Practicing Your Religion Has Multiple Benefits

April 13, 2017 by · Leave a Comment

Having a religion isn’t enough – you must practice that religion (new research shows).   For those that practice their religion, some of the benefits are more love, forgiveness, gratitude and kindness. Particularly when compared to those who don’t practice. The following three groups of people across three countries... Read More

Effective Ways to be Mindful: 5 more “mindful pause” activities

March 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment

Have you heard of the mindful pause? It is a mindfulness strategy I introduced last year that focuses on taking action right away, tapping into your natural strengths. There are two simple steps: 1.) Pause for about 15 seconds to feel your inhale and exhale. 2.) Ask yourself: Which... Read More

Like An Old Friend, Phasic Strengths Are There When You Need Them

February 16, 2017 by ·

When you’re down and troubled And you need a helping hand And nothing, nothing is going right Close your eyes and think of me And soon I will be there To brighten up even your darkest night These famous lyrics from the song “You’ve Got a Friend”, written by... Read More

Research Proven Ways to Manage Your Stress

February 8, 2017 by ·

You have more stress-management tools than you may think. As I discussed in a previous post (see here), we need to learn to “get good at stress” and there are a lot of ways that we can manage high anxiety situations and events. In this post I’ll review 10... Read More

3 Simple Steps to Reduce Stress in the “New Year”

January 17, 2017 by ·

“New Year, New You.” Is this your motto? For some people, the new year is a chance to reset and hit the ground running on new resolutions, goals and challenges. It can be an opportunity to look back over the previous year and make decisions that will carry you... Read More

10 Tips to Have a Happy Thanksgiving

November 23, 2016 by ·

Thanksgiving is time to give thanks, and there is a lot of research around the benefits of practicing gratitude (greater happiness, physical and mental health benefits, pathway to a meaningful life, etc.). But, Thanksgiving can also be a time of travel stress, running from place to place and tense... Read More

Can’t Keep the Weight Off? 2 Pathways That Can Help

November 2, 2016 by ·

Weight loss setbacks can be extremely frustrating. Oftentimes, it is just when you feel like you’ve started to make progress that you get a little lax with your eating habits or exercise routine and “slips” start to occur. First, maybe a soda creeps in while at a family event,... Read More

How to Cope with a Narcissist

October 26, 2016 by ·

A narcissist is someone who shows extreme selfishness, is obsessed with gaining admiration and has a superior view of their own talents. It’s a personality disorder that you probably find personally offensive. When you observe someone who is a true narcissist you may feel a mixture of helplessness, disgust,... Read More

Tickle Your Funny Bone: 5 Humor Exercises to Get Happier!

October 20, 2016 by ·

Laughter can be a great way to reduce stress as is relaxes the whole body. But, did you know that you can use your strength of humor to create more happiness in the short term and the long run? New research from humor scientist, Willibald Ruch, and his team,... Read More

How To Frame A Client Meeting Around Strengths

August 23, 2016 by ·

One of the first “homework assignments” I give my new clients is to take the free VIA Survey through my VIA professional site. For a recent client I decided to have her take the survey through my VIA professional site and not show her the results upon completion. Her... Read More