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Can You Make The World Happier?

Michelle McQuaid | Posted 11.06.2015 | Business
Michelle McQuaid

If you had the opportunity to make the whole world happier, where would you start? Educate adults and children about the tested, practical steps they can take to consistently flourish? Measure wellbeing at a national level to shape government policies? Overhaul capitalism to be less self-serving?

Free Speech Isn't Always Free in Academia

Erin Sharaf | Posted 09.24.2015 | College
Erin Sharaf

Girl gets a job teaching at a university and is excited about the opportunity to help students. The girl is required to go to a meeting on "development." She quickly learns that this is a euphemism for their favorite topic: money.

Can We Create a Flourishing World?

Michelle McQuaid | Posted 07.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Michelle McQuaid

Given the ongoing economic, environmental, social and political challenges currently reverberating around our world, it can be hard to feel hopeful ab...

Why Happy Is the New Skinny (And That's a Bad Thing)

Amanda Yuill | Posted 06.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Amanda Yuill

"Belly-2354 1920 (1)" by PublicDomainPictures. Licensed under CC0 via Wikimedia Commons The happiness industry For decades, our society has bemoan...

10 Stress-Relief Strategies When You Have Five Minutes or Less

Paula Davis-Laack | Posted 05.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Paula Davis-Laack

The way we work is broken when scores of talented people can't attend to their basic human needs. Until the larger systemic issues are fixed, these and other stories continue to push me to create stress-relief strategies that can actually be incorporated in your super-hectic day. Here are 10 such strategies to try when you have five minutes or less.

Reflections on the Value of Women and Girls, in Honor of Women's History Month

Michele Hunt | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Michele Hunt

The world needs us, our children and our children's children need us. It is not only our right to tell our stories, it is our responsibility.

Thriving Is All About Enjoying the Process Purposefully

Linda C. Smith | Posted 03.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Linda C. Smith

To thrive we have to live moment-by-moment. If you put your cell phone on the table next to your plate, instantly the experience has changed to one of anticipating interruption. A distinct portion of your attention would be devoted to the phone and taken from lunch with your friend.

What The World Needs Now Is More Childishness

Christopher Phillips | Posted 08.17.2015 | Good News
Christopher Phillips

We should shun adultishness and embrace not so much our inner child but our inborn childishness. Mounting if not incontrovertible evidence shows that we begin our lives with a moral and intellectual and creative bang.

Wifi Connected But No Connection

Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D. | Posted 12.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D.

Technology may offer us the hardware and the software to connect. But then, real connection, it seems to me, will only happen if we use our heart-ware. So how connected are you?

Adopting These 2 Habits May Just Make You Happier

Kellie Edwards | Posted 10.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Kellie Edwards

Gratitude is part of the puzzle; the other main part is being kind to myself. I have cranky, sad and lethargic moments too. But instead of criticizing myself at those times OR faking gratitude I have experimented with another practice backed by science.

Want to Move From Functioning to Flourishing at Work?

Michelle McQuaid | Posted 10.27.2014 | Business
Michelle McQuaid

While small, positive changes offered moments of color, like dappled light they quickly faded when the every day reality of my job invaded. Until I had three big a-ha moments that forever changed my life.

In College, Choose to Thrive

Michael Roth | Posted 06.14.2014 | College
Michael Roth

Your college choice isn't just about "fit" and "comfort"; it isn't just about the prestige of the school or the amenities it offers. Your college choice should reflect your aspirations, where you can imagine yourself discovering more about the world and your capacities to interact with it.

Chronic Illness' Opportunity for Patients and Providers

Riva Greenberg | Posted 04.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

While I don't think anyone with a chronic illness would chose it, many of us have found it has added something to our lives we're not sure we want to give up. And in many ways, it has made us the best of ourselves.

The One Thing Everyone Wants More Than Anything

Steve McSwain | Posted 12.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Steve McSwain

What is happiness? And where is it found? And further still, if we found it, how would we know that what we found is actually it?

The Science Of Happiness

Meghan Keener | Posted 03.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Meghan Keener

The field of positive psychology operates from the premise that we ought to acknowledge both the light and the dark sides of life. It focuses on positive elements of life such as character strengths, positive emotion, resilience, purpose, positive relationships, and creative achievement.

Why Getting Fired Was The Best Thing That Could Have Happened To Me

Nancy Sherr | Posted 10.09.2012 | Fifty
Nancy Sherr

Once I got up off the floor and the shock subsided, and I finally stopped feeling like a victimized, washed-up old troll...I realized [my layoff] gave me the gift of liberation: the golden opportunity to create a life I love. A life fully expressed.

Education and 'The Public Promotion of Moral Genius': An Interview with Peter Hershock

Matt Bieber | Posted 10.06.2012 | Education
Matt Bieber

Peter Hershock is the author of Buddhism in the Public Sphere, which presents a set of Buddhist perspectives on a series of political and policy challenges.

Flourishing, Positive Psychology and Torture: Is Happiness a Warm Gun?

Jeffrey Rubin, Ph.D. | Posted 08.20.2012 | Home
Jeffrey Rubin, Ph.D.

Happiness is a national obsession, the central topic in many bestselling books, and a boon for motivational speakers. In a world as complicated and disheartening as ours, who wouldn't want a method for feeling better?

Take Buddhism. Add Freud. And Then, Says Jeffrey Rubin, Flourish

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 08.08.2011 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

Flourishing is not the same as happiness -- it doesn't always feel good. Sometimes flourishing is knowing I did the best I could.