After Tragedy, Love not Fear

A tragedy of unimaginable proportions played out in one of our schools this week.  Twenty children—innocent beyond belief, filled with hope and potential for the future, and loved deeply by many—were gunned down at random in the sacred halls of an institution where they are supposed to feel protected and nurtured. Like any parent, I […]

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Let them Know—Reflections on the Good Life

“Other people matter. But few of them are mind readers. Let them know that they matter. They might benefit. And you certainly will.”   —Chris Peterson Sadly, many of my readers probably first got to know about Chris Peterson when I published some excerpts of his writing a few days after he had passed away.  Chris […]

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The Promise of Spa

This week, Intelligent Life magazine posted an article on their blog refuting the benefits of spas.  Spas often take a bad rap as being a superficial luxury indulgence (“dedicated to narcissism” the Intelligent Life article says.) The article describes spas as “a mish-mash of promises” using a hodge-podge of modern technologies alongside ancient healing remedies […]

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Self-Control is at the Intersection of Western Science and Eastern Philosophy

One of the most fascinating aspects of my studies in positive psychology has been to see some interesting overlaps and themes between what modern researchers are studying and some of the teachings of ancient eastern philosophies. Mindfulness, for example, which has been a core facet of Zen and Buddhist philosophies for centuries, is increasingly being […]

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Good Luck to All Facing Sandy Aftermath

I’m not really writing an official article today.  It just doesn’t seem right to try and post an article when so many people are without power and struggling to pick themselves back up in the wake of Sandy’s devastation. For those (few) diehard readers who need their TPOW fix today, I encourage you to read […]

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