What Does Beauty Feel Like?

A gorgeous sunset, a magnificent symphony, puppies at play. They strike us as too beautiful for words. What is happening in our emotional system?

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Shyness, Reticence, Procrastination

They look like different reasons for not doing what you know is right. But they are really Read More »

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The Narratives around Emotions

This comes directly from the brilliant Seth Godin’s blog. It fits perfectly here:

Our feelings (anger, shame, delight) appear almost instantly, and, left alone, they don’t last very long. But if we invent a narrative

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Access Emotion through Free-association Writing

At times when something emotional is bubbling up inside but you can’t identify exactly what it is and what it means, try Read More »

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Happiness and Love, What’s the Difference?

Happiness and love have much in common but they are not the same emotion. One way to understand the difference between the two Read More »

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The Beauty of Sadness

Nobody likes feeling sad. But avoiding such moments would cause you to miss some of life’s greatest beauty. Sad moments enrich Read More »

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The Bitch and Moan Club

Most every group has at least  few of them. They always find something to complain about. No matter how good a situation appears to be, Read More »

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Love Heals Grief

In the aftermath of the Newtown, CT, massacre of school children, grief is the overwhelming emotion. Grief is the feeling that accompanies loss, especially loss of what one holds dear. Each person must face and move through Read More »

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Campaign: What’s Different This Time

Political campaigns have for years been full of negative advertising and personal attacks. That’s normal.  What I’m seeing for the first time this year is a growing resentment among the electorate Read More »

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Deep Happiness vs. Momentary Happiness

Everybody is happy sometimes. But relatively few of us are happy to the core on an ongoing basis. What adjustments do we need to make? Read More »

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