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2011 13/Jun

Anyone who knows me knows that I am not the world’s biggest sports fan. Sure I enjoy watching an occasional game here and there, but what I really love are the stories about the players. How they overcame challenges, how they preserved despite the odds, how they kept trying when others were telling them it […]

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2011 10/Jun

We have all heard that communication is vital to happy relationships. And, of course, the opposite is also true. Poor communication styles can literally kill a relationship. Dr. John Gottman is a psychologist at the University of Washington who has been studying more than 2,000 married couples over two decades. He has determined that there […]

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2011 9/Jun

“Give it away give it away give it away now…” So goes the Red Hot Chili Pepper’s classic song. Turns out that is also an important part of the Happiness Prescription. It has long been known that more altruistic people tend to be happier. But is that just because those with greater contentment and joy […]

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2011 8/Jun

A recent study out of the University of Massachusetts Amherst supports what parents have been telling their children for years: you need to get a good night’s sleep. This study demonstrated the key effect of sleep on complex cognitive skills such as decision-making. Specifically, two groups learned a task (how to play a card game). […]

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2011 6/Jun

Another great example that money and happiness are independent! Tired of working excessive hours to pay their mortgage, which also kept them away from their son, Debra and Gary decided to make a change. They traded in their 2,000-square-foot home for a custom-made 320-square-foot abode.  The cost? $15,000, which the couple paid in full. The […]

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2011 2/Jun

A recent study found that increased variety and independence at work helps employees feel less stressed and more satisfied. Employees were also happier when management openly shared information with them, such as staffing and financial performance. What’s more, it appears that more traditional approaches to trying to boost employee satisfaction, such as financial incentives, were […]

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2011 6/May

While working with a client who was trying to deal with a botched surgery, she said, “I feel like I am mourning the death of the way my life used to be.” And I thought “YES, you are.” This particular client had suffered from chronic pain for 3 years after a surgeon had accidentally sliced […]

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2011 29/Apr

In “A Happy You: Your Ultimate Prescription for Happiness”, there is much discussion about the vital role of our thoughts. To summarize briefly, your thoughts cause how you feel and what you do. For example, let’s say the doorbell rang in the middle of the night and you looked out the window to see a […]

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2011 22/Apr

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. – Mahatma Gandhi Forgiveness is not an automatic response for most of us. However, it is something that anyone can learn. Forgiveness is a skill, just like playing the piano. Some people have natural talent, while others do not. However, with the right […]

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2011 15/Apr

Welcome back to Forgiveness Friday! Am on my way out of town to surprise my mother-in-law who is celebrating a big birthday (I hope she doesn’t read this but just in case I am NOT putting down her specific age 🙂 ). So this week on Forgiveness Friday, I want to spotlight an amazing website […]

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