Arguments for and Against Positive Psychology

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By Sarah Stevenson, MA- The Tini Yogini The term positive psychology was brought onto the therapeutic scene by Abraham Maslow in 1954 when he introduced his ideas around a self-actualized person through his theory of human motivation (Trivedi & Mehta, 2019). Maslow’s theory suggested that each person has a hierarchy of needs built in five… Continue reading Arguments for and Against Positive Psychology

Comparison of Electronic Mediated and Face-to-Face Communication

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By Sarah Stevenson, MA- The Tini Yogini Humans currently live in a time like no other. The technological age has opened opportunities for connection that in the past would never be possible (Alberts et al., 2016). People isolated from others due to illness or living in remote areas can now stay connected to loved ones… Continue reading Comparison of Electronic Mediated and Face-to-Face Communication

Cognitive Load Theory

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By Sarah Stevenson, MA- The Tini Yogini Educational psychologist John Sweller is the father of cognitive load theory (CLT), which describes the amount of effort and how much working memory one can hold at any one period of time (Sweller, 1988). CLT is based on the human information processing model that includes sensory memory, short-term… Continue reading Cognitive Load Theory

Subjective Well-Being According to Positive Psychology

By Sarah Stevenson, MA- 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 &… 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

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

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

There’s Magic in Your Smile

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By Sarah Stevenson (The Tini Yogini) “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” -Thich Nhat Hanh It’s a rough morning. First, my alarm doesn’t go off. Then I’m late getting my son to school, because another driver decides to roll into me.… Continue reading There’s Magic in Your Smile