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?

Developmental Tasks and Challenges of Middle to Late Adulthood

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By Sarah Stevenson, The Tini Yogini This age group is of particular interest to me because, as a 45-year-old woman, I am currently in this stage of development and have friends and family in this stage. Researchers are beginning to bring more attention to middle to late adult development with people living to the average… Continue reading Developmental Tasks and Challenges of Middle to Late Adulthood

Emergence of Sexuality and Gender-Related Behavior During Adolescence

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By Sarah Stevenson, The Tini Yogini The adolescent stage is marked with dramatic changes brought on by puberty that affect each individual’s body and mind. This developmental period begins at around ages 10 to 12 years old and lasts until the young adult ages 18 to 22 (Santrock, 2016). Social-emotional learning begins to occur, and… Continue reading Emergence of Sexuality and Gender-Related Behavior During Adolescence

Stages of Moral Development

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By Sarah Stevenson, The Tini Yogini Moral Development According to the American Psychological Association (APA, n.d.a), morality is “a system of beliefs or set of values relating to right conduct, against which behavior is judged to be acceptable or unacceptable.” Moral development begins in the mid to later part of a child’s maturity and includes… Continue reading Stages of Moral Development

Developing Thinking and Emotional Skills in Infants and Toddlers: What Can a Parent Do?

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By Sarah Stevenson, The Tini Yogini What Can I Do to Best Support My Child’s Language Development? There are several ways to environmentally support a child’s language development according to a behavioral perspective. Children learn quite simply by imitation, so they need a verbally rich atmosphere to develop linguistically. Parents play a huge role in… Continue reading Developing Thinking and Emotional Skills in Infants and Toddlers: What Can a Parent Do?

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