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Monthly Archives: May 2013

Simplicity as a Way to Happiness

Simplicity as a Way to Happiness

It sometimes feels like everyone I know is busy, friends and family are all busy with work, kids, meetings, and all the preoccupations of life. One thing I’ve noticed is that being busy and being unhappy, more often than not, go hand in hand. We are told (at the very least it’s implied) that in order to survive in this fast-paced world you have to keep up. But what if instead of a high-speed lifestyle you could use simplicity as a way to happiness? I’ve found that simplifying things means I can enjoy life more. Simplifying for me doesn’t mean ... Read More »

Find Happiness in a Regular Day

Find Happiness in a Regular Day

One thing that most of us would agree on is being stuck in a routine that is monotonous and boring quickly becomes depressing. It’s easy to convince ourselves that in order to break out of our routine and find happiness in a regular day; it’s going to require some effort. We keep hearing the voice in our head whispering to us, “This is going to require some work,” and “I’m not really feeling it right now.” Of course this is the little voice in our head (the ego-mind) that’s got a real problem with change because it’s convinced (and trying ... Read More »

The Law of Attraction and Happiness

The Law of Attraction and Happiness

The Law of Attraction and Happiness When practicing the Law of Attraction, maintaining a state of happiness is the most powerful way to manifest your desires. Since it’s your vibrational state that attracts what it is you desire, it’s important to keep your emotions as positive as possible. The emotions that you are looking to focus on (hold your attention on) are feelings of love, joy, happiness, satisfaction, gratitude, appreciation, peace or serenity. Maintaining these emotions will raise your vibrational level and create a “vibrational match” with the experiences that you dream of, desire and expect. This video is a ... Read More »

Can Seeking Happiness Create Unhappiness?

Can Seeking Happiness Create Unhappiness

This question would seem somewhat ironic and counter-intuitive you first hear it, but can seeking happiness create unhappiness? This question is the subject of recent research led by the psychologist Iris Mauss, which suggest that the pursuit of happiness could have some unintended negative consequences. Most of us on this planet are searching for happiness—whatever our definition of happiness happens to be—so introducing the idea that the act of pursuing happiness could actually lead us in the opposite direction, must surely give pause. The problem with pursuing happiness is that you are in pursuit, meaning that you haven’t achieved what ... Read More »

Happiness Habits

Happiness Habits

Did you know that happiness, just like waking up early, brushing your teeth or jogging is a habit? Happiness habits are habits that you create, develop and sustain. Yes, it’s true. Happiness can be a practice. Happiness is a skill that you can teach yourself, allowing you to increase happiness in all areas of your life. The challenge is how to teach yourself to make happiness a habit rather than be reliant on the seemingly random occurrence of the universe. Actually the process is simple. As you develop these happiness habits, you will begin living your life to the fullest ... Read More »

Happiness vs. Perfectionism

Happiness vs. Perfectionism

How do you balance perfectionism vs. happiness? Perfectionism can be double-edged sword. For a long time perfectionism was considered by psychologists to be a type of neurosis. Today psychologists differentiate between what they refer to has “positive perfectionism,” which is healthy and embraces change and “negative perfectionism,” which neurotic and maladaptive. Tal Ben-Shahar, Ph.D. prefers the term optimalism (or optimalist)  when describing positive perfectionist, because in the case of the positive perfectionist they are seeking the optimal or best most favorable solution given a particular set of circumstances. Negative perfectionist expects their path through life as well as their road ... Read More »

How to Stay Happy While Dealing with Negativity

How to Stay Happy While Dealing with Negativity

We all know people who are energy vampires, always caught in a downward spiral of negativity. Often they’re our friends or family, and even when they’re not, we still want to show compassion, to help them feel better. But question is how to stay happy while dealing with negativity? When I was a child, I wanted everyone to be happy and I still do, but as I grew up, I realized that happiness is subjective and a choice, and there are some people who can’t find happiness or don’t choose find happiness in their lives. These are the people that ... Read More »

How to be Happier in Life

How to be Happier in Life

For many of us because of work place stress, overwhelm or social pressures the experience of everyday happiness is elusive, we wonder how too be happier in life. It’s at work that maintaining balance is the most difficult. The work environment in the modern world can drain the energy from our soul, leaving us feeling empty seeking something more. The problem isn’t necessarily the work itself but our approach to it which can leave us with feelings of frustration and anxiety. This article, by Lauren Ashley, addresses this problem. At first she perceived the problem as belonging only to her ... Read More »

What is Moral Happiness?

What is Moral Happiness?

As we go through this journey of life, sometimes we are faced with questions that neither our years of schooling nor our experience can answer. These types of questions are often existential, touching us at core of our being, our soul. “What is moral happiness,” is that type of question. Likely that wasn’t the way we heard it in our heads, as the issues that prompted the question in the first place being to surface in our minds. While you have likely dealt with the consequences, this is maybe the first time you’ve heard the term moral happiness, so what ... Read More »

Happiness through Gratitude

Happiness through Gratitude

Can you create happiness through gratitude? When we were young, we were taught to say “thank you” for what other people had done for us or had given to us. As we’ve grown older, it seems that saying thank you and expressing genuine gratitude has gotten lost in the hustle and bustle of lives moving at warp speed, especially and ironically, to the people that we care about most. Expressing our feelings, is difficult for many of us because letting down or social guard we feel it makes us vulnerable and exposed;  but did you know that expressing gratitude is ... Read More »