This Able Veteran - Canine Partners For The Journey Back Home

I have happily been conneted to a wonderful organization that assists our Veterans with Service Dogs.  Please check out: www.thisableveteran.org.

Challenges of 10 Years of War

The U.S. Army now begins its 10th continuous year in combat, the first time in its history the United States has excused the vast majority of its citizens from service and engaged in a major, decade-long conflict instead with an Army manned entirely by professional warriors.

This is an Army that, under the pressure of combat, has turned inward, leaving civilian America behind, reduced to the role of a well-wishing but impatient spectator. A decade of fighting has hardened soldiers in ways that civilians can't share. America respects its warriors, but from a distance.

Read more of David Wood’s article:  


Finally Dropping The "D"

And for a very good reason.  This is an excellent article for anyone wanting an understanding of PTS - It is NORMAL:


Read this! Shock Of War

World War I troops were the first to be diagnosed with shell shock, an injury – by any name – still wreaking havoc


Dr Seligman's New Book

Chapter 7 describes the beginnings of Comprehensive Soldier Fitness - You will see how it all started.

In his latest book, Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being, Seligman announces, “I actually detest the word happiness, which is so overused that it has become almost meaningless.”

The term, he writes, is unworkable for science, any practical goal such as education or therapy, or just changing your life. A student sparked his epiphany a few years ago when she bravely told Seligman that his theory had a gaping hole. He had left out success and mastery, which drive accomplishment for its own sake and leave money and happiness in the dust as motivators. The goal of positive psychology is what we choose for its own sake, he says. It cannot be in service of anything, least of all a mood like happiness.

Seligman, at 68, recasts the main topic of positive psychology as “well-being,” a construct no more real than the weather, but like it possessing measurable elements. As he renders it, well-being is pillared by five autonomous elements, fashioned into the mnemonic PERMA: positive emotion, engagement, meaning, accomplishment, and positive relationships.

Rather than increasing happiness, the goal of the new theory is to increase the amount of flourishing in one’s own life and on the planet. He defines flourishing as PERMA plus at least three of five other qualities: positive self-esteem, optimism, resilience, vitality and self-determination. (Denmark, with 33% of its citizens flourishing, led 23 European nations studied by researchers; in contrast, slightly more than 5% of citizens in Bulgaria, Portugal, and Russia were flourishing.)

Scientists have found that doing a kindness produces the single most reliable momentary increase in well-being. (The most satisfying moment of Seligman’s life came after buying $100 worth of stamps and giving them away to a long, frustrated line in the post office.) Throughout the book Seligman shares a variety of exercises he says will increase well-being. One that I have begun practicing, though the science of it seems dubious, goes like this: each night for a week, before sleep, write down three good things that happened during the day and briefly say why.

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