What a great time of year! Not only to reflect upon what was, but also to dream and plan what could be. As much as they are maligned, New Year’s Resolutions are not destined to fail – a few simple guidelines may make all the difference.
Dr. Martin Seligman’s prescription to feeling better (a lot better!) is an exercise called the Gratitude Visit. As taken from his book Flourish, here is what he recommends:
Last week I blogged about the relationship between an apology, restitution and forgiveness. This has sparked some interesting discussion in my practice and I thought I would follow up with a quick post about “What Forgiveness is Not.”
Why is it so hard to stick “the plan” when we’re stressed? Researchers from Ruhr-Universität in Germany believe they have discovered a key component for why we may fall back on on previously ingrained (sometimes negative or self-defeating) habits in spite of our desire to follow our new more highly valued goals.
Northwestern University researchers looked to shed light on the relationship between anxiousness and performance. For their study, they recruited 14 swimmers and measured tension at three different points: baseline (how tense they feel in general); weekly (over a two month period during the swim season); and, pre-competition (the day before an event). They compared these levels of tension against actual performance in competition.
You’ve gotta love Bruce Springsteen! As chronicled in The New Yorker, the Boss tells of his lengthy struggle with depression dating back to the early 1980’s, which included battling thoughts of suicide.