Positive Psychology

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Do you sometimes wish you could adjust your negative way of looking at life to a more positive perspective?

Consider it, because the ratio of your positive thoughts to negative ones has been shown to predict your level of resilience.

Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Dr. Barbara Fredrickson discovered that experiencing emotions in a 3-to-1 ratio with positive (3) and negative ones (1) leads people to a tipping point that allows them to naturally experience [click to continue…]


This video describes some of the essential characteristics of the happiest women.

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Getting a difficult medical diagnosis is challenging at best. Elizabeth Kubler Ross wrote extensively about the five stages of grief that accompanies the experience of loss. Although her work originally described the reaction to the death of a loved one, the same cycle applies to those experiencing health issues [click to continue…]

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Coaching has come of age since its emergence in the late 1980s. The coaching profession evolved from a branch of psychology known as the field of “Positive Psychology.” Today the coaching field combines mentoring, training and motivation and is here to stay. [click to continue…]


Finding your Flow

by Dr. Kamen

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Incorporating ‘flow activities‘ into your everyday life is one of the keys to gaining balance and happiness.

Remember as a kid how you got lost building castles on the beach, swimming, roller skating with friends, play games – those are examples of flow activities. As adults when we spend time reading, writing, gardening, dancing, painting or spending time with good friends we find ourselves getting lost in the moment in similar ways. Flow activities are those states of effortless attention and concentration on a project that evokes pleasurable feelings. [click to continue…]


The Activites of the Happiest Women

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Some of the activities of the happiest women include:

The happiest women surround themselves with loving family and friends. In general they spend the least amount of time alone.

They do not measure themselves by other people’s standards.

The happiest women get immersed on a regular basis in flow activities. Flow activities are projects or interests that occupy the mind in such a deep way that we lose track of time.

Painting, writing, yoga, dancing, working, gardening or just being with friends are all great examples of flow activities. It is best when these activities are integrated into one’s daily routine.

Happy women pursue personal growth and intimate connections throughout their lives.

The happiest women also know or learn how to forgive readily.

What are one or two things you can do to add to your happiness factor?

I have found in my work as a psychologist that to bring more joy into your life, you need to foster you relationships by connecting regularly with friends and family members.

Choose to be with people who lift your spirits and are not the ones who bring you down.

It may require some time and energy on your part to initiate a new relationship or strengthen an existing one. Either way you are guaranteed to feel happier by being proactive.

Eleanor Roosevelt said: Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.

Happiness is a result of living a life filled with loving relationships and flow activities.

The best part is that you are having fun while boosting your sense of connection and well-being.

To read more on this and other topics about What Women Need go to DrKamen.com

Thanks for joining me.

With love and inspiration,

Dr. Kamen

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Photos directly above by Laura Bergstein, all rights reserved; Portrait Photography of Dr.Randy Kamen by Janet Wolbarst Photography www.janetwolbarst.com