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

Getting in the Zone – the Happiness Zone

Getting in the Zone – the Happiness Zone

Remember the show the Twilight Zone? A 1960’s sci-fi program where all sorts of weirdness happened. I have those occasional days when I feel as if life more closely resembles the TV show that it does than what real life is supposed to feel like. It’s at times like these that I become acutely aware that there’s a sub-surface tension, anxiety stewing just below my emotional field. Part of the human experience is dealing with negative emotions which inevitably arise because they are evolutionarily wired-in. They are a conditioned response: and these “bad boys” rob and steal. They steal joy, ... Read More »

Clearing a Path for Happy Mind

Clearing a Path for Happy Mind

“To a mind that is still, the whole Universe surrenders.”                                                                                      ~Chuang Tzu~ We’ve arrived at what I consider to be the end of summer. Labor Day has come and gone along with August. We’ve arrived and September and fall is knocking at the door. Fall has always a busy time of year, but it seems like the last ... 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 »

Ten Secrets to Lasting Happiness

Ten Secrets to Lasting Happiness

“I am in charge of how I feel and today I am choosing happiness.”                                                                                                                     ~Likainen Parketti~  We’re all looking for things which will make us happier. That turns out to be a big mistake. Yes, things will make you happy – for ... 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 »

Forgiveness Creates a Path for Gratitude

Forgiveness Creates a Path for Gratitude

“Forgiveness becomes easier when love means more to you than anything else.”                                                                                              ~Robert Holden~  Gratitude has been offered as a “metastrategy” by many positive psychologists and as an antidote to the plague of negative emotions which sweep though us, as a seemingly, natural part of the human condition. Prominent teachers of happiness praise the ... 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 »

Heart Sutra Meditation and the Metta Prayer

The Heart Sutra Meditation and the Metta Prayer

Guided Meditations for Happiness   I have chosen share two forms of the lovingkindness meditation, in Guided Meditations for Happiness, because they have been the most transformational, that is, they’ve had the greatest impact for me personally, of all the self-guided meditations. The lovingkindness meditation is a practice that is particularly well suited for helping you handle challenging relationships with grace. The Heart Sutra Meditation and the Metta Prayer are meditations that calm the heart and open it to peace, harmony, happiness and love, the home of true freedom and Bliss. This meditation or prayer can be practiced by anyone, ... Read More »

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 »