positive psychology

How to Create More Meaning in Your Life

Research shows meaning and happiness can be at odds with one another. People with the most meaningful lives were “givers.” And those with the happiest lives were “takers.” Creating meaning in your life comes from throwing yourself whole-heartedly into your choices, doing the footwork, and accepting that the results are not …

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Finding Meaning in Life #101

When a close friend of mine died right before Christmas, my reaction went immediately to, “What is the meaning of life? What is it all about? Why bother?” Carol devoted herself to helping others and teaching them to love, as I do. Our careers and callings have been parallel for …

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Retirement ~ the Fourth Stage of Life

One of the joys of Marriage and Family Counseling is that I get to work with scores of  clients about countless subjects. One of my favorites is helping clients design their retirements. This should begin about age 50, but for most it is 60 or even 70. Many of us hear …

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Values Develop Happiness

We want to think of happiness as experiencing positive emotions, having rewarding interpersonal relationships, engaging or being in flow with life, creating meaning in life, and attaining success or achievement. Happiness or well-being can be developed and built. A great initiative is to make improved well-being an important goal. If …

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Happiness Can Be Increased By Spending More Time Socializing

We know from research in couples counseling and life coaching that spending time socializing on a weekly basis with people you know, people who care about you and depend on seeing you, will increase your well-being and lifespan. Fordyce found through seven studies there are 14 activities that will increase …

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Summer Vacations are Filled with Happiness

HAPPINESS JOURNEYS What have you done with your summer? What are your successes? How have you had fun or pleasure? What have you been engaged with? What meaningful things have you done? What people have you spent time with that gave you wonderful and loving experiences? What have you accomplished …

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