About the Author

Alison Palkhivala

Alison Palkhivala

Alison Palkhivala is an award-winning freelance writer and journalist specializing in lifestyle, health, and medicine. For nearly 20 years, she has worked with some of the online health world’s most high-profile players. While Alison has written about virtually everything health-related, from arthritis to zoster, her main passion is helping people better understand mental illness. Those suffering from anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses frequently lack the strength and resources to make sure their stories are heard and their suffering treated. They frequently become relegated to life’s margins, and everyone misses out on their potential contributions to a more caring and inclusive society. In that light, Palkhivala has worked with Belvoir on educational materials about depression and anxiety. She is also developing books about palliative care and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Alison is active in her professional community and is a member of both the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) and Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC). Alison’s non-professional time is largely taken up with family life. She lives in Montreal, Canada with her husband and two children. She is active in her community, volunteering at her children’s school and with various local charitable endeavors. Her meager free time is spent reading and looking for lakes to swim in. She also enjoys the occasional Netflix marathon and playing Civilization on her Smartphone, to her family’s ongoing chagrin.

Articles by Alison Palkhivala

15 Mental Breakdown Symptoms: Are You on the Edge?

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15 Mental Breakdown Symptoms: Are You on the Edge?

When people are suffering from a mental illness such as depression or anxiety, they often ask themselves, “Am I having a mental breakdown?” Intense, negative feelings and any number of mental breakdown symptoms can make you feel like you’re losing control.

The truth is that, for better or worse, most people

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5. Practical Tools for Positivity

Now that we have learned the fundamental principles underlying positive thinking and the personality traits that promote it, let’s look at some of the practical tools available to you that can help cultivate a positive outlook in your life.
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Your physical state mimics your mental state. When you are happy and

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4. Building Positivity

In the previous chapter, we looked at the foundational traits that have been shown to be linked with happiness and optimism as well as ways you can cultivate these traits in yourself.

In this chapter, we will look at some additional approaches you can use that also promote happiness and well-being.

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3. Foundations of Positivity

As mentioned in Chapter 2, an estimated 40 percent of our ability to maintain happiness, well-being, and optimism is influenced by engaging in activities and training skills that promote happiness.

While we all possess differing levels of ability with regard to these activities and skills, we can get better at them.

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2. The Hows and Whys of Positivity

Ever wonder why some people are naturally cheerful and optimistic while others seem to see nothing but the negative? In this chapter, we will explore some of the natural human tendencies that pull us in the direction of positivity and negativity. We’ll also look at some of the cultural differences

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1. Positivity and Its Benefits

Who doesn’t want to be happy? Being happy and having a sense of well-being are desirable in and of themselves, of course, but the field of positive psychology is showing us that there is more to it than that. The happiest, most positive people also tend to be among the