Dr. Heidi Lepper, Ph.D.

As a personality psychologist I focus on positive psychology. This blog is not for people who are having huge struggles or diagnosable mental health issues. Instead, my purpose is to mentor those who are doing ‘just okay’ and help them learn how to do ‘really great’ in their personal relationships and life in general.

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Why Be as Variable as the Weather?

The most amazing thing about the weather is that you have absolutely no control over it. You do however control how you respond to it. You have the choice at any given moment to deal with the weather, no matter what it is, in a negative or more positive way. You have the choice to go outside and be a part of life no matter the weather outside. Or, you can choose to remain indoors begrudging the season and the locale in which you live.

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The Doings of Sleep

Your inner mental life, your emotional outer life and your overall well-being are impacted by your sleep quality. Certainly you may generally be aware of this, but actually many of us are not mindful of it on a daily basis. The same reality is true for your children, your spouse and all those others around you: Everything is easier when we are well slept and everything is harder when we are poorly slept.

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The Miracle of Constancy

Some people try to change really big things in their lives in order to feel better. They may buy a bigger house or a new car, change jobs or ditch their spouse. It doesn't work. After a period of initial adjustment, they find themselves feeling lousy as before. Here's some really good news: I believe absolutely everyone can wake up feeling truly better every day! We can accomplish this by incorporating new ways of thinking.

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The Inner 'Ick'

Many of you reading this may not be a student. You may be a worker, professional, parent or a lover. Isn't it so much easier to click over to Facebook then to have to sit down in front of your spouse for a dialogue you believe will be very difficult, or get a report done you find dreadfully boring, or get up out of bed to do twenty pushups?

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Are You Hot or Cold?

Learning how your emotional life and relationships can be run by a thermometer that needs a bit of adjusting can go a long way toward becoming a happier, more satisfied person. You can become aware of your internal thermometer and adjusting it by remembering to think about how the thermostat on your wall at home gauges an accurate room temperature.

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