Subjective Well-Being According to Positive Psychology

By Sarah Stevenson, The Tini Yogini Are you interested in a life filled with purpose, contentment, good mental and physical health? If you answered yes, then you have come to the right place. Positive psychology aims to increase well-being through recurrent positive affect, scarce negative affect, and cognitive appraisals like life satisfaction (Moore & Diener,… Continue reading Subjective Well-Being According to Positive Psychology

Striving For True Happiness

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By Sarah Stevenson, The Tini Yogini Happiness is “an emotion of joy, gladness, satisfaction, and wellbeing” (American Psychological Association, n.d.). Six basic emotions are universal within cultures, including happiness, sadness, anger, fear, surprise, and disgust (Barrett et al., 2016). All secondary or complex emotions such as shame, pride, guilt, relief, boredom, and amazement stem from… Continue reading Striving For True Happiness

Is It Possible to Have Cognition Without Emotion?

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By Sarah Stevenson, The Tini Yogini One cannot have cognition without emotion. According to current research, “there are no truly separate systems for emotion and cognition because complex cognitive, emotional behavior emerges from the rich, dynamic interactions between brain networks” (Pessoa, 2008, p.148). Cognition takes place in the pre-frontal cortex (neocortex) involves controlled processes, reasoning,… Continue reading Is It Possible to Have Cognition Without Emotion?

9 Yoga Poses to Help Relieve Lower Back Pain

By Sarah Stevenson, The Tini Yogini Tight hips can be debilitating. When things aren’t working right down there, even sitting or walking can cause hip pain and possibly lower-back pain as well. Luckily, there are some lower-back stretches that can help ward off this pain, increase mobility, and decrease your chances of serious injury in… Continue reading 9 Yoga Poses to Help Relieve Lower Back Pain

5 Easy Tips to Help Those Who Think Too Much

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By Sarah Stevenson, The Tini Yogini Have you ever been stuck on a problem and the more you thought about it, the harder it seemed to solve? You’re not alone. Six years ago I was a single mom, working full time as a behavior therapist for families of children with serious behavior problems. As my… Continue reading 5 Easy Tips to Help Those Who Think Too Much

5 Theories Why Gluten Intolerance is Skyrocketing

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By Sarah Stevenson, The Tini Yogini Is it just us, or is everyone gluten-free these days? We’ll bet you know a few people in your circle that are on this popular diet, or perhaps you’ve nixed gluten yourself. Either way, from gluten-free bread to gluten-free shampoo, it seems as if gluten-free is the way to… Continue reading 5 Theories Why Gluten Intolerance is Skyrocketing

Money Won’t Make You Happy, But These 12 Traits Will

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By Sarah Stevenson, The Tini Yogini While science suggests that half of our happiness is dependent on our genetic make-up, we can determine the other half. Times have changed quite a bit in half a century. We make far more money than our ancestors did, but according to research, we aren’t any happier. It often… Continue reading Money Won’t Make You Happy, But These 12 Traits Will

12 Ways to Get Your Mojo Back

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By Sarah Stevenson, The Tini Yogini Life is guaranteed to knock us all down a time or two. What’s important is that we get back up. Research suggests that in order to bounce back, we need perseverance. It doesn’t come naturally for everyone, but it can be learned. Recovering from a breakup, job loss or… Continue reading 12 Ways to Get Your Mojo Back

Acro Yoga: How to do 10 Must-Do Poses

By Sarah Stevenson, The Tini Yogini Tired of the same ol’ Downward Facing Dog, practice after practice? Then grab a partner who is as excited about twisting into a two-headed pretzel as you are and give Acro Yoga a try! But keep in mind that this isn’t beginner’s practice. Flexibility, strength, and a little bravery… Continue reading Acro Yoga: How to do 10 Must-Do Poses

8 Signs You Might Be a Highly Sensitive Person…And What to do About it.

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By Sarah Stevenson, The Tini Yogini As far back as preschool, I can remember being in a room full of other kids and not just observing but sensing everyone’s emotions. Little did I know that being overly empathetic would be both a blessing and curse my whole life. My oversensitivity drives me batty at times,… Continue reading 8 Signs You Might Be a Highly Sensitive Person…And What to do About it.

Creating an Away Space Oasis

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By Sarah Stevenson, The Tini Yogini Everyone needs a private getaway. A shelter from the chaos of everyday life that helps you to regain your balance. We lead busy lives, so sometimes running off to the gym or a yoga studio just isn’t a possibility. Why not create a calming oasis in the comfort of… Continue reading Creating an Away Space Oasis