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.

Thankful Thursdays – The Golden Rule

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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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(Eat This) – Ways to Protect your Brain as it Ages

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Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are the building blocks of a well functioning brain. Many seniors start to develop cognitive impairment as they age not because they are simply getting older, but because their nutrition is lacking. Aside from quitting smoking, staying active, and continuing to challenge yourself intellectually to keep your brain working well into your centenarian years, here is a list of foods, primarily those which contain monounsaturated fats or ‘healthy fats’, which can keep you reciting poetry from memory or recalling your childhood friends’ names like you just saw them yesterday.

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This fruit/nut/vegetable helps to keep your brain working at top speed with healthy fats, lots of potassium, fiber, Vitamin E, B-complex and folic acid. The health benefits of avocados are amazing.

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Peanuts, Walnuts, Almonds and Pecans

 As long as you don’t have a tree nut allergy, peanuts, walnuts, almonds, and pecans are wonderful for boosting brain health. They…

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French Toast & Bacon Bombs Recipe

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Ingredients

Vegetable oil for deep-frying

1 – can (16.3 oz) Pillsbury™ Grands!™ Flaky Layers refrigerated biscuits

1 – package (8 oz) cream cheese

8 – slices bacon, halved

Toothpicks or skewers

1/2 – cup cinnamon-sugar

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Directions

  1. Heat oil in deep-fryer to 350°F.
  2. 
Separate dough into 8 biscuits; split each into 2 rounds. Gently stretch out each biscuit half just a bit; add small scoop of cream cheese in center. Wrap dough around cream cheese; seal edges.
  3. 
Wrap each stuffed biscuit with half slice of bacon; secure with toothpick.
  4. Fry bacon-wrapped stuffed biscuits in oil until puffed and golden brown on all sides.
  5. 
While warm, toss evenly in cinnamon-sugar. If desired, serve with maple syrup.

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Wisdom Wednesdays – Be Present

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Oven-Fried Chicken Chimichangas

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INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

  1. Mix chicken, picante sauce or salsa, cumin, oregano, cheese and onions.
  2. Place about 1/4 cup of the chicken mixture in the center of each tortilla.
  3. Fold opposite sides over filling.
  4. Roll up from bottom and place seam-side down on a baking sheet.
  5. Brush with melted margarine.
  6. Bake at 400°F for 25 minutes or until golden.
  7. Garnish with additional cheese and green onion and serve salsa on the side.

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Happy National S’mores Day – “You’re Killing me Smalls”

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“Graham crackers with melted marshmallows and chocolate. Prepared over an open flame, this camping favorite is great for the holidays, too. Not recommended for the stove top.”

Ingredients

Original recipe makes 1 serving

  • 
1 large marshmallow
  • 
1 graham cracker
  • 
1 (1.5 ounce) bar chocolate candy bar

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Directions

  1. Heat the marshmallow over an open flame until it begins to brown and melt.
  2. Break the graham cracker in half. Sandwich the chocolate between the cracker and the hot marshmallow. Allow the marshmallow to cool a moment before eating.

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