How to Flourish in the Face of Adversity | The Health Sessions

How to Flourish in the Face of Adversity

It’s an age-old question: is it possible to thrive, not just survive, in the face of adversity?

Countless of best-selling books and blockbuster movies have been made about unexpected heroes, people who succeeded despite the obstacles in their way. But how exactly can you flourish when you’re living with chronic illness, financial troubles or strained relationships?

For decades, the field of psychology focused mostly on preventing and treating mental health problems. But when you’re trying to fix problems and reduce suffering, by definition you’re working to get people to a neutral state, to “zero”. It wasn’t until twenty years ago that renowned psychologists started to investigate how you can lead a good and happy life – how you can get from a mediocre “5” to a blooming “8”.

Flourishing means you’re living in the optimal range of human functioning, where you experience positive emotions, find fulfillment and accomplish meaningful tasks, most of the time. It’s not the same as simply being happy. When people are asked how satisfied they are with their lives, their answer depends strongly on their current mood. But a ‘good’ life depends on more than fleeting feelings of happiness.

In his book ‘Flourish’,  Martin Seligman, the pioneer of positive psychology, states that you need 5 elements for optimal wellbeing: positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning and accomplishment. This PERMA-model is a good template for how to flourish in life, but how do you put these pillars into action, especially during tough times?

Have a look at these 32 actionable strategies from the world’s experts on how to flourish.

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14 Fresh Recipes for a Healthy Picnic | The Health Sessions

14 Fresh Recipes for a Healthy Picnic

It’s one of my daughter’s favourite activities: having a picnic.

It doesn’t really matter where – in the park, the garden, or even in front of the TV on cold winter days. Because what’s more leisurely than lounging around with a variety of foods you can eat with your hands?

Now that the weather’s warming up, it’s time to round up some outdoor-friendly recipes that are easy to pack up. Some days a simple sandwich with snacks and refreshments will do just fine. But if you’re looking for something special to turn a sunny afternoon in the park into a mini vacation, check out these 14 vibrant dishes and drinks!

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6 Eco-Friendly Actions That Directly Impact Your Health | The Health Sessions

6 Eco-Friendly Actions That Directly Impact Your Health

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There’s no denying it – our beautiful planet is in trouble.

On top of the much-discussed climate change, planet Earth is threatened by air pollution, scarcity of water, deforestation and animal extinction on a large scale.

And the environmental changes are affecting your health – through the quality of the air you breathe, the water you drink, the soil that grows your fruit, vegetables and grains.

Now I’m not a no-waste eco warrior who only eats organic produce from the veggie patch. Just like many of you, I have a limited amount of energy and resources to get everything done. But recently I have started taking tiny steps into a more environmentally-friendly direction. Because it matters – not just to the earth and its future residents, but to my family’s health today.

Let’s have a look at why being a green god(dess) is good for your health and which eco-friendly actions you can start taking today to make a positive impact.

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5 Amazing Coffee Recipes for a Healthy Lifestyle | The Health Sessions

5 Amazing Coffee Recipes for a Healthy Lifestyle

This is a guest post by Monica Henin from Addonkitchen.com.  

If you are one of those coffee lovers who drink in order to get that extra kick in the morning, then you will be surprised to know that coffee is actually a healthy food. Coffee is seen as a drink that will ruin health, but actually, it is a health booster.

People just need to drink it in the right way and in the right quantity – coffee is a stimulant so it may be less beneficial for those sensitive to caffeine. Coffee is rich in antioxidants and polyphenols, which help fight against a number of body ailments. On top of that, coffee tastes great, so there is no reason to avoid this amazing beverage. Those who are following a healthy diet can also enjoy coffee, given they buy organic coffee beans.

They can grind coffee beans at home in Gaggia Accademia coffee maker and make themselves a nice cup of coffee every day. But, isn’t a plain cup of coffee boring? I mean especially if it is consumed every day, 365 days a year, it surely is going to become boring someday.

To avoid this boredom, I will share five coffee recipes that can be enjoyed by everybody including those following healthy diet.

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How to Deal with the Uncontrollable Stress of Living with Chronic Illness | The Health Sessions

How to Deal with Uncontrollable Stress

The number one advice when you’re tense, frazzled and overwhelmed is to minimize your exposure to stress. But when life’s tragedies hit, that’s not an option.

Living with chronic illness comes with unavoidable stress. On top of unpredictable symptoms, pain and insomnia, you’re also faced with anxiety about the future, identity issues and new relationship dynamics. Even worse, you may have to deal with losing your job, financial problems or marital troubles. Not to mention the mountain of paperwork you have to sort through to keep track of medical records, insurances and social security benefits.

When stress can’t be prevented or escaped, there’s only one solution: finding effective ways to best deal with the uncontrollable stress.

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