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Posts Tagged ‘Happiness’

Draw Happiness From as Many Different Sources as Possible

We’re not completely independent beings. While we strive to cultivate as much internal happiness as possible, the truth is we still depend on external things for some level of comfort, pleasure, and life satisfaction. These external things can be our relationships, our work, our hobbies, or personal interests such as books, movies, or music. The […]

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The Power of “Yet” and How Self-Talk Affects Our Limitations

One of the very first mind-blowing things I learned in psychology was just how important the way we talk to ourselves is. Every day we have voices running through our heads, deciding what we should believe and how we should act. These thoughts help guide us at work, at home, at school, or wherever. Self-talk […]

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Emotional Distance Isn’t Always a Bad Thing In Your Relationships

Traditional wisdom says the closer two people are in a relationship, the better. But recent research shows that this isn’t necessarily the case. A 2013 study published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin found that the key to healthy relationships wasn’t whether individuals were closer to each other, but if their “closeness” was at […]

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How to Savor the Moment: Scientific Ways to Increase Pleasure in Your Life

Finding pleasure in life plays a very important role in our happiness. For some this may seem obvious. Of course happiness is about “feeling good” and experiencing positive and pleasurable experiences. The more pleasure, the better. How can that not be the case? For others this may seem despicable. Seeking pleasure is indulgent and selfish. […]

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How Positive Emotions Make Us Smarter and Work Harder

The “broaden and build theory” is an idea in psychology that positive emotions allow us to expand our awareness in new ways and tap into mental resources that aren’t usually available to us when we are experiencing more negative emotions. According to psychologist Barbara Fredrickson, negative emotions typically lead to narrow, immediate survival-oriented behaviors. For […]

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