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Relish the Rear View

Skip the late December ritual of studying lists of how to be more effective, more calm, more kind or more anything. Instead, devote the time to identifying all that you appreciate from 2019.  Appreciation is a positive emotion, and research shows that positive...

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Saved By Snow

Rain and snow saved Santa Barbara last week. The Cave Fire burst into life on Monday evening and raged on steep mountain slopes covered by 30 year-old vegetation. Bulldozers couldn’t reach the inaccessible terrain, and planes dropping fire retardants couldn’t fly in...

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Walking on Sunshine

When we think broadly about our life experiences in a positive light, our sense of well-being and satisfaction grows. This growth inclines us toward confidence. But how do we look through a positive lens in world where the media saturates us with reports of violence...

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Mom Was Right: Thank You’s Matter

Gratitude is one of the most effective ways to increase confidence. Researchers have found that people with a daily gratitude practice have more energy, enthusiasm, optimism, and determination. Not only that, they are more likely to achieve their personal goals - a...

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