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How To Really Find Happiness

Nancy Colier | Posted 11.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Nancy Colier

We spend our lives trying to get to some imaginary there, where lasting happiness awaits. What we don't know how to do is to get to here, where we are. We discover well-being when we shift our focus toward this moment and what is actually here.

Single and [Working On] Loving It!

Beth Hopkins | Posted 11.12.2012 | Women
Beth Hopkins

Today I was whiling away my life on Facebook as usual when I noticed one of my sidebar ads. Underneath this-and-that artist who sounds like Bon Iver I saw something peculiar. "Be a Nun!" it declared. Wait. What?

Joy: The Fight vs. The Dance

Jon Foreman | Posted 10.21.2012 | Arts
Jon Foreman

I love dancing. Love it. Which is truly unfortunate because I am a horrible dancer. Nowadays I've limited my rug-cutting to weddings, bar mitzvahs and...

The Gift of Kittens in a Flower Pot

Catherine Meeks, Ph.D. | Posted 07.04.2012 | Green
Catherine Meeks, Ph.D.

Early in my life I was told to be careful how I treated strangers because I might be entertaining angels without realizing it. A few days ago a small clan of angels arrived on my patio without my invitation or knowledge.

Good Without God

Dori Hartley | Posted 05.20.2012 | Religion
Dori Hartley

I've always been a happy person. And now, with age and all that comes with it, I'm just about bordering on contentment. But the strange thing is that many people pity me for not believing in God.

Is There A Key To Happiness In The Midst Of Life's Storms?

D.J. Wilson | Posted 04.29.2012 | Religion
D.J. Wilson

Contentment, I believe, comes when we entrust ourselves, through faith into His loving care, knowing that where we are at this moment in our lives, is just where He wants us to be.

You Don't Have to be Rich to Seek Well-Being

Annie McKee | Posted 04.28.2012 | Impact
Annie McKee

When we are at our lowest point, hope is most powerful. When we are most stressed and troubled, finding peace within is the most rewarding. When we are most in need, small gifts are most precious.

Save Your Life: Journey Within

Deborah Calla | Posted 02.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Deborah Calla

As the year draws into a close, many of us reflect back to our personal highs and lows. Even people who are not totally convinced of the end followed by a new beginning get pulled into the general feeling of warm hugs, introspection and slowing down.

Christmas Consumerism vs. Downward Mobility: A Lifestyle Of Enough

Eugene Cho | Posted 02.22.2012 | Religion
Eugene Cho

This is a lesson and a story we have to all get behind. This is the Jesus we have to get behind. It's not to suggest that we have to adopt a lifestyle of poverty but a lifestyle of enough.

5 Seducers That Steal Our Awareness and Contentment

David Nichtern | Posted 01.16.2012 | Healthy Living
David Nichtern

The $64 question is, can we maintain balance, awareness and open-heartedness while we engage fully in the activities of this world? Can we make the five seducers work for us or will we work for them?

Finding Contentment In Everyday Life

Lodro Rinzler | Posted 01.01.2012 | Religion
Lodro Rinzler

While discernment and gentleness are important, the heart of meditation practice is learning to be content with what is going on right now.

Hope Springs Eternal

Donna Henes | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Donna Henes

While we often have little or no control over the situations that affect us, we do have control over our own perceptions of them. We do have the very real and extremely potent power of perspective.

Peace With Who You Are

Dr. Susan Corso | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Susan Corso

The American Dream could be stated as "You have to do it yourself to have what you want, so you can be who you are." But this is totally backward on a spiritual level.

Music and Joy

Tom Morris | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tom Morris

What lifts you up during difficult times? Is there something in your life that can reliably center you? And even more, do you have anything readily av...

Our Blackberries, I-Phones, Droids And Souls

Tom Morris | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tom Morris

Is that screen and keyboard often in your hand the greatest personal and professional tool ever, or is it the devil's device, insidiously sucking the time out of your life and the life out of your soul?

99 Definitions Of Happiness

Andrew Shapter | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Andrew Shapter

Since the definition of "happiness" is so general, I decided to ask 100 different people how the would define the word. Here's what I found:

The 'If-Only' Folly: The Insatiable Emptiness of Consumerist Culture

Eric Simpson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Eric Simpson

The error of the protagonist of the Parable of the Fool was not only to imagine that his life and security could be found in affluence, but that his things actually belonged to him, that he actually owned them.

Addiction or Distraction?

Scott Schwenk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Scott Schwenk

Are we addicted to distraction? If we are, why isn't it obvious to more of us?

Our Work, Our Worth?

Jen Grisanti | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jen Grisanti

I remember feeling numb by the amount of work I had while climbing the corporate ladder. Somewhere along the way, I lost track of what I loved most about my job.

Tantric Practice: Beyond Sexual Techniques

Lokita and Steve Carter | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lokita and Steve Carter

The point of tantric practice lies beyond the techniques and methods, when we are 100% present, our mind stops, our ego disappears, we become one with all, and enter into vast emptiness and stillness.

Unplug and Recharge: How to Stay Cool with Yogic Breathing

Sara Avant Stover | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Sara Avant Stover

Sitali cools down the body when it's feeling overheated, as well as the mind and heart, when fiery emotions like anger and jealousy arise.

Let's Go Fly A Kite!

Lita Smith-Mines | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lita Smith-Mines

The kite-flying cavorting couple on the beach were light-years ahead of me in realizing that aspiration and achievement are not always the same thing.

The Secret to Joy? Let Yourself Be a Kid Again

Wes Isley | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Wes Isley

Sure, we have to be responsible parents and adults, pay our bills and such. But if something brings you joy, why not incorporate it into your life?

Using Joy to Beat Back the Economic Boogeyman

Wes Isley | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Wes Isley

Before the economy tanked, I never worried about going out to celebrate a friend's birthday. But last week, the thought of paying for drinks, dinner and a birthday dessert was stressing me out.

Is the Boob Tube Stealing Your Joy?

Wes Isley | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Wes Isley

The lure of breaking news alerts, flashy commercials and titillating celebrity gossip can quickly rob us of joy and we won't even realize it.