Tag: Happiness

Sporting: A Rough Ride to Bliss in Bhutan

The Kingdom of Bhutan is perhaps best known for its credo of Gross National Happiness, or G.N.H., an official index of prosperity and quality of life in place of gross domestic product. G.N.H. is based on four guiding pillars: good governance, sustainable socioeconomic development, environmental conservation, and the promotion and […]

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New Study Shows Most Americans Are Lonely

If you are feeling lonely, you’re not alone. A recent study involving 340 San Diego County residents of various ages has found that loneliness is shockingly widespread.1 The study suggests that there is a 76% prevalence of moderate to severe loneliness in American society. This is a bombshell statistic. After […]

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Finland Dispatch: It’s Cold, Dark and Lacks Parking. But Is This Finnish Town the World’s Happiest?

KAUNIAINEN, Finland — Jan Mattlin was having what counts as a bad day in Kauniainen. He had driven to the town’s train station and found nowhere to park. Mildly piqued, he called the local newspaper to suggest a small article about the lack of parking spots. To Mr. Mattlin’s surprise, […]

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Common Threads of Well-Being: 5 Ideas that Influence and Integrate

The concept of well-being has many facets, yet themes weave through all stages of development and point to critical aspects of how and with whom we spend time. Money can’t buy love, but up to a certain level it is crucial to well-being. Health and relationships matter, and pursuing goals […]

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The Eternal Return: Nietzsche’s Brilliant Thought Experiment Illustrating the Key to Existential Contentment

Chance and choice converge to make us who we are, and although we may mistake chance for choice, our choices are the cobblestones, hard and uneven, that pave our destiny. They are ultimately all we can answer for and point to in the architecture of our character. Joan Didion captured this with searing lucidity in […]

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We’re Adopting … Again!

Hello friends! I have the most wonderful news to share with you today … our second adoption is underway! For those of you who have followed our story closely, I’m sure it comes as no surprise as it has been our intention from the beginning to adopt a sister for Nova from China. We had […]

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How I Lived the Best Life I Could In The Face of a Challenging Diagnosis

This is a story of perseverance, overcoming obstacles and following dreams. Not really. Well to some degree the following dreams part is right. But essentially, this is just a story of my life. When I graduated high school, I decided to take a gap year. This turned into 9 gap years, which I spent working […]

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The Little Things That Make People Happier

People training their curiosity tried an activity or interest that was new to them. Practising being a little more curious, thankful, optimistic, enthusiastic and humorous makes people happier, research finds. People who worked on strengthening positive attributes like these felt more satisfied with their lives, psychologists have discovered. Training simply involved practicing the strength. For […]

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7 Little Changes that Will Make a Big Difference with Your Mood

Picture this: it’s early in the morning. You start waking up slowly. Before you become aware of your physical surroundings, you sort of come back into your body, from the haze of wherever you went while you were sleeping. Perhaps there was a dream that faded behind you – and you can’t remember details, only […]

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5 Tips Toward More Generous Listening

“The degree to which I can create relationships, which facilitate the growth of others as separate persons, is a measure of the growth I have achieved in myself.”   – Carl Rogers We all want to be heard, but how well do we listen? Cultivating the art of listening can go a long way toward creating […]

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3 Strange and Surprising Ways Music Affects Your Well-Being

Ask any busy student prepping for finals week or a stressed executive taking a breather at the local spa – music can change your mood. You don’t need to be told so, of course. You’ve experienced the incredible mood-altering powers of music first-hand. But beyond amplifying your existing emotions, are there any scientifically proven benefits […]

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The Most Damaging Myths about Motherhood

You should be able to get pregnant right away. It’s what women’s bodies are designed to do. You should love being pregnant—or at least embrace it. After all, you’re growing a child! Pregnancy is when you get to enjoy all those feel-good hormones flowing through your body—and after you give birth, you should be thrilled […]

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Conscious: How to Turn Off Your Autopilot

Today’s accelerating pace of disruptive change challenges many people’s ability to adapt. Despite our best efforts, many of us feel left behind — failing to learn quickly enough to move with the times. The ultimate culprit is not simply a lack of awareness of developing trends or technologies. I believe it’s more fundamental than that: […]

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