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What Is This Thing Called Love?

(Barbara Fredrickson, author of Love 2.0 (see 10-17-13 RRR post: Love Affects Everything We Do, Think, Feel, and Become) offers the following new look at love. May her research discoveries open your mind and eyes as well as your heart.) What Is This Thing Called Love?: A Whole New Way of Looking at It By […]

Love Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do, and Become

The Eskimos had fifty-two names for snow because it was important to them; there ought to be as many for love. – Margaret Atwood I heartily recommend Barbara Fredrickson’s latest book Love 2.0: How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, do, and Become. Frederickson’ previous book Positivity (see July 2012 e-newsletter “Positive Emotions […]

Challenge Your Inner Critic and Celebrate Your Personal Strengths

I was leafing through The Self-Esteem Companion: Simple Exercises to Help You Challenge Your Inner Critic and Celebrate Your Personal Strengths from New Harbinger Publications on the way home from teaching on the East Coast last weekend. While the field has shifted somewhat from focusing on self-esteem to focusing on self-acceptance and self-compassion (always available, […]

Recovering Resilience Nature-ally

The nourishment and replenishment of Summer is coming to its close; many children in my neighborhood are returning to school next week already. As we savor precious moments of warm weather and being outdoors, I’m reminded of this story of the importance of nature in renewing our joy in life and restoring our souls. Decades, […]

Are Positive Emotions Good for Your Heart?

Are Positive Emotions Good for Your Heart-

According to a new study published in the American Journal of Cardiology – YES. Perhaps not totally a surprise. In the last 10 years positivity researchers have found strong evidence that positive emotions reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. The new study from researchers at Johns Hopkins University is the first to […]

Setting Limits and Boundaries

Developmental psychologists have found that the human brain is capable of distinguishing between self and others by six months of age. The capacity of theory of mind takes that development further as we mature. More important for taking our place in the world as independent, resilient human beings, by four years of age our brains […]

Play and Laughter for Well-Being

The absence of play and laughter predicts divorce far more consistently than the presence of outright animosity. – John Gottmann, PhD, director of the Gottmann Institute for Researching and Restoring Relationships We bond and build trust with others through play, fun, laughter – moments of openness, curiosity, novelty, lightheartedness, joshing around, sometimes outright silliness. Play […]

Creating a Circle of Support

Creating A Circle of Support

(The exercise below is excerpted from Chapter 5: Five Practices to Accelerate Brain Change in Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being.  May it be useful to you and yours.) Refuge simply means a safe, supportive place to be when we are fragile or confused, a safe place to cry or rant […]

Setting Limits and Boundaries

(Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being is on its way to bookstores (April 17). Below is an exercise from Chapter 9: Developing Relational Intelligence.) Ask a friend to help you in this exercise of finding the sweet spot in setting a limit or boundary, not tapping into aggression or collapsing into […]

Repairing a Rupture

Researchers have discovered that even in “good enough” close relationships, we spend about one-third of the time in actual relating (attuned connection), about one-third in rupture (mis-attuned or disrupted connection) and one-third in repair (recovering the attuned connection). Repair is the most important phase of this rhythm, especially in terms of rewiring our patterns of […]

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