Addicted to Your Phone? 10 Tips for Breaking Away

July 14, 2016 by ·

Next time you are out in public, whether waiting in line for your coffee, walking through the grocery store or sitting on a bench at the park, look around and notice what others are doing. I’m guessing that more than half of them will be on their phone. And,... Read More

A Simple Mindfulness Exercise To Use With Clients

May 3, 2016 by ·

Practitioners are always on the lookout for new tools to help others overcome challenges, find peace, and be at their best. Mindfulness research clearly shows meditations and mindfulness practices can help but the quantity of meditation choices these days seems infinite. In a previous post, I discussed how an... Read More

A Mindful Pause May Change Your Day

April 25, 2016 by ·

Nobody wants to admit that they are “going through the motions” of life, but sometimes we are all guilty of it. One simple exercise that will allow you to slow down, take an inventory of your emotions, and re-connect with your strengths is below. This easy strategy can help... Read More

5 Simple Ways to Discover Your Strengths

April 6, 2016 by ·

What if someone asked you: “What are your strengths?” Would you be able to quickly articulate your best, core qualities? You have many different types of strengths–talents, skills, values– but your character strengths are your capacities for thinking, feeling and behaving and reflect the best of you. Here are... Read More

7 Tips for Dealing with Bad News

March 18, 2016 by ·

Do you know how to respond when someone shares bad news? Do you quickly try to avoid feeling uncomfortable and change the subject? Or do go into “fix-it” mode and rattle off a list of a solutions to their issues? If you approach the person mindfully (being open, curious,... Read More

Do You Know The Difference Between Savoring and Mindfulness?

March 17, 2016 by ·

Many people in my mindfulness courses have commented that they enjoy practicing “mindfulness” because of they are able to relish “tasting” a piece of chocolate or that first warm drink of coffee. However, this is not practicing mindfulness and is instead the act of savoring. The distinction here is... Read More

The Positive Psychology Academy Awards for 2015

February 26, 2016 by ·

This is one of my favorite posts to write each year because it combines two of my passions- positive psychology AND films! Every year, I try to watch as many movies as possible and study them for their portrayal of the most popular themes in positive psychology. For anyone... Read More

What Are Your “Defining Moments”?

February 22, 2016 by ·

We all have moments in our lives that can be considered “defining moments”– times when a certain thing happened that changed our life trajectory. Taking time to reflect and focus on these moments can improve your life. Consider this first date I had 14 years ago. After a stagnant and... Read More

Leadership on the Football Field. What We Can Learn from Mark Dantonio.

January 6, 2016 by ·

Leaders must know themselves – their personal drives, desires, hopes, abilities, flaws, and most important – their character strengths. One of the most important principles for any great leader to remember is: “leader, know thyself.” The latest research takes this “leader, know thyself” mantra a step further – one... Read More

Happiness Strategies to Use in the New Year

January 3, 2016 by ·

Since 2015 flew by in a flash, you may have missed some of these posts about boosting happiness and well-being. These are my top 5 blogs from the past year. Each article deals with character strengths and/or mindfulness strategies that you can use to start your new off on... Read More