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Fundamentals of Happiness

Fundamentals of Happiness

One of the things that all of humanity seems to have in common is that we’re constantly searching for happiness. Even with all the technological advances and scientific breakthroughs there is nothing that allows us to be genuinely happy for longer than a brief minute. My experience has been that the faster new products and shiny objects are created and marketed the more fleeting their effect on my happiness meter. This generation – and by that I mean the people living in this age and not people of a certain age – have lost the ability to connect with the ... Read More »

How do You Find Happiness in a Busy World

How do You Find Happiness in a Busy World

“Life is too short to be in a hurry” Henry David Thoreau As we march boldly forward along the techno road and our lives become busier and busier, some form of the question, “how do you find happiness in a busy world” flashes across the screen of our mind.  Especially as we find ourselves clamoring for time, as if a 24 hour day is no longer enough to get everything done. Anything which has “instant” in the name sells like hotcakes, and it doesn’t matter whether its instant food, instant messages, even instant house renovation. “Instant everything” reminds me of ... Read More »

Happiness is Pursuing Your Passion

Happiness is Pursuing Your Passion

Think most people would agree that the key to achieving genuine happiness is pursuing your passion. Just because you can buy whatever you want doesn’t automatically make you a happy person. Happiness, the real and lasting kind, arises from within, and it comes from being able to experience and enjoy the important things in life. There are those who—in spite of not being able to pursue the career of their dreams—find happiness in many other things in life, such as pursuing a hobby, playing a sport, or simply enjoying the company of their family and friends. As you examine happiness ... Read More »

Cultivating Happiness in Your Relationships

Cultivating Happiness in Your Relationships

Cultivating happiness in your relationship is a powerful practice because it nourishes and supports the overall happiness in your life. That seems like common sense, right? But do we really try to cultivate happiness or do we just go along with the program allowing happiness to arise naturally or “accidently?” Scientific studies in the field of happiness (positive psychology) have shown us time and again that one of the strongest predictors of happiness is having good social relationships. If fact neuroscientists have discovered that our brains are actually wired so that we are programed to relate to one another. It ... Read More »

Can You Boost Your Happiness?

Can You Boost Your Happiness?

The question is can you boost your happiness? Tal Ben-Shahar is his ground breaking PBS video “Happiness 101” out-lined some of positive psychology’s “greatest hits” and claimed that, yes; “absolutely” you can boost your happiness. Experiencing happiness is a wonderful thing, yet it is also ephemeral and fleeting. Happiness can not only be hard to hang on to but even more difficult to find if you are starting from a place of fear, anger, loneliness, or depression. During challenging times, we lack the desire to even begin finding ways to be happy and feel that we are somehow lacking because ... Read More »

A Happy Subconscious can Change Your Life

A Happy Subconscious can Change Your Life

I was wondering just how true it was that a happy subconscious can change your life. It was noted psychologist, Sigmund Freud, who was the first scholar to introduce the concept of the subconscious. According to Freud, our subconscious mind is the repository of our feelings and thoughts which were filtered by our conscious mind. And according to Freud the subconscious contains our primal instincts and urges, which are suppressed by our moral principle and guides. Along with these primal urges there are other factors that define the subconscious and make it a very powerful. In defining the subconscious we ... Read More »

A Fivefold Path to Gratitude and Happiness

A Fivefold Path to Gratitude and Happiness

Is there a fivefold path to gratitude and happiness and if so what are these five aspects? And how would practicing them increase your happiness? As you have move along on the journey life, I’m sure more than once or twice, you’ve heard how important it is to be appreciative and grateful for all that you have – no matter how much or how little you believe you actually have. As children, we’re all taught to say thank you and show the proper appreciation for everything done for us and for everything given to us. As adults we’ve come to understand that these acts ... Read More »

Happiness is Knowing that You are Enough

Happiness is Knowing that You are Enough

Happiness is knowing that you are enough. But the question is, do you think you’re enough? Do you think you are enough to handle all the responsibilities in life? Do you believe you will ever be enough? These questions haunt everyone because they are all about judgment, sometime we all dislike. Sure we dislike it but we’re aware that it’s happening to us all the time or at least we imagine that it is. I believe that in this case our imaginations are working overtime. No doubt we are being judged all the time, the tone of that judgment, I’m ... Read More »

A Happy Attitude is one of Gratitude

A Happy Attitude is one of Gratitude

A happy attitude is one of gratitude. It’s my belief that an attitude of gratitude is necessary if you want to live a happy life. Why? It’s simple. When you are thankful for everything that is in your life, it will be easier for you to feel more love, happiness, abundance and joy. Life is a journey, and it’s meant to be enjoyed. When you are happy, grateful, loving, generous and appreciative of life, you will be rewarded with more of the same. Wayne Dyer, in his wisdom, states it this way: “Most people are searching for happiness. They’re looking ... Read More »

5 Steps for Creating a Happier Relationship

5 Steps for Creating a Happier Relationship

What if you were given 5 steps for creating a happier relationship, would you use them? As human beings we are social creatures which mean that relationships are almost necessary for our survival and certainly fundamental to our happiness. Logically then, our relationships, especially our most intimate, are the major source of happiness or unhappiness. So the prerequisite of having a happy and joyful life is to have healthy and happy relationships; and the more of these types of relationships the happier and, according to the science, healthier life we will have. But let’s face it, life has its challenges ... Read More »