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Enlightenment

Enlightenment. The E word. The state of consciousness all spiritual seekers hope for. And yet wishing for enlightenment is a wonderfully paradoxical experience: craving the state of non-craving, trying for effortlessness. There is something fascinating about this...

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Mindfulness: Dealing with Mind Wandering

Meditation slowly permeates your everyday life. We frequently think of meditation as a practice that lasts for a determined length of time, and is confined to the specific time of the meditative practice – mornings and evenings, for example. But meditation is not an...

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Help Kids Practice Gratitude- All Year Round

by Dr. Carla Fry and Dr. Lisa Ferrari Our culture trains us from an early age to reach for something new or something better. The practice of gratitude is a great way to help us stop and appreciate what we already have. If you think about it, if we are not grateful...

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Why Ambition Could Make You Rich, But Not Happy

By Tim Hume, for CNN Admired in some people, reviled in others -- there are few character traits as confoundingly double-edged as ambition. Generally accepted as a prerequisite for success, it is nonetheless just as widely viewed as a dirty word. So is it a virtue, or...

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Is happiness the secret of success?

By Shawn Achor, Special to CNN Scientifically, can happiness be an advantage? Some people think if you are happy, you are blind to reality. But when we research it, happiness actually raises every single business and educational outcome for the brain. How did we miss...

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Happiness is the Key to Success

"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful." Albert Schweitzer. As yourself the following questions: Would having more money make you happier or, would being happier make you more...

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The Science and Psychology Behind Happiness

By Sarah Gehrke Happiness has been a subject of curiosity for many centuries, beginning with ancient Greek philosophy, through post-Enlightenment Western-European ethical philosophy (principally Utilitarianism), to existing quality of life and welfare study in...

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Happiness Is Being Socially Connected

BY CHRISTINE CARTER | OCTOBER 31, 2008 Print Bookmark Network, network, network. Adults in the business world certainly know how important it is to stay connected to their colleagues and peers if they are to have successful careers, but did you know that the number...

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What Technology Can’t Change About Happiness

As pills and gadgets proliferate, what matters is still social connection. BY ADAM PIORE ILLUSTRATION BY NAFTALI BEDER SEPTEMBER 17, 2015 In 2014, researchers at the University of Warwick in England announced they had found a strong association between a gene mutation...

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Want to Be Happy? Make Your Relationships Exceptional

New data from our Science of Happiness course confirm the link between well-being and relationship quality. BY EMILIANA R. SIMON-THOMAS | NOVEMBER 9, 2015 Print Bookmark How do you think a friend would rate the quality of your relationship with her? How would she...

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Relationships

The top line: People who have one or more close friendships appear to be happier. The sharing of personal feelings (self-disclosure) plays a major role in the relief of stress and depression. Listening carefully and responding in encouraging ways (Active-Constructive...

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Happiness and Your Health

Find a happier and healthier you with a few simple strategies. It's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life and lose sight of what makes you happy. Really happy. But making sure your happiness meter is giving optimal readings can provide many...

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Six Ways Happiness Is Good for Your Health

Need some extra motivation to get happier? Check out the ways that well-being has been linked to good health. BY KIRA M. NEWMAN | JULY 28, 2015 Print Bookmark Over the past decade, an entire industry has sprouted up promising the secrets to happiness. There are...

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Happiness can affect physical health

A new review indicates that subjective well-being -- factors such as life satisfaction and enjoyment of life -- can influence physical health. The review's investigators also examine why this is so and conditions where it is most likely to occur. Subjective well-being...

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