Author: Louis J. Alloro, M.Ed., MAPP

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05 Jan How to Make 2017 a Success (Strategies Supported by Science)

Research shows that about 40-some percent of Americans typically make New Year’s resolutions, yet less than 10% are successful in achieving their desires. Here are some tips to be successful and sustainably so: Start with the end in mind - - What do you want to be thinking and feeling next December as you reflect back on the year? Take the time to imagine how it would be if you accomplished all of your heart’s desires. Consider your career, health, finances, romance, family, friends, community, fun and personal growth. If you need a writing prompt, try this: What do I hope to...

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22 Nov Calm Cool and Connected: The Dog Park on Capitol Hill

There are several dog parks in my neighborhood, one behind the grocery store on South Street and the other, on the east end of the neighborhood, which is named for Mario Lanza, an Italian opera singer who grew up in the area. I take Ryder there to run and play – and for me to do some research on nature and behavior. I’m curious as to why we are so disconnected and divisive these days. There is so much to learn about human and other animal natures by taking a walk to the park. Hands down, people are weird.  Human beings...

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18 Nov The Goodness of Gratitude

Gratitude is sense of thankfulness and joy in response to receiving a gift whether the gift be a tangible benefit from a specific other, a moment of peaceful bliss evoked by natural beauty, or a general awareness that there are good things and good people in our world.  Gratitude is something you feel not just something you think.Research shows gratitude has many profound effects on our mental and physical health. So, this week especially as we come in fellowship to celebrate thanksgiving, be mindful of taking a pause to notice and savor all of the good things in your life. Focus your attention...

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19 Sep Is Positive Psychology Burning You Out?

Interview with Louis Alloro published by Michelle McQuaid on Psychology Today and Huffington Post If you’re someone who practices positive psychology and wellbeing and shares these approaches with others, it seems reasonable to hope that one of the perks of your work would be to more consistently flourish. After all you’re immersed in the research, you’re more likely to know what works and chances are you’re making a positive difference as you share these ideas with others. So why might positive psychology practitioners be burning out? “My data suggests about a third of wellbeing practitioners have higher levels of stress and depression than...

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02 Aug 5 Strategies to Make the Most of Life Before Death

Last month, my brother in law, Mike, died after fighting a valiant fight with cancer. He was 54 years old. While Mike’s death was foreseen and we were each able to have special moments with a special man before he transitioned, it still does not take away the sadness of loss and the readjustment of “normal” life, both of which take time. My sister, her children and our entire family and friends have rallied together in a beautiful way; I am so grateful they are my tribe. While I’ve lost people in my life, including my brother at a young age,  never...

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23 Jul A Caring Kick in the A*S for Pos Psy Practitioners

first published on https://positivepsychologyprogram.com/advice-louis-alloro/ For nearly a decade, I’ve been working as a social entrepreneur in bringing positive psychology to the world – a practitioner in different iterations from an individual coach and organizational/leadership consultant, to working in a boutique firm with other coaches and consultants, as a systems interventionist working on community-wide initiatives leveraging other change-agents and now as a trainer-of-trainers offering certifications in the field. During all of this time I have realised that one of my favorite functions in the world is caring for the caretakers. This is why I’d love to share with you what I am learning...

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01 Jul Strategies for a Successful Summer

This is a piece I wrote for the faculty of a school I've been working with to instill positive education principles and practices. The message is for anyone who wants to have a mindful season. Here we are at the precipice of summer, a great time to bloom and flourish. Just look outside! I encourage you to do what Dr. Barb Fredrickson, a leading researcher from University of North Carolina says about “prioritizing positivity”—a strategy for incorporating daily doses of intentional wellbeing-building into your life, just as you would eat daily portions of fruits and vegetables. Positive emotions serve as nutrients, too,...

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22 Jun Proud to partner at Cheltenham School District

I am so proud to be affiliated with with Cheltenham School district since September 2015. Many wins since then, including: adding mindfulness and positive psychology to pillars of the strategic plan; launching positive parenting and teaching workshops for adults; facilitating a "mindfulness month;" and inviting 20+ teachers into our certification program. It's been a healthy and vibrant partnership this year and I look forward to our next steps for student, teacher, and community wellbeing. [pdf-embedder url="http://louisalloro.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Cheltenham-Bookmark.pdf"] ...

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22 Jun Join me in Vancouver July 9-10

Join me in Vancouver on July 9-10 for a TED-like summit featuring stories of personal/professional growth and transformation. I'm honored to be among the amazing lineup. Send me a message on what you think makes U the master of Ur Universe and I'll include it in my talk. Use discount code "Louis" for a $$ off. PM for details on some other available discounts while they last. ...

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