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

Happiness is found in Forgiveness

Happiness is found in Forgiveness

“Ultimately the truth of who we are is not wounded by any experience.” Robert Holden, from “A Dialogue on Forgiveness Sanskrit is said to have been divinely revealed to meditating sages thousands of years ago; the sound of each word representing the subtle energy of its meaning. In this beautiful language, to forgive is to untie – meaning forgiveness is the untying of our emotional knots. It is in this release of emotion, where we freely feel the flow of pain, fear, anger, loss and disappointment and where we also can experience empathy, compassion and ultimately joy. The harder you ... Read More »

Practices for Happier Life

Practices for Happier Life

Life is filled with yes’s and no’s, and I’ll bet there are times you find yourself saying “yes” when every fiber of your being is screaming NO! No is one of the easiest word in our language to pronounce and yet it’s so hard to say sometimes. We say “yes” because we want to please, or because we don’t want to disappoint. Paradoxically, there are times when we hide behind the word “no,” because it’s the easier way to go. We have a fear of failure or rejection, so we “just say no.” It’s as if the words get mistranslated ... Read More »

Positive Thinking Will Boost Your Happiness

Positive Thinking Will Boost Your Happiness

It would seem to be common sense to believe that positive thinking will boost your happiness. I’ve discovered it’s anything but common. I believe that many people, and I was among them, when they hear the words “positive thinking” conjures up visions of Pollyanna airheads spouting trite affirmations, al la the Saturday Night Live character Stuart Smalley. And if they’re not that harsh, they at least think of them as naïve and unrealistic. Having a positive outlook doesn’t have to mean you deny the negative, that world events, both natural and those created by the human race, can be horrific. ... Read More »

The Steps to Lasting Happiness

The Steps to Lasting Happiness

Mike Dooley, philosopher and entrepreneur, is famous for saying “Thoughts become things…Choose the good ones.” And I think everyone as heard the saying “Time flies when you’re having a good time;” which proves the validly of Einstein’s theory of relativity. These are nice, concise ways of expressing, what researchers in the field of positive psychology have documented; that positive thoughts lead to positive emotions and results and negative thoughts have negative results. Positive psychology tells us the steps to lasting happiness are not something that we can climb one time; so that when we get to the top and then ... Read More »

Acts of Kindness

Acts of Kindness

Happy for a Lifetime “Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.” ― Henry James In her book, “The How of Happiness,” Sonja Lyubomirsky makes it clear how strongly she believes that relationships are the number one contributor to our survival and longevity. What make relationships so powerful are the two important conditions needed for happy relationships; nurturing relationships and acts of kindness. In this video Sonja Lyubomirsky focuses on acts of kindness and describes the results from a particular study that she ... Read More »

Notes on Happiness

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Notes on Happiness (the video version) are made by Brain Johnson and are taken from, positive psychologist, Sonja Lyubomirsky’s book, “The How of Happiness,” which she describes as a “new approach to getting the life you want.” Brian created a learning tool he calls the “Philosophers Notes” in which he curates is favorite “Big Ideas.” In his video he introduces us to both the concept of the “Philosophers Notes” and the first subject of his process; Lyubomirsky’s book, “The How of Happiness.” The basic idea behind “Philosophers Notes,” is from “100 of the top personal growth book…ever,” Brian pulls out ... Read More »

Awaken Your Passion and find Happiness

Awaken Your Passion and find Happiness

This story, written by a friend, is the short version of her journey to awaken her passion and find happiness. To me finding happiness seemed to be a trivial matter in the larger scheme of things. After all who has time to spend pursuing something so elusive and ephemeral as happiness? No, what I needed was to focus on getting my degree in engineering. That would please my mom and make her proud of me; and isn’t that what every “good” daughter wants to do? I would just have to let happiness happen whenever it decided to show up; enjoy ... Read More »

The Road to Authentic Happiness

The Road to Authentic Happiness

Being honest there are times in my life (though they are fading) when the happiness I’m experiencing is superficial. It’s conditional, based in my self-image. As my meditation practice evolved I discovered that the road to authentic happiness as nothing to do with my self-esteem, or maybe more accurately, my self-image. Self-image arises from what from what you believe that other people believe about you. The authentic-self lies beyond the belief of others. The authentic-self is, according to the great American Psychologist Abraham Maslow, independent of the good or bad opinion of others. Shifting my identity from my ego oriented ... Read More »

Practices to Create a Happier Morning

Practices to Create a Happier Morning

I never used to be a morning person. This meant of course that when I get have to get up early, which was practically every morning during the week,  that I could be a bit of a grump. It was a little like the old Seinfeld bit about “late night Jerry and morning Jerry” and the ongoing feud between the two alter egos; with late night jerry always driving morning jerry to madness by staying up way to late, leaving early morning jerry shaking his fist and threating some sort of retribution. I knew that this was no way to ... Read More »

Finding Your Passion and Happiness

Finding Your Passion and Happiness

“How can I find out what my life’s purpose is? I know there’s something I’m supposed to be doing, but I can’t figure out what it is.” These thoughts or some variation of these concerns come up whenever there’s a discussion about “following your bliss” or finding your passion and happiness. Maybe you’re feeling vaguely restless, that time’s passing you by, and that you haven’t discovered that something “meaningful” yet. Perhaps you are searching for work that excites you and is full of promise. I think what you are feeling is coming from your souls purpose. At the deepest level, ... Read More »