April 2009

10 Secrets to Finding Happiness During the Recession Research has pinpointed ways to feel good even in the worst of times By Deborah Kotz Posted April 22, 2009 How can we truly feel happy right now, in this moment when our 401(k)'s and house values are tanking? When...

Within the field of positive psychology there's a sub-discipline known as positive deviance in which those who deviate from the norm, in a positive way, are studied and copied. The idea is that we can learn from these extraordinary people and benefit from their...

Using statistical analyses of thousands of subjects, a study in The British Medical Journal has shown that happiness actually spreads from person to person, up to three connections away. 'so if your friend's friend's friend becomes happier, it ripples through the network and affects you,...

I want you to close your eyes (well, read the rest of this paragraph first) and-for about a minute-think of the following words: sanctuary, tranquility, and retreat. What images come to mind? What thoughts, emotions, and sensations do you experience? Where might one find such...

The happiness and positive psychology research has touched much on the relationship between happiness, health, wellbeing and relationships including marriages but they've not often addressed friendship. Read on...

Research indicates that practicing loving kindness meditation increases positive emotions including happiness, love, joy, gratitude, contentment, hope, pride, amusement and awe. Participants also benefited from an increase in mindfulness, self-acceptance, positive relationships and good physical health, as well as increased life satisfaction. To read more from...

"You make me feel better with your energy." "I want whatever you"re on." Two of the most recent comments I received - not from clients - but from colleagues. So, why am I at ease with myself despite a great recession, daily obstacles and...

A new University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) study published in the advanced online edition of the journal Social Indicators Research suggests a link between the ease with which older adults can access and understand health information and their happiness. In the study, researchers surveyed...

Review by Paul Bloom Sunday, April 19, 2009 Attention and the Focused Life By Winifred Gallagher Penguin Press. 244 pp. $25.95 Don't check your e-mail; stop Twittering, browsing, Facebooking, eating, drinking, listening to music and watching the children. Take seriously, if just for a few minutes,...