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Meaning and the Mind

I must admit that I never used to wait on pins and needles for previous revisions to the Big Book of Maladies (aka Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) the way I have been anxiously waiting for this one. Perhaps it's because I'm writing an abnormal...

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How to Break Through the Digital Noise

If you want to know how dramatically brand marketing has changed in the digital world, consider the humble Ziploc bag. It used to be that such mundane products were only the fodder of advertising inserts in the Sunday newspaper. But if you search for “Ziploc bags” on...

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The Business Value Of Mindfulness

No reasonable person doubts that basic literacy is a fundamental business skill. After all, you won’t get far if you can’t read and write. So too with basic social and communication skills. But mindfulness? Is mindfulness—a practiced nonjudgmental in-the-moment...

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4 Ways Mindfulness Can Enhance Your Happiness

By Dr. Elise Bialylew “It is the mind that translates good and bad circumstances into happiness or misery. So happiness comes with the purging of mental toxins, such as hatred, compulsive desire, arrogance and jealousy, which literally poison the mind. It also...

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The Psychology of Happiness

What makes you happy? This question is not as easy as it might seem. According to Shawn Achor in the Happiness Advantage, most Americans find free time harder to enjoy than work. Yes, you read that right. It’s easier for most of us to be successful than to be happy....

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Mindfulness Meditation May Ease Anxiety, Mental Stress

POSTED JANUARY 08, 2014, 1:05 PM , UPDATED DECEMBER 14, 2016, 2:58 PM Julie Corliss, Executive Editor, Harvard Heart Letter mindful meditation using a zen rock garden My mom began meditating decades ago, long before the mind-calming practice had entered the wider...

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How Our Addiction to Struggle Holds Us Back

By Ezzie Spencer “Happiness is the absence of striving for happiness.” ~Chuang Tzu Do you feel, on some level, that your life is hard work? That you need to struggle in order to improve things in your world? Do you feel that you even need to struggle to reach a...

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Embracing Hardship, a Surprising Secret to Happiness

We try to avoid pain and difficulty. Research shows that embracing it will help. Posted Jun 29, 2015 Research shows that we have more positive experiences than negative ones, yet research also shows that our brain tends to focus on the negative aspects of our lives....

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Study: Experiences Make Us Happier Than Possessions

By Elizabeth Landau CNN (CNN) -- Even in tough economic times, you may find yourself with a bit of cash to spare. You've been working hard, and you want to treat yourself. Should you spend it on an experience, such as a baseball game or Psychological research suggests...

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Hedonomics – The (Behavioural) Economics Of Happiness

In 2004 I came across a treatise on the subject of happiness, and how to achieve it, in quite possibly the last place on earth I would have expected to find it: a newsletter published by an investment bank. The author’s name was James Montier, a stock market analyst....

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The Science Of Happiness

On July 31, I joined around 500 other people in the Camden Centre in London to hear a talk on The Science of Happiness by Dr Tal Ben-Shahar organized by the UK’s leading happiness movement, Action for Happiness. As well as authoring several books, Tal Ben-Shahar...

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Positive Intelligence

by: Shawn Achor FROM THE JANUARY–FEBRUARY 2012 ISSUE In July 2010 Burt’s Bees, a personal-care products company, was undergoing enormous change as it began a global expansion into 19 new countries. In this kind of high-pressure situation, many leaders pester their...

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Why Employee Engagement Is The Secret To Workplace Happiness

Would you say that your employees are happy? Probably. Would your employees say that they are happy? That may be tougher to judge. In honor of August being “National Happiness Month,” we’re taking a look at what workplace “happiness” is, how to measure it, and the...

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