Race is a touchy topic, partly because, as we explored in our last newsletter, it brings up so many taboos.  One of those is the challenging notion that people of other races “all look the same to me”.  Clinically that is known as Own Race Bias (ORB).  Although many of us, whatever our racial identity, might wish that we didn’t …

07/20 They All Look the Same to Me: Reducing Own Race Bias Click to Read Post »

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Over the last couple of months, we have been exploring how to boost our positivity by introducing “micro-moments” of positive emotions and experiences, especially important when we are going through difficult times. This helps us not only manage the stress, but as Barbara Fredrickson, founder of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology (PEP) Lab at UNC tells us, we are better …

06/19 Positive Partnerships Click to Read Post »

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“Love” gets batted around quite a bit during the month of February, for obvious reasons.  We thought we would offer a different take on love emerging from research of psychologist Barbara Fredrickson. “Love is not romance. It’s not sexual desire. It’s not even that special bond you feel with family or significant others.”  According to Barbara Fredrickson, whose recent work has …

02/13 Love 2.0 Click to Read Post »

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May 2019 Last month, we talked about the negativity bias and the “Broaden and Build Theory of Positive Emotions.”  The Broaden and Build Theory refers to the broadening effect that positive emotions and experiences have on what we perceive about ourselves and our lives.  When we are feeling better we not only notice more of what is happening in and …

05/19 Micro-Moments of Positivity Click to Read Post »

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April 2019 Gioia and Rebecca often joke that despite the fact that they share the exact same profile on the Myers-Briggs–they are both heavily weighed on the scale of extroverted, feeling, and intuitive perceivers–they are opposites in their natural dispositions. Gioia is generally light, energetic, and buoyant while Rebecca is more frequently anxious, moody, and easily fatigued. Because they are …

04/19 How Feeling Good Changes Your Mind Click to Read Post »

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February 2018 Barbara Fredrickson, one of our favorite psychologists and author of Love 2.0, provocatively asks “What if everything we know about love is wrong?” We like featuring her work in February because Valentine’s Day triggers so many preconceived expectations about love. These are usually associated with romantic love, with a connection that we believe can only be fulfilled by …

02/18 Everything You Know About Love Is Wrong Click to Read Post »

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December 2017 Picture a cozy living room with turquoise walls warmed softly by a gas stove in the corner and the flickering green, red, orange, and blue lights of a small Christmas in the front of the room.  In another corner, a TV quietly projects the drama of a Spanish “novella”, one of the Latin soap operas which make General …

12/17 What Keep You Going When You’re Almost 100?! Click to Read Post »

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Not only is love wonderful to both give and receive, but it also improves physical health. That’s part of why we have been using Love-Kindness Meditation (LKM) in our workshops. We follow that up with response art, such as the drawing above done at a recent Smith Center workshop on Mandalas for Meditation, Peace and Healing. Although we had heard …

02/14 Love is a Vital Nutrient Click to Read Post »

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