Who Is the Executive in Your Life?

How can an increased understanding of my executive function lead to a better sense of my own well-being? Well, first off, this is a pretty loaded question! This is mostly because executive function is more of an abstract concept than it is an absolute concrete entity. One leading researcher on executive function describes it to … Continue reading Who Is the Executive in Your Life?

Parables and Positive Psychology

How does the field of positive psychology relate to the prodigal son parable in the bible? As you may know, this blog pertains to the foundations of well-being from a perspective of positive psychology. I strongly believe in several findings from the field of positive psychology in questioning what it means to live a meaningful … Continue reading Parables and Positive Psychology

The Growth Mindset

What are the benefits of having a growth mindset? To conclude my last post on passion and perseverance, I mentioned that it is better to have a growth mindset than a fixed mindset in order to achieve long-term goals. While I am still convinced that this is true, I would now like to discuss the … Continue reading The Growth Mindset

Passion and Perseverance

What is grit and how does it relate to one's well-being? Angela Duckworth is a close colleague of Marty Seligman at the University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center. Her research is focused on the concept of grit, which is "a personality trait defined as passion and perseverance for long-term goals," (Duckworth & Eskreis-Winkler, 2015). Essentially, … Continue reading Passion and Perseverance

Positive Psychology Through Christianity

How can a relationship with Jesus address negative events in our lives and positively impact our mental health? As I was writing this for an opportunity to be a guest blogger on "The Godly Chic Diaries," I was very happy with the writing that was produced. I will be submitting this to the author of … Continue reading Positive Psychology Through Christianity

Learned Optimism In Your Life

What is the idea behind learned optimism, and how can an optimistic perspective be of benefit in my own life? It goes without saying that an optimistic mindset is preferred over a pessimistic mindset. Yet, many of us find times where we struggle to look at the bright side, whether that be in reference to … Continue reading Learned Optimism In Your Life

PERMA Theory And the Mind-Body Connection

How can an increased understanding of PERMA Theory benefit my overall physical and mental well-being? I concluded my last post titled "The Inevitable Mind-Body Connection" with the thought that positive thoughts could help individuals live healthier lives overall. I mentioned PERMA theory, but did not go in depth with this topic specifically. So, the idea … Continue reading PERMA Theory And the Mind-Body Connection

The Inevitable Mind-Body Connection

Why is it important to know that the mind and the body are interrelated? Why should I know about this in order to increase my overall health? The anatomical and physiological knowledge of the human body has exploded in recent years with the implementation of the scientific method. Because of this, physicians are now able … Continue reading The Inevitable Mind-Body Connection

Wealth and Well-Being

What is the nature of the relationship between wealth and perceived well-being? In my previous post, I mentioned that there are instances where people accumulate a significant amount of wealth at the expense of their well-being. While this is true in some cases, I think it is also important to point out that there are … Continue reading Wealth and Well-Being

The Pursuit of Happiness

What does it mean to be happy, and how can I make strides towards achieving my own happiness? It is written in the second paragraph of the U.S. constitution "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among … Continue reading The Pursuit of Happiness