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Entries tagged with “Happiness”

10 Keys to a Happier Life­­

What are the daily habits of truly happy people? And how can we incorporate these habits into our daily lives? Action for Happiness—a movement dedicated to helping people ex…

10 Ways Pets Improve Mental Health

In their emotionally connected presence, pets can be a powerful ally for optimal mental health.

24 Hours of Tea

A tea for any time of day and anything that ails you.

3 Keys to Unlock the Genetic Switch of Your Stress Response

The pinging phone, back to back meetings, rush hour traffic; most of us get a little on edge when we are face to face with high stress situations. We also probably know people who …

3 Out-of-the-Box Resolutions for 2016

The turn of the calendar from one year to the next invariable leads toward a yearning to live our lives in new and more healthful ways. Losing weight may top the charts as a New Ye…

3 TED Talks: What Makes Us Happy?

What is it that makes us happy? We’re told that money that doesn’t buy it, or success, or even love. Can happiness be created, or must it be discovered? Does the path to a happy li…

3 Ways Yoga Can Connect You to Greater Happiness

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5 Books to Unearth Your True Calling

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5 Questions for Emma Seppälä

Researcher (and new S&H columnist) Emma Seppala, unpacks the latest studies on happiness and offers a new way forward in her new book The Happiness Track: How to Apply the Scie…

5 Questions for Gretchen Rubin

Happiness expert Gretchen Rubin on her new book and what makes her happy.

5 Ways To Be Happy When Life Makes You Sad

How to channel your inner happiness warrior

6 Secrets of Happy Relationships

Before the battles begin, we start out believing that being with this person will make us happy. Ironically, that’s the critical mistake…

7 Steps to Happiness

If at first you flunk this test, smile!

7 Ways to Make Happiness Last

As a surgeon I have used the word “cancer” — the C-word — thousands of times in my life. I have spent my entire professional life researching it, trying to find ways to resect it, …

9 Keys to Lasting Happiness

According to the ancient philosophy of the Vedanta, there are two types of happiness. The first comes from things turning out the way we’d like them to, i.e. getting what we want. …

A Dance for Life

Tango is often thought of as a sultry dance for the young and flexible. New research shows that this passionate form of movement offers mighty benefits for all ages—backbending not…

A Match Made In Heaven?

Writer Jane Ganahl asks: Where is the search for our “soul mate” taking us?

Actually It’s Happiness that Loves Company

Not only do your happy feelings spread through your social network, your happiness can be increased by people you’ve never even met, reports a study from Harvard Medical School.Har…

At the Heart of Happiness

An excerpt from The Dalai Lama’s Big Book of Happiness

Beyond the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

About fifteen years ago, Robert E. Thayer, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at California State University Long Beach and author of the recent book The Origin of Everyday Moods (Ox…

Book Review: Break the Norms

Break the NormsQuestioning Everything You Think You Know about God and Truth, Life and Death, Love and SexBy Chandresh BhardwajSounds TrueAre you ready to overhaul your life and fr…

Book Review: How Cycling Can Save the World

Cycling could save the world, and very quickly. If we all switched to bikes for the trips for which bikes are excellent, we would be healthier, be happier, and live longer in a fri…

Book Review: The Happiness Track

The Happiness TrackHow to Apply the Science of Happiness to Accelerate your SuccessBy Emma Seppälä, PhDHarper OneThe pursuit of happiness shouldn’t be such hard work. That’s the ba…

Calling It Quits

A Film by Anthony TarsitanoCity Squirrel Films, Inc.Dante Milestone, a successful but worldweary businessman, finally “calls it quits” on his frenetic, mind-numbing life in an effo…

Chasing Happiness

Like the Buddhist notion of longing, individuals who place a high value on happiness are desperate to be happy. They say things like, “Happiness is extremely important to me,” or “…

Close to the Ground: “The Answer is ‘Yes’”

Devote Yourself to Your Own Goal

Close to the Ground: The Secret of Abiding Joy

I’m sitting, watching Parker perform her first dance masterpiece. Its baseline is a collection of moves from her gymnastics class. She has layered on top of these most of the compo…

Compassion: Brain Food for Happiness

Did you know that compassion, the act of recognizing someone else’s suffering with the inclination to want to support them, creates important activity shifts in the brain that are …

Cultivate the Habits of Lasting Happiness

The key to happiness is in giving, not getting. Yeah, you know that. But do you know why?

davidji Audio Meditation: Manifesting Happiness

Mantra: SattwaHappiness is a choice. And we must remind ourselves that we have a choice in each moment…that we can choose the best outcome or the most painful outcome. And wha…

Does Your Personality Predict Your Happiness?

According to a new study, the relationship between happiness and personality is more complex than we thought.

Film Review: HappyFilm

HappyFilmDirected by Ben Nabors, Stefan Sagmeister, Hillman CurtisSoSo ProductionsInternationally renowned graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister’s introspective documentary focuses on…

Finding Happy

This is the time of year when we wish people “Happy” or a variation on the theme, “Merry.” Happy Holidays. Happy Hanukah, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year.  The other night my …

Five Things We Cannot Change

Reinhold Niebuhr, an American Protestant theologian, composed a prayer that has become the cornerstone of the recovery movement: "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I c…

Flourish

Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-BeingBy Martin E. P. SeligmanThese days, we are hungry for a new definition of the “good life.” Fractured relationship…

Go On, Take that Photo

Snapshots actually increase the pleasure you feel about an experience

Great Expectations with Gretchen Rubin

Rabbi Rami talks to happiness expert Gretchen Rubin.

How Anticipation Can Be Beneficial

Anticipation can be beneficial for your brain, your emotions, and even your physical health for many reasons, and it’s a skill worth learning.

How Happy Brains Respond to Negative Things

New research provides a whole new understanding of the brain's amygdala—and suggests that happy people take the bad with the good.

How the Body Creates Our Moods

Classic research grounds our moods in the body, not in the head, and points toward simple steps to happiness.

How to Achieve Whole Body Happiness

One thing I have learned in my weekly men's group is how fragile we are. Lawyer, felon, editor-in-chief, our lives go up and down. We are healthy and not, wealthy and not. Yet we s…

How to Control Your Emotions

I’ve been told that I have a fairly broad and deep emotional range. That can be a good thing, because it means I feel things with sensitivity, complexity, and intensity. I notice n…

How Your Search for Happiness is Making You Miserable

Happiness: we all want it, and we want to know how to get it. We read books about it, try to buy it, and attempt to pin it down in a lab. We get close to happiness—we fall in love,…

Is a Happy Life Different from a Meaningful One?

A scientific controversy about the relationship between meaning and happiness raises fundamental questions about how to live a good life from The Greater Good Science Center

Lend a Hand: How Helping Others Makes You Healthier

Study after study confirms that altruism not only makes us happier but actually improves our health. Yet we see a stranger’s struggle and still pass by.

Minor Effort, Major Changes

It is my observation that people tend to get caught in the trap of thinking that big changes come from big effort. We tend to think if we don’t have an hour to meditate or pray, we…

More Than Money Can Buy

People are asking themselves, How much is enough? They are choosing to live on reduced incomes, realigning their values to meet smaller budgets, and finding that less really can be more.

Relationship Year in Review

As the year closes, it is a great time to review and evaluate how things are doing. Most of us are familiar with assessing our productivity, grades, health, weight, or finances, bu…

Rewire Your Brain: Practice Happiness

In the wake of New Year’s Resolution season, some of us are taking a good hard look at what’s blocking our paths to happiness and health. There’s plenty: the world is full of distr…

Salvation in the City

One man finds that ditching suburbia for urban density meant he could work less, drop the gym membership, throw a few parties, and start a family. Oh, and he also cut his carbon footprint. Dramatically.

The Art of Blissful Parenting

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The Creation of I

From a radical new understanding of depression, a neuroscientist explains how to make our lives happier and holier.

The Economics of Happiness

A Film by Helena Norberg-Hodge, Steven Gorelick & John PageWith economic growth touted as the solution to all of humanity’s problems, this film brings a timely and important me…

The Goddess Matangi and the Joy of Being an Outcast

Matangi tells a secret—that there’s a hidden joy, even power, in being an outcast.

The Happiness Track: The Simple Guide to Being Wonderful

Consider a different way to define success.

The Medicine of Laughter

Stressed? Suffering from anxiety? Under the weather? Try laughing.

The Secret of Happiness (It's Not What You Think)

An excerpt from Daniel Goleman's new book, A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama's Vision for Our World.

The Secret to Happiness Is… Unhappiness

You’ll be happier when you feel the emotions you need to feel, even if they aren’t rosy.

The Top 10 Scientific Findings that Will Change How We See Ourselves

Happiness is good for you but not all the time—and other insights from The Greater Good Science Center

The True Key to Happiness: Peeing in the Pool

If you’ve ever wondered and searched with the greater population of the world for the true meaning of happiness, you’ve probably heard, at some point, that it’s some form of seva, …

The Wonders of Deep Breathing

An excerpt from Choose the Life You Want by Tal Ben-Shahar

Try This Mantra: So What? So Hum.

Learning the stress-relieving Sudarshan Kriya from Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

What are You Waiting For? Ditch the True Love Myth

When it comes to the health of our bodies or it comes to the health of our relationships, many of us are hopeless optimists. We ignore the warning signs that something isn’t right,…

What Would You Do for Your Bored Rhinoceros?

Because no species is prepared to deal with an absence of environmental unpredictability

Why Worry? Find Meaning!

Happiness is for takers. Meaning is for givers. Guess who feels better?

You Are Wired for Joy

Excerpts from Joyful Living by Amy Leigh Mercree

Your Assignment: Change the Whole World in a Day

If you want something that lasts for days, plant flowers. If you want something that lasts for years, plant trees. If you want something that lasts for eternity, plant an…

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