On Physical Flourishing

Today’s article is also published on Positive Psychology News Daily.  With the release of his new book, “Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being,” Martin Seligman presents his new model for wellbeing under the codename PERMA.  PERMA is an acronym for the five pillars of wellbeing that Seligman has identified through decades of research […]

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Spas Could Lead the Way in the Art and Science of Healing

I am proud to welcome Sara Firman, BSc. MPhil. LMT, to The Psychology of Wellbeing.  She is an independent spa therapist, consultant and writer who shares a her wonderful perspective on spa culture on her Vision Spa Retreat blog. Her unique perspective comes from working in clinical, spa and private settings as both a therapist and a manager in […]

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Exercise and the Brain

The tendency in holistic or “mind-body” wellbeing is to focus on the importance of mental wellbeing for physical health.  Reducing stress, practicing mindfulness, and experiencing positive emotions all have an impact on our physical health.  But the mind-body connection works in the other direction too.  Using our bodies and developing physical fitness is also good […]

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Science and Spirituality in the Spa

I was recently invited to speak at a symposium on “Redefining the American Spa Experience” for the Washington Spa Alliance, an impressive group of spa and wellness professionals in our nation’s capital.  The theme of the day seemed to be exploring the relationship that spas have with science.  I tried to contribute to the dialogue […]

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