I list the top 5 blog posts for you below, starting with number 5: 5. The Power of Positive Thinking; Put in Perspective There are times when thinking happy thoughts can help to make you happier, but there are also times when it can make you more upset. So, it is essential to know when to apply the power of positive thinking. 4. How to Stop the Self-Criticism and Feel Better About You Learn how to combine compassionate self-awareness with cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) strategies to reduce self-criticism and improve self-confidence and self-esteem. 3. How High Self-Esteem Can Get Us Down While high self-esteem can help you feel good about yourself, it can paradoxically lead to you being hyper-critical of yourself. So, it is important to understand it and be careful about how you pursue it. 2. How to Feel Good or at least Stop Feeling Bad We would all be like the population of Garrison Keillor’s Lake Wobegon – “where all the women are strong, all the men are good … [Read more...] about Top Five Making Change Blog Posts
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It was very late at night when I arrived at the airport two days ago. A man walked next to me, wearing a t-shirt and khaki slacks. He was greeted by two lines of people hoisting American flags and hand-cranked noisemakers. He passed between the lines, shaking hands, hugging a few of the men and women. There was no joy. The greeters were expressionless, and the man had a faraway look in his eyes. “Where is he returning from?” I asked a young boy who held a small flag. “Afghanistan.” Wow, I thought. A few days ago he may have been a soldier on the front lines, fearing I.E.D.s, his weapon locked and loaded, wondering if he would get out alive and intact. Now he was back home, and how in the world would he make the adjustment? Would he wake up the next day to coffee and scrambled eggs, and then walk the dog or feed the bird? Would he have nightmares and flashbacks? Was his spouse waiting for him, or was he single? How could he walk in an airport or … [Read more...] about Emotional Jetlag
You know the diet industry is getting desperate when the only way it can think of to sell the next big thing in diets is to pretend it isn’t a diet. ‘The industry’ – or rather, the collection of individuals who see fit to try to enrich themselves under its umbrella – have been doing this for a while, but ‘clean eating’ is one of the more pathetic yet worrying attempts. My discussion of it here is lengthy – arguably lengthier than something this flimsy deserves. But I think it’s worth dealing with systematically, because practicing critical appraisal of it will hone a skill that can be applied to many other varieties of food-related discourse. This will be useful, I hope, because the ‘clean-eating’ model is increasingly the way diet advice is going: like everything else in our ever more joined-up world, and certainly like everything designed to make us spend more money, its edges are growing fuzzier, its appeal more … [Read more...] about Dissecting the Clean-Eating Meme
Source: www.stocksy.com If you’re someone who practices positive psychology and wellbeing and shares these approaches with others, it seems reasonable to hope that one of the perks of your work would be to more consistently flourish. After all you’re immersed in the research, you’re more likely to know what works and chances are you're making a positive difference as you share these ideas with others. So why might positive psychology practitioners be burning out? “My data suggests about a third of wellbeing practitioners have higher levels of stress and depression than you’d hope given our field studies the practices of human flourishing,” explained Louis Alloro change-agent, culture-strategist and senior fellow at the Center for the Advancement of Wellbeing when I interviewed him recently. “In our hunger to make a difference it seems many of us are forgetting that we’re human beings, not human doings.” Louis … [Read more...] about Is Positive Psychology Burning You Out?
OK, Boomer What can we learn from college students? Rates of anxiety and depression are on the rise, the future of the planet is uncertain, and millenials and Gen Xers increasingly get a bad rap in the workplace. The classic formula of blaming the victim doesn’t help us understand what is happening with our young people and how they can best cope with the current world circumstances. How about ancient wisdom, presented by modern psychology? Making Mindful Self-Compassion Accessible A group of seasoned clinician-researchers in Norway, including Per-Einar Binder and esteemed colleagues, has been studying how age-old wisdom, delivered in modern, digestible bites, can help college students adapt more effectively to the fluid, frightening and uncertain environment which characterizes the world of 2020. Their team developed a series of three 90 minutes workshops based on Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), with manageable personal practices to transform one’s relationship with oneself … [Read more...] about 5 Lessons from College Students on Applied Self-Compassion