Happiness Habits

Edmund Burke’s Remarkable Letter to His Children About Generosity and the Importance of Honoring the Dignity of Those in Need – Brain Pickings – Happiness Article

The Anglo-Irish statesman and philosopher Edmund Burke (January 12, 1729–July 9, 1797) was a rare centaur of a creature. Although in the centuries since his death his ideas have been somewhat hijacked to conservative ends, in his own day they were embraced by liberals and conservatives alike. A staunch champion of freedom and a vocal critic of British colonialism, he influenced minds as vast and varied as Frankenstein author Mary Shelley, her radical philosopher father William Godwin, Romantic poetry beacons…

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10 Ways to Step Up Your Personal Growth and Succeed in Life – Happiness Article

When you apply what you’ve learned about yourself in your day-to-day, you’re setting yourself up for achieving success. There are many ways to develop and grow as a human.Personal growth is a divine transcendence involving the physical, mental and emotional aspects of ourselves. To me, challenges act as a passageway or path toward greater awareness and a better understanding of your self — the self which is multilayered, dynamic and complex and demands (but resists) change.Personal growth, however, is bigger…

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A dangerous woman: Pat Mitchell speaks TEDWomen 2019 – Happiness Article

Pat Mitchell speaks at TEDWomen 2019: Bold + Brilliant, December 4-6, 2019, Palm Springs, California. Photo: Marla Aufmuth / TED Pat Mitchell has nothing left to prove and much less to lose. Now more than ever, she cares less about what others say, speaks her mind freely — and she’s angry, too. She’s become a dangerous woman, through and through. Not dangerous, as in feared, but fearless; a force to be reckoned with. On the TEDWoman stage, she invites all…

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How I Found Healing and Happiness in a Third World Country – Happiness Article

“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” ~Jim Rohn For years I dreamed of leaving the winters of Northern Ontario, Canada and basking in the warm golden sun somewhere in Central America from October to May. I would joke with my co-workers every winter “This is my last winter here, I swear!” I did that for years until finally, one year, it was my last winter there. But it wasn’t because it was the…

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Abundance and Gratitude – Happiness Article

Mistakenly, some people think that Buddhism condemns all desire. But there is no getting rid of desire. Instead, Buddhist psychology leads us from desire to abundance. The Indian sage Nisargadatta, one of my teachers, challenged his students, saying, “The problem with you is not that you have desires, but that you desire so little. Why not desire it all? Why not want complete fulfillment, joy, and freedom?” Nisargadatta did not mean boundless greed. He spoke from the state of consciousness…

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7 Assumptions We Need to Stop Making About Other People – Happiness Article

Never underestimate a person’s challenges. Everyone is struggling. Some are just better at hiding it than others. Too often we judge people too quickly, or too subjectively. We tell ourselves stories about them without thinking it through—our perceptions and biases get the best of us. I was reminded of this today when I received the following in an email from a Think Better, Live Better 2020 ticket-holder (I’m sharing this with permission): “…I learned the hard way that a smile…

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3 Simple Ways To Stay Motivated Even When Nothing Is Working Out – – Happiness Article

Have you ever wake up in the morning thinking… What´s the point of this? Why should I keep working when nothing ever works out? Well, youre not alone. From time to time, every one of us struggles with this. I know, from my own experience, how hard it is to keep working, struggling and hustling when you don´t see any tangible results. Actually, you can do it only until you are complete lack of motivation. That´s why in this article…

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A Merry Minimalist Christmas – Happiness Article

Here it is again. The most wonderful time of the year. Everything is red, white, green, gold, even pink and blue. One can fill their whole phone with saved pictures from the web of rooms filled with the most beautiful decor. From Dr. Seuss Christmas to the glam girl pink Candy Land themed rooms. This season is easily the best time for any company to make its biggest sales out of the year. And here we are, faced with so…

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Alea Kay: ‘we zijn allemaal briljant’ – Happiness Article

Zangeres en coach Alea Kay, voorheen Lex Empress, vertelt ons openhartig over haar reis en haar visie op dit stormachtige maar mooie leven. “Wees lief, werkelijke vriendelijk. Tegen iederéén.” Wij spraken haar.Kun je uitleggen wat je precies doet?“Ik doe onder andere woordimprovisaties. Ik krijg woorden uit het publiek en maak daar een kloppend lied van. Het doel is altijd transformatie. Wat zijn we nou eigenlijk met zijn allen aan het doen? Waar willen we naartoe? Daar probeer ik samen met…

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“I Try to Focus on My Breath, and Within Seconds, I’m Focusing on the Deadlines I’m Missing.” – Happiness Article

Interview: Dan Zevin. Dan Zevin is a Thurber Prize-winning humorist who has written for the New York Times, The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Rolling Stone, Salon, Real Simple, Parents, and The Wall Street Journal, and as a comic commentator for NPR. He’s also the author of  Dan Gets a Minivan and The Day I Turned Uncool, which were both optioned by Adam Sandler. His latest book and YouTube series is Very Modern Mantras: Daily Affirmations for Daily Aggravations. I love aphorisms, proverbs, koans, paradoxes,…

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What Happens When You Take a Facebook Break – Happiness Article

For a healthier and happier life, you might try to quit something: sugar, gossiping, hitting the snooze button. These days, many people have directed their self-improvement energy at trying to quit social media, at least temporarily. I decided to join them. On Monday, November 18, at 1 p.m., I embarked on my own Facebook and Instagram sabbatical—for research purposes, of course. Admittedly, I was curious how I’d spend the extra time—and whether all the curly hair gurus I follow were…

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How to Break Free from Negative Thinking for Good – Happiness Article

Cultivating a positive mental attitude starts with a realization — a realization that you’re not the only one who has struggled, who has survived, and who has started over again. You are not alone, and there is a way through the darkness. There is simple wisdom, which can be relied upon, to help.Find support, but also learn self-care in how you treat yourself which is what positivity is all about. That self talk, that perception, that attitude you choose changes…

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Crossover: A night of talks in partnership with Brightline – Happiness Article

Ricardo Vargas, executive director of the Brightline, welcomes the audience to TEDSalon: Crossover — a night of talks about how we can collaborate, share and learn from each other. (Photo: Jasmina Tomic / TED) To crossover is to fully embrace what complements us, to find insight and illumination from a style or field adjacent to our own. When fully achieved, it allows us to become greater than the sum of our parts. In this evening of talks, five speakers and…

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What I Now Know After Feeling Miserable and Worthless at Work – Happiness Article

“You don’t need anyone’s affection or approval in order to be good enough. When someone rejects or abandons or judges you, it isn’t actually about you. It’s about them and their own insecurities, limitations, and needs, and you don’t have to internalize that. Your worth isn’t contingent upon other people’s acceptance of you—it’s something inherent.” ~Danielle Koepke Imagine you’re in your early thirties, in a job you enjoy at a company you love, and you just got promoted (without lobbying for it),…

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Gratitude and Wonder – Happiness Article

If we cannot be happy in spite of our difficulties, what good is our spiritual practice? —Maha Ghosananda Gratitude is a gracious acknowledgment of all that sustains us, a bow to our blessings, great and small. Buddhist monks begin each day with chants of gratitude for the gifts of food and shelter, of friendship and for the teachings that benefit all. In the same way, Native American elders begin each ceremony with grateful prayers to Mother Earth and Father Sky,…

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This Is How The Keto Diet Can Help With Alzheimer’s Disease – Happiness Article

When it comes to brain health, prevention is everything. While you can take necessary steps to help heal your brain (remember that we’re not stuck with the brain we have—everyone has the power to take control of their brain health), it’s always important to begin as early as you can. As with most areas of disease, preventing the illness before symptoms even arise is the way to go (yes, even in your 20s!).Nutritional psychiatrist Georgia Ede, M.D., especially feels this…

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What are the 2 permanent lessons about everyday life to learn from Batman the DC character? – – Happiness Article

According to Screenrant, today Batman is one of the most popular superheroes around. He’s right up there with Superman and Wonder Woman and is a well-known hero. I had just finished watching another Batman movie, it didn’t disappoint of course. This superhero character has always fascinated me. The fact that this character will do anything to protect the innocent and bring justice is awesome to me. I am a fan of this character and not only because of the cool…

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5 Ways to Cultivate a Present Moment Gratitude Practice – Happiness Article

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on what we are grateful for in our lives. Many families have a tradition of going around the table at the Thanksgiving meal to name something they are grateful for that year, while others may incorporate gratitude in a more structured way as part of their morning or evening routines. Regardless of when we give thanks, the research is clear: expressing gratitude can make you healthier and happier. Yet, like many things that we…

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Kristallen ontladen: zo reinig je jouw stenen – Happiness Article

Kristallen kunnen energie opnemen uit de omgeving. Dat is niet altijd positief – bijvoorbeeld als er veel ruzie of verdriet is. Daarom is het belangrijk om stenen regelmatig te reinigen, oftewel kristallen ontladen.Ook als je kristallen gebruikt voor healings is het aan te raden ze voor en na een sessie te resetten of energetisch ‘op te frissen’. En ook als je een steen nieuw hebt aangeschaft, is het goed om hem voor gebruik te reinigen.Hoe vaak moet je een kristal…

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What I Read This Month: November 2019 – Happiness Article

For more than two years now, every Monday morning, I’ve posted a photo on my Facebook Page of the books I finished during the week, with the tag #GretchenRubinReads.  I get a big kick out of this weekly habit—it’s a way to shine a spotlight on all the terrific books that I’ve read. As I write about in my book Better Than Before, for most of my life, my habit was to finish any book that I started. Finally, I realized that…

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The Deep Fear That Makes Us Turn to Mister Rogers – Happiness Article

I’ve spent a lot of time with Mister Rogers over the last three years as I researched and wrote my book about his life and faith. Throughout, I have been fascinated by the question of why we keep summoning him forth from memory. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood by Sony Pictures Releasing premiered on November 22, 2019. For decades, we have recalled Fred whenever something terrible happened in our world, sharing his comforting words and image on social media.…

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Alain de Botton on Existential Maturity and What Emotional Intelligence Really Means – Brain Pickings – Happiness Article

“Maturity is the ability to live fully and equally in multiple contexts,” poet and philosopher David Whyte wrote in one of his most beautiful meditations. A generation before him, Anaïs Nin took up the subject in her diary, which is itself a work of philosophy: “If you intensify and complete your subjective emotions, visions, you see their relation to others’ emotions. It is not a question of choosing between them, one at the cost of another, but a matter of…

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How to Train Your Brain to Be Creative – Happiness Article

Have you ever looked down on yourself or even think you can never achieve anything significant in life? This belittling thought pattern will prevent you from attaining peak performance and becoming productive in life and your relationships. It will also hinder you from being opened to greater possibilities that can change your life.This is the more reason you need to learn how to be creative.What Is Creativity? Creativity is the ability or tendency to recognize and curate ideas, possibilities, alternatives…

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Crossover: A night of talks in partnership with Brightline Initiative – Happiness Article

Ricardo Vargas, executive director of the Brightline Initiative, welcomes the audience to TEDSalon: Crossover — a night of talks about how we can collaborate, share and learn from each other. (Photo: Jasmina Tomic / TED) To crossover is to fully embrace what complements us, to find insight and illumination from a style or field adjacent to our own. When fully achieved, it allows us to become greater than the sum of our parts. In this evening of talks, five speakers…

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My Pain Was a Gift and a Catalyst for Growth – Happiness Article

“Sometimes pain is the teacher we require, a hidden gift of healing and hope.” ~Janet Jackson I was becoming more and more confused as to what my feelings were toward my husband. Longing for that personal adult male connection, I started to feel trapped in my marriage. However, I still had a very strong sense of our family unit and my commitment to it. I wasn’t going to do anything to jeopardize the family, even if it meant sacrificing my…

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Awaken the One Who Knows – Happiness Article

As your spacious heart opens, you can rediscover the vast perspective you’d almost forgotten. A spacious heart reveals the spacious mind. This is the mind that, after you’ve stubbed your toe, hopped around, and howled, finally laughs. The mind that, when you are upset with your partner, goes to sleep and wakes up, and sees that what was such a big deal has fallen into perspective. Your spacious mind is the natural awareness that knows and accommodates everything. My meditation…

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This Science-Backed Method Boosts Confidence and Self-Esteem – Happiness Article

Researchers at Florida State University were first able to identify different behaviors displayed by participants that were linked to appearance.These behaviors include but aren’t limited to: examining your skin, hair, upper and lower body, covering up or camouflaging part of yourself, asking for others to comment on your appearance, and comparing yourself to others. Many of these behaviors fall under “mirror-checking,” or “mirror gazing” and can have negative implications on one’s mental health.Researchers wanted to know how changing that behavior…

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How to sleep better with meditation – – Happiness Article

When I was building my first business as a translator many years ago, I suffered from a lot of stress. I started having intense pain in my shoulders, neck, arms, hands and back as a result of very long hours in front of the computer. I sometimes had crazy deadline and would work until 1am! My sleep was also very disturbed. As I had a background as a dance and fitness, I was very aware of that I needed to…

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The Minimalist Mindset Strategy Guide – Happiness Article

“Momentum begets momentum, and the best way to start is to start.” — Gil Penchina One of the most important actions we can ever take is to craft a calm, centered life. A calm life is intentional, and focused. It results in a life well-lived because it is not tossed about by societal pressures. It is thoughtful, organized, and focused on the things that matter most. And one of the most effective ways to achieve a centered life is to…

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