Chronic illness builds well-being skills

Chronic illness builds well-being skills

We often feel sick and exhausted. That’s the nature of chronic illness. So how can we live with well-being even in the midst of ill-health? We must challenge the notion that being healthy is expected and being ill makes us somehow at fault or unworthy of love and...

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How to practice well-being of the mind

How to practice well-being of the mind

Neuroscientist Richard Davidson considers mental well-being a skill, and describes its four components: awareness is attention and focus, the mind being aware that it is a mind, generating thoughts and judgments. 47% of people, Davidson reports, are not paying...

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how to use your journal as a tool to cultivate well-being

how to use your journal as a tool to cultivate well-being

Well-being is feeling strong and calm, full of purpose and vitality. We can look at it through physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual lenses. I get into trouble, though, when I look at an ideal, consider my reality, and judge myself as lacking. How can I be kind...

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Want to be happier and healthier? Try forgiveness.

Want to be happier and healthier? Try forgiveness.

Forgiveness is good for you. Psychologists define it as a conscious, deliberate decision to release feelings of resentment or vengeance toward a person or group who has harmed you, regardless of whether they deserve your forgiveness. Forgiveness makes us happier and...

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Don’t give up your guilt: healthy self-forgiveness

Don’t give up your guilt: healthy self-forgiveness

As the year draws to a close, we may become conscious of the things we meant to do but didn’t. Then there are the things we didn’t do, but wanted to do. Let’s not forget the things we did that went badly. Self-forgiveness is one way to shake off the dust of the old...

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How generosity can help your relationships

How generosity can help your relationships

When we think about generosity, we usually think about giving things, including money. Having a generous nature when it comes to objects is helpful in a relationship, but I’m thinking of a wider definition here. Yes, I want to be able to borrow your extra umbrella,...

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