US Med Voice

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Vol. 3, No. 9 | September 2011




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Learn, Love, Laugh
Ways to a Satifying Life

US MED Gives BackPsychologist Martin Seligman says you can change your character in order to have a happier life.

In Character Strengths and Virtues: A Handbook and Classification (Oxford University Press, 2004), edited by Christopher Peterson, 24 traits are listed as qualities we can aspire to. The top 10 are:

* Love of learning. Acquiring new skills, satisfying curiosity, building on knowledge.

* Creativity. It's a tendency to produce something new, surprising, or unusual. Do whatever you enjoy with a playful spirit.

* Humility and modesty. Recognize the true measure of your abilities and achievements and appreciate those of others.

* Humor. It's the ability to find something to laugh at even in times of trouble, and a capability to help others do the same.

* Persistence. The strength to work toward a goal in the face of difficulties. Take responsibility for successes and failures.

* Gratitude. Be thankful. Count your blessings, being grateful for a friendly word, good news, or a small success.

* Forgiveness. Write a letter to someone who hurt you. Explain your feelings. State that you forgive that person. Don't send the letter, just writing it starts the healing.

* Appreciation of beauty and excellence. Take pleasure in the good things in life.

* Spirituality. Meditate for a few minutes each day. It can be prayer or contemplation that takes you beyond yourself.

* Vitality. It's having energy and aliveness. Vitality is enhanced by physical activity, especially with someone you love. Hike, bike, or walk through the park.

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