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Emotional Wellness

Well and HappyEmotional 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 cultivate, protect, and preserve their emotional wellness. Those who have struggled with such conditions can find 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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WhiteStepsSmallHave you ever felt this way? "I'm having a hard time forgiving. I know I should - but I don't really know where to start." Such feelings are very common, particularly among those who are feeling troubled or distressed in some way.

Such individuals feel the heavy weight of unforgiven offenses. These hurts continue to bring pain long after the original offenses took place - sometimes years or even decades after. Old resentments often breed ongoing problems with trust, closeness, and security in relationships. They can interfere with sleep, contribute to depression, and trigger physical health issues. They can get in the way of promising new relationships - because of deep suspicions and fears born of old hurts.

Learning to forgive is one of the most important lessons in life. Some people struggle with forgiving other people they have felt hurt by. Others find it difficult to forgive themselves of old mistakes and weaknesses. Some really struggle with forgiving God - feeling He has forgotten them, or abandoned them, or deprived them of something they valued highly. Forgiving oneself and others is an essential ingredient for a serene and happy life. Some simple steps can help get you started on this important journey:

            These are our favorite books for enhancing your marriage after retirement.

  1. The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country's Foremost Relationship Expert, by John Gottman, PhD
  2. A Couple's Guide to Happy Retirement and Aging: 15 Keys to Long-Lasting Vitality and Connection, by Sara Yogev
  3. The Couple's Retirement Puzzle: 10 Must-Have Conversations For Creating An Amazing New Life Together. by Roberta Taylor, Dorian Mintzer

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            These are our favorite books for planning an effective second career after retirement.

  1. The Job-Loss Recovery Program Guide: The Ultimate Visualization System for Landing a Great Job Now, by Joy Lynn Joseph
  2. What Color Is Your Parachute? for Retirement, Second Edition: Planning a Prosperous, Healthy, and Happy Future (What Color Is Your Parachute? for Retirement: Planning Now for the), by John E. Nelson
  3. Work Reimagined: Uncover Your Calling, by Richard J. Leider

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            These are our favorite books for planning the non-financial aspects of a productive retirement.

  1. The Power of Purpose: Find Meaning, Live Longer, Better, by Richard J. Leider
  2. Refire! Don't Retire: Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life, by Ken Blanchard
  3. Your Happiness Portfolio for Retirement: It’s Not About the Money!, by Marianne T. Oehser
  4. Life Reimagined: Discovering Your New Life Possibilities, by Alan M. Webber
  5. The New Retirementality: Planning Your Life and Living Your Dreams...at Any Age You Want, by Mitch Anthony
  6. How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free: Retirement Wisdom That You Won't Get from Your Financial Advisor, by Ernie J. Zelinski
  7. Claiming Your Place at the Fire: Living the Second Half of Your Life on Purpose, by Richard J. Leider
  8. The Retirement Challenge: A Non-financial Guide From Top Retirement Experts, by Retirement Coaches Association Members
  9. Awakening at Midlife: A Guide to Reviving Your Spirit, Recreating Your Life, and Returning to Your Truest Self, by Kathleen A. Brehony

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            These are our favorite books as resources for life coaching.

  1. Your Happiness Toolkit: 16 Strategies for Overcoming Depression, and Building a Joyful, Fulfilling Life, by Carrie M. Wrigley
  2. Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being, by Martin E.P. Seligman 
  3. Creating Your Best Life: The Ultimate Life List Guide, by Caroline Adams Miller MAPP
  4. The Big Picture: A Guide to Finding Your Purpose in Life, by Christine B. Whelan
  5. Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life, by Dave Evans
  6. Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle, by Jim Rohn
  7. The Success Principles(TM) - 10th Anniversary Edition: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be, by Janet Switzer
  8. Intentional Living: Choosing a Life That Matters, by John C. Maxwell
  9. Put Your Dream to the Test: 10 Questions to Help You See It and Seize It, by John C. Maxwell
  10. The Blue Zones of Happiness: Lessons From the World's Happiest People, by Dan Buettner

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            These are our favorite books on time management and increasing productivity

  1. Lifebalance, by Linda and Richard Eyre Flourish, by Martin Seligman
  2. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey
  3. Your Happiness Toolkit: 16 Strategies for Overcoming Depression, and Building a Joyful, Fulfilling Life, by Carrie M. Wrigley
  4. The Way We're Working Isn't Working: The Four Forgotten Needs That Energize Great Performance, by Tony Schwartz
  5. The Power of When: Discover Your Chronotype--and the Best Time to Eat Lunch, Ask for a Raise, Have Sex, Write a Novel, Take Your Meds, and More, by Michael Breus, Phd
  6. The Circadian Code: Lose Weight, Supercharge Your Energy, and Transform Your Health from Morning to Midnight. by Satchin Panda, PhD 

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1) Building Blocks to Emotional Wellness This 2-page handout outlines the major elements of emotional wellness.

2) Diet for Emotional Wellness This one-page handout summarizes foods promoting emotional wellness with those that promote depression and other emotional disorders.

3) Education Week Outline, "Emotional Wellness" Summarizes main points of Carrie's 4-hour course on emotional wellness; and provides references. (LDS)

            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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