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

Meditation is not a Path to Happiness

Meditation is not a Path to Happiness

                     And Happiness is not Bliss “Nothing is more important than reconnecting with your bliss. Nothing is as rich. Nothing is more real.”  ~Deepak Chopra~ We think of happiness as the ultimate goal, the goal of all goals, but the wisdom traditions offer something greater. This “something greater” is a place that we have a primal yearning for, a longing that comes from the depth of our soul, it is the place of profound peace, love and joy, and it’s or true home. It is bliss. Once we’ve had even the ... Read More »

Does Being Hardier make you Happier?

Does Being Hardier make you Happier?

When I hear the word hardy, and happiness is not the first emotion that comes to mind. Strong, yes. Substantial, sure. But happy; not really. How were these two words put together? It was Dr. Tom Muha, a positive psychologist, who asked, what is potentially a disturbing, question, which is, “Are you prematurely dead? Again you might be wondering what does that question have to do with hardiness and happiness?don’t worry it’ll come together in a minute. I’d said “a potentially a disturbing question” because we all have that inner critic called our ego and it’s always quick to answer ... Read More »

Happiness Studies going to the Dogs

Happiness Studies going to the Dogs

It only makes sense, and scientific studies confirm it; that our furry friends (and even those that aren’t so furry) increase our happiness. Pets are so much more than that; they’re our best friends and family members. We’ve all heard stories of a “hero dog” that saved a life, of dogs that preform acts of service and courage on a daily bases helping their humans companions with physical challenges. It’s not just dogs, human interest stories are shared across the media about animals that have done amazing things to save someone. For most of us it’s not their hero qualities ... Read More »

Your Happy Place for Good News

Your Happy Place for Good News

“Your Happy Place for Good News” offers the latest truly good news that you can use. Articles that contain information that is actionable as well as informative. Happiness is Being Here Now Mindfulness meditation is a stress reducer. New research from the Shamatha Project at the University of California, Davies, has been published and the results show that becoming present in the moment significantly reduces your levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Tonya Jacobs, a postdoctoral researcher at the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain and first author of a paper describing the work said, “This is the first study ... Read More »

The Fear of Unhappiness

The Fear of Unhappiness

“Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.”                                          ~Jack Kornfield~ The thought that I might lose my home sent waves of nausea and anxiety rolling through me. The mind is a funny thing, at least mine is; it always goes straight for the worst case scenario. I started having one of those split-personality conversations in my head. The first little voice in my head said something like, “You’re going to be homeless, penniless, living ... Read More »

Three Blessings – A Practice for Happiness

Three Blessings Practice for Happiness

“Do you have a WAIT problem? Are you waiting to be happy?”                                                                                                             ~Dr. Robert Holden~ The goal of “Laughter Happiness and Bliss” is to provide tools and practices that will help you unlock the secrets to lasting happiness. This particular practice is called the “Three Blessings” ... Read More »

Focusing on the Good

Focusing on the Good

“Feelings change. Sometimes sorrow, sometimes joy. But beneath it all remember the innate perfection of your life unfolding. That is the secret of unreasonable happiness.”                                                        ~Dan Millman ~  The saying is “you are what you eat” and we all know what it means, that if we eat junk food consistently that our bodies will reflect that reality and become “junk food bodies.” The same is true of our minds. The stream of experiences ... Read More »

Is Your Smart Phone a Path to Happiness?

Is Your Smart Phone a Path to Happiness?

“A man only learns in two ways, one by reading and the other by association with smarter people.”                                                                                                                                                               ~Will Rogers~ I ... Read More »

Want a Happy Retreat – Try Belize

Want a Happy Retreat – Try Belize

Everybody needs a break, a pause, to change things up; to step away from the craziness of modern life. Because even as the U.S. economy is recovering it appears that we Americans aren’t, at least according to a recent Harries Poll. Of course you really don’t need a poll to tell you that. One of the best ways to reconnect with your happy self is to get away from your daily life and go on a retreat. A retreat is different from a vacation. I mean, how may time have you heard someone say, “I need a vacation from my ... Read More »

Happiness is a Robert Holden Documentary

Happiness is a Robert Holden Documentary

“People who follow their joy discover a depth of creativity and talent that inspires the world.” ~Dr. Robert Holden~ I wanted to share these Robert Holden documentaries because, even though they are now somewhat dated, I feel that for anyone who is  a “new student of happiness” these videos are a wonderful place to start, especially for those of you who have read one or more of Roberts books. I want to offer the videos in one location that was easily accessible. It was said of this by Richard Davidson, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who measured the brain function ... Read More »