From Oprah: Powerful, positive and practical happiness habits that build joy—in less than 5 minutes everyday. Over 40 lesson videos with Shawn where he will guide you to master the skill of happiness in your own life. Shawn’s Happiness Secret—revealing how to inspire happiness in others. A personality assessment to help you answer the question “How happy are YOU?”
From ADDitude: Sometimes, our children will be faced with difficult emotions at school — and be unsure of how to handle them. Teaching them these techniques can help them feel in control.
From Washington Post: Switzerland is the happiest country on Earth, according to the latest World Happiness Report. The least? Togo. For everything in between, check out the ranking of 150 countries along the happiness spectrum.
From Tony Schwartz in NY Times: I once served on a committee led by a powerful woman. She had strong views, but what I remember most is that whenever I spoke, she nodded her head vigorously and affirmatively. Over time, I learned that her nodding didn’t mean she necessarily agreed with me. Even so, I always sensed that she was listening closely and carefully considering what I had to say.
Today I make my living in part by speaking to large groups. Instinctively, I find myself scanning the audience for beacons of affirmation — people whose positive body language makes me feel valued and energized. If I happen to alight on someone shaking his head negatively or looking distracted or bored, I feel a lurch in my stomach and a surge of defensiveness.
From NY Times: Happiness is a human right. It’s neither a luxury nor a triviality. It’s given to you at birth, but you must recognize its existence. It’s as important as the breath of air in your lungs. If people aren’t happy, the world is not right. Most people think that once they have found “it” — whatever that “it” may be for them — then they will have attained “perfect” happiness. But happiness always comes from within, and many unfortunately take it for granted, or feel guilty about it or suppress happiness instead of setting it free.
From Catherine Goldberg at Greatist: By learning how to master the seven things that are within our control, you will start to make more net positive decisions, fewer net negative ones, and find that empowering, positive behaviors become second nature. So let go of all the stuff you can’t control and start using your time to master what you can control. Before you know it, you’ll be living your best life ever!
From Dr. Amen: When one or both partners in a marriage (or other living situation) have ADD, empathy and compassion goes a long way – try to see the world through their eyes of frustration and failure.
From Fast Company: The United Nations just released its second World Happiness Report, which ranks countries according to happiness levels. Nordic countries are at the top this year, while the U.S., Egypt, and Greece are (surprise!) all more disgruntled than they were in years past.
From Fast Company: If you’re reading this while slumped over your smartphone or hunched in front of your laptop, chances are that you’ll be less assertive with the next task you have to tackle.
Why? Because, as a growing body of research is finding, the way you hold your body shapes the way your mood will hold you. In other words, your posture predicts your feelings–and your work.
From Suzy Reading: There is no denying the profound effect positive relationships, or their absence, have on our wellbeing, health and happiness. Human beings have a basic need to belong – it is an evolutionary, biological drive. Positive relationships provide us with support in times of crisis and they amplify our joy by allowing us to share in the good times. In relationship we experience love, comfort and acceptance, adding meaning and purpose to our lives. They create for us an “upward spiral”. The more time, energy and effort we put into building more positive relationships, the more we experience positive emotions. The happier we are the more we attract higher-quality relationships which in turn, make us happier! It is a continuous positive feedback loop. Investing in building more positive relationships is one of the most powerful strategies to boost happiness.
From Bridget Grenville-Cleave at Positive Psychology News Daily: In our Positive Psychology Masterclasses, we frequently discuss with participants the relative merits of flow (also known as engagement or absorption) and positive emotions as routes to happiness. Based on our individual experiences we all have different perspectives. Some put their money firmly on positive emotion being a superior source of happiness. The work of Barbara Fredrickson on the Broaden-and-Build theory of positive emotions has opened our eyes to the possibility that positive emotions are more important than we have traditionally thought. They don’t just make us feel good, they do us good too. But the more I learn about it, the more I think that the importance of flow as a source of well-being is vastly understated.
“The best moments in our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times… The best moments usually occur if a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile. Optimal experience is thus something we make happen.” (Csikszentmihalyi, 1992, p.3)
In a 2005 article in American Psychologist, Barbara Fredrickson and Marcial Losada suggest that ratios of positive to negative emotions above about 3-to-1 and below about 11-to-1 are what humans need to flourish. In separate research studies — Fredrickson on positive emotions and Losada on characteristics of high-performing business teams — each found a 3.0 tipping-point.
From Gretchen Rubin: It means, always be able to leave when you want. Drive yourself to a party instead of getting a ride, so you can leave when you’re ready. Try to go to someone else’s house, or a public place, instead of having people over to your house, because there’s nothing worse than seeing someone lean back and cross their legs when you’re ready to go to bed. Or else have people over to your house before some event – before a dinner reservation or a movie – so you have to leave by a certain time.
From Tim Sanders: Talking about how bad the economy is constitutes a sideways conversation. You cannot be afraid enough of the future to make it better — in fact, you’ll often make it worse. Dale Carnegie trained his YMCA students in the 30’s to ignite positive conversations by opening with “what’s the good word?”. It changes the conversation, the mood and the direction of the talk. You could also ask people the following: What are enthused about these days? What are your working on these days? Tell me something interesting, I’m dying to hear about something new and cool.