30 Practices to Boost Well-Being


18. Savor:

Savoring helps you to feel more deeply in the present moment. It also includes looking forward to something wonderful and reflecting on something lovely that happened in the past.


19. Pleasure:

Scour to find if there is any place in you that believes that it is self-indulgent to enjoy pleasure and work with those limiting beliefs.


20. Presence:

Show up to be here now where life is going on.


21. Values and goals:

Be aware of your values and goals and operate according to them.


22. Body:

Listen to the messages that come from the body for rest and relaxation, and be willing to respect those wise messages. Power lounging is slowing down to rest and be quiet so that we can have an overview of your life to see where adjustments need to be made. It is a no results orientation, no distractions from technology including computers, cell phones, TV. and telephones. It can be done alone or with another.


23. Integrity:

When you live with honesty and authenticity, you are not too concerned with social conventions, and then you live from your own inner truth. This requires looking at and owning your own shadow, both dark and golden.


24. Passions:

Pursue your passions to keep your soul tank filled. Know what your soul food is that nourishes us deep in your soul and give yourself plentiful helpings. Examples are dancing, singing, yoga, playing an instrument, playing with kids or grandkids, solitude, listening to music, power lounging, being in nature, creative expression, painting, writing, beading sculpting, women’s group, and men’s group.


25. Spirituality:

Put the emphasis on the spiritual rather than the material.


26. Beauty:

Own and express your creative artist.


27. Openness:

Living with a flexible attitude (no hardening of the attitudes) promotes learning and growth. Openness allows for novelty and adventure, which is enlivening.


28. Optimism:

If necessary make the conversion from pessimism to optimism. Choose to consciously and consistently change your thinking.


29. Intention:

Use the power of intention.


30. Purpose:

Listen to the callings to know what your purpose is. Knowing what has the greatest meaning in our lives helps us get busy giving the gifts that only you can give.


Of the above practices to boost well-being, you will see that some are strong and well developed, while others need attention.

Congratulate yourself on those that are well established, and then zero in on those that need more attention.

They are the areas that constitute your growing edge and that will boost well-being and your happiness. When you take on the pursuit of happiness in a specific way, you are likely to see your score go up from your efforts.

Enjoy the journey.

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Written by Linda and Charlie Bloom
Originally appeared in Psychology today

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30 Practices to Boost Well Being
30 Practices to Boost Well-Being

Linda and Charlie Bloom
Linda Bloom, LCSW and Charlie Bloom, MSW have been trained as psychotherapists and relationship counselors and have worked with individuals, couples, groups, and organizations since 1975. They have lectured and taught at universities and learning institutes throughout the USA, including the Esalen Institute, the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, 1440 Multiversity, and many others.  They have taught seminars in many countries throughout the world. They have co-authored four books, 101 Things I Wish I Knew When I Got Married: Simple Lessons to Make Love Last, Secrets of Great Marriages: Real Truth From Real Couples About Lasting Love, Happily Ever After And 39 Other Myths About Love, and That Which Doesn't Kill Us: How One Couple Became Stronger at the Broken Places. They have been married since 1972 and are the parents of two adult children and three grandsons. Linda and Charlie live in Santa Cruz, California. Their website is www.bloomwork.com


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