In April of 2017, Sue Nobleman began a 6 month training to become a Certified Positive Psychology Practitioner through The Flourishing Center in NYC. Through this agency, Sue also became certified to facilitate resiliency and flourishing skills groups.
As a result, the wellness services we now offer are:
- Bounce Back Better (B3) — A Resiliency Building Group
- Flourishing Skills Groups (FSG)
- Touch A Heart Celebrations
- Willow Women — A FSG for women in recovery from an addiction
Go to the dropdown menu to learn more about each.
Overview re: Positive Psychology and Wellness Programming
Positive Psychology research is providing empirical evidence to confirm what most of us know from our own experience—that good friends, a loving family, meaningful work, good health, and having a sense of purpose are all key contributors to our well-being and satisfaction in life.
Yet despite the pivotal role these things play in our well-being, they’ll only make us happy if we notice and appreciate them. This is where the cultivation of gratitude enters the process. If you would like to be happier, gratitude is a natural place to start.
Martin Seligman and Chris Peterson, two of the leading researches in the field of positive psychology, include Gratitude as one of the 24 universal character strengths and virtues. These strengths form the building blocks of human happiness and flourishing. Peterson and Seligman define gratitude as “a sense of thankfulness and joy in response to receiving a gift whether the gift be a tangible benefit from a specific other or a moment of peaceful bliss evoked by natural beauty” (Peterson & Seligman, 2004, p. 554).
As we practice gratitude, we focus our attention on the good things and gifts in our lives, and we experience the happiness they bring us—right now, in the present moment. Entering into the experience of Gratitude leads to immediate feelings of joy, well-being, peace, contentment, and a deeply satisfying sense that life is good. In short, gratitude is a doorway to happiness.
The ability to feel happiness is like a muscle. It’s strengthened with practice, and it atrophies from disuse. Additional research has shown that although 50% of our happiness level is controlled by a genetically determined set-point and 10% results from our life circumstances, a full 40% of our ability to feel happy is under our own control (Lyubomirsky, Sheldon, & Schkade, 2005). One of the most effective ways to increase our sense of happiness and well-being is through the practice of gratitude.