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Make Happiness Your Default Setting in 3 Easy Steps

Naomi Goodlet | Posted 10.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Naomi Goodlet

When you notice a positive feeling, try consciously inviting it to stay a while longer. Imagine the feeling growing and expanding. Don't force it, just allow it to stay for as long as possible.

Bowing to the Happy Marriages: Superhero Territory

Bridget Fonger | Posted 10.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Bridget Fonger

I am lucky to be surrounded by loving couples all of whom deserve more acknowledgment. I consider them all superheroes.

Are You a Leader Who Laughs?

Dianna Booher | Posted 10.08.2014 | Business
Dianna Booher

With the pressures of leadership, you have a choice -- to get upset or to get a laugh. Getting upset boosts your blood pressure; laughing and a lighthearted culture can boost your productivity and your influence.

The 10 Mortal Sins of a Moms' Night In

Kelly Fig Smith | Posted 10.07.2014 | Parents
Kelly Fig Smith

2. You bring a non-infant, non-breastfeeding child person with you. What the what? Enough said. Enough said.

Finding Your Way Back to Happy

Steph Thompson | Posted 09.26.2014 | Parents
Steph Thompson

Painting a picture of me, head back, guffawing with great joy, would not be completely accurate, much as I'd like it to be. No. There was a darker side, mood swings (menstruation related or not) that left me forgetting how to laugh or wondering when that laughter would come again.

This Is How Laughter Can Become The Creepiest Thing Ever

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barnesst | Posted 09.18.2014 | Comedy

If you think the sounds of joyful, happy, beautiful giggles can't make you feel uncomfortable, then you thought wrong. For proof, watch the video ...

Parenting Facts and Fairy Tales

Marilynn Halas | Posted 09.18.2014 | Parents
Marilynn Halas

We've all been there. You look at your new baby and deep joy settles into your soul, but the days to come may not be exactly what you planned. The joy is soon colored by the realities of sleep deprivation, worry and more advice than any human being could ever possibly use.

Being Ridiculous Is Absolutely Necessary

Maria Senise | Posted 09.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Senise

We laughed so fricken hard that day, my lungs hurt. It felt SO good. Sometimes, nothing beats acting completely silly, off-the-chain ridiculous, and just kind of stupid simply because you can. I needed that day.

What I Learned From Taking A 'Selfie'

Amy Ruhlin | Posted 09.15.2014 | Fifty
Amy Ruhlin

In the midst of that mysterious, sacred bond that connects childhood friends, something even bigger seems to emerge. In the small intangibles that remain from the innocence of youth.

Happy Grandparents Day, Nana New Face

Donna M. Butts | Posted 09.08.2014 | Fifty
Donna M. Butts

As we celebrate Grandparents Day, let's make it something more than a superficial holiday. Let's make it a grand day for action.

6 Things That Will Set Your Child Soaring At School This Year

Hilary Wilce | Posted 08.26.2014 | Parents
Hilary Wilce

There are six things will make all the difference to how well your child does at school this year. Six things will make them feel happy to walk into the classroom, excited about what they are learning there, and able to use all their energies to play, learn and grow.

Once Upon a Time There Was You: A TV Writer Reflects on the Stories That We Create

David S. Simon | Posted 08.26.2014 | Entertainment
David S. Simon

Here's what I'm thinking. We are all in the middle of a story at any give moment. We're both the protagonist and the antagonist, given the time or p...

Divine Laughter: Robin Williams' Reverence

Holly Lynn Payne | Posted 08.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Holly Lynn Payne

It's been a sad, gray time here in Marin County -- and the world, as the news of Robin Williams' death sinks in. Everyone seems surprised by it. How c...

The Great Taste: Laughter, Insults and a Moment

Tom Cramer | Posted 10.22.2014 | Fifty
Tom Cramer

In early May of this year, I drove up to Madison Wisconsin to meet friends and sleep out for tickets to the Great Taste of the Midwest.

Depression Is No Laughing Matter

Nicole Luongo | Posted 10.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Nicole Luongo

The world is in shock over Robin Williams' death. It's hard to believe he committed suicide. Or, is it? The brilliant actor and comedian candidly disc...

Laughter as Nutrition

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 10.13.2014 | Entertainment
Jeff Schweitzer

Robin Williams' death is national news precisely because his clowning and personality as our country's court jester were appreciated across social and political divides; he was our collective voice of comedy.

Growing Pains

Anthony Romeo | Posted 10.13.2014 | Entertainment
Anthony Romeo

To say that the life of Robin Williams affected only those in my age group would be incorrect. But for 20-somethings like myself, the passing of our most memorable and iconic comedian is a blow to the childhoods we'll now never be able to reclaim.

Robin Williams: Drugs, Depression and Laughter

Reef Karim, D.O. | Posted 10.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Reef Karim, D.O.

Personally, I was deeply effected by Robin Williams passing. I grew up with him. He was a part of my childhood and adult life. I, like may others, will really miss his spirit and his talent. He made me laugh and helped me realize the power of comedy and laughter in my personal and professional life. I truly believe that "Laughter is the best medicine." And our world just lost some really good medicine.

Why Are We So Obsessed With Getting Older That We Need To Know Everyone's Age?

Carol E Wyer | Posted 10.13.2014 | Fifty
Carol E Wyer

Why is it, whenever a reporter interviews you, they ask how old you are? The last time this happened to me, I asked that very question. The reporter replied, 'People want to know how old you are, so we have to put down your age.'

Mork Calling Orson: My Time With Robin Williams

Erin Michelle Threlfall | Posted 10.12.2014 | New York
Erin Michelle Threlfall

In 2004, I was working in a fabulous jazz club here in New York. When we first opened, each of the staff named a celebrity whom we would love to meet at the club. According to our agreement, if that person came in while you worked, they were yours to look after.

Sassy Pants

Amy Mullis | Posted 10.06.2014 | Fifty
Amy Mullis

My husband doesn't look like Zac Efron. But he looks like Prince Charming to me. And he does the dishes. And brings me a cup of tea every night.

Laughter: The Surprising Secret to Surviving Tough Times

Tasha Eurich, Ph.D. | Posted 10.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Tasha Eurich, Ph.D.

You might be wondering, How could I possibly laugh when life knocks me down? Whether you have a bad day or experience a catastrophic life event, there's a pretty thin line between tragedy and comedy.

How Do Books Make Us Laugh?

Jim Davies | Posted 10.05.2014 | Books
Jim Davies

Books are amazing things. When we read fiction, we can get strong emotional reactions. It's so common that we need to step back to even realize that it's mysterious. Why would we ever feel real emotions and laugh because of a made-up story?

Sometimes New Yorkers Are the Best

Anonymous Thank Yous | Posted 09.30.2014 | New York
Anonymous Thank Yous

"The young father's enthusiasm was contagious. I guess he just wanted to let loose a bit. Thank you for sharing your passion for life, it made my night and everyone else's."

How Worrying...Helps?

Sara Starkman | Posted 09.28.2014 | Comedy
Sara Starkman

To most of my friends and family -- OK FINE -- to all of my friends and family, I'm known as "the QUEEN worry wart" (tiny curtsy). I literally worry a...