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Strengths

The Art of Distractibility, Part II: Turn Towards Positive Thoughts

It’s my birthday. My friends serenade me as my mom brings out the birthday cake, the candles glowing. I’m about to blow them out and make a wish when the negativity hits. My birthday will be over soon, and then it’s back to chores and assignments. What if I don’t get what I wish for?...
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Dare to Enjoy: Build These 4 Practical Skills While Having Fun!

What are you doing for self-help during this crazy time? Maybe it’s eating healthier, finding regular sleep rhythms or getting outside more. Brene Brown challenges us to “Dare greatly.” Elizabeth Gilbert entreats us to: “Be the weirdo who dares to enjoy.” But it doesn’t have to be weird or dangerous to have fun, and it...
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Make Yours a Strengths-Spotting Community

learn How would you answer two seemingly simple questions: What do you love about your community?  What would you change? Most people agree that their community (which could be your whole city or a part of it, like a team or group) should be at least some of these things: vibrant and culturally rich; safe,...
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Unleash Your Inner 7-year-old for More Creativity

Do you ever wish you were more creative? Research has shown that adults can be primed to become more creative simply by being asked to think like children. There are many kinds of creativity, including flexible thinking, elaboration of existing ideas, fluency of ideas, and originality. For the purposes of the study, college students were...
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Well-being: Fertilizer for Flourishing?

People often count on random positive events to help get them through the day. But close to half of our well-being can be affected by intentional activities, like setting goals, making choices, and developing self-regulation. So does this mean that good things in your life are not all random? Well, as a matter of fact,...
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Strengths-based Gifting

People are forever telling you that there is a secret to a happier, more successful and more fulfilled life.  I am here to tell you that it’s NOT a secret—Anyone can practice the dependable skills that researchers have shown us really do work. You absolutely can Become happier and more optimistic on your own terms...
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4 Assumptions About Success That Blind You to the Truth

Check out these four blind spots about student success: 1) Smart people are more successful. The Truth? It is less important for students to feel “smart” than that they are capable of attempting a challenge, even one that they may not successfully meet. Smart is not what you are. Smart is what you do, especially when...
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Your Easy-As-Pie Resilience Recipe, Step 3: Revel in Your Resilience (Embrace Homemade)

  While baking your resilience pie, you’ve observed yourself and used what you’ve noticed to recognize your own patterns. You see yourself clearly. Now how do you grow from where towards where you want to be? How can you increase your natural resilience? Celebrate what’s going right so that you can help it to be...
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Unleash Your Artistic Optimist, Part VI: Act on Your Values

I hear the blaring alarm clock at the homeless shelter. It’s time for me to get up and prepare breakfast for the residents. I know that I should pop up and help, but I want to fake sleeping so I can rest longer. I know what I should do, but I’m tempted to act otherwise!...
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Unleash Your Artistic Optimist, Part V: Learn from Everything

I wake up, the same as I do every morning, about to unthinkingly dive into my routine. Then it occurs to me: today doesn’t have to be just like yesterday! I can learn from everything! I hear a knock at the door and open it for the mail carrier. Instead of just accepting the package,...
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