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Monthly Archives: June 2013

Practices for Happier Life

Practices for Happier Life

Life is filled with yes’s and no’s, and I’ll bet there are times you find yourself saying “yes” when every fiber of your being is screaming NO! No is one of the easiest word in our language to pronounce and yet it’s so hard to say sometimes. We say “yes” because we want to please, or because we don’t want to disappoint. Paradoxically, there are times when we hide behind the word “no,” because it’s the easier way to go. We have a fear of failure or rejection, so we “just say no.” It’s as if the words get mistranslated ... Read More »

Positive Thinking Will Boost Your Happiness

Positive Thinking Will Boost Your Happiness

It would seem to be common sense to believe that positive thinking will boost your happiness. I’ve discovered it’s anything but common. I believe that many people, and I was among them, when they hear the words “positive thinking” conjures up visions of Pollyanna airheads spouting trite affirmations, al la the Saturday Night Live character Stuart Smalley. And if they’re not that harsh, they at least think of them as naïve and unrealistic. Having a positive outlook doesn’t have to mean you deny the negative, that world events, both natural and those created by the human race, can be horrific. ... Read More »

Smile Your Way to Happiness

Smile Your Way to Happiness

Happiness has a lot of triggers and most of them are subjective. For me it’s when I’m feeling in the flow, things are falling into place easily. I’m connecting with the right person at the right time or I find just the information I was looking for while writing. That type of happiness, when I’m truly aligned, arises from within me. When I’m feeling this way, in the flow or what psychologists call self-referral. Of course I get caught up in the “other” kind of happiness, you know, the rocket booster – sugar high type that pumps up the ego ... Read More »

Choose thoughts that lean in the direction of happiness

Choose thoughts that lean in the direction of happiness

A person that can choose thoughts that lean in the direction of happiness is a person that’s “aware of vibration, who is alert to emotion, who cares about how they feel and directs thoughts accordingly.” This, Abraham points out, is the only way anyone can be consistently happy. The characteristics of alignment do not necessarily require overt expressions of happiness. Bliss is, vibrationally, the highest expression of joy, which is very expressive, sometimes outwardly. Abraham’s example is music; songs that raise the roof, as the expression goes. Then there is the inward expressions like contemplation and meditation; connections to joy ... Read More »

The Steps to Lasting Happiness

The Steps to Lasting Happiness

Mike Dooley, philosopher and entrepreneur, is famous for saying “Thoughts become things…Choose the good ones.” And I think everyone as heard the saying “Time flies when you’re having a good time;” which proves the validly of Einstein’s theory of relativity. These are nice, concise ways of expressing, what researchers in the field of positive psychology have documented; that positive thoughts lead to positive emotions and results and negative thoughts have negative results. Positive psychology tells us the steps to lasting happiness are not something that we can climb one time; so that when we get to the top and then ... Read More »

Acts of Kindness

Acts of Kindness

Happy for a Lifetime “Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.” ― Henry James In her book, “The How of Happiness,” Sonja Lyubomirsky makes it clear how strongly she believes that relationships are the number one contributor to our survival and longevity. What make relationships so powerful are the two important conditions needed for happy relationships; nurturing relationships and acts of kindness. In this video Sonja Lyubomirsky focuses on acts of kindness and describes the results from a particular study that she ... Read More »

Notes on Happiness

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Notes on Happiness (the video version) are made by Brain Johnson and are taken from, positive psychologist, Sonja Lyubomirsky’s book, “The How of Happiness,” which she describes as a “new approach to getting the life you want.” Brian created a learning tool he calls the “Philosophers Notes” in which he curates is favorite “Big Ideas.” In his video he introduces us to both the concept of the “Philosophers Notes” and the first subject of his process; Lyubomirsky’s book, “The How of Happiness.” The basic idea behind “Philosophers Notes,” is from “100 of the top personal growth book…ever,” Brian pulls out ... Read More »

Is Happiness a Matter of Attitude

Is Happiness a Matter of Attitude

“You become what you think” is philosophy that has its roots in ancient teachings. The basis of the philosophy is that what you think most about over time is what you become. If my desire is to live a happy life, my question is happiness a matter of attitude? Another way of phrasing that question is, “is happiness a self-fulfilling prophecy?” There’s a concept in psychology known as the “self-fulfilling prophecy.” This concept is built around the idea that a prediction that causes itself to become true is based in the making of the prediction in the first place. Robert ... Read More »

Awaken Your Passion and find Happiness

Awaken Your Passion and find Happiness

This story, written by a friend, is the short version of her journey to awaken her passion and find happiness. To me finding happiness seemed to be a trivial matter in the larger scheme of things. After all who has time to spend pursuing something so elusive and ephemeral as happiness? No, what I needed was to focus on getting my degree in engineering. That would please my mom and make her proud of me; and isn’t that what every “good” daughter wants to do? I would just have to let happiness happen whenever it decided to show up; enjoy ... Read More »

Happiness is Changing Your Mind

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Mindfulness, presence, or as Ram Dass expressed this experience of a certain state of conscious awareness as “being here now;” is this a meditative practice that could change the world? Could it be that easy, that true happiness, experienced through meditation, is changing your mind and in so doing changing the world? This was the discussion, to make the world a happier and healthier place, at the 2013 “Change Your Mind, Change the World” conference held in Madison, Wisconsin.It was there in Madison that His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, and a panel of experts, came together to discuss how ... Read More »