Want A Happy 2021? Science Says Do This!

With 2020 behind us, being happy is probably a popular resolution this New Year! Will losing some weight make you happy? Finding a better job? Moving to another state (or another planet, where there are no pandemics?) Science tells us it’s simpler than that and we can all do it.

Find Joy In The Journey

You’ll only pass this way once. That’s the iconic phrase about life that virtually every human being over the age of 6 has heard at least once. For some people, it’s a mantra. Part inspiration, part cautionary phrase, part last-thing-I’m-going-to-say, semi-dismissive, passive-aggressive encouragement to close out a conversation or part of one. But what the… Continue reading Find Joy In The Journey

Longevity, Health, Happiness and Consistency

One full week into changing my habit base, there haven’t been any miraculous changes. My weight hasn’t changed. I haven’t magically sprouted new muscles (I don’t think.) No new personal records or amazing changes in how I feel, how my brain works or anything else to report. But this change is about long-term, sustainable habits… Continue reading Longevity, Health, Happiness and Consistency

If Success Matters…

Some things I’ve learned about success. Or maybe some things I have to constantly remind myself of. Every success I have seems to have these elements sewn into it. Discipline keeps me pushing through when life weakens me. Consistency keeps me working strong and steady. Being nice to people means having more support, more resources… Continue reading If Success Matters…

Your Perception, Your World, Your Life

The world can be a difficult, contentious, challenging and even painful place. OR…it can be full of beauty, wonder, joy and love! It all depends on your perception. Perception is a choice. We can choose to see and experience the world and all that happens as happening “to us.” When can choose to see and… Continue reading Your Perception, Your World, Your Life

True Happiness

We all seek happiness. A future that improves on the present. But happiness is not some ethereal, mystical and perfect place at which to arrive. Happiness is a state of being. Dr. Jordan Peterson says “Perhaps happiness is always to be found in the journey uphill, not in the fleeting sense of satisfaction awaiting at… Continue reading True Happiness

Joy of Giving Outlasts the Joy of Receiving: Study

The happiness we feel after a particular event or activity diminishes each time we experience that event, a phenomenon known as hedonic adaptation. But giving to others may be the exception to this rule, according to research forthcoming in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. In two studies, psychology researchers Ed… Continue reading Joy of Giving Outlasts the Joy of Receiving: Study

Podcast: The Power of Gratitude in Your Life and Brain

Gratitude. It’s a buzzword for personal growth. We’re told from the time we’re just tiny tots to say thank you and show gratitude, even when we don’t feel like it. But gratitude has power. Real power. Gratitude can change your outlook on life.Gratitude can change your hormone balance.Gratitude can influence behavior.Gratitude can ease anxiety and… Continue reading Podcast: The Power of Gratitude in Your Life and Brain

Belief and Happiness

New research suggests people who are religious gain happiness from believing there is a deeper meaning to everyday events. Dr Jonathan Ramsay is a Senior Lecturer in psychology at James Cook University’s Singapore campus, with a particular interest in the psychology of religion. His team surveyed 231 people from a diverse mix of Christians, Buddhists… Continue reading Belief and Happiness