only a reflection of your thoughts. Thoughts determine how you look at things, your mental attitude, values, and (read more)

Self Esteem
When it comes to self esteem, achievement, talent, fortune, ect. is not what determines feelings of self worth (read more)

Anger and Guilt
There’s two ways to express anger, you can bottle it up and internalize it or you can express it outwardly. There is one more way (read more)

Overcoming Perfectionism
Trying to be perfect is like banging your head against a brick wall. Everybody has different opinions on what “perfect” is, so there (read more)

Positive Psychology and Flow
In Martin E.P. Seligmen’s new book called Flourish he introduces a newly formulated idea on our overall well-being as “positive psychology” (read more)

An Outdated Depression Treatment
Depression is the most expensive illness in the world; treatments consisting of psychotherapy and medicine. Each client costs about (read more)

Positive Psychology in Schools
When parents were asked “in one or two words, what do you want most for your children?” and “in one or two words, what do (read more)

Dealing with Anxiety Part 1
There is no need to suffer from anxiety because there are so many techniques you can use to fall back on. Feeling anxiety (read more)

Dealing with Anxiety Part 2
Simply breathing is one of the best ways to stop anxiety. Diaphragmatic breathing is very slow and deep breathing and (read more)

Dealing with Stress
Stress… even the word stresses me out. In a world filled with complexity it’s hard to get away from. Since the effects of stress (read more)

Self Discipline
It’s interesting that the level of self discipline someone has doesn’t have a strong correlation with iQ, but does with grades. Studies show that (read more)

Links Between Mental and Physical Health
Positive mental health is not simply minimizing pain and suffering; it’s building and expanding the “well-being” traits. Seligmen conducted a study (read more)

We Are What We Think
Functional MRI scans have enabled extensive research on the mind and brain, allowing us to understand our brains more than we ever (read more)

Letting Go of the Past
Each moment of our lives holds so much potential. We either attach positive or negative emotions with each second that passes. When (read more)

Materialism
In a fairly materialistic country, what impact does consumerism have on our well-being? Despite the fact that Americans earn twice (read more)

Channeling a Positive Mindset
Our lives don’t have to physically change for our lives to be changed. You might be kind of confused by that statement, but it’s true. How? (read more)

Sleep!
Since I’m homeschooled I usually get 8-10 hours of sleep. I’m used to getting all the sleep I need and I think I take it for granted (read more)

Structure to Help Depression
Having somewhat of a structure to each day has always helped me avoid depression and anxiety. It helps me stay focused and concentrated (read more)

Teen Pressure and Depression
The pressure that falls among teenage girls on a daily basis is profound. We’re expected to be every positive adjective in the (read more)

Finding Happiness Within
There once was a woman who didn’t’know who she was, all she felt was a void in her heart. She traveled the world in search (read more)

Living in the Now: Part 1
Our mind is a tool to be used, but it can be used harmfully if our thoughts are destructive to ourselves, which can have qualities (read more)

Living in the Now: Part 2
There isn’t anything you have to learn about your mind to be able to let go and embrace all this moment; in fact, it’s just the opposite. (read more)

School Contributing to Depression in Teens: Part 1
Depression is roughly 30 to 40 percent inherited from genes, and the rest from environmental factors. In one study, psychologist Avshalom Capsi (read more)

The Negativity Bias
Research shows that we react to negative events more strongly and quickly than equally positive events. (read more)

The Progress and Adaption Principal
The human brain learns if pleasure or pain immediately follows behavior. However, if we are rewarded a few days (read more)

The Happiness Formula
The “happiness formula” was created by Lyubinsky, Sheldon, Schkade, and Seligman who study positive (read more)

Adversity… Good or Bad?
We’ve all heard the phrase “what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger”. If this is true, why do we usually to avoid struggle at all costs? What if we started looking at the difficulties in our lives in a different light? What if instead of looking at adversity as tearing us down we focused on empowerment and the invaluable lessons we’ve learned through it? (read more)

Some Time in Silence
“Meditation is an exercise of your original face. An exercise of that which is the looker, the seeker, the feeler, the knower, the pure emptiness which all these objects arise.” – Ken Wilber (read more)

FINDING YOUR ELEMENT cheat sheet.
A cheat sheet for Finding Your Element by Sir Ken Robinson. (read more)

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