Living to 100 Blog: Staying Young at Heart and Young at Mind

  • An Inside Look at Positive Psychology - Part Three: Join the Livingto100.Club

    This is the third in a series of articles on the principles of positive psychology. The first two looked at “explanatory styles” or how we explain and interpret different events in our lives and the concept of re-framing or seeing the glass as half-full or half-empty.  In this article, we explore affirmations, the process of shifting our self-talk from negative to positive.  This series was originally written for those caring for older adults in long term care settings: nursing and activities staff, rehabilitation professionals, administrative staff, and the many other positions that can be very demanding, stressful, and often falling short of the job satisfaction and reward that other industries afford its employees.  This current version of an inside look at positive psychology has been adapted to the Living to 100 Club readers and enthusiasts,
  • An Inside Look at Positive Psychology - Part One

    It’s been said that psychology, historically, has attempted to understand and help people by focusing on problems and dysfunction.  Positive psychology is different; it instead examines how the average person can be happier and lead a more tranquil, satisfying life. Positive psychology encourages people to identify and develop their own positive emotions, experiences, personal strengths, and traits, and reverse the focus from negative to positive. 
  • Positive Quotes: A Block of Stone or a Beautiful Creation?

    The famous Renaissance architect, painter, and sculptor, Michelangelo Buonarroti, was highly esteemed for his statues, created from blocks of marble and granite.  He has been described as one of the greatest artists of all time.  In fact, he sculpted two of his best-known works, the Pieta and the statue David, before the age of 30.  Born in 1475 and died in 1564 at the age of 88, he was admired for his terribilita, what his contemporaries referred to as his ability to instill a sense of awe in his works.