Happiness is not simply dependent on a person’s genes. It is a set of skills that can be taught, and, with practice, developed over time. The bulk of what determines happiness is one’s thoughts and behaviors. This two-session presentation will highlight the evidence supporting the relationship between enjoyment/pleasure and health outcomes and participants will learn practical strategies for cultivating happiness.
Session One: Participants will learn about signs of stress related to the four dimensions of personal energy: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual and will be introduced to strategies to reduce stress by targeting core beliefs and building psychosocial skills. Determinants of happiness will be introduced and the first of three natural antidotes to stress will be highlighted.
Session Two: By learning relatively simple rituals individuals can regularly replenish their energy and build emotional, physical and mental resilience. Participants will learn about natural antidotes to stress and practical strategies to improve overall happiness, health, and well-being. The benefits of savoring the small stuff, learning optimism, and knowing your assets will be highlighted.
Exercise for Life: Two sessions
What if there was one medication that could prevent and treat dozens of diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity? Would you take it? This two-session presentation will review of some of the proven benefits of exercise and a case will be made for exercise being prescribed as medicine.
Session One: The presentation will begin by providing a historical context on how our culture has evolved to be so inactive and unhealthy. Changes to the US labor force and unintended consequences of technology will highlight how we have systematically worked exercise out of our daily routine. We will begin to explore the serious health risks associated with inactivity.
Session Two: Recognizing physical inactivity as a major life/health risk factor, the powerful benefits of exercise in our life, health and well-being will be presented. Common barriers to exercise will be explored and strategies for overcoming these obstacles will be highlighted. Evidence will be provided showing that exercise can prevent chronic disease and extend life.
Gyll Turteltaub, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist in Berkeley, CA. She maintains a private practice, providing psychotherapy for individuals, couples, and adolescents. Her areas of specialty include treating anxiety, depression, relationships issues, compassion fatigue, and improving work/life balance. In addition to her private practice, Gyll works for Kaiser Permanente’s Employee and Physician Assistance Program. She provides consultation for managers, coaching on effective leadership skills, workgroup assessments, critical incident stress de-briefings, presentations and trainings. Gyll has presented workshops nationally on a variety of topics including mindfulness, resiliency, communication effectives, and mind/body medicine.