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Practicing Optimism as a strategy to increase happiness has a good deal in common with practicing gratitude as both focus on the positive side of life. Optimism is not only about the past and present but about anticipating a wonderful future.

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 »

Find Happiness Now

Find Happiness Now

There is only one moment in which we can experience happiness and that moment is now. That’s because now is the only moment there is. That may seem obvious to you when you hear it. But if we are being totally honest, most of us have been plagued by the constant pursuit, believing that to find happiness you need chase after it. Only on those rare occasions do we slow down enough to see that happiness is a choice that we surrender to now. Since the beginning of recorded history (and I suspect long before that) the great wisdom teachers ... Read More »

Deepak Chopra – How Gratitude Creates Abundance

Deepak Chopra – How Gratitude Creates Abundance

“When you focus on the things that you are grateful for then it opens you to the Source of all those things that came into your life that for which you are grateful.” Deepak Chopra According to Robert Emmons that if we put aside a minute of two every day to express gratitude for our lives it as far-reaching and positive consequences. research showed that, when compared to a control group, those who had a regular gratitude practice, not only appreciated life more, but had measurably higher levels of wellbeing, greater health, experienced more positive emotions, and they were happier ... Read More »

Positive Thinking Will Boost Your Happiness

Positive Thinking Will Boost Your Happiness - Rewrite

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 »

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 »