Well and HappyEmotional Wellness

Emotional wellness could be defined as the absence of emotional illness. It could also be defined as a positive state of happiness, wellbeing, resilience, and strength.

Those who have never struggled with depression, anxiety, or other emotional afflictions are wise to actively cultivate, protect, and preserve their emotional wellness. Those who have struggled with such conditions previously can find expanded relief and new strength by learning strategies for developing this powerful internal resource. This section provides an over-arching vision of what it takes to develop emotional wellness, and what it consists of.

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            These are our favorite books on building joy and happiness.

  1. Your Happiness Toolkit: 16 Strategies for Overcoming Depression, and Building a Joyful, Fulfilling Life, by Carrie M. Wrigley
  2. Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment, by Martin Seligman
  3. Lifebalance, by Linda and Richard Eyre Flourish, by Martin Seligman.
  4. Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life, by Martin E. P. Seligman
  5. The Optimistic Child: A Proven Program to Safeguard Children Against Depression and Build Lifelong Resilience, by Martin E. P. Seligman, Ph.D
  6. Emotional Intelligence: 10th Anniversary Edition; Why It Can Matter More Than IQ, by Daniel Goleman
  7. Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being, by Martin E.P. Seligman 

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1) Your Happiness Toolkit - 16 Strategies.  A compare-and-contrast document, identifying factors the build and strengthen happiness - versus those that erode it. 

2) Emotional Spiral - Up or Down. The 16 strategies arranged as a self-assessment tool, to determine the direction of emotional energy, positive or negative.

3) Your Happiness Toolkit Checklist  A self-assessment tool, to assess how many happiness strategies are being implemented and to what extent - or not. 

4) Wellness Grid.  A worksheet for goal setting and coping strategies, drawing on physical, mental, spiritual, and social elements of life. 

5) The Triune Brain.  An anatomical  model,  describing the placement and function of 3 core parts of the brain, and why they are all crucial for optimal mental wellness. 

6) 3 Timelines 3 different formats for timeline work:  1) Trauma Timeline    2) Balanced Timeline   3) Mosaic Timeline

7) 3 P's of Perfectionism.  Outlining the sequence (Perfectionism - Procrastination - Paralysis) and a cognitive strategy for overcoming it. 

7) Building Blocks to Emotional WellnessThis 2-page handout outlines the major elements of emotional wellness.

These are our favorite books on brain health.

  1. The UltraMind Solution: The Simple Way to Defeat Depression, Overcome Anxiety, and Sharpen Your Mind, by Mark Hyman, M.D.
  2. The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science, by Norman Doidge, M.D.
  3. Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, by John J. Ratey, MD
  4. The Brain's Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity, by Norman Doidge, M.D.

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