Rediscovering Gratitude Just in Time for Thanksgiving

I frequently wrap up my Zen Under Ten talks with a quick review of what I think of as some of the low-hanging fruit practices – meaning those practices that require minimal time or effort on our part that can have a big impact on our moods, our resiliency, our overall happiness. Without question, to me the number one item on that hit list is gratitude journalling, and I …

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Happiness Now, Success Later - The Happiness Advantage

According to positive psychologist Shawn Achor, our society has the key to success exactly wrong. We’ve all been taught to believe that success is a prerequisite to happiness — if I work harder, I’ll be more successful, and if I’m more successful, then I’ll be happier.

Problem is that science doesn’t back that up. You probably don’t need a scientist to tell you that a positive, happy brain is …

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10 Ways to Celebrate Happiness Day

To celebrate International Happiness Day on March 20th I am going to stay home from work to be with my kids and dedicate our day to the celebration. Here are some ideas we’ve come up with so far for creating and spreading joy in our community:

RAK Attacks: It’s hard to say who gets more happiness from a Random Act of Kindness – the giver or the receiver. But …

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5 Tips for Raising More Resilient Kids

I’m at a hockey tournament this weekend where my son’s team has faced some serious competition. It’s been interesting to see how some kids easily shake off the losses and move on, while others carry the full weight of it on their shoulders (never mind that it’s a team sport). And it’s been hard watching the kids in the latter group struggle from game to game, their negativity …

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A Short Thought Exercise for Cultivating Happiness

Zen Under Ten is about harnessing the power of our minds to cultivate ease and real happiness. In that spirit, I offer you the list below as a framework for thinking your way to a happier, more present, you – anytime, anywhere. Follow these simple steps and it is almost impossible not to smile.

1. Picture in your mind the face of someone you love. Really see them. Picture …

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A Gratitude Practice in the Palm of Your Hand

Brother David Steindl-Rast is quoted as saying “Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in the palm of our hands . . .” I love this idea. It’s so empowering to believe that gratitude, which is always available to us, can be used at any time to help us cultivate feelings of happiness and relax, focus and trust in our own self-worth.

I’m …

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