Constructive Living

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Constructive Living, founded in the 1980s by Dr David K. Reynolds, is a unique synthesis of the ideas and practices of Shoma Morita embodied in Morita Therapy and Naikan Practice as evolved by Ishin Yoshimoto. Constructive Living is a registered trademark.

Origins of Constructive Living[edit]

Dr Reynolds combined practices of both Morita Therapy and Naikan Practice in a manner more suitable for and accessible to Western, English speaking individuals.

In a series of books, audio tapes, public appearances, workshops and certification programs, Dr Reynolds has defined and clarified his ideas over more than 25 years as well as training certified "teachers" to help others learn the practical applications of Constructive Living.

Definitions of Constructive Living[edit]

Constructive Living is a philosophy of life to help an individual live more effectively. Constructive Living is not a psychological "school". A famous Constructive Living maxim is "Accept your emotions as they are and do what needs to be done." Its practice consists of doing assignments or exercises to experience the reality of the philosophy.[1]

Constructive Living emphasizes 1) knowing one's purpose, 2) accepting one's feelings (and all of reality), and 3) doing what you need to do in your life.[2]


  1. ^ A Handbook for Constructive Living, Morrow, N.Y., 1995; U.of Hawaii Press, 2002. 
  2. ^ "CONSTRUCTIVE LIVING website". 


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