Great source for information and guidance on being happy

Great source for information and guidance on being happy

Here is a site called It offers a range of activities to increase happiness. It is free to try and then costs money to join and use. The information is free to read and worth it!

It really is almost as simple as “don’t worry, be happy.” It can’t hurt.



UNC researcher: Not all happiness is equally healthy | Health & Science |

This is an interesting result.

A study published this week by researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill and UCLA showed that a “hedonic” or self-gratifying type of happiness – the result of a massage or a tasty meal – made cells in the immune system act like they were under stress, a condition that over time could lead to diseases such as cancer or heart attacks. But happiness stemming from finding purpose in life or helping others – such as volunteering at a soup kitchen – caused the opposite response.

The article goes on to note that at the level of genomic body functioning we somehow distinguish between types of happiness. Giving to others is better for us!

via UNC researcher: Not all happiness is equally healthy | Health & Science |

Achieving Happiness – Principles You Can Use

Achieving Happiness: Cultivating courage, compassion and connection – Achieving Happiness.

Here is a review of a book by Brene Brown called “Daring Greatly.” The article summarizes practices you can use to become happier. Recommendations include changing your thinking from:

  • dwelling other people’s judgments to being authentic.
  • perfectionistic ruminating to self-compassion.
  • wanting to numb their pain to pursuing solutions.
  • fearing not having enough to appreciating what they have.
  • needing certainty to cultivating faith in the future.
  • comparing themselves to others to being creative.
  • working long hours is a status symbol to playing is important.
  • worrying incessantly to creating calm.
  • feeling dissatisfied at work to engaging in meaningful activities.
  • needing to be in control to laughing and letting go.

Practice PERMA to Cultivate Well-Being and Happiness

We can create happiness in our lives more easily by practicing certain behaviors. These behaviors are summarized using the acronym PERMA:

Positive emotions – feeling good

Engagement – being completely absorbed in activities

Relationships – being authentically connected to others

Meaning – purposeful existence

Achievement – a sense of accomplishment and success

Get the details in this blog entry from

What is PERMA by Martin Seligman | GoStrengths!

Understanding Bipolar Disorders

Understanding bipolar can be challenging for those who have a bipolar disorder and for those around them. Understanding may be better (or worse?) now under the new classifications from DSM-5, as there are four types of bipolar disorder: bipolar I, bipolar II, cyclothymic disorder, and other specified disorder. Exploring the differences may help with diagnosis and treatment for yourself or others.

Here is an article that explains bipolar using the new DSM-5 classifications. The article can be found in this month’s edition of bp magazine.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Tools for Free

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT),

…is a treatment process that enables patients to correct false self-beliefs that can lead to negative moods and behaviors. The fundamental assumption is that a thought precedes a mood; therefore, learning to substitute healthy thoughts for negative thoughts will improve a person’s mood, self-concept, behavior, and physical state. (Source).

Cognitive therapy treats depression and is comparable in effectiveness to antidepressants and interpersonal or other therapy. Together, therapy and antidepressants can manage severe or chronic depression.

Cognitive therapy also has proved beneficial in treating patients who have only a partial response to adequate antidepressant therapy. Cognitive therapy also reduces relapse rates in patients with depression, and is effective for adolescents with depression.

Tools for CBT

Get Self Help is a site that teaches CBT in 7 steps. There are also dozens of worksheets that can help you (or your therapist) to work through the CBT process.


How To Use Mindfulness Meditation To Reduce Anxiety and Depression – Video

Mindfulness Meditation has great promise as a treatment for reducing anxiety and depression. One of the people at the forefront of teaching mindfulness in Western Medicine is Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn. Kabat-Zinn created a stress and pain reduction program at the University Of Massachusetts Medical Center. Today, he speaks around the world about the value of mindfulness meditation.

This presentation is part guidance and part practice. Kabat-Zinn’s brief introduction will teach you to meditate on your own. There are many ways to practice mindfulness meditation, but only one way to make it work: do it.

Below is a link to a presentation by Kabat-Zinn at Google. If you prefer to see just the guided meditation, (about 20 minutes) start the video here.

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