Stop Suffering and Start Loving What Is

Stop Suffering and Start Loving What Is

How would you feel if the people around you weren't being so hurtful by doing or saying things that make you feel miserable? How would your life change if you weren't constantly being bombarded by the negative expectations of others or made to feel like an outcast, misunderstood or unaccepted for who you are? And what would your life be like if you weren't constantly stressed due conditions and challenges you face on a daily basis?  Wouldn't you be a free, peaceful, and truly happy … [Read more...]

Creating Automatic Emotions

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Every day we get opportunities to practice various emotions. The ones we rely on the most are the ones that become automatic. But you can create new and more positive automatic emotions. First, let's look at a couple of examples: If every time you get cut off in traffic, your first emotional reaction is anger, it's only because that's the emotion you have practiced so much that it has become your go-to emotional response. And by going with your first reaction, you're also reinforcing … [Read more...]

Brain Dump: Happiness At Work

Brain Dump: Happiness At Work

Just an update to share something that's taking up brain cells lately. I'm pretty excited about this and since I've been thinking about it a lot lately, I'm guessing that you might like it too. Whether you're mildly displeased or completely despise your job, I'm pretty sure that this book will help. But even if you love your job, you really should check this out... Happiness At Work Recently, I heard an interview with Dr. Srikumar Rao. He was talking about his book, . I ended up listening to … [Read more...]

30-Day Challenge: Speak No Evil

30-Day Challenge: Speak No Evil

How do you feel around negative people? How do you feel when someone you know is always complaining? Have you ever met someone who seems to always be so negative when you're with them? Have you ever met one of those people who is always doom-and-gloom, who never has anything nice to say about anything or anyone? When you spend a lot of time around people who are always complaining about things, or bad-mouthing other people behind their backs, it can be very draining -- emotionally, mentally, … [Read more...]

Brain Dump: The Joy Junkie Show

Brain Dump: The Joy Junkie Show, and Happiness at Work

From time to time, certain things push through the noise of daily life and grab my attention. Right now, there's a new podcast that has landed squarely on the front of my cerebral cortex and I'm pretty excited about it. So I thought I'd share the love and pass it on to you. I think you're going to really like it. The Joy Junkie Show There's a new podcast that you should listen to if you want to be educated and entertained by someone who doesn't sugar-coat the truth. Amy E. Smith (a.k.a. The … [Read more...]

Inspirational Words from Carl Sagan: A Message for Humanity

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Though humanity is capable of such cruelty, it is also capable of tremendous love, compassion, and industriousness. I have always found  to be an inspired man who was passionate and optimistic about our ability to work together to achieve greatness. But he was always well-aware of our potential do harm: "And our small planet, at this moment, here we face a critical branch-point in the history. What we do with our world, right now, will propagate down through the centuries and powerfully affect … [Read more...]

A Life of Fulfillment

A Life of Fulfillment

"A well-spent day brings happy sleep." ~Leonardo da Vinci As far as I know, da Vinci was no sleep expert. But this simple idea has far more to do with living a fulfilling life than simply how to get a good night of sleep. We all go through periods where we feel like we're just spinning our wheels, not getting anything done. This can lead to mood swings, depression, or just an overall dissatisfaction with our lives. But what does that have to do with sleep? I don't know about you, but when … [Read more...]

Why Setting Goals The S.M.A.R.T. Way Doesn’t Always Work

Why Setting Goals The S.M.A.R.T. Way Doesn't Always Work

I was listening to an audio book recently and the author was talking about setting goals and how important it is to set a date for accomplishing your goal. He said that setting a date will keep you motivated by knowing the deadline is coming up. I have to disagree. I've set deadlines for many goals, only to watch the dates come and go. Also, I've known many people who have done the same. There isn't any magic in setting a date for a goal. Motivating yourself to accomplish any goal means … [Read more...]