Shift to the Positive

Bring more happiness and positivity into your life. Make it a regular practice to build on the positive aspects of your experiences, while reducing negative thoughts. According to scientists who study positive psychology and happiness, there are a variety of techniques to help you shift to the positive. These include imagining our best possible self, making a list of things we’re grateful for, and bringing to mind people who give meaning and happiness to your life.

With this in mind, another important way to shift to the positive is to provide compassion and kindness to others. Helping to make others happy yields a tremendous reward in making yourself happy. So be generous in both deeds and spirit. And with regular practice, you’ll soon embody these positive qualities and move towards a healthier, more uplifting outlook.

Note of Kindness

Look around your circle of friends and family. Is there someone out there who could use an act of kindness? A loving hug? Or maybe a supportive note? Reaching out to others in need does them a world of good. And, it helps you feel much better about yourself. This week, sit down. Clear your mind. And think of someone who deserves a touch of happiness. This generous gesture will help reduce stress in their life – and fill you both with warmth and love.

April 10th, 2017|

Managing Challenging Emotions

There are times when your anger grows so great, you can’t even see straight. It’s not only emotionally upsetting, it can increase your blood pressure and your risk of heart attack. Let’s face it, managing difficult emotions – such as anger, stress and frustration – requires extra effort. So, how do you bring these intense emotions under control?

April 3rd, 2017|

Yoga Warrior: Strength and Focus

Awaken your inner warrior to feel your strength, focus and determination. This popular yoga pose and its variations will re-energize and rejuvenate you, helping to alleviate stress. As with any exercise, be careful to stretch and warm up properly. Warrior II is a simple and popular yoga pose that helps center your balance, focus and […]

March 13th, 2017|

Setting Healthy Intentions for the Week

Start this week with a fresh beginning. This exercise serves a dual purpose: It helps clear your mind of worries, stress and unhappiness. And it creates a clean slate for you to refresh your healthy intentions.

March 6th, 2017|

Wish Others Well

When you send positive wishes to others, it also benefits you. Studies show that that by practicing compassion meditation, you can feel less stressed, more relaxed and happier. This simple exercise takes only a few minutes and can be done anywhere and anytime.

February 13th, 2017|

Destress: The Art & Science

Looking at art can actually reduce stress. According to U.K. research, participants reported a decrease in high stress levels after a brief lunchtime visit to an art gallery. In fact, in an analysis of 15 studies, noted Neuroscientist Oshin Vartain explained that our brain automatically triggers pleasure and reward when viewing art. Experience this calming […]

February 6th, 2017|

Believe and Achieve

Ever notice how stress and worries can distract you from achieving your goals? A powerful way to stay motivated and focused is to direct your thoughts to the desired result. Visualize each step needed and recommit to the goal each Monday. With practice and diligence, you can turn your positive intentions into a reality.

January 16th, 2017|

Frame Stress in a Positive Way

Everyone encounters stress. How you handle it makes all the difference. Instead of battling stress outright, see if you can find positive aspects in the situation, then reframe it to your advantage.

December 19th, 2016|

Comfort and Strength Through Gratitude

This Monday, before your week takes off, spend a few moments to reflect on the things you’re grateful for. Studies show that feeling grateful relieves stress, lifts your mood and helps you get along better with others. Try this exercise to refresh your mind, body and spirit.

November 14th, 2016|

Emotional Blizzards – Calming the Storm

The stress and strain of emotional burnout are all too real. And often, it feels the most overwhelming at the start of the week. You’re not alone. Use this simple, soothing snow globe practice to calm your mind and think more clearly.

October 24th, 2016|