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self-expression

What is Self-Expression and How to Foster It? (20 Activities + Examples)

06 Aug 2018
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Do you ever stop to think about how you share yourself with others? We all have our own unique quirks and traits, and we all have our own preferences and style for sharing pieces of ourselves with those around us. You likely have a different level of sharing comfort with each person i
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What is Self-Compassion and Self-Love? (Definition, Quotes + Books)

What is Self-Compassion and Self-Love? (Definition, Quotes + Books)

20 Jul 2018
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You’ve probably heard about the importance of loving yourself, forgiving yourself, and treating yourself with compassion. But is it really that vital? Can’t you get along just fine without all that mushy, touchy-feely self-love stuff? As it turns out, you can get along just fine—but y
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What are Intrusive Thoughts in OCD and Anxiety? + Treatment options

What Are Intrusive Thoughts in OCD & How to Get Rid Of Them?

10 Jul 2018
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Do you ever have intrusive thoughts popping into your head, unbidden and seemingly from thin air? You might be just going about your day when—suddenly—your mind throws a crazy image or a bizarre thought at you, and you’re left scratching your head about what just happened. The thought
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Mindfulness in Education: 31+ Ways of Teaching Mindfulness in Schools

Mindfulness in Education: 31+ Ways of Teaching Mindfulness in Schools

27 Jun 2018
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Mindfulness is not only a popular topic for researchers and academics; it’s also becoming quite the mainstream phenomenon. One of the reasons for the popularity of mindfulness is its simplicity. It is easy (relatively, anyway), inexpensive, and can be practiced by anyone at any time.
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What is Self-Determination Theory? Definition and Examples (+PDF)

What is the Self-Determination Theory of Motivation?

21 Jun 2018
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You may be most familiar with the term “self-determination” in the context of foundational government documents and speeches from people long-dead. It’s true that traditionally, self-determination has been more frequently used in a diplomatic and political context to describe the proc
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Self-Esteem in Psychology: a Definition, Examples, Books (+TED Talks)

What is Self-Esteem? A Psychologist Explains.

23 May 2018
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“Believe in yourself.” That is the message that we encounter constantly, in books, television shows, superhero comics, and common myths and legends. We are told that we can accomplish anything if we believe in ourselves. Of course, we know that to be untrue; we cannot accomplish anyth
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60+ Benefits of Yoga for Men & Women to Increase Mental & Physical Health

60+ Benefits of Yoga for Men & Women to Increase Mental & Physical Health

10 May 2018
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Have you ever done yoga? For most people these days, the answer you get to that question is “yes.” Yoga is one of the most popular physical activities and group classes in the United States, although it wasn’t always that way. Yoga’s reputation started out in the West as something tha
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Martin Seligman’s Autobiography: The Hope Circuit

Martin Seligman’s Autobiography: The Hope Circuit

03 May 2018
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A brief history of psychology, the universe and everything. This is truly an auspicious occasion for the Positive Psychology community. Martin Seligman, the iconic founder of Positive Psychology, has finally published his autobiography, The Hope Circuit: A Psychologist’s Journey
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grief therapy

Grief Counseling: Therapy Techniques for Children and Hospice Care

25 Apr 2018
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Unfortunately, grief is an inevitable, inescapable part of life. We will all lose someone we love at some point in our life—most of us at many points—and the loss can often hit us harder than we expect. If we feel really knocked off our feet or are struggling for a prolonged period of
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gratitude meditation

Gratitude Meditation: A Simple But Powerful Happiness Intervention

21 Apr 2017
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Gratitude meditation is a type of meditation which, as the name suggests, focuses on gratitude. This article will define gratitude meditation, discuss some of its benefits, and relate it to mindfulness. It also includes a few guided gratitude meditations, so you can start your practic
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The Benefits of Gratitude: 28 Questions Answered Thanks to Gratitude Research

The Benefits of Gratitude: 28 Questions Answered Thanks to Gratitude Research

12 Apr 2017
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We recently posted an article about how to incorporate a regular practice of gratitude into your life. It includes some excellent tips, ideas, and exercises to start being more grateful. However, most people like to know how they can benefit before they start a regular practice. That’
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The 23 Amazing Health Benefits of Mindfulness for Body and Brain (+ PDFs)

06 Mar 2017
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If you’ve been following this blog, you know that there are countless ways to apply mindfulness in your everyday life. You have probably also noticed that there are tons of benefits of practicing mindfulness regularly. Although we’ve talked about these benefits in a few other places,
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How Does Acceptance And Commitment Therapy (ACT) Work?

01 Mar 2017
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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) encourages people to embrace their thoughts and feelings rather than fighting or feeling guilty for them. It may seem confusing at first, but ACT paired with mindfulness-based therapy offers clinically effective treatment. After all:  Running aw
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Top 50+ Best Mindfulness Books (Reviews, PDF's and Recommendations)

Top 50 Best Mindfulness Books (Reviews + PDF’s)

24 Feb 2017
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Mindfulness is exploding in popularity in Western culture. Countless resources are now available on the topic, and it can be hard to know where to start. This article provides a wide-ranging collection of books relating to mindfulness. Whether you’re looking to mindfulness as a way to
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MBSR Techniques: 8 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Exercises

MBSR: 25 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Exercises and Courses

19 Feb 2017
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We all deal with stress on a daily basis, whether we’re old or young, large or small, lofty thinkers or practical doers. Even the most practiced meditator and the yogi who radiates peace experience this inevitable aspect of the human experience. “Reality is the leading cause of stress
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What is Mindfulness? A Psychologist Explains.

10 Feb 2017
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With a growing body of evidence supporting its benefits, the practice of mindfulness has become a hot topic in psychology. But for people new to the concept, mindfulness can be hard to grasp. There are many ways to practice and understand mindfulness, so we’ve put together a col
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