Continue reading “Learning to Accept”
Acceptance is not tolerating and acceptance is definitely not approval. Acceptance and forgiveness are linked, in that one requires the other. Acceptance and surrender are similar in some ways, different in others. Acceptance is the first step in taking action against resignation and it is often the first step that leads to understanding. While acceptance may be linked to other concepts, nothing can take its place. Only by identifying and accepting the things you are struggling with can you begin to deal with them in positive, specific ways.
Continue reading “Pillars of Flourishing”
You have the choice to flourish or flounder. By nourishing yourself in the five areas of human flourishing – happiness and life satisfaction, physical and mental health, meaning and purpose, character and virtue, and close social relationships – you are creating your own pillars of flourishing.
Continue reading “Values Matter”
Are you letting your values matter? Are you consistently honoring your core beliefs and living in alignment with the things that matter most? You are not living your values for yourself only. There is a ripple effect that moves and expands your actions such that they can have a far-reaching impact, more than you may ever know. That’s a way you make our world a better place.
Continue reading “Be Prepared”
A reserve is much more than simply stockpiling materials. We are programmed for survival and until we get our basic physical and psychological needs met, we are focused on that lack. By being prepared through building a reserve, you and I free ourselves to focus on fulfilling our purpose.
Continue reading “How to Find Happiness Through Friendship”
Friendships are an essential part of the human experience. They provide us with joy, support, companionship, and a sense of belonging. To find happiness through friendship, it is important to invest time and effort in building relationships with people who share your values and who are committed to living a virtuous life.
Continue reading “Essential Strategies for Navigating Frustrations”
Petty annoyances may seem insignificant when experienced individually, but when they accumulate over time, they can become overwhelming. By dealing with annoyances as soon as you can, you prevent many frustrating experiences from developing.
Continue reading “Why Character Strengths Matter”
Character strengths matter because they give us a framework for learning about and discussing the character strengths which we all share in different combinations. Using our character strengths allows us to interact with the world in a more positive way and to enjoy the benefits of increased positivity.
Continue reading “When Acceptance Is Hard”
We will always face situations that we find distressing, aggravating, troubling, infuriating, sorrowful, or heartbreaking. Many of these we have no control over. However, we have a choice to accept or to “fight against reality”. When acceptance is hard, try to remember you have a choice. Choose the path of acceptance.
Continue reading “Happiness Is the Way”
Happiness and resilience go hand-in-hand. By building your happiness, that is, your positivity and well-being, you can experience all the benefits of increased positivity, including the ability to bounce back quickly when things go wrong.
Continue reading “Excelerated Values”
When your life is in congruence with your “valid values” — the principles you deem as important and desirable — you feel in harmony and balanced. It’s a good idea to check in from time to time to see that you are living your values, whatever they may be.