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Increase Your Happiness: Look for the Positive

October 10th, 2016 · Comments Off on Increase Your Happiness: Look for the Positive

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 increasing positive emotions by looking for the positive in any […]

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Use Gratitude to Be Happier

October 3rd, 2016 · Comments Off on Use Gratitude to Be Happier

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. The first way we’ll look at to increase positive emotions is […]

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The Benefits of Positive Emotions

September 26th, 2016 · Comments Off on The Benefits of Positive Emotions

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. Our brains are more likely to focus on the “negative”: anxiety […]

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Notice What Makes You Happy

September 19th, 2016 · Comments Off on Notice What Makes You Happy

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. Based on your own life, what you think the things are that […]

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What Makes You Happy?

September 12th, 2016 · Comments Off on What Makes You Happy?

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. You can take a very short happiness quiz to see where you […]

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Increasing Your Happiness

September 6th, 2016 · Comments Off on Increasing Your Happiness

This is a series of articles about increasing happiness from the perspective of positive psychology.  I hope you’ll follow along and try some of the exercises! Positive psychology looks at ways to promote happiness and life satisfaction.  It differs from what has been the main focus of psychiatry and psychology, which has been to study and treat […]

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Living With, and Managing, Chronic Pain

May 11th, 2016 · Comments Off on Living With, and Managing, Chronic Pain

This story appeared in Practical Pain Management about a person’s coping skills for living with chronic pain and how she handles the challenges that pain presents. I hope it will encourage you to share your story and your coping skills to help others. Living With, and Managing, Chronic Pain: A Patient’s Story

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Pain Management Class: Stress Management, Part 2

March 21st, 2016 · Comments Off on Pain Management Class: Stress Management, Part 2

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! Most people report that stress increases their pain levels. So it’s important to both prevent and decrease stress. This article invites you to pick 1 stress management technique to try. Why pick just 1? You’ll […]

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Pain Management Class: Stress Management

March 14th, 2016 · Comments Off on Pain Management Class: Stress Management

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! For most people, stress increases their pain levels. So it’s important to both prevent and decrease stress. Here’s a stress management exercise for you to review. It lists many ways to decrease stress! Your assignment: Pick ONE stress management skill you’d like […]

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Pain Management Class: Guided Imagery, Part 2

March 7th, 2016 · Comments Off on Pain Management Class: Guided Imagery, Part 2

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! Guided imagery reduces pain through suggestion and images. An image is paired with your pain, and by decreasing or changing the image in some way, your pain may also decrease. Today’s guided imagery uses a sunset […]

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