meaning (of life) positive psychology

How Meaning (of Life) is Approached in Positive Psychology

“Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.” – Viktor F
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Why Shame & Guilt Are Functional For Mental Health

Why Shame & Guilt Are Functional For Mental Health

Shame and guilt are two self-conscious emotions that everyone will feel several times throughout their lives. These are generally negative emotions which make people feel bad about themselves, and can have negative consequences. That said, shame and guilt are important emotional compo
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Great Self-Care: The Why and How Of Setting Healthy Boundaries

Healthy Boundaries: The Why and How Of Setting Them

Setting boundaries is an important part of establishing one’s identity, as well as being crucial for one’s mental health and well-being. There are different types of boundaries, from physical boundaries to emotional boundaries, and there are also different levels of boundaries, from l
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A Life Worth Living: Why You Should Be Setting Goals In Life

Life Goals: Why You Should Be Setting Goals In Life

Nearly all people desire progress. Nearly all people fear falling short of their own and others’ expectations. Nearly all people struggle to make their aspirations a reality because of fear, lack of motivation, or a simple lack of understanding on how to realize them. At least one of
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7 Reasons it's Been a Positive Year for Positive Psychology

7 Reasons it’s Been a Positive Year for Positive Psychology

“What’s happening in the world today?” How many times have you heard this in 2017? It’s a question we throw around a little too frequently, implying the world is falling apart. It’s not surprising given the news we’re constantly exposed to via the various channels – as a result of the
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Plutchik's Wheel of Emotions: What is it and How to Use it in Counseling?

Plutchik’s Wheel of Emotions: What is it and How to Use it in Counseling?

Can you guess how many emotions a human can experience? The answer might shock you – it’s around 34,000. With so many, how can one navigate the turbulent waters of emotions, its different intensities, and compositions, without getting lost? The answer – an emotion wheel. T
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10 Communication Activities for Adults and College Students

10 Communication Activities for Adults and College Students

It seems like these days, customs for communication are completely confused. Sending emails can seem like diffusing a bomb, or knowing which topic to approach with a co-worker like stepping over landmines. With massive online social media usage changing how the world communicates, it’
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40 Kindness Activities & Empathy Worksheets for Students and Adults

40 Kindness Activities & Empathy Worksheets for Students and Adults

What do you think are the most important traits to encourage in a child’s development? This is an inherently personal question, one that will provoke a wide variety of answers from parents, educators, and researchers around the world. There are so many traits and abilities that can ad
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The Concept of Self-Actualization: Definition & Examples

Self-Actualization: Definition & Examples

The concept of self-actualization is best known in the field of psychology in the context of Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. The decades-old idea is certainly an area of interest in modern psychology research, but many still only know it as the top of Maslow’s motivational pyrami
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Coping: Dealing with Life’s Inevitable Disappointments in a Healthy Way

Coping: Dealing with Life’s Inevitable Disappointments in a Healthy Way

“Life’s not fair.” How I hated hearing that as a kid. It was a phrase trotted out by my father (and probably fathers everywhere) whenever I complained about something not going my way. I especially hated when my brother was allowed to do something I wasn’t, or when he received some ki
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What is Self-Awareness and Why is it Important in Counseling

What is Self-Awareness and Why is it Important in Counseling

Self-awareness is the ability to be cognizant of one’s lived experiences, thoughts, and abilities. While self-awareness is something that most humans have the capacity for (and is sometimes considered a major distinction between humans and other animals), self-awareness can be u
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How to Improve Communication in Relationships: 7 Essential Skills

How to Improve Communication in Relationships: 7 Essential Skills

We love connecting with other people because it makes us happy. And good communication is the key when it comes to positive social interaction. But what does a healthy conversation look like? How can you avoid overcommunicating? And how can you improve communication in a romantic rela
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What is Empathy and Why is it Important in Counseling

Understanding Empathy: What is it and Why is it Important in Counseling

Empathy is an emotion similar to understanding that people have varying levels of. In this piece, we will discuss the benefits of showing empathy as a therapist, as well as how to show empathy as a therapist. We will also discuss strategies for promoting empathy in people who do not h
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The Big Five Personality Theory: The 5 Factor Model Explained (+PDF)

The Big Five Personality Theory: The 5 Factor Model Explained (+PDF)

Who are you? It’s a simple question, but it can be difficult to answer. You could answer with your name, your job title, your place in relation to your family, your hobby or passion, where you’re from, or a description of your beliefs and values. There are billions of humans with bill
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Psychological Capital: HERO in Leadership and Coaching

Psychological Capital: HERO in Leadership and Coaching

Originally developed in an organizational context, the concept of Psychological Capital with its four pillars of Hope, Efficacy, Resilience and Optimism (HERO) has been linked to job as well as life satisfaction. While every component has its own characteristics and interventions, the
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Wellbeing and First Nations People: Taking Positive Psychology Out of the Ivory Tower

Wellbeing and First Nations People: Taking Positive Psychology Out of the Ivory Tower

Of all the criticisms levelled against Positive Psychology there is one I agree with. There is very little that has as yet been done to take positive psychology out of the “ivory tower” of academic research labs, and into the potentially less salubrious environs of underprivileged com
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