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Happiness practices are strategies and activities designed to increase your overall wellbeing and happiness levels.

Primordial Sound Meditation

Primordial Sound Meditation

Primordial Sound Meditation technique is a reawakened interpretation of an ancient Vedic mantra based meditation practice, known as Primordial Sound Meditation. In the words of Dr. Chopra, “Primordial Sound Meditation isn’t about forcing your mind to be quiet, but about experiencing the quiet that is already there.” The Questions of Why before What Why meditate and more specifically why the Deepak Chopra meditation style? Why the focus on this powerful, silent mantra meditation technique? The first question is, why meditate at all? Because whether we are aware of it, what we are all ultimately looking for is a sense of ... Read More »

3 Thanksgiving Tips for a Happier You

3 Thanksgiving Tips for a Happier You

Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude and gratitude is one of the quickest paths to happiness. When you combine gratitude with kindness and service you have the making of a truly joyful season! Having an attitude of gratitude will change your life. I know that it sounds like a big claim by there in indisputable proof that it works. I started a gratitude journal a sometime ago and it was a life changer. Here’s what I did, at the end of each day, I’d write down around 5 things that I was grateful for throughout the day. Then at the ... Read More »

Matthew Johnstone – Photographing Mindfulness

Matthew Johnstone - Photographing Mindfulness

Matthew Johnstone, instead of encouraging people to sit and close their eyes instead encourages people to open their eyes with greater awareness. Johnstone who’s spent a great deal of his career in advertising is, with this offering “Capturing Mindfulness,” combining two of his passions, mindfulness meditation and photography. This book is a “natural follow on from his last book, “Quiet the Mind.” According to his website, he’s drawn to light, color, composition and a desire to see the world from a different perspective. Johnstone says “Mindfulness photography is about seeing something that no one else can, capturing something that will ... 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 »

The Happiness Practice of Complimentary Medicine Therapy

The Happiness Practice of Complimentary Medicine Therapy

This “happiness practice” comes from Robert Holden’s “Happiness Now” book, and is grounded in the concept that there is significant healing and happiness potential in the offering loving, kind and encouraging words. In other words paying someone a compliment. This “therapy” is applied in a three part process. The first stage: Write down five compliments that you would most like to hear from someone else. They could for example, “highlight a particular quality, talent, skill or value that is dear to you.” Once you have the written down the second phase of this first stage is to read them out ... Read More »

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 »

The 4 Step Happiness Prescription

The 4 Step Happiness Prescription

I was once asked, that if a doctor gave me a prescription to spend 20 to 30 minutes twice a day walking and those walks alone would create abundant good health, peace of mind, freedom from worry, increased success in both my personal and professional life would I follow her recommendations? My teacher was using the metaphor of walking to describe the benefits of meditation. What if you added three more easy steps to this prescription? Steps that would only add about ten more minutes, to the 20 minutes of meditation each day, and in that brief span of time ... 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 »

The Golden Triangle of Happiness

The Golden Triangle of Happiness

What does it take to make us happy? There is a lot of research being done on that question at the moment, in fact it is seems as if I’m reading about data being released from one university or another on a daily bases. The latest comes from Deakin University, Melbourne Australia, by way of psychology Professor Robert Cummins, who has proposed what ‘s being called the “golden triangle of happiness.” This was no short term study. The research is the culmination of 29 surveys over 12 years. There have were some surprising findings; for example, health is not a ... Read More »

Want to be Happy – Live like a Four Year Old

Want to be Happy – Live like a Four Year Old

Peter Jones is the author of a bestselling book whose title appears to be something of a contradiction, “How To Do Everything And Be Happy.” How can you do, or even try and do, everything and still be happy. It sound more like a recipe for frustration, not happiness, right? According to Peter there are three primary reasons that a person is unhappy and dissatisfied with their life. First of all, there is no balance in their “work/life balance.” The second reason is a lack of control or, at least, feeling that they have no real control over their lives. ... Read More »