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Ambassador of Happiness and creator of the Foundations of Happiness Course, Maura Sweeney is passionate about life, people and finding what's best in us all. She shares her musings through podcasts, blogs, videos and her ebook series - The Art of Happiness.

A former corporate manager and home schooling mom, she's enjoying her Third Act as a Life Reimagined Cultural Journalist.

A 1980 graduate of Boston College who has traveled to over 50 countries, Maura imbues her posts with timeless inspiration to help others discover their own happiness in life and career - from the inside out.

Happily married for over 30 years, Maura and her husband Jim continue to grow, travel, and work together publishing MIKE Sports Comic Books. They have one daughter who is a journalist living in New York.

Entries by Maura Sweeney

3 Tips for a Happiness Reset When Form and Substance Fall Out of Synch

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2016 | 2:49 PM

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"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony." ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Are you happy and in harmony or are you suffering from the anxiety of discord?

If the forms and substance of your world are...

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Happiness: Surrendering Old Dogmas

(3) Comments | Posted May 4, 2016 | 3:45 PM

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Posing in front of public art in Sofia, Bulgaria, former bastion of Soviet era communism

"There are two sides to every question: my side and the wrong side." -- Oscar Levant

Have you been arguing in support of your dogma, even when...

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Aging v. Agelessness: AARP Campaign Helps Bridge Generation Gaps

(5) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 10:48 AM

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With millennial Tomislav Simpovic at Eleven, an accelerator venture and seed fund headquartered in Sofia, Bulgaria
"The trick is growing up without growing old."

~ Casey Stengel

Are you growing up without growing old, living in the strata of humanity that collaborates and...

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Minding Skeletons at Yale's Skull and Bones

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2016 | 2:54 PM

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"I have far too many skeletons in my closet to think about any sort of serious mention of public office."
~ David Cone


What would happen if every secret were disclosed and all the skeletons in...

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ReMovement After 50: Not Your Grandparents' Generation

(6) Comments | Posted January 12, 2016 | 4:24 PM

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Post 50 and ready to flash mob with my daughter
"You can't help getting older, but you don't have to get old."

~ George Burns

Aging might be a fact of life but we're quickly changing the way we live it.

When I...

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We Can All Be Goodwill Ambassadors

(3) Comments | Posted December 11, 2015 | 10:14 AM

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Speaking before the Ivanov School of Leadership Alumni Association - Skopje, Macedonia
"When people ask where I studied to be an ambassador, I say my neighborhood and my school. The younger you start, the better. " -- former U.S. Ambassador Andrew Young

Ambassadors...

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Surveying the Backdrops of Our Mind

(2) Comments | Posted October 25, 2015 | 10:50 AM

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Sitting before one of the New York Public Library's heady backdrops

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves. -- Buddha

What does the mural or backdrop...

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Finding Happiness at the 13th FIMBA World Masters Basketball Championships

(2) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 9:57 AM

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Opening Ceremony of FIMBA 2015 World Championship Games in Orlando's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
"Sport has the power to change the world." ~ Nelson Mandela

The FIMBA basketball brotherhood from across the globe recently gathered in Orlando, Florida's ESPN Wide...

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Finding Rest on Labor Day

(0) Comments | Posted September 7, 2015 | 11:04 AM

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Scribing in the sand along Clearwater Beach before the tide removed my message

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." ~ Jesus

Are you finding rest on Labor Day?

I always thought...

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Happiness, Higher Education and the Pillars of Life

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 2:09 PM

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Posing at my alma mater Boston College

Will an Ivy League degree -- or even your next advanced degree -- bring you happiness, satisfaction and personal success?

I'm not sure if two recent trips around the northeast or August back-to-school fever...

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Maura Sweeney: Ambassador of Happiness at UNESCO's Nelson Mandela Day

(8) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 2:46 PM

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"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."

~ Harriet Tubman

In what may be the shortest blog I've ever written,...

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Happiness and the Inner Voice of Destiny

(2) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 12:44 PM

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Obey your inner voice and follow your destiny
"It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves."

-- William Shakespeare

You have a destiny.

You may not have connected with it yet, but destiny has been with you...

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Finding Happiness With a Mental Vacation

(7) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 1:23 PM

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It doesn't take much to make me happy ... a place in the sun will do!
"Year by year we are learning that in this restless, strenuous American life of ours vacations are essential." -- Ellsworth Huntington

Is it time for you to...

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The Happiness of Becoming an Iconic Woman

(6) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 2:55 PM

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Cosmopolitan Magazine's former Editor-in-Chief Kate White keynoting at the 2015 Iconic Women event in St. Petersburg, Florida

"Go big or go home."

~ Kate White, NY Times Best Selling Author and Former Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan Magazine

When...

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Happiness Exploring Our Bigger Self

(4) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 4:56 PM

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"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure." ~ Marianne Williamson

Do you view yourself as a spec within the cosmos, or the cosmos within a spec?

If you view yourself...

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Happiness: Remembering the Sun Is Always Shining

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 6:11 PM

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Rain or Shine, Happy in the City of London
Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you. -- Charlotte Whitton

If you're like many, you probably need a regular dose of sunshine. It keeps your spirits high and your...

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Regina Calcaterra's Life No Longer Etched in Sand

(2) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 11:08 AM

After listening to Regina Calcaterra convey her background as an abandoned child, I understood why her Etched in Sand memoir sat right next to Maya Angelou on the New York Times Best Seller List. Despite her diminutive frame, Calcaterra is a highly influential woman.

Etched in Sand was voted...

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State of the Union: Happier Working Women

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 1:24 PM

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As America sat poised to hear President Barak Obama's State of the Union address, I reflected instead upon the 2015 State of the Union for America's Working Women.

If Tampa Bay is any indicator of national trends, then a 2015...

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Happiness Key: Your Personal Wealth

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 12:09 PM

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A Key to Happiness is the discovery of your personal wealth.

"A box without hinges, key, or lid, yet golden treasure inside is hid." ~ J. R. R. Tolkien

If you're looking for a key to happiness in 2015, focus on...

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Key to Happiness: The Power of a Smile

(2) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 10:54 AM

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Powerful smiles at Miami Cruise Port Terminal on an early Saturday morning

"Smile and the world will smile with you." -- Unknown

Want a sure fire way to brighten your day? Consider a smile!

A few weeks ago, my husband and...

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