7 Books to Help You Reach Your Goals in 2020 – Thrive Global – Positivity Article

By Jared Atchison Published December 12, 2019 The New Year is the perfect time for setting goals and coming up with a plan for living your best year yet. Whether you want to learn a new language, get in better shape, start a podcast, or build a business, it’s important to set goals for the coming year in order to increase your chances of turning your dreams into a reality. But, sticking to your goals can be difficult. Luckily, with…

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Using Kindness to Increase Self-acceptance – Positivity Article

What is it to truly accept yourself? To accept your strengths and weaknesses, to accept your past choices and behaviours, the good things that have happened and the bad and to accept you’re not superhuman or perfect? As many other people can be, I am often hugely self-critical and am rarely satisfied with what I’m doing. My inner critic is usually on overdrive and I always need a challenge to smash, even when it’s something that is not actually very…

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The Science Behind Good Gift-Giving – Positivity Article

The desire to be a good gift-giver often backfires. Here’s a scientific breakdown of what many of us get wrong about gift-giving and how to get it right: Myth: Gifts should dazzle Reality: Instead of focusing on the “wow” factor in the moment of exchange, choose a gift that will be useful. Novelty wears off quickly. These gift misfires usually end up in the back of a closet. Myth: Gifts should surprise Reality: Although you may feel inclined to go…

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The Science of Improving Motivation at Work – Positivity Article

All motivation comes from within, whether it is triggered by rewards or endeavors that enhance one’s self-image or simply comes from intrinsically-motivating activities that we engage in for no reward other than the enjoyment these activities bring us. Realizing this makes the topic of employee motivation quite daunting for people managers, leaders, and human resources professionals alike. But organizations that provide their members with meaningful, engaging work not only contribute to the growth of their bottom line but also create…

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7 Things You Need To Let Go Of To Be Happier And More Positive In Life ★ Elayna Fernandez ~ The Positive MOM ♥ – Positivity Article

I reconnected with a friend last week and we had a short and powerful chat, catching up about the challenges we both experienced in the past year or so. We discovered that we react similarly to pain, trials, and turmoil when they inevitably show up in our lives.We hadn’t really connected for a while because we were both focused on staying happy and positive, which required an unusual degree of isolation.The saying goes that “we never lose friends, we simply learn…

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The Daily Better Interview Part 1 – Positive Psychology News – Positivity Article

Kathryn Britton, MAPP ’06, former software engineer, is a coach working with professionals to increase well-being, energy, and meaning in their work lives (Theano Coaching LLC). She is also a writing coach, facilitator of writing workshops, and teacher of positive workplace concepts at the University of Maryland. Her own books include Smarts and Stamina on using positive psychology principles to build strong health habits and Character Strengths Matter: How to Live a Full Life. Full bio. Kathryn’s articles are here.…

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Hope 100: The economists looking at the world differently – Positive News – Positivity Article

This piece is part of our Hope 100 series, telling the stories of the people and organisations creating hope for 2020 and beyond #7 Kate Raworth Raworth (pictured above) painted a picture of a new kind of economic system in her 2017 book, Doughnut Economics: one that eschews the pursuit of infinite growth to create a society that meets the needs of all its citizens within the limits of the planet’s resources. This year will see the launch of the…

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Formerly overweight ‘My Name Is Earl’ star wows fans with his major weight loss transformation – Positivity Article

Please share our story on:In a revelation that shocked his fans, actor Ethan Suplee showed off his massive weight loss transformation to the world, which he is documenting on his latest podcast called American Glutton. From being overweight in the ’90s to the early 2000s, Ethan now boasts of a muscular physique. His transformation is so drastic, that his before and after pictures look like they’re of different people! On January 9, Redditors began noticing his completely different look on…

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3 Sleep Hacks to Boost Your Productivity – Positivity Article

Let’s talk about something that sounds a little boring but is arguably one of THE biggest ways to improve your productivity as a busy lady (or man!): the time you spend in your bedroom. And I do not mean that kind of time. I mean time spent sleeping. Which is the main purpose of your bedroom, right? It’s supposed to be a restful, peaceful environment that gives you a place to recharge at night so you can start the next…

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10 Reasons Why Parents Should Stop Labeling Children – Positivity Article

It’s tempting – and easy – to give children labels. At a very young age, they can seem very simple and predictable for us. This makes parents often assign tags to their kids, especially if they have multiple children. It’s easy to put kids into a box.It’s clean and straightforward to categorize them, but it’s a poor parenting habit to keep up.Here Are 10 Reasons Why Parents Should Stop Labeling Children1.    They’re Way Too Young For LabelsAt a young age,…

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Grit. Grace. Gratitude. Silence – The Positive Psychology People – Positivity Article

The sound of silence. There’s a ringing in my ear. The hype of  pending holiday. It’s growing very near. This year is very different. The atmosphere’s been changed. There is no joyous noel. The memories remain. The children are all grown now. The house is not a home. There are no loud voices. The mysteries all are gone. The expectation of gifts. The pending anticipation. A melancholy has settled. There is no revelation. I don’t want to buy a present.…

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Here’s How to Make a New Year’s Resolution That Will Stick – Positivity Article

After a busy and perhaps (overly) indulgent holiday season, radical change might feel like the answer. Before you embark on a period of punishing deprivation, consider a former patient of mine who lost more than 10 pounds after going on a green-juice diet for the first two weeks of January. She was thrilled about the weight loss but ravenously hungry and in a terrible mood the entire time. A few weeks later, she had regained all the weight … and then some.…

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28 Best Therapy Quotes and Do They Ring True? – Positivity Article

Having quotes from leaders in psychology reinforces some of the things we already know about therapy. Their perspective is helpful and backed by scientific evidence and experience. Aside from prominent psychology figures, social media is saturated with inspirational quotes. I couldn’t afford therapy, so I just watched ‘Frasier’. Season 4 was a breakthrough. Cristela Alonzo Often these quotes capture an essence of truth, and that is what the next quote reflects upon: The chief difficulty for those who begin the…

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The History and Meaning of Christmas Lights ★ Elayna Fernandez ~ The Positive MOM ♥ – Positivity Article

At the end of each year, I always feel blessed to celebrate Christmas, which for me and my family, it’s all about the birth of Jesus Christ, my personal Savior.Christmas is truly “the most wonderful time of the year” for me, because it is the only holiday I celebrate with my whole heart. Because I am an immigrant, I can’t really say that I relate to other celebrations or can really get into them, but Christmas is really meaningful to…

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The Welsh Government renews funding to tackle period poverty – Positive News – Positivity Article

Schools in Wales are set to benefit from more than £3m in 2020 to help address period poverty. The funding from the Welsh Government will allow primary and secondary schools and colleges to provide free sanitary products to students who might need them. In addition to the £3.1m for schools, the Welsh Government has pledged a £220,000 fund for local authorities to provide free period products in public buildings such as libraries or community hubs. The funding has been welcomed…

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Uber driver earns college degree after one of her passengers paid off her $700 school debt – Positivity Article

Please share our story on:Latonya Young, 43, finally received her college degree from Georgia State University last month, all thanks to a generous Uber passenger who made it possible. CNNLatonya, a single mother of three sons, works as a hairstylist and became a driver for both Uber and Lyft five years ago to make ends meet for her family. She had to drop out of high school when she became pregnant with her oldest son – who is now 26…

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Therapists Explain 10 Ways To Make Parenting More Joyful – Positivity Article

Children are a true joy, and any parent knows that they are the light of their lives. That said, parenting has its fair share of ups and downs, and even the most dedicated parents can burn out now and then.How can you make parenting better for everyone involved?Here Is How Therapists Explain 10 Ways To Make Parenting More Joyful1.    Don’t Try To Make Your Kids Mini-YousIt’s cute to think of your kids as tinier versions of you. But that’s far…

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Grit, Grace, Gratitude 2020 – The Positive Psychology People – Positivity Article

2020 means perfect vision. A perfect balance of all that allows one to see both the near and the far. I’ve been thinking about my part in helping the positive psychology people develop, along with other journeys in the growth of the field of positive psychology. “I” statements invite powerful ownership of our personal truth. From there, we can change anything we want. I didn’t become a world renowned researcher or author, but that never stopped me from seeing it…

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Suzy Batiz – Positive Prescription – Positivity Article

Suzy Batiz, founder of Poo-Pourri discusses bankruptcy, resilience, and the motivation to start her own company. What was your inspiration for starting Poo-Pourri? I swore off of business after my second (yes, second!) bankruptcy. I realized that what was even worse than losing everything is looking back and realizing you didn’t even have a good time along the way. I’d sold out and compromised to get what I wanted and I knew I would never do that again after I…

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What is Delayed Gratification and How to Pass the Marshmallow Test? – Positivity Article

Saving for your dream home? Trying to fit into those skinny jeans? Want a lasting, loving relationship? Knowing how to delay pleasure in an effort to serve a more important and more gratifying goal makes all the difference in achieving that goal. The ability to self-regulate will directly impact the outcomes of all of those future plans. In a culture surrounded by the messaging that you can lose the discomfort right now, the ability to wait for a long term…

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What To Do When A Friend Is Cruel To You ★ Elayna Fernandez ~ The Positive MOM ♥ – Positivity Article

I consider Henry David Thoreau to be one of the wisest men to come from U.S.A. I am a big fan, and in fact, one of my goals is to visit the iconic Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts, which became a National Historic Landmark in 1962, where he lived in a cabin by the shore and wrote “Walden; or Life in the Woods.” In chapter 18, the conclusion to this life-changing book, he discusses the value of a simple life without…

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Mom made cardboard cutout of herself to keep child from crying when she leaves the room – Positivity Article

Please share our story on:To keep their son from getting upset whenever his mom leaves, these two Japanese parents came up with an ingenious way to comfort him – by having a massive cardboard cutout replace her when she’s away. TwitterThe kid’s father, Neji Sato, shared videos of the experiment on Twitter, where he explained that their one-year-old boy would always cry out for his mom, Fuki Sato, whenever she’d leave the room. To prevent it from happening, the dad…

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The Importance of Words – Positively Positive Positively Positive – Positivity Article

As a parent, how important do you believe it is to be aware of the choice of words that you use with your child in each and every moment? I remember one day I was caring for two children and we were driving somewhere. I saw a deer and mindlessly said “girls, quick, look out “Jane’s” window, there is a deer!” I never gave that choice of words another thought, until some weeks later I was with those same two…

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How To Release Emotional Attachment to Expectation – Positivity Article

We’ve all been in a situation where we’ve hoped for something, only to have it fall through. It can be challenging to recover from such a painful blow, but it’s even more difficult if you feel a desperate emotional attachment to what you hoped would be. Your expectation–and confidence–feel crushed.Sadly, it never pays to be too attached to something that hasn’t yet been guaranteed.Here’s How To Release Emotional Attachments To Expectation1.    Accept That You Don’t Know EverythingA considerable part of…

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Open Hearted Resilience Through Loving-Kindness – Positivity Article

When we think of the concept of resilience, it may be that we think of simply being tough or breezing through challenges with little acknowledgment of discomfort. Yet research has suggested that resilience is not about avoidance, but about being able to sit in our messy feelings and move through them, not through closing down, but by staying open to the full spectrum of our experiences. Miller et al.’s (2010) study looked at the concepts of vulnerability and resilience and…

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Master The Art of Small Talk – Positivity Article

While it’s fine to talk about the weather, quality conversations that deepen your understanding of another person or topic are more gratifying and meaningful. People who engage frequently in such conversations are happier than those who don’t, according to research at the University of Arizona. “I would like to experimentally ‘prescribe’ people a few more substantive conversations,” said one researcher. Good conversations take effort but are more rewarding. Just the sight of a phone—yours or someone else’s—is enough to undermine the quality of a…

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9 Tips for Battling the Winter Blues – Positivity Article

  As winter arrives, I’m taken back in my mind to last year… Last winter, I was really down and out at the start of 2019. I spent so much time in bed, engaging in unhealthy coping methods, and generally just feeling rotten about myself and my life. While I don’t know for sure if this was general depression or Season Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) — I should have sought professional help, but I didn’t — I do know that it…

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11+ Mindset Activities and Tests Designed to Nurture Growth – Positivity Article

How do you deal with failure? Do you struggle with setbacks, or get upset about losing? With the right mindset, it may be possible to handle challenges better and pursue success without getting down on yourself. Nurturing a growth mindset could help you tackle life’s difficulties much more efficiently – and that applies to adults as well as children. If you want to learn more about mindset theory and how you can achieve a growth mindset yourself, read on. What…

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The Best Positive Quotes About Self-Care For Moms ★ Elayna Fernandez ~ The Positive MOM ♥ – Positivity Article

The word “care” comes from the Old English cearu, meaning “sorrow, anxiety, grief,” also “burdens of mind; serious mental attention.” The meaning of “charge, oversight, attention or heed with a view to safety or protection” is from c. 1400. The meaning “object or matter of concern”, as well as the meaning of “take in hand, do,” or take care “be careful” are from the1580s.Care is found in the dictionary as “the process of protecting someone or something and providing what that person or thing needs,” “to feel interest or concern,” “to be concerned about,” “attention…

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