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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Back to School Mindfulness

My son started at his new school today. It wasn’t class. Just a short meeting with his academic advisor and a chance to set up his new locker, but his nervous energy was out of control. While we sat waiting for our turn to meet with his teacher, his legs bounced up and down as he told me over and over again how nervous he was – excited, but …

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Five Senses Mindfulness

Five Senses Mindfulness is a great practice to help quiet a distracted mind and restore your sense of calmness and equanimity. It’s also really simple.

Start with three mindful breaths, breathing in deeply and bringing your attention full and completely to the sensation of the breath.

Then work your way through each of your five senses, trying to get past the immediate surface information and deeper into your experience:

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A 3-Step Mindfulness Practice for Peace of Mind

Sometimes you just need a quick fix to help get through this moment and into the next. When this happens to me and I’m feeling overwhelmed and unsure of myself, I find it helpful to remember this simple instruction from Pema Chodron’s book Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change:

“First, come into the present. Flash on what’s happening with you right now. Be fully aware of your body, its …

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12 Ways to Control Difficult Emotions

If you have a tween at home then you know just how easily and quickly their emotions can spin them out of control, taking you along for the ride. I swear I saw my son’s head spin a full 360° tonight. Where’s an exorcist when you need one?!

But never fear, help has arrived. Here’s a list of twelve tools that can help kids manage through their strong feelings, …

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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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