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Expressing Gratitude Makes Us Happier

Scientists Show Gratitude Improves Our Lives A neuroscientist at Northeastern University in Boston says scientific evidence proves feeling thankful and expressing gratitude improves our personal and professional relationships and in the long-run makes us happier. Psychology Professor David DeSteno is the author of “Emotional Success: The Power of Gratitude, Compassion, and Pride.” “Beautiful evolutionary models […]

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5 Easy Steps You Can Take Toward Happiness

The Pursuit of Happiness Happiness is something humans pursue. It’s just in our nature. It’s so much a part of our species, especially Americans, that the founding fathers included “the pursuit of happiness” in the Declaration of Independence. Maybe Americans are so urgently in pursuit of happiness because it’s in our psychic DNA. The first […]

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Tips to Create Your Optimal Self

How to Create a Life that Honors Your Best Self Being happy, satisfied, content, joyful, optimistic, loving, emotionally and physically healthy – all the ways of “being” that suggest the highest ideals of life can be like trying to catch a rainbow in your hand. Beautiful colors that disappear when we reach for them. Even […]

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Stressed Students Yearn for Relaxation and Happiness

Self-Imposed Stress Students at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut have a lot going for them. For some students at the Ivy League college, they may also have some things going against them. Specifically against their mental and physical health. What they have going on in their lives may include self-imposed high-level stress that often […]

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Think Like An Old Person To Be Happy

Tips on Happiness From People Over 85 Everyone wants to be happy. It’s only natural. After all, it’s in America’s Declaration of Independence. “…life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Those who have lived through many decades of trial, tribulation and happiness can offer us valuable lessons on how to find, or choose, greater joy […]

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A Gratitude Practice Helps Your Attitude

“It’s not having what you want. It’s wanting what you’ve got.” Sheryl Crow may or may not have been singing the praises of gratitude with this line, but it sums up the nature of a gratitude practice pretty nicely. In other words, happiness isn’t striving towards a particular goal- money, a home in a desirable […]

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Think You Can Increase Happiness? You Can with Practice

You Can Increase Your Baseline Happiness 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 […]

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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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