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Happiness Health

Being Happy Can Help Heart Patients Get Healthy -- So Can Cardiac Rehab

Nancy Brown | Posted 11.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

Smile. And if you are a heart disease survivor, smile again. As simple as it sounds, new research shows there really is a connection between a positive attitude and heart health.

Appreciate the Moment

Dr. Cynthia Thaik | Posted 10.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cynthia Thaik

Appreciation is one of the simplest foods for the soul, but one that many people neglect. We get so wrapped up in things like work, school, relationships and social obligations that we often take the good things in life for granted.

10 Tips For Cultivating Happiness

Posted 06.11.2013 | Healthy Living

Although science has yet to come to a full understanding of the happiness-health connection, a growing body of research has shown how positive emotion...

In All Undue Seriousness

Steve Bhaerman | Posted 06.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Steve Bhaerman

Thank goodness we've been able to laugh, because the perspective of humor has given us cheerfulness in the face of challenge, has made us more flexible and resilient, and it's given us the courage to face life and make necessary changes.

Happiness: The Ultimate Currency

Kripalu | Posted 05.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Kripalu

A human being, like a business, makes profits and suffers losses. For a human being, however, the ultimate currency is not money, nor is it any external measure, such as fame, fortune, or power.

Why You Should Cultivate Gratitude Every Single Day

Dr. Cynthia Thaik | Posted 05.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cynthia Thaik

Gratitude reminds you of what truly matters in life. It is all too easy to get caught up in day-to-day stresses and take for granted the things that are important to us. If you remind yourself each day of the things you are thankful for, you begin to focus more on the important and less on the superficial.

Humor As A Spiritual Practice

Karen Horneffer-Ginter, Ph.D. | Posted 04.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Karen Horneffer-Ginter, Ph.D.

The beauty of using humor and keeping a sense of lightness and playfulness in our life is that it helps us deal with life as it is -- the ups and downs, the unexpected changes, and the frustrations we may encounter.

40 Ways To Find Joy In Your Everyday Life

MeiMei Fox | Posted 03.11.2013 | GPS for the Soul
MeiMei Fox

No. 28 on this list sounds pretty good right about now. So does No. 37.

Why A Dose Of Laughter Is Your Best-Bet Prescription

Judith Orloff MD | Posted 01.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Judith Orloff MD

Energy comes from humor. However, each of us, even the crotchety, must locate our sense of what's funny, raucous or wry. Although jokes often elude me, I really respond to the spontaneous comedy of life itself.

Fortune Cookie Wisdom: How Little Words Make A Big Difference

Georgianna Donadio, MSc, Ph.D., D.C. | Posted 12.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Georgianna Donadio, MSc, Ph.D., D.C.

Optimism has been shown to be an important part of good health and wellness. Without such sparks of inspiration or encouragement we can tend to forget that life can be more than just the daily grind of work and responsibility.

One Trick That Can Get You Through Almost Anything

Lorna Bright | Posted 12.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Lorna Bright

This year made me realize that I've accumulated a whole arsenal of wonderfully powerful tools and techniques that can help me through difficult times if I choose to use them. Things like prayer and faith, meditation and yoga, music, vitamins, love, persistence, honesty, communication, and trust.

The World's Biggest Lie

Liana Gergely | Posted 10.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Liana Gergely

Can we learn to be happy in spite of life happening -- or rather, because life is happening? In this moment, life is reason enough to be happy. And any moment we believe we have to wait for our happiness, we're believing a lie.

Steps For Building A Meaningful Life

Manel Baucells and Rakesh Sarin | Posted 08.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Manel Baucells and Rakesh Sarin

To find meaning in life, one needs to reframe reality in a cumulative way. Thus, our actions and activities get stored in a metaphorical bucket. We should set goals and make progress toward these goals.

How to Engineer a Happier Life

Manel Baucells and Rakesh Sarin | Posted 06.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Manel Baucells and Rakesh Sarin

Some people say that happiness is like a pendulum -- some days you are happy, some days not, and there's not much you can do to change that. Our view is different.

Hug the Monkey

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 02.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Feeling understood, valued and cherished -- whether as a child or an adult, and with regard to another person or to a group -- may not be a life and death matter, but it certainly affects one's happiness and effectiveness.

Does Being Happy Improve Our Health? You Might Be Surprised

Howard S. Friedman, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Howard S. Friedman, Ph.D.

Why are happy people healthier if their happiness is not affecting their health? I and my research collaborators have been looking at this issue for the past 20 years, as part of a detailed scientific study.