Category: Positive Psychology

Musings on wholebeing@work
less truly is more

less truly is more

Happy New Year! I hope you are well and had a lovely holiday. It was a different holiday season for us this year. I noticed feeling anxious and lacking as Christmas got closer. We had fewer presents and not very many activities planned. I kept feeling the urge to go get one more present to make...

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The biggest lie

The biggest lie

In the mornings I get two teenagers ready for school. Lately we've been listening to Elvis Duran, a NYC dj, and his crew of hilarious sidekicks. As a joke, he recently asked: "What is the biggest lie you're telling yourself?" Listeners called in crying. Not his intent. Something about this...

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be your best caretaker

be your best caretaker

As most of us get to a certain point in our lives, we find ourselves in the role of being a caretaker to others. This can become overwhelming and very time-consuming. We place expectations on ourselves to be the very best we can for those who need us. What we often fail to do, however, is to...

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The Busy Trap

The Busy Trap

"Idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence or a vice; it is as indispensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body, and deprived of it we suffer a mental affliction as disfiguring as rickets." This excerpt was taken from a blog post I read recently that discussed what the author called...

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Goofing Off

Goofing Off

When was the last time you just goofed off? I mean really did nothing. Nothing you had planned. I’ll admit it’s hard not to have something to do just about every minute of every day. And ironically if I want to goof off, I have to put it in my calendar. That seems backwards. With two kids and a...

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The Best Way to Find Yourself

The Best Way to Find Yourself

My path to meditation began with skepticism. If you would have asked me a few years ago if I have ever or could ever practice mindfulness meditation, my answer would have been a swift “no”. I never thought it was my kind of thing. I always thought I could find plenty of other ways to...

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The Wonder and Beauty of Each Instant

The Wonder and Beauty of Each Instant

When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried? How present were you in that moment? Were you worrying about work or planning your grocery list? My guess is no. There are few things in life that cause us to be more present than laughter. But why be present? People often tout the value of...

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The Best Medicine

The Best Medicine

Picture this. Fifteen grown men and women, with seemingly nothing in common, wiggle and giggle around a textile design office on a spring evening. They have ants in their pants. Not literally, of course; this is a pantomimic segment in a long list of charade-like playacting that kick start Vishwa...

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A LAUGH A DAY: The healing power of humor

A LAUGH A DAY: The healing power of humor

Pain When we laugh our brain produces endorphins, which are up to 500 times more effective at eliminating pain than morphine. In one study, a group of college kids who watched a comedy before an experiment were able to keep their hands submerged in freezing cold ice water 40 per cent longer than...

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Learning to Laugh

Learning to Laugh

When was the last time you had a good laugh? You know, the kind where you laugh so hard you need to take a moment to catch your breath! April is National Humor Month and in my research on the benefits of laughter, I found them strikingly similar to the touted benefits of yoga (for example: soothing...

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