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10 Forgotten Truths to Help You Get Through Hard Times

WRITTEN by MARC CHERNOFF That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” –Friedrich Nietzsche The wisest, most loving, and well rounded people you have ever met are likely those who have known misery, known defeat, known the heartbreak of losing something or someone they loved, and have found their way out of the depths […]

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5 Tips To Stay Positive In Negative Situations

Negative situations happen all the time. We can’t avoid them, so how can we counteract their negative effect on our lives and our attitudes? Learning the power of positive thinking helps us stay positive even in the midst of tragedy. Learning how to stay positive in negative situations is invaluable in leading a healthy lifestyle. […]

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5 Tips to Overcome a Major Setback

“Breakdowns can create breakthroughs. Things fall apart so things can fall together.” ~Unknown. Just when I thought I was ready to get some of my ideas into motion and action, I have a setback. Previously setbacks involved finances (unexpected bills, for example), time delays, and an unresponsive partner or friend when I wanted to make […]

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Why So Many Smart People Aren’t Happy

It’s a paradox: Shouldn’t the most accomplished be well equipped to make choices that maximize life satisfaction? JOE PINSKER The Atlantic There are three things, once one’s basic needs are satisfied, that academic literature points to as the ingredients for happiness: having meaningful social relationships, being good at whatever it is one spends one’s days doing, […]

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Think of Yourself Less

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.” Thoughtful words from C.S. Lewis, but do they equate to real life happiness? Our self-esteem is a bit of a tricky topic, because current research on self-esteem paints a very inconsistent picture: it seems that high self-esteem is certainly related to happiness, but it […]

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40 Ways to Let Go and Feel Less Pain

“If you let go a little, you will have a little peace. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace.” ~Ajahn Chah Eckhart Tolle believes we create and maintain problems because they give us a sense of identity. Perhaps this explains why we often hold onto our pain far beyond […]

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6 Steps Toward Resilience & Greater Happiness

By Therese J. Borchard Psychcentral 6 Steps Toward Resilience & Greater Happiness The opposite of depression is not happiness, according to Peter Kramer, author of “Against Depression” and “Listening to Prozac,” it is resilience: the ability to cope with life’s frustrations without falling apart. Proper treatment doesn’t suppress emotions or dull a person’s ability to […]

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Addicted to Stress? Surrender and Go With the Flow

By Judith Orloff, MD, Special to Everyday Health There’s a telling detail in the latest “Stress in America” survey from the American Psychological Association. About half of the respondents (48 percent) reported being regularly stressed out because they are “unable to control the important things in their life very or fairly often.” While many of us believe […]

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Staying off Facebook can make you happier, study claims

You may not like it, but staying away from Facebook will probably make you happier. Researchers in Denmark asked people to stop using their social media account for a week to see if it made any difference. And, it did according to the report: ‘The Facebook Experiment: Does social media affect the quality of our lives?’ by the […]

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How Vacations Affect Your Happiness

Vacations are a chance to take a break from work, see the world and enjoy time with family. But do they make you happier? Researchers from the Netherlands set out to measure the effect that vacations have on overall happiness and how long it lasts. They studied happiness levels among 1,530 Dutch adults, 974 of […]

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Get Outside More: Happiness is Maximized at 57°

In The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor recommends spending time in the fresh air to improve your happiness: Making time to go outside on a nice day also delivers a huge advantage; one study found that spending 20 minutes outside in good weather not only boosted positive mood, but broadened thinking and improved working memory…

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The PERMA Model

Bringing Well-Being and Happiness to Your Life We all want to be happy. When we’re happy, we’re productive, we’re good at building meaningful relationships with those around us, and… we feel great! However, happiness is a notoriously difficult thing to pin down, and by focusing on it too intensely, we can end up feeling unfulfilled. In […]

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(Not So Great) Expectations

Expectations: use them or be used by them. The brain is finely tuned to expectations, and an expectation that isn’t met, no matter how seemingly unimportant, can sometimes pack a punch. This stands out a lot with young children, who can lose the plot at the smallest unmet expectation (not having one more expected cookie […]

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Hit the refresh button

It’s easy to fill every waking moment of your free time with smartphone apps, social media browsing, TV, books, hobbies, and more, but it isn’t always a good idea. Sometimes what you need isn’t a distraction, it’s a moment to yourself. There isn’t a lot of free time in the day, for most people, but […]

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When Money CAN Bring You Happiness: 3 Cutting-Edge Researchers Share Their Secrets

By Molly Triffin – article found here. You’ve heard the refrain countless times: Money can’t buy happiness. Or love. Or class, for that matter. But a wave of new research suggests that cash can indeed increase your pleasure—if you manage it the right way.

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Laughter is the Best Medicine

The Health Benefits of Humor and Laughter Humor is infectious. The sound of roaring laughter is far more contagious than any cough, sniffle, or sneeze. When laughter is shared, it binds people together and increases happiness and intimacy. Laughter also triggers healthy physical changes in the body. Humor and laughter strengthen your immune system, boost […]

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Keeping Good Company: Why You Should Surround Yourself With Good People

People have a huge impact on your life. “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with,” says American entrepreneur and motivational speaker Jim Rohn. With this in mind, you should think about the people you’re spending time with the same way you think about what you eat and how […]

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Focus on people, not things.

The path to real happiness doesn’t lie through an iPhone or a fancy car. In fact, research suggests that people who are focused on material things are often trying to make up for other, unfulfilled needs in their lives. Materialistic people are often less happy with themselves and their lives than people who are less focused […]

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Cultivate optimism.

Why does winning the lottery not make people happy? In the 1970s, researchers followed people who’d won the lottery and found that a year afterward, they were no happier than people who hadn’t. This is called hedonic adaptation,[11] which suggests that we each have a “baseline” of happiness to which we return. No matter what […]

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Why Music Makes You Happy

THE GIST – Listening to moving music causes the brain to release dopamine, a feel-good chemical. – Dopamine-induced pleasure may help explain why music has been such a big part of human societies throughout history. – Understanding why people like listening to music is helping scientists understand human pleasure. People love music for much the […]

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40 Ways to Find Joy in Your Everyday Life

Here are 40 simple ways for accessing joy on a daily basis. 1. Play with kids. 2. Play like a kid. 3. Learn something new (play a new sport or game, learn how to cook a new dish). 4. Get out in nature. 5. Help someone in a small way (by carrying their groceries or […]

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Meditation Will Make You Smarter (and Happier)

Studies continuously demonstrate why meditation is good for us. Meditation is probably as old as human civilization itself. While the test of time could be proof positive demonstrating the benefits of meditation, scientific study has yielded evidence that meditation is good for us as well. In this blog post, I’ll summarize widely publicized research about […]

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6 Reasons Why Exercise Makes You Happy

Sure, you know exercise is good for you. It keeps your weight in check, makes you stronger, and keeps you feeling youthful and staying active into old age. But did you know that exercise can also make you a happier person? It’s true. When you work out and stay active on a regular basis, it’s […]

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The History of Happiness

Apparently it’s an American thing – beHAPPY A modern Russian adage holds that “a person who smiles a lot is either a fool or an American.” It’s true that when McDonald’s arrived in Russia, in 1990, one of its first tasks was to train clerks to seem cheerful. I’ve spent time since with Russian friends, […]

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Zen Living: 4 Ways Decluttering Increases Happiness

Before you read this, take a lap around your home. Make a mental note of all the “stuff” you see or find. Check the closest, the basement, and the cabinets. If you’re anything like me (or, more accurately, my wife!), you have a bunch of earthly possessions that you’ve had for God knows how long. […]

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8 Life-Changing Lessons From TED Talks on How to Be Happy

Ever wonder if you could make yourself happier? You can. Here’s how. BY MINDA ZETLIN   Co-author, ‘The Geek Gap What makes us happy? Thirteen happiness experts, including psychologists, researchers, monks, and the inimitable Malcolm Gladwell, try to shed light on this surprisingly difficult question in a series of TED Talks about happiness. Over and over, the […]

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30 Traits Happy People Have in Common

by MARC CHERNOFF “Happiness depends upon ourselves.” ―Aristotle Books on happiness are a dime a dozen.  I’m a bit of a self-improvement junkie, so I can assure that they are – I’ve read well over a hundred of them.  And no, it’s doesn’t mean that reading these books is a waste of time.  I have […]

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Troubling Habits of Chronically Unhappy People

By – Dr. Travis Bradberry Coauthor Emotional Intelligence 2.0 & President at TalentSmart Happiness comes in so many different forms that it can be hard to define. Unhappiness, on the other hand, is easy to identify; you know it when you see it, and you definitely know when it’s taken ahold of you. Unhappiness is lethal […]

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