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Tuesday, 09 October 2012 03:49 | Written by Alexander Green
At a conference in Las Vegas a couple months ago, I had the opportunity to meet and chat with Dr. Joel Wade, a psychotherapist who has dedicated his career to discovering what it means to live well. As a life coach, his practice is about helping people create and embody a truly extraordinary life.
His lecture was “Mastering Happiness: Practical Skills and Ideas for Living Well.” When Dr. Wade uses the word happiness, however, he isn’t talking about more parties, laughter or high times. He’s referring to something larger: having a sense that you are flourishing, of feeling fully satisfied with your life.
This is something we all desire, consciously or unconsciously, and virtually anyone can move closer to this ideal. Living a more satisfying life, Wade insists, is a skill that can be developed. It is mostly about the attitudes you embody and the choices you make. Like any skill, however, it requires time, attention and dedication.
Tuesday, 08 January 2008 16:55 | Written by Dr. Joel Wade
When I was a young psychology student I was fortunate to find a mentor in Nathaniel Branden. One day I asked him, "What do you think is the single most important thing that you do with your clients, the one thing that forms the foundation for everything else?"
Sunday, 19 November 2006 00:00 | Written by Dr. Joel Wade
My son Jesse just asked me, "Dad, have you thought about writing a column about being done with something, and feeling good about being done with it?" Jesse had just completed his homework early, and was enjoying the feeling of both the burden lifted, and the joy of accomplishment.
Thursday, 06 July 2006 16:34 | Written by Dr. Joel Wade
(This is the text of a commencement speech I gave last week for a graduating 8th grade class. This private school in Santa Cruz, California goes from K-8; this graduating class happened to be all boys.)