Benefits of Positive Psychology – The Happy Secret to Better Work by Shawn Achor

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Positive psychology is focused on three basic areas of study and practice:

  • Positive emotions, consisting of contentment with the past, current happiness, hope for the future.
  • Positive traits, such as courage, resilience, curiosity, self-knowledge, integrity, compassion, and creativity.
  • Positive institutions, such as community institutions, which can benefit from focusing on the tools developed in positive psychology research.

Positive Psychology: The Evidence on Happiness

Here are some research results that contribute to the field of positive psychology:

  • Activities bring more happiness than possessions. A survey of 150 young adults showed that when asked to rate the happiness value of purchases they hoped would be pleasurable, experience-type purchases, such as trips or meals, outranked objects.
  • Being wealthy does not make you more likely to be happy than other people, as long as everyone’s income is above the poverty level.
  • Grateful people are more likely to be healthy, helpful…

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Happy Chop Suey Day!!!

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INGREDIENTS

    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon oyster sauce
    • 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
    • 1 pound pork tenderloin, cut crosswise into 1/8-inch-thick strips
    • 2 celery ribs diagonally cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
    • 6 oz snow peas diagonally cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
    • 1/2 lb bok choy, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices (leaves and ribs separately)
    • 1/4 lb mushrooms cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
    • 1 onion, halved lengthwise and into 1/4-inch-thick strips
    • 1 green bell pepper cut into 1/4-inch-thick strips, then halved crosswise
    • 1/4 lb mung bean sprouts, rinsed and drained
    • 1 (5-oz) can sliced water chestnuts
    • 1 (5-oz) can sliced bamboo shoots
    • 1/4 cup chicken broth
    • Vegetable oil
    • Water
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • N/A pepper

 PREPARATION

    1. Stir together garlic cloves, 1 tablespoon oyster sauce, soy sauce, salt, and 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch in a bowl. Stir in pork and marinate 15 minutes.
    2. Keep cut vegetables separate. Heat a wok over high heat until a bead of water dropped onto cooking surface evaporates immediately. Drizzle 1 teaspoon vegetable oil around side of wok, then stir-fry celery, seasoning with salt, until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Transfer celery to a large bowl. Reheat wok and stir-fry each remaining vegetable separately in same manner (but allow only 1 minute for bean sprouts), adding 1 teaspoon oil to wok before each batch and seasoning with salt. When stir-frying bok choy, begin with ribs, then add leaves and 1 tablespoon water after 1 minute. Transfer each vegetable as cooked to bowl with celery.
    3. Stir together chicken broth, 1 teaspoon oyster sauce, and 1 teaspoon cornstarch.
    4. Reheat wok over high heat until a bead of water evaporates immediately. Drizzle 1 tablespoon vegetable oil around side of wok, then stir-fry pork until just cooked through, about 2 minutes.
    5. Return all vegetables to wok and toss. Make a well in center, then stir broth mixture and add to well. Bring sauce to a boil, undisturbed, then stir to combine with pork and vegetables. Serve immediately, with cooked rice.

It is a bittersweet goodbye by Random Musings (BLW Contributor)

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My Random Musings

I stand outside on the porch on my last night, while the hot humid wind blows in my face. The moon is glistening in a distance, faintly lighting up the tree lined street, while a single lamp lights up the apartment inside, while the music faintly plays in the background from my living room.

It is hard to believe that it is the last night at this apartment and it is so very bittersweet.

I step back inside, staring at the one single chair that swirls around, taking in all the empty rooms I am surrounded by and grab my computer to write this last post from this place I used to call home and the place that I felt safe in.

I started my day off at my usual coffee shop, just people watching and trying to embrace every moment I have here. When the thrift store I was…

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This is your Chance to Post on BLW!!! – Share your Thoughts, Stories & Ideas with us!!!

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WE AT BE LIKE WATER BELIEVE THAT WE ARE ALL PART OF THE LEARNING EXPERIENCE, SO WE WANTED TO REACH OUT TO OUR FRIENDS & FANS TO SAY WE APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT

AND WE WANT TO GIVE BACK BY SHARING YOUR OWN THOUGHTS, STORIES OR IDEAS ON OUR SITE.

SO, IF YOU HAVE A STORY OR TOPIC YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH US, JUST LEAVE IT IN THE COMMENT SECTION WITH A LINK TO YOUR TOPIC AND WE WILL POST IT ON BLW,

 OF COURSE THE TOPIC HAS TO BE SHARED WITH OUR OWN PHILOSOPHIES. THANK YOU AGAIN!

TO MAXIMIZE YOUR POSTING TO BEEN SEEN BY A LOT OF PEOPLE, WE WILL ALSO POST YOUR STORIES TO ALL OUR SOCIAL MEDIA SITES TO BE SEEN BY THOUSANDS OF FANS!!!

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Thankful Thursdays – The Golden Rule

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4 Best Scientifically Proven Benefits Of Meditation (Science is Awesome)

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1. MEDITATION SPEEDS UP BRAIN PROCESSING POTENTIAL

According to a research journal article published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience in February 2012, meditation can alter the geometry of the brain’s surface. There was a study done at the University of California in Los Angeles involving 50 meditators and 50 controls that addressed a possible link between meditation and cortical gyrification, the pattern and degree of cortical folding that allows the brain to process faster. This study showed a positive correlation between the amount of gyrification in parts of the brain and the number of years of meditation for people, especially long-term meditators, compared to non-meditators.

This increased gyrification may reflect an integration of cognitive processes when meditating, since meditators are known to be introspective and contemplative, using certain portions of the brain in the process of meditation. Despite articles written from this journal article, more research is still necessary to…

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Happy Banana Split Day!!! – Ultimate Banana Split Recipe

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Will You Go Beneath Your Surface To Find Your Answers? (BLW Contributor)

Michael J. Fite

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“Beneath the surface, there is a deeper reason for what is going on in your life right now.” -Karen Berg

Keep this in mind whenever you cannot make sense of what is going on in your life.

Even though you may not see why you are experiencing what you are going through on the surface, there is a deeper meaning that is awaiting us to catch up and understand why. Before we dig further, let’s answer a few questions.

What is the surface?

Merriam-Webster defines surface as:

  • An outside part or layer of something.

  • The upper layer of an area of land or water.

  • The flat, top part of something (such as a table or desk) that you can work on.

The surface can give us a view or a place to start or see something.

Surface002[4].jpgWhat is wrong with the surface?

Melanie Koulouris sums up the issue on…

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Wisdom Wednesdays – Fear is a Liar

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Happy National Waffle Day!!! – True Belgian Waffles

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True Belgian Waffles Recipe

TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.

MAKES: 5 servings

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cup sugar

3-1/2 teaspoons baking powder

2 Eggland’s Best Eggs, separated

1-1/2 cups milk

1 cup butter, melted

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Sliced fresh strawberries or syrup

Directions

  1. In a bowl, combine flour, sugar and baking powder. In another bowl, lightly beat egg yolks. Add milk, butter and vanilla; mix well. Stir into dry ingredients just until combined. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form; fold into batter.
  2. Bake in a preheated waffle iron according to manufacturer’s directions until golden brown. Serve with strawberries or syrup. Yield: 10 waffles (about 4-1/2 inches).

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