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

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 »

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 »

The Flow – Gateway to Happiness and More?

The Flow - Gateway to Happiness and More?

I experienced it all the time when I played guitar. I’d start “practicing” and the next thing I’d know it’s the middle of the night. “What the heck happened, it was 9 o’clock just a minute ago,” and now its hours later. I was so absorbed in “perfecting” the song that I completely lost track of time. The usual mind chatter that’s normally a constant companion – nonexistent. There were no interruptions from my “inner roommate” the whole time I was playing. Nothing else seemed to matter. I would spend hours working on a “riff” or fine tuning a lyrical ... Read More »

Defining Happiness

Defining Happiness

“I believe the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness. That is clear. Whether one believes in religion or not, whether one believes in this religion or that religion, we are all seeking something better in life. So I think the very motion of our life is towards happiness. “The Dalai Lama Intuitively, I believe the words of the Dalai Lama to be the truth. Happiness like love is something we all experience. We know how it feels. There’s an old joke about defining art, “I don’t know what it is but I’ll know it when I see ... Read More »

Letting Happiness Happen

Letting Happiness Happen

“It is the paradox of life that the way to miss pleasure is to seek it first. The very first condition of lasting happiness is that a life should be full of purpose, aiming at something outside self.” ~Hugo Black~ It turns out that there’s a paradox in the pursuit happiness. It seems obvious that anything we feel is worth achieving – whatever the goal, personal or altruistic – we pursue it “with a passion,” in other words we are willing to work at it. It’s no surprise then that research, by Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ed Diener and Laura King revealed that ... Read More »

Two Types of Happiness Revisited

Two Types of Happiness

When I decided to begin my exploration of happiness I quickly began to realize that the word had hundreds, if not thousands, of definitions. Most of them tied to an emotion. I don’t know, maybe it just seems that way to me, because it’s what the word happiness has evoked in me. The First Type of Happiness In her article, “A History of Happiness,” Meghan Keener, a positive psychology major from the University of Pennsylvania, shared her research on “a definition of happiness.” She found that, “Happiness” is a word with a thousand definitions. When most people today use the ... Read More »

Happiness is a Meditation Retreat

Happiness Is A Meditation Retreat

I’ve come to realize that there are two types of travel. I’m not talking about the difference between first class and economy or different modes of transportation. Nope, what I’m talking about is the difference between going to places and going to a place within.  I like to think of it as adventure travel. Adventure travel, at its best, is always a journey of self-discovery, whether it’s hiking the red rocks of the desert southwest or connecting with my true nature, the journey of meditation. Combining the two type of travel offers the opportunity to enter into a blissful experience ... Read More »