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Think You Can Increase Happiness? You Can with Practice

I recently attended a superb seminar titled, Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness and Well-being, presented by Jonah Paquette, Ph.D. I wanted to share with you some notable takeaways. Let’s begin by laying out a definition of happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D.: “The experience of joy, contentment, or positive well-being, combined with a sense that […]

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4 Steps to Happiness

4 Ways to Add More Happiness to Your Life Feeling satisfied and happy with life takes more than just reducing worry, anxiety and stress – that’s the perspective of positive psychology expert Martin Seligman. His view is that happiness can be a fleeting emotion, but the longer-term goal is to find contentment and purpose in […]

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Finding Happiness Despite Depression – Daphne Merkin’s Story

Pushing through Depression toward Happiness A close-up struggle through decades of depression eventually arrives at “nearly happy” in Daphne Merkin’s personal story of her troubling and complicated life journey. It’s a sigh of relief actually, to get to the end of the book, This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression. In the last chapter, […]

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Self-Compassion: Being Kind to Yourself

Self-Compassion Brings Kindness Back Home It’s considered admirable to be kind, loving and comforting to friends, family and even strangers. But many people consider it selfish to be kind to themselves. If you find yourself to be often critical and impatient with yourself and intolerant of your very human flaws, maybe it’s time to add […]

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Creating a Happy Brain by Concentrating on Pleasant Memories

Letting Good Feelings Sink In Creates New Connections in the Brain It may sound overly simple to say that if you concentrate on pleasant memories and good thoughts, and feel them in your body, you can make positive new connections in your brain that can change your life for the better. Not only that. If […]

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Being Grateful Can Help the Brain Create Positive Emotions

Choosing Gratitude Increases Happiness Scientific studies have found that being thankful, even if you have to fake it, can help you be more satisfied with your life. In a study called, “Counting Blessings versus Burdens: An Experimental Investigation of Gratitude and Subjective Well-Being in Daily Life,” researchers assigned one group of people to keep a […]

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One Path to Happiness: Accept What Life Brings and Commit to Improving Things Within Your Control

The Happiness Trap It seems natural to pursue happiness. Everyone wants to be happy, or at least happier than they are at any given moment. But the relentless pursuit of happiness may be pushing it farther out of reach, says Russ Harris in his book The Happiness Trap. Harris describes a common definition of happiness […]

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Secret to Happiness May Be Found in Small Changes in Perspective

Be Present to Be Happy It may often seem that life is a pursuit of happiness, consisting of lots of struggling dotted with joyous times, maybe connected by lots of “so-so” days and months. But some who have studied what makes people happy have a common theory: Happiness may be easier to achieve than many […]

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The Importance of Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks Thanksgiving day is almost here! This is, of course, a time where many gather with friends or family to relax, unwind, and eat good food. It can be a day filled with rituals like watching football, running races, planning out holiday shopping or volunteering at a local shelter or soup kitchen. One of […]

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How to Love Yourself: 10 Tips to Get Rid of the Self-Hate Recording in Your Head

When you look in the mirror, it might be easy to think, “I look great today” or “Wow, I’m an amazing person. I’m goin’ for it today.” Or maybe the self-loathing voice dominates, telling you how fat, ugly or worthless you are. Maybe you just want to fade into the woodwork because you don’t think […]

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