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The Treasure You Seek

Words to inspire the belief that we have all we need to be the change we wish to see.

Positivity

In her book Positivity, Barbara L. Fredrickson writes, “You are constantly changing — not just your clothes or your hairstyle, but your inner core, the very essence of your being. Change is the rule, constancy the rare exception. Consider the change underway within you at this very moment. What you know as ‘you’ is actually trillions of cells living and working together. Most only live for a few weeks or months. When they die, they are replaced by new cells. This cycle continues for as long as you live. The pace of cell renewal varies by body part. Your taste buds live only a few hours. Your white blood cells live about ten days. Your muscle cells live about three months. Even your bones are made anew time and again. Considering these differences, scientists have suggested that you replace about 1 per cent of your cells each day. That’s 1 per cent today, another 1 per cent tomorrow, amounting to roughly 30 per cent by next month and 100 per cent by next season. Seeing yourself and your cells in this way, every three months you get a whole new you. Perhaps it’s no coincidence that it takes around three months to learn a new habit or make a lifestyle change. Perhaps we can’t teach an old cell new tricks.” Continue reading

Identity theft

In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People author Stephen R. Covey says, “The greatest identity theft is not when someone takes your wallet or steals your credit card.  The greater theft happens when we forget who we really are, when we begin to believe that our worth and identity come from how well we stack up compared to others, instead of recognizing that each of us has immeasurable worth and potential, independent of any comparison.” Continue reading

Flow theory

Positive Psychology co-founder Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is best known for his Flow Theory.  This is when you are engaged in a task that uses your gifts while challenging your skills.  In a moment of flow, you may forget to get up, go to the washroom or even eat.  You are fully invested in something that brings you happiness and peace. Continue reading

The last time

We never know when it will be the last time.  The last time we get up at 2 a.m. to feed a baby.  The last time we give our child a bath.  The last time we read a book together.  The last time we tie their skates before a hockey game.  The last time we have tea with a special person.  The last time we travel or walk or run or remember. Continue reading

The roads that led from yesterday to today

It was 1863 in Ireland.  Thady Conlon was 36 years old.  He had seen some hard years in his late teens during the Great Famine.  Now he decided to travel south to find work and maybe meet someone to share his life with.  He packed his meager belongings and started out. Continue reading

Our thoughts are everything

Our thoughts are everything.  As Shakespeare once said, “There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.”  Neuroscientist Sam Harris mentioned in his Waking Up app that thoughts are embedded in everything.  In the construction of our walls, the recipes on our tables, the engines in our cars, the fashion on our bodies, the programs in our classrooms.  Someone thought it up and took action to make it happen.  Continue reading

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

I’m currently reading The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey.  He said, “Our character, basically, is a composite of our habits. ‘Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny,’ the maxim goes.” Continue reading

A month full of extremes

December is a month full of extremes.  Excitement, overwhelm, joy, to-do lists, concerts, sleeplessness, surprises, routine, indulgence and going without. Continue reading

Resilience skills

I am currently taking a Resilience Skills: Positive Psychology Course through the University of Pennsylvania.  Professor Karen Reivich talks about thinking traps.  Our thoughts become our emotions and reactions and truly set the stage for how resilient we can be. Continue reading

Positive psychology

I just finished the Positive Psychology course by Martin Seligman at University of Pennsylvania.  One of the topics he talks about is optimism and pessimism.  A study showed that 8 to 11 year old pessimists were twice as likely to get depressed in puberty.  Although we often lean one way or the other on the optimism scale, he wondered if we taught positive interventions to children, would it have an effect? Continue reading

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