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

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 »

Happiness Rises with Age

Happiness Rises with Age

On one of my recent posts I discussed happiness and aging and how happiness rises with age. There is a persistent myth that life gets more difficult with age and I touched upon new studies that indicated that our live actually grow happier after we pass the mid-forties. My own experience backs up the theory that grumpiness and old age is a myth because when I think of my own grandparents, they always seemed content with life, and made me feel loved and happy whenever we were together. As I wrote about Morgan Freeman’s approach to life that, “You have ... Read More »

Morgan Freeman Happiness and Birthdays

Morgan Freeman Happiness and Birthdays

Riding the Happiness Curve Morgan Freeman just turned a spry 76. Happy Birthday! You have to believe that someone as successful and talented as Mr. Freeman has a lot of wisdom to share about life, happiness, and birthdays. There has long been a belief that as we age life gets harder, if not financially, at least physically.  As we approach the mid-point of our lives we face a growing pessimism about what aging inevitably brings. The studies bear this out; up to a point, that is. Recent studies done in England, using data collected in 80 different countries measuring levels ... Read More »

Happiness is measured in GNH

Can Happiness be Measured in GNH?

First of all, what is GNH and just how can happiness be measured in GNH? GNH means “Gross National Happiness,” the concept was originated by the leader of Bhutan, the fourth Dragon King. In a “nut shell” the idea was to measure the level of happiness of the people of Bhutan. Bhutan’s government seeks to balance and connect the happiness and personal well-being of its entire people with the economic growth of the country. How to you measure that? Bhutan’s “A Short Guide to Gross National Happiness Index,” offers number of measurable indicators, for example; Psychological Wellbeing which includes factors such ... Read More »

Discovering the Truth about Happiness

Discovering the Truth about Happiness

Happiness is fundamental to our existence as human beings. During the last few decades discovering the truth about happiness, under the guise of “positive psychology,” has become a growing field of study. Prior to the emergence of the science of happiness, psychology’s focus had been on what’s wrong; what made us all unhappy.  This may have been because studying happiness was akin to trying to reduce love its component parts, unfamiliar territory those following the rigors of research and science. There was no formal formula for happiness until leading researchers in the field of positive psychology, especially professors Sonja Lyubomirsky, Martin ... Read More »

Can Seeking Happiness Create Unhappiness?

Can Seeking Happiness Create Unhappiness

This question would seem somewhat ironic and counter-intuitive you first hear it, but can seeking happiness create unhappiness? This question is the subject of recent research led by the psychologist Iris Mauss, which suggest that the pursuit of happiness could have some unintended negative consequences. Most of us on this planet are searching for happiness—whatever our definition of happiness happens to be—so introducing the idea that the act of pursuing happiness could actually lead us in the opposite direction, must surely give pause. The problem with pursuing happiness is that you are in pursuit, meaning that you haven’t achieved what ... Read More »

Happiness Habits

Happiness Habits

Did you know that happiness, just like waking up early, brushing your teeth or jogging is a habit? Happiness habits are habits that you create, develop and sustain. Yes, it’s true. Happiness can be a practice. Happiness is a skill that you can teach yourself, allowing you to increase happiness in all areas of your life. The challenge is how to teach yourself to make happiness a habit rather than be reliant on the seemingly random occurrence of the universe. Actually the process is simple. As you develop these happiness habits, you will begin living your life to the fullest ... Read More »

How do You Find Happiness in a Busy World

How do You Find Happiness in a Busy World

“Life is too short to be in a hurry” Henry David Thoreau As we march boldly forward along the techno road and our lives become busier and busier, some form of the question, “how do you find happiness in a busy world” flashes across the screen of our mind.  Especially as we find ourselves clamoring for time, as if a 24 hour day is no longer enough to get everything done. Anything which has “instant” in the name sells like hotcakes, and it doesn’t matter whether its instant food, instant messages, even instant house renovation. “Instant everything” reminds me of ... Read More »

Can You Boost Your Happiness?

Can You Boost Your Happiness?

The question is can you boost your happiness? Tal Ben-Shahar is his ground breaking PBS video “Happiness 101” out-lined some of positive psychology’s “greatest hits” and claimed that, yes; “absolutely” you can boost your happiness. Experiencing happiness is a wonderful thing, yet it is also ephemeral and fleeting. Happiness can not only be hard to hang on to but even more difficult to find if you are starting from a place of fear, anger, loneliness, or depression. During challenging times, we lack the desire to even begin finding ways to be happy and feel that we are somehow lacking because ... Read More »

Travel May be the Secret to Happiness

Travel May be the Secret to Happiness

Travel may be the secret to happiness. When was the last time you traveled? Was it a short road trip or the adventure of a lifetime? Or maybe you can’t remember? That could be the reason you’re feeling down lately. We all love the rush we get when we’re preparing for a vacation and we all know that getting away from the daily routine really rejuvenates our soul. Everyone in the family knows when it’s happing to me because that’s about all they hear is how “I’m jonesing for a road trip.” The feeling is so universal that seems obvious. ... Read More »