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Emotions and the Brain. Adventures in Positive Psychology. A major part of learning to deal with our feelings is being able to label and identify our emotions.

Adventures in Positive Psychology

It can be difficult to connect with our emotional state if we don’t have awareness about the feelings we’re having. There are vast emotional states outside of just mad, glad, sad, surprised, and afraid, and being able to put a name to these feelings can help us recognize their occurrence. Psychologists Barbara Fredrickson, in her book Positivity, explains the 10 most common positive emotions. This list has been the focus of much research and have been found to shape peoples’ lives most often.

Hopefully, you’ll be able to stumble upon them more often by noticing when and how they color your experience. What Are Your Happiness Strengths and Weaknesses? Happiness is something nearly everyone wants more of.

What Are Your Happiness Strengths and Weaknesses?

Perhaps we don’t feel it often enough or strongly enough, or it seems to slip through our fingers far too easily. Many happiness seekers have read dozens of articles, yet they don’t feel much closer to creating the happiness they desire in their lives. Stop Trying to Be Happy. If you have to try to be cool, you will never be cool.

Stop Trying to Be Happy

If you have to try to be happy, then you will never be happy. Maybe the problem these days is people are just trying too hard. Happiness, like other emotions, is not something you obtain, but rather something you inhabit. When you’re raging pissed and throwing a socket wrench at the neighbor’s kids, you are not self-conscious about your state of anger. How to Be Happy: The Fine Print. Most of us want to be happy and stay that way, and research from positive psychology has shown that making a habit of certain day-to-day activities—like expressing gratitude, exercising, or performing acts of kindness—can help us get there.

How to Be Happy: The Fine Print

But few researchers have considered how to identify an activity that’s best suited to your particular personality and lifestyle. Sonja Lyubomirsky, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside, started to explore these questions in her 2007 book, The How of Happiness. Now, Lyubomirsky and a graduate student of hers, Kristin Layous, are zeroing in on why some activities may “fit” for some people and not others (summarized in a chapter for a forthcoming book, The Dark and Light Side of Happiness).

10 Psychology Tricks You Can Use To Influence People. Humans Before we get started, it’s important to note that none of these methods fall under what we would term the dark arts of influencing people.

10 Psychology Tricks You Can Use To Influence People

Anything that might be harmful to someone in any way, especially to their self esteem, is not included here. These are ways to win friends and influence people using psychology without being a jerk or making someone feel bad. 6 Simple Rituals To Reach Your Potential Every Day. It’s Tuesday morning at 8 a.m.

6 Simple Rituals To Reach Your Potential Every Day

Two San Francisco entrepreneurs are pitching their ventures to potential investors today. They’d both agree that this is one of the most important days of their lives. This is the story of Jane and Joe... Jane was up until 4 a.m. putting the final touches on her deck.