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How to hack the happiness molecule Why You Need To Take A Sabbatical From Happiness Be Happier: Spend More Money on Others Happiness – Healthy Body and Spirit In Pursuit of True Happiness Random Act of Kindness: She gave her own jacket to help a shivering man Pursuit of Happiness Honoring Happiness: What Bhutan, a Cowboy Hat,
 

How to hack the happiness molecule

(CNN) – Paul J. Zak is the founding Director of the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies and Professor of Economics, Psychology and Management at Claremont Graduate University. He is the author of The Moral Molecule: The Source of Love and Prosperity. Evolution does not promote happiness. Most creatures live on the edge of survival and do whatever it takes […]

Why You Need To Take A Sabbatical From Happiness

If you Google happiness, about 77,600,000 links pop up, many of which are meant to help make you a little bit happier. As far as books on happiness, the results are overwhelming. The longing for happiness seems to increase the more we search for it. We are all searching for the fairytale “happily ever after.” […]

Be Happier: Spend More Money on Others

If you want to feel happier—and who doesn’t—what should you do with that $20 you have in your pocket? The evidence is clear, according to a new research paper: You should use it to help someone in need. Psychologists Elizabeth Dunn and Lara Aknin, along with Michael Norton of Harvard Business School, report that the benefits of helping others “are evident […]

Happiness – Healthy Body and Spirit

While Bob and I were waiting for an elevator at the VA Hospital in West Los Angeles, Bob began chatting with someone walking by. While the two of them were deep in conversation, a retired general stepped up and asked, “Are you with Bob?” I said, “Yes, I’m his son-in-law.” The general looked me in […]

In Pursuit of True Happiness

The ever elusive state of happiness is in the news again these days, as researchers continue to study the effects of lifestyle choices and other variables on a person’s sense of inner contentment. According to a recent New York Times op-ed, many social scientists attribute happiness to three major sources: genes (which contribute about 48 percent), events […]

Random Act of Kindness: She gave her own jacket to help a shivering man

Recently my husband and I went to our grandson Sam’s graduation ceremony at Penn-Trafford High School. It was so cold that day you would have thought it was winter. While we sat there freezing, my husband started to shake. (He had only a thin jacket on.) The girl in back of us saw him shaking, […]

Pursuit of Happiness

“I just keep thinking, I’m 22 and what have I done?” Shulamith Firestone, an instrumental leader in the growth of radical feminism, exclaimed this concern to a film director in the ’60s, according to the New Yorker article, “Death of a Revolutionary.” At the time she was rallying and organizing her fellow “sisters” into a new feminist […]

Honoring Happiness: What Bhutan, a Cowboy Hat, & the Economy Have in Common

From the moment she took the stage, smiling in a black cowboy hat and turquoise scarf, I knew I was in for a great talk. In October 2012, I had the pleasure of attending a Hunter Lovins lecture at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She is a charismatic sustainability leader. Lovins, the president and cofounder of Natural […]

Contentment is goal of future planning

10 May 2013

Question: My wife and I both work hard, and we like to travel to relax. We enjoy nice things, which until now has been fine because of our incomes. But I am starting to feel like we both work too much to enjoy the things we can buy. And we aren’t making a lot of progress […]

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Contentment increases as we age

10 May 2013

The May issue of “Consumer Report on Health” discusses new and interesting ideas about aging. One item caught my attention, that as we age, negative emotions begin to be less prevalent. A significant Gallup poll finds that we do mellow with age and happiness increases. We often find happiness in small events. I have a […]

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Encounter on the Appalachian Trail last year

20 March 2013

This is a great story from reader Steve who lives in West Virginia. While John and I were hiking on the Appalachian Trail last year we met a woman and her 10 year old (I think.) son at a shelter where we stayed one night. She was taking him on a 50+/- mile trek on […]

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My Resolution: Take Charge of My Happiness

09 January 2013

By making resolutions, we attempt to make ourselves feel we are in control, that we can decide how we will live our lives. But this week, I am not feeling like I’m in the driver’s seat, as a flurry of sickness and death has overshadowed the holidays. The past week has been brutal. I’m not […]

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26 Moments That Restored Our Faith In Humanity This Year

17 December 2012

Sometimes you need a reminder that people can do wonderful things.   1. The parents who made their son’s wheelchair into the best Halloween costume ever   2. The terminally ill man who loves receiving mail… and got more than he ever expected Scott Widak has Down syndrome and suffers from liver disease, and he loves receiving […]

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Money Does Lead to Happiness … Sometimes

14 December 2012

Finding the key to happiness may seem as elusive as capturing the fountain of youth, but science is increasingly revealing how the average person can attain bliss. Most recently, a study of rich and poor countries finds that individual wealth, material possessions and optimism are linked to greater well-being. The findings are contrary to one theory […]

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Marital Happiness: Surprise Is More Satisfying Than Stability

05 December 2012

Marital Happiness: Surprise Is More Satisfying Than Stability Positive psychologist Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky, whom I’ve referenced in my column and had on my radio show, has a piece in The New York Times on happiness in marriage. She talks about the two-year slump — the time when newlyweds’ happiness at their marriage tends to shift back to baseline: When married […]

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Dragon Baby

13 November 2012

Iron Baby’s little brother… IRON BABY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyoA4LXQco4 Images… https://docs.google.com/folder/d/0B7-20H6iLUf9QzdyZURXeHFIWHc/edit Music http://drunkmums.bandcamp.com/

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Niceness, humility impress college admission officers

15 October 2012

The real goal in college applications is to create a genuine bond with the person who is evaluating your application. I thought I’d start the first column of the school year by making the case for being nice. It may not help win presidential elections, but it can go a long way in the college […]

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My encounter with (the altruistic) Steve Jobs

08 October 2012

One year ago, on October 5th, 2011, Steve Jobs died. This is the story of the (sort of) personal encounter I had with the legendary co-founder and CEO of Apple, and his kindness and generosity to two people who are not only dear to me, but also to all readers of That’s Church. My thanks […]

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