Archives for January, 2012

Motivation

Increase Your Well-Being by “Getting in the Zone”

When was the last time you were 'in the zone'?

Think of a time when you were completely immersed in what you were doing, and it seemed effortless to perform at your peak.

Maybe you were doing a work project, playing sports, creating art, studying something interesting, or having a great conversation.

For me there are three activities where I lose track of time and get fully absorbed in the experience. These include...
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Personality

How Is Your Personality Impacting Your Happiness?

A great starting place to increase our level of happiness is to develop self-awareness, and a great place to develop self-awareness is to understand our personality.

There are many different interpretations and theories of personality, along with different tools to measure personality type.

Personality is thought to be a set of generally stable and consistent traits or tendencies we possess. These are the natural behavior responses we tend to elicit in any given situation.

One theory which has shown to be...
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Work

The 5 Cs for Finding Happiness at Work

On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the highest, how would you rate your satisfaction and fulfillment with the current work or profession you're involved with?

If you scored below a 5 ,what's the reason for this?

We all want to be happy and satisfied with the work we do, but many people work jobs that they find no fulfillment from.

They aren't engaged in their work responsibilities, they're either bored or overwhelmed...
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Relationships

How to Expand Your Relationships and Make Connections with Others

We all have different personalities. Some people are more introspective and calm, and others are more outgoing and gregarious.

I tend to be more introverted, and because of this I have had to put effort into developing lasting relationships. I have to be intentional with my interactions and work to put myself out there.

As well, I have learned that the quality of my interactions with others depends significantly on how I'm feeling and...
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Health

Simple Lifestyle Changes for a Happier Life

If I want to feel happier and more contentment, I try to increase positive emotions, engage in meaningful activities, meditate, and spend time with loved ones.

All of these ideas work pretty well, though there are also other aspects of well-being I don't always consider.

For instance, I'm not the type of person who counts calories and watches what I eat. Frankly I can still eat about anything I want without it negatively affecting my appearance...
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Emotional Awareness

How to Be Healthy and Happy the Mindful Way

If you're like me, you have to make an effort to slow down, be present, and unwind.

We live in a fast paced world with incessant activity and multiple points of attention.

This is why learning and practicing mindfulness is such a wonderful tool for experiencing greater emotional and physical health.

Mindful practices and interventions such as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and general mindfulness mediation have been shown to benefit people with...
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Purpose and Meaning

One Thing You May be Overlooking that Can Enhance Well-Being

There is something encouraging about a person who has a clear direction in life.

The goals they set, decisions they make, and values they hold revolve around a clear mission that offers them significance and engagement.

Their life has purpose and it shows.

Purpose helps us to establish meaning in life and relates to the goals we aspire to achieve. It is central to our lives and influences thoughts, emotions, and behavior.

It spurs our motivation and impacts the...
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Social Issues

Take the Pledge to Make the World a Happier Place

Dedicated researchers offer us empirical evidence about what we can do to enhance our positive emotions, find purpose and meaning, and ultimately increase our well-being.

Sharing this message with the general public so it can be applied requires social initiatives and organizations dedicated to this mission.

I recently came across one such organization that I am ecstatic to share with you!

The organization is called Action for Happiness, and is a movement of people committed...
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