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“5, 4, 3… open sesame! Happy New Year!”

And just like that: 2015! I am shocked by how quickly 2014 flew by. If I stop to think about each week or each month, I’m pleased by the amount of adventure that we packed into one little year. But as a whole, at a glance, the year passed in a blink. They seem to have a habit of doing that…

So here we are, a new year, a new blank notebook, a new slate, perhaps not wiped totally clean, but ready to be filled with everyday romance, grand adventure, and endless beauty.

Each month this year, I will focus on a different subtopic within Positive Psychology. I sometimes find sitting down to write about an entire field to be quite daunting. Not that writing about “resilience” or “love” is any less so, but little steps, little steps…

And after all, isn’t that what progress really is? Just some little steps, and a few big leaps, all strung together, moving toward the direction you’ve chosen? This – the process of progress, of coming into beauty in all senses – is what we’ll talk about in 2015. 

In January, we will focus on New Beginnings. I’m so excited.

x Jessica

Clippings (11/17/14): This Week’s Articles of Interest

Cross-country Cooking: This has been making the rounds, but is worth checking out. A NYT compilation of regional Thanksgiving dishes, one to represent each state, plus DC and Puerto Rico. Grape salad outrage aside, it is great recipe-reading to prepare for my favorite holiday!  http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/11/18/dining/thanksgiving-recipes-across-the-united-states.html?_r=0

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Apples to Apples: If you’re a fan of cider and you’re looking for some new options for holiday drinks, here you go: http://www.foodandwine.com/blogs/2014/11/6/12-excellent-hard-ciders-to-drink-this-fall?adbid=10152383340442026&adbpl=fb&adbpr=17786732025&xid=blog_20141112_35361567

Selfie-Esteem: Interesting article about how we view our own selfies – and how social media is impacting our self-esteem. Check out the slideshow: women were asked to choose their favorite snapshot (of themselves) from a photoshoot, explain why, and then comment on the photographers’ favorite. Fascinating, but difficult and somewhat sad, to see how we critique ourselves so harshly, and dislike things about ourselves that no one else even notices. Hopefully, if you have selfie-concerns, this article will help you to see yourself in a more flattering light.  http://www.elle.com/beauty/makeup-skin-care/how-instagram-is-ruining-our-self-esteem

A selfie?
A somewhat-selfie?

A Day in the Life: Cool video with tips and tricks to be “your most productive self” tomorrow. Hint: select tomorrow’s outfit tonight, make time for meditation, and plan on a cocktail in the evening. http://www.fastcompany.com/3038737/secrets-of-the-most-productive-people/a-day-in-the-life-of-your-most-productive-self

Remembering when…: New research from the University of Southampton on “collective nostalgia” and the impact that a “sentimental longing for the past” can have on group loyalty. As the articles notes, “rather than being without function, it appears that nostalgia is an organizing emotion, strengthening group membership, and developing collective identities.” Especially interesting to consider in terms of Gottman’s studies on nostalgia within romantic relationships, and his theory that the more positively we recount our relationship milestones (especially the early ones), the higher the chance that a relationship will be strong and will survive. http://digest.bps.org.uk/2014/11/want-to-inspire-group-loyalty-try-some.html

Join the #thankoutloud project!!!

Too often, we let gratitude go unsaid. This November, let’s change that with the ‪#‎glazertalks‬ ‪#‎thankoutloud‬ project. Each day this month, thank the people who impact your life in ways large and small.

Research shows that thanking people not only makes the recipients happy, it boosts our own happiness as well.

Thank someone by name (tag if you can) and share the reason you’re grateful for them (be specific!). And don’t forget the #thankoutloud hashtag.

Choose a new person – and reason – to #thankoutloud each day through November, and kick off the holiday season with gratitude.

Who will you #ThankOutLoud this November?!
Who will you #ThankOutLoud this November?!

Happy November!