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positive psychology

Positive Psychology – What Makes People Happy is Pleasure


Smart Alek: I have been working very hard lately. Soon I will have my great reward. Aleks Psych: What will that be? Smart Alek: I will never work again. Aleks Psych: What will you do if you do not work? Smart Alek: What else, expect everyone else to look after me and vehemently complain if […]

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Top Psychologist Calgary Tips


Search the Internet for top Psychologist Calgary tips and you’ll find some similarities and some differences in what these professionals see as top tips.  Dig into their lists and you’ll uncover a common element in the majority of them – they involve other people. You can’t give and receive gratitude without involving others.   You can’t […]

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When a Why helps a How


Have you ever asked yourself, “How am I ever going to get through this”?  In our existentially saturated lived lives most of us have and will again.  “How” is a statement about process.  “Why” is a statement about purpose.  Paraphrasing Nietzsche, “give a person a why and they will endure any how”.  So if you’re […]

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Positive Psychology and the Benefits of Giving Gratitude


In the distant past the field of psychology was primarily concerned with the abnormal –with things that made us depressed, anxious, stressed, and even suicidal.  Today a relatively new field, Positive Psychology, has flipped the coin and is investigating things like what makes us happy, fulfilled, and secure. In the year 2000, two psychologists, R.A. […]

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Sometimes Little is Big


Choosing to make a difference each and every day can be a real-life revelation and actualization of your humanity in the making. Making a difference doesn’t need to be about the big things, the little things will do just fine. Actually, attending to the little things that concern another can build a bigger bond, trust […]

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Happiness Happens


We were at the hospital visiting our 92 year old woman friend yesterday.  Good news is that she’s recovering well.  I blew her a kiss as I was leaving and was struck by the powerful affect that had upon her and her other visitors.  This gal even at 92 knows she’s a woman and loves […]

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Deep conversations make for more meaning and happiness


Have you ever been so deeply engaged in a conversation with another person that time seemed to disappear, you forgot your ego/self and everything just flowed?  This article may provide a hint as to why: Deep conversations can lead to what Martin Seligman and the positive psychologists call “the engaged life” and “the meaningful […]

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Give gratitude, get happy


My pal, Les from the Business Instincts Group, turned me onto this great way to help happiness happen everyday. It’s called the and it really works. Remember a gratitude a day keeps sadness away.  Give it a try and let me know how you got happy!

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Opening one’s self to Happiness


One couldn’t help but savour and celebrate their Canadian-ness as they watched the closing ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics.  I did, and everyone I know was bubbling up and cheering with joy. Our athletes performed at their peaks and lived the engaged life of the “authentic happiness” and positive psychology movement whereby they finely […]

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Giving Gratitude is Graciously Gratifying


Have you ever noticed how the past keeps appearing in the present?  Often without even knowing we’re doing it, we’re ruminating and/or daydreaming about things gone past.  If we’re ruminating, the past is probably making us miserable and if we’re daydreaming, the past is probably making us happier.  We all want to be happier.  So […]

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