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Plans for How to Cope with Pain

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Hello my dear readers, After 10 years here at How to Cope with Pain, I will finish writing this month.  This website and blog will continue to be available to you for reference.  To help with that, I’ve reorganized the whole website and blog so the articles are easily accessible.  I hope you’ll return often, […]

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How to Be Happier Class in Philly

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Would you like to continue to explore increasing your happiness?  We’ve been learning skills for the last couple of months here.  Starting in January, I’ll be teaching a 6-week series on this topic, How to Be Happier.  The classes will be on Saturdays from 10am – 11am on these dates:  Jan 21 and 28, and Feb 4, […]

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Increase Your Happiness: Use Your Strengths

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This article is in our series about increasing happiness and life satisfaction.  Many people with chronic pain can’t decrease their pain.  So another way to live a more enjoyable and fulfilling life – perhaps even more important – is to increase the positive.  That’s what we’ll look at in this series. Let’s look at the other big component of happiness:  life satisfaction and meaning. […]

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How to Get Even More Enjoyment!

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This article is in our series about increasing happiness and life satisfaction.  Many people with chronic pain can’t decrease their pain.  So another way to live a more enjoyable and fulfilling life – perhaps even more important – is to increase the positive.  That’s what we’ll look at in this series. Let’s look at ways to increase our enjoyment of pleasures: vary your pleasure […]

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Pain Management Class: Breathing Exercises Part 1

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This article is in our series featuring pain management techniques to help you decrease and cope with pain.  It’s your at-home pain management class! The first skills that I teach patients are relaxed breathing exercises. These help you reduce pain by helping you relax. Here are 2 for you to try: Breathing #1 Breathing #2 […]

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Increase Your Happiness: Pleasure

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This article is in our series about increasing happiness and life satisfaction.  Many people with chronic pain can’t decrease their pain.  So another way to live a more enjoyable and fulfilling life – perhaps even more important – is to increase the positive.  That’s what we’ll look at in this series. Let’s look at pleasures. Pleasures are positive, enjoyable experiences.  Pleasures create immediate happiness and […]

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Increase Your Happiness: Hope

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This article is in our series about increasing happiness and life satisfaction.  Many people with chronic pain can’t decrease their pain.  So another way to live a more enjoyable and fulfilling life – perhaps even more important – is to increase the positive.  That’s what we’ll look at in this series. Let’s look at hope. To be more hopeful, we can learn to recognize […]

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Increase Your Happiness – Optimism Examples

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This article is in our series about increasing happiness and life satisfaction.  Many people with chronic pain can’t decrease their pain.  So another way to live a more enjoyable and fulfilling life – perhaps even more important – is to increase the positive.  That’s what we’ll look at in this series. Let’s look at some optimism examples, using optimism to increase happiness. Optimists believe there […]

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Increase Your Happiness – Optimism

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This article is in our series about increasing happiness and life satisfaction.  Many people with chronic pain can’t decrease their pain.  So another way to live a more enjoyable and fulfilling life – perhaps even more important – is to increase the positive.  That’s what we’ll look at in this series. Let’s look at optimism. Optimism about the future hinges on what’s called our […]

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Increase Your Happiness – Learn to Forgive

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This article is in our series about increasing happiness and life satisfaction.  Many people with chronic pain can’t decrease their pain.  So another way to live a more enjoyable and fulfilling life – perhaps even more important – is to increase the positive.  That’s what we’ll be looking at in this series. Let’s  look at forgiving and forgetting your past.   We’re often mulling over […]

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