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Happiness Studies going to the Dogs

Happiness Studies going to the Dogs

It only makes sense, and scientific studies confirm it; that our furry friends (and even those that aren’t so furry) increase our happiness. Pets are so much more than that; they’re our best friends and family members. We’ve all heard stories of a “hero dog” that saved a life, of dogs that preform acts of service and courage on a daily bases helping their humans companions with physical challenges. It’s not just dogs, human interest stories are shared across the media about animals that have done amazing things to save someone. For most of us it’s not their hero qualities ... 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 »

Find Happiness in a Regular Day

Find Happiness in a Regular Day

One thing that most of us would agree on is being stuck in a routine that is monotonous and boring quickly becomes depressing. It’s easy to convince ourselves that in order to break out of our routine and find happiness in a regular day; it’s going to require some effort. We keep hearing the voice in our head whispering to us, “This is going to require some work,” and “I’m not really feeling it right now.” Of course this is the little voice in our head (the ego-mind) that’s got a real problem with change because it’s convinced (and trying ... 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 to be Happier in Life

How to be Happier in Life

For many of us because of work place stress, overwhelm or social pressures the experience of everyday happiness is elusive, we wonder how too be happier in life. It’s at work that maintaining balance is the most difficult. The work environment in the modern world can drain the energy from our soul, leaving us feeling empty seeking something more. The problem isn’t necessarily the work itself but our approach to it which can leave us with feelings of frustration and anxiety. This article, by Lauren Ashley, addresses this problem. At first she perceived the problem as belonging only to her ... Read More »

Cultivating Happiness in Your Relationships

Cultivating Happiness in Your Relationships

Cultivating happiness in your relationship is a powerful practice because it nourishes and supports the overall happiness in your life. That seems like common sense, right? But do we really try to cultivate happiness or do we just go along with the program allowing happiness to arise naturally or “accidently?” Scientific studies in the field of happiness (positive psychology) have shown us time and again that one of the strongest predictors of happiness is having good social relationships. If fact neuroscientists have discovered that our brains are actually wired so that we are programed to relate to one another. It ... Read More »

A Fivefold Path to Gratitude and Happiness

A Fivefold Path to Gratitude and Happiness

Is there a fivefold path to gratitude and happiness and if so what are these five aspects? And how would practicing them increase your happiness? As you have move along on the journey life, I’m sure more than once or twice, you’ve heard how important it is to be appreciative and grateful for all that you have – no matter how much or how little you believe you actually have. As children, we’re all taught to say thank you and show the proper appreciation for everything done for us and for everything given to us. As adults we’ve come to understand that these acts ... Read More »