A Mental Playdate

Time for a little homework readers! Sometimes we are so busy thinking about working our bodies out or play dates with the kids we forget one of the most important aspects of ourselves. Our mental state. Some times you just need to take a break and have a mental play date. Stimulate your senses with […]

Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, Positive Psychologist Shares A Play-date With Enchantment: Using Your Past to Your Pleasurable Advantage

Here is an exercise that can help you to retrieve positive images and sensations focusing on one or more of your senses. Begin by closing your eyes and listening to the sounds around you. Listen for a few minutes. When you feel drawn to a particular sound, stay with it. Allow yourself to mentally wonder […]

The Pleasures of Making Grandma’s Memories My Own

Each season requires special behaviors and activities on our part to optimize for ourselves living a purposeful and happy life. We actually have to practice our positive emotions, just as the champion tennis player practices her swing. We have to try to use our mental capacities as fully as possible, our cognitive capacities for thought, […]

Summer Enchanted Moments and Memories

It is one thing to have an Enchanted Moment.  (I fully discuss Enchanted Moments in my book, THE ENCHANTED SELF, A Positive Therapy.  We all need to experience them as often as possible.  An enchanted moment can be as simple as sitting on your porch, feeling content, watching the leaves rustle in the trees and […]