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Articles on the subject of Happiness; how it’s defined, explored and perceived.

Is Your Thinking Sabotaging Your Happiness?

Is Your Thinking Sabotaging Your Happiness

Your subconscious thinking can sabotage your happiness without your even realizing it. Here’s the top ten saboteurs that could be keeping you from living your best life ever! 1. Worrying about the future and not being grateful for all that you’ve already accomplished. This is a recipe for emotional disaster and dramatically increases your chances of losing on your dreams. Focusing on the things you have accomplished so far—the weight you lost, the experiences you’ve had or the money you made—you’ll have a broader perspective, a larger world view of where you are now and you won’t feel so powerless when looking ... Read More »

When Negative Thinking Becomes Positive

When Negative Thinking Becomes Positive

Pessimistic Positivity – The Myths of Happiness Revealed   Is it possible to be happy all the time? In truth, the answer to the question depends on your definition of happiness. Martin Seligman, a leader in the positive psychology movement, has a real dislike for the word “happiness” because, as he notes, to the modern ear, “happy” means “buoyant mood, merriment, good cheer, and smiling.” The problem isn’t with any of these attributes arising as part of the natural course of life. But this type of hedonistic experience isn’t what the word “happiness” has met historically. Thomas Jefferson’s declaration that ... Read More »

Happiness Scores with Travelers

Happiness Scores with Travelers

Happiness is becoming as important a factor to travelers as the cost when booking travel; at least according to World Travel Market which conducted the research. Their findings suggest that customers are demanding added value and more comfort. In other words, they are looking for a higher ‘happiness score’. The stress and aggravation that’s usually associated with air travel has worn travelers out especially the British, who are increasingly looking for a higher ‘happiness score’ when booking travel. ‘Happiness scores’ are being used to measure the subjective levels of happiness in everything from our personal happiness to our national happiness. ... Read More »

Happier Workers are Older Workers

Happier Workers are Older Workers

If you want a happier work place hire older workers. The stereotype of the grouchy curmudgeon is a false stereotype according to a new study. The saying that something’s get better with age like wine, it seems holds true for happiness in the work place. According to the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research 90% of employees over age 50 describe themselves as “somewhat or very satisfied” with the work they do. The older workers hold these feeling regardless of gender, race, education, political views, and income level. What may be surprising to some is that the older workers ... Read More »

Manifesting Exceptional Happiness

Manifesting Your Dreams

Two different articles were posted at Huffington this week. The first, “10 Habits of Exceptionally Happy People” by Sharon Kiser, answers the question, “Why do some people enjoy more health and happiness than others?” It seems some are able to manifest their dreams quicker and inhabit a sustained sense of well-being and happiness. They are the optimist among us, moving with a sense of grace, ease and confidence. According to Sharon, we too, can be one of “those” people! How? She offers 10 habits of “Exceptionally Happy People.” I’ll share a few here, though not necessarily in the order she ... Read More »

Happiness Marriage Equals Health and Well-Being

Happiness Marriage Equals Health and Well-Being

The evidence is in and being happily married is part of the equation for a healthier and happier life. According to a new study that examined 20 years data on long term relationships, and regardless of how long a couple has been married, the data shows a correlation between physical well-being and wedded bliss. In a study that continued over two decades, researchers studied 1,681 individuals and the link between marital happiness and health. What is unclear in this research is which one comes first, or do they grow symbiotically. According to Cody Hollist, co-author of the study, “There is ... Read More »

You’ll Never Be Happy Trying – Part 2

You’ll Never Be Happy Trying - Part 2

There are many myths that surround happiness. While trying to find happiness seems like a normal pursuit, modern psychology isn’t so sure. According to the prevailing theory, we have accidental bouts of happiness that come and go beyond our control. Further complicating the search for happiness is that there are many myths surrounding it. One thing that positive psychology as shown us is that happiness is an emotion, and when it comes to any emotion we can’t “get” or “have” them. Instead we are them, or we are being them. In the previous post I addressed one of the biggest ... Read More »

You’ll Never Be Happy Trying

Happiness-You’ll Never Be Happy Trying

“Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try!” ~Yoda~ If you are trying to be happy, you will never be happy. Yoda was right. One of the problems standing in the way of our happiness is that we are trying too hard. When it comes to our emotions, which includes happiness, we cannot “get” or “have” them, they are within us, they are something we are. We are being happy, we are being ticked off. We aren’t doing anger, we’re angry. If you’re screaming at the guy that cut you off in traffic you’re not thinking to yourself, “Great, now ... Read More »

Is There a Real Equation for Happiness?

Is There a Real Equation for Happiness

In the last few weeks I’ve noticed and increase in the number of articles centered around the idea that there’s a mathematical formula for happiness. Initially I made an assumption which turned out – as many assumptions do – to be totally wrong. My assumption was that there had been either a refinement of the “happiness formula,” created by the gurus of happiness Diener, Lyubomirsky and Seligman, or someone else had cracked the code and come up with an actual mathematical equation to the age old mystery of “what is the secret to happiness.” My first mistaken assumption was that ... Read More »

Happiness could be a Trip to Fiji

Happiness could be a Trip to Fiji

Starting this weekend Fiji Tourism will begin running ads, as part of a global marketing campaign featuring the “happiness of Fiji.” People in the trade were given a sneak-peek in Sydney Thursday night. The tourism board is using the slogan “Fiji – where happiness finds you”, and the commercials focus on the scenery and people of Fiji, along with the themes of adventure, relaxation, families, and surfing. The idea for this campaign arose from the 2011 declaration that Fiji’s the “happiest place in the world.” Rick Hamilton, Fiji chief executive of tourism, said in an article in Travel and Tour World, ... Read More »