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A Lesson in “Simplicity”

There are a lot of things in life that are truly complicated and challenging to solve – a long-term solution for peace in the Middle East, calculus, mapping the human genome, or deciphering if my wife is really ‘fine’ or if I’m actually in trouble.On the other hand, there are things that seem more difficult than they are –

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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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How to Gain Sustainable Happiness?

Why is it that happiness is fleeting? How could it be that you feel great in the morning yet that contentedness fades away by the evening? If I would ask you about your happiest time during the last month your mind will probably wander to an event or a period of time...

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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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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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Grateful Kids = Happy Kids

DRS. FRY & FERRARI According to research by our colleagues at the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, “People who practice gratitude feel considerably happier (25%) than those in a control group; they are more joyful, enthusiastic, interested, and...

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Should Happiness Be Part of the School Curriculum?

Olivia Parker 11 JULY 2016 • 1:01PM Every morning after the register, the 260 pupils of Westfield Primary School in Hertfordshire settle in their classrooms into “mountain pose” (standing up, shoulders relaxed) or a sitting position. They close their eyes, imagine...

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Why Is Happiness Fleeting?

Why Is Happiness Fleeting? Why is it that happiness is fleeting? How could it be that you feel great in the morning yet that contentedness fades away by the evening? If I would ask you about your happiest time during the last month your mind will probably wander to an...

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Money & Happiness

MONEY & HAPPINESS What is your earliest memory of being happy? Do you remember that feeling being a kid on a warm summer night, the grass under your bare feet, and the freeing feeling of not having to go to school the next day? For me, being happy is being free...

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Money is not the Goal, Time is

MONEY IS NOT THE GOAL, TIME IS "Happy Friday," the woman at the checkout counter says, "We finally made it." Every week feels the same in the corporate world – my friends are excited it's the weekend, clients ubiquitously end emails with "have a nice weekend" or Happy...

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The Power of Passion

It can be destructive or healthy—the choice is up to you I can't live If living is without you I can't live I can't give anymore —"Without You" I remember the first time I heard these lyrics, sung by Mariah Carey—a cover of a desperately emotional ballad that equates...

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