Tag Archives: happiness
Posted on September 26th, 2013 by in Conscious Living, Medical Insights

A Working Guide to Lasting Happiness

A recent study confirms what those in the field of Positive Psychology have been saying for years: Namely, happiness isn’t a state of being, but a process that must be worked at and practiced. The research, published in the journal BMC Public Health, found that focusing on the positive and using tools such as mindfulness […]

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Posted on September 21st, 2013 by in Life Lessons

What Nature Can Teach Us About Happiness

by Dakota Sexton How often do you spend time in nature? There’s always something else we need to do inside: laundry, e-mails, housecleaning … and the list goes on, forever. But getting out into the wild is worth prioritizing: An unparalleled amount of research in the last decade shows that a walk in the woods […]

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Posted on September 16th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Living on Purpose

This summer, researchers at UCLA and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that, when it comes to our genes, there’s a difference between happiness derived from feeling good and that which comes from doing good. According to the study, people whose happiness stemmed from having a sense of purpose and meaning in […]

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Posted on August 27th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Living Gratitude

Twenty years ago, I was driving solo along the highways of New Mexico with some books on tape to keep me company. The most memorable of these was Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway, a self-help classic by the late Susan Jeffers. In addition to offering good ideas about managing fear, Jeffers suggested that […]

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Small Amounts of Loving-Kindness Meditation Lead to Big Change

One increasingly popular form of meditation is loving-kindness meditation (LKM), the practice of wishing one’s self and others to be happy, content, and at ease. In the yoga tradition, loving-kindness is seen as an opportunity to “cultivate the opposite.” Where many meditation techniques encourage students to explore difficult feelings or emotions directly, in loving-kindness, the […]

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Posted on August 14th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

The Letter I Never Sent

By Kim Childs, guest blogger         In the field of Positive Psychology, there’s a famous happiness-boosting exercise called the gratitude letter. Designed by Dr. Martin Seligman, it involves writing, delivering, and reading a letter of gratitude to someone whose life enriched yours. When Tal Ben-Shahar, my teacher in Kripalu’s Certificate in Positive Psychology (CiPP) program, […]

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Posted on July 17th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Gardening, Louis C.K., Howard Stern, and Living from Your True Self

I hate gardening. Don’t get me wrong; I love the idea of gardening. Truly. And I wish I was a gardener. I know that gardeners are better people than me. So I do try. Sometimes, on a Sunday, I join my wife and our boys in the back yard. I squat down among the carrot […]

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Posted on July 16th, 2013 by in Meditation

The Power of Kindness

Sharon Salzberg, guest blogger In northeastern India, there is a town called Bodh Gaya, which formed around the tree the Buddha was sitting under when he became enlightened. In 1971, an 18-year-old New Yorker named Sharon Salzberg traveled to Bodh Gaya and took her first intensive meditation course. Motivated by “an intuition that the methods […]

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Posted on July 10th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Garden Therapy

When my husband and I moved into this apartment, our backyard was a strip of dirt that lay between our stairs and the garage. Construction debris was scattered throughout, and a rusty stove sat at one end. Once the junk was cleared away, I saw that this dirt was also home to a beleaguered rose […]

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Posted on June 10th, 2013 by in Yoga

Imagining Change: The Power of Visualization

Change is a fact of life. Even if we take no steps to improve our lives, we’ll still grow older. Time will march forward. The question is whether we’ll move in a direction that leads somewhere we want to go or somewhere we don’t. So often, we think that if we want to experience this […]

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