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When Negative Thinking Becomes Positive

When Negative Thinking Becomes Positive

Pessimistic Positivity – The Myths of Happiness Revealed   Is it possible to be happy all the time? In truth, the answer to the question depends on your definition of happiness. Martin Seligman, a leader in the positive psychology movement, has a real dislike for the word “happiness” because, as he notes, to the modern ear, “happy” means “buoyant mood, merriment, good cheer, and smiling.” The problem isn’t with any of these attributes arising as part of the natural course of life. But this type of hedonistic experience isn’t what the word “happiness” has met historically. Thomas Jefferson’s declaration that ... Read More »

Happier Workers are Older Workers

Happier Workers are Older Workers

If you want a happier work place hire older workers. The stereotype of the grouchy curmudgeon is a false stereotype according to a new study. The saying that something’s get better with age like wine, it seems holds true for happiness in the work place. According to the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research 90% of employees over age 50 describe themselves as “somewhat or very satisfied” with the work they do. The older workers hold these feeling regardless of gender, race, education, political views, and income level. What may be surprising to some is that the older workers ... 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 »

Is There a Real Equation for Happiness?

Is There a Real Equation for Happiness

In the last few weeks I’ve noticed and increase in the number of articles centered around the idea that there’s a mathematical formula for happiness. Initially I made an assumption which turned out – as many assumptions do – to be totally wrong. My assumption was that there had been either a refinement of the “happiness formula,” created by the gurus of happiness Diener, Lyubomirsky and Seligman, or someone else had cracked the code and come up with an actual mathematical equation to the age old mystery of “what is the secret to happiness.” My first mistaken assumption was that ... Read More »

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 »

Is Your Smart Phone a Path to Happiness?

Is Your Smart Phone a Path to Happiness?

“A man only learns in two ways, one by reading and the other by association with smarter people.”                                                                                                                                                               ~Will Rogers~ I ... 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 »

Is Gratitude a Fast Track to Happiness?

Is Gratitude a Fast Track to Happiness?

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, confusion into clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”                                                                                       ... Read More »

All Happiness is not Created Equal

All Happiness is not Created Equal

It seemed like sure a simple act, “a no brainer,” really. After all she only had a couple of items and I was easily going to pass the century mark with what was in my cart, besides I was in no real Hurry. Maybe it was just me or maybe she was later for a “very important date,” and I’ll never know because I didn’t ask, but she responded to my small act of kindness with an enthusiasm and delight that was nice, but unexpected and, I thought, really not necessary. Still I enjoyed it, it made me feel happy. ... Read More »

The Flow – Gateway to Happiness and More?

The Flow - Gateway to Happiness and More?

I experienced it all the time when I played guitar. I’d start “practicing” and the next thing I’d know it’s the middle of the night. “What the heck happened, it was 9 o’clock just a minute ago,” and now its hours later. I was so absorbed in “perfecting” the song that I completely lost track of time. The usual mind chatter that’s normally a constant companion – nonexistent. There were no interruptions from my “inner roommate” the whole time I was playing. Nothing else seemed to matter. I would spend hours working on a “riff” or fine tuning a lyrical ... Read More »