Tag: Happiness

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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Trilobites: You Should Actually Send That Thank You Note You’ve Been Meaning to Write

Advertisement New research showed the recipients of an emailed expression of gratitude felt much more “ecstatic” than writers expected. July 20, 2018 Dear reader, We want to let you know that we are grateful that you are taking the time to click on this headline. Because without you reading the story, what’s the point? We […]

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Turning Vacant Lots Into Green Spaces Shown to Reduce Depression

Turning vacant urban land into green spaces significantly reduces feelings of depression and improves overall mental health for the surrounding residents, according to a new study. The findings have implications for cities across the United States, where 15 percent of land is deemed “vacant” and often blighted or filled with trash and overgrown vegetation, according […]

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Ep. 18: We Discuss Wanting to Die By Suicide (& Other Facts)

Suicide is tragically common in our society and yet it’s seldom discussed outside of the mental health community. The media will cover high profile suicide, since they draw attention, but they devote little-to-no time to preventive coverage, since it’s not sexy. Gabe (bipolar) and Michelle (schizophrenic) dive deep into their thoughts about suicide, their suicidal […]

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The Character Trait That Makes People Happier

They approach potentially rewarding situations and achieve their ambitions. People with higher self-control are happier because they pursue more rewarding goals, research finds. Having high self-control is linked to being more positive in life, approaching potentially rewarding situations and achieving ambitions. People high on self-control are also less likely to focus on the negative, which leads […]

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Seven Ways to Become an Active Listener Using Classical Music

Music is present during virtually every activity in our daily lives. Whether you’re in an elevator, waiting in line at a drug store or shopping for new shoes, music is likely playing around you. But ask yourself this, do you really listen to this music, or do you simply hear it? Chances are, you’re doing […]

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Feelings: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

This was a title of a popular Western movie in the 60s, and indeed in life we will encounter situations we may consider good, bad, or ugly. It’s just the way our mind works. Our mind is an expert evaluator of feelings. When individuals are asked what feelings they would consider good, bad or ugly, […]

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