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Can Money Buy REAL Happiness?

Can Money Buy REAL Happiness?

“A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money.” ~ John Ruskin ~ They say that money can’t buy happiness. Maybe “they’re” wrong, and in fact a number of studies are telling us that “they” are. There are so many new studies out about happiness and money that it seems like everybody on the “happiness circuit” wants to be a “myth buster.” Not so long ago there was a Princeton University Study that concluded $75,000 was all you needed to reach the happiness threshold. So, if you happen to make more than ... Read More »

Is Gratitude a Fast Track to Happiness?

Is Gratitude a Fast Track to Happiness?

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, confusion into clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”                                                                                       ... Read More »

How Meditation Creates Happiness and Builds Success

How Meditation Creates Happiness and Builds Success

“All the things that truly matter–beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace–arise from beyond the mind.” ~ Eckhart Tolle ~ Meditation will help you tap into your creativity and expand your potential for success by balancing and centering your mind-body relationship. There are many meditation techniques, mindfulness, mantra devotional or one-pointed concentration. The technique is a personal choice, what’s important is taking some time to “disconnect,” to rest in inner quiet. Meditation is not something that requires special abilities, in the same way you need talent to play a musical instrument. The secret to “succeeding” with meditation is having an intention ... Read More »

The John Butler Trio – Happiness and Passion

The John Butler Trio – Happiness and Passion

The night couldn’t have been more perfect. We’d arrived at this beautiful concert venue to hear the John Butler Trio. The sun was setting and a gentle breeze was kicking up and cooling off the day. It hadn’t been oppressively hot, but it had been hot enough. We were soaking up the ambiance, waiting on friends. I kept thinking, “What a great place to experience music.” I’ve been to Red Rocks in Colorado, amazing place, really wonderful. But this evening Sandpoint was the kiss of perfection, the festival grounds nestled between the mountains and the lake help create really an ... Read More »

Science’s Pursuit of Happiness

Science’s Pursuit of Happiness

There are many things that science as learned about happiness in the last few decades and I thought it might be kind of fun to look at and some of the more recent things its had to say about happiness. I mean after all science has all the answers, right? Well, not really, but they have as a British friend of mine put it, “had a pretty good go at it.” Here are some of the, sometimes surprising, ideas that science offers as we pursue our happiness. Stop pursuing it! Just stop it now. One of my favorite teachers, Robert ... Read More »

All Happiness is not Created Equal

All Happiness is not Created Equal

It seemed like sure a simple act, “a no brainer,” really. After all she only had a couple of items and I was easily going to pass the century mark with what was in my cart, besides I was in no real Hurry. Maybe it was just me or maybe she was later for a “very important date,” and I’ll never know because I didn’t ask, but she responded to my small act of kindness with an enthusiasm and delight that was nice, but unexpected and, I thought, really not necessary. Still I enjoyed it, it made me feel happy. ... Read More »

10 Secrets For Inner Peace and Happiness

Wayne Dyer’s Ten Secrets For Inner Peace

“Have a mind that is open to everything and attached to nothing.”    ~Wayne Dyer~ That’s the first secret, as Dr. Dyers points out, may appear to be easy to accomplish, that, however, is not the reality. We’ve been conditioning our thinking since we showed up on this “mortal coil.” First from our parents and siblings then from our friends, in fact everything from geography to genetics has influenced our perception of the world. The process of self-realization, which is the path to true happiness, is the process of letting go of old conditioning and opening our minds to all ... Read More »