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!

What Makes Us Happy Changes As We Age

This article is from Shine on Yahoo – Canada. The author interviews Jennifer Aaker about how our definition of happiness changes over our lifetime. Here Aaker describes her research on happiness that studied 12 million+ personal blogs:

“We found that younger bloggers described experiences of happiness as being times when they felt excited, ecstatic, or elated — the way you feel when you’re anticipating the joys the future will bring — like finding love, getting ahead at work, or moving to a new town.

Older bloggers were more inclined to describe happy experiences as moments of feeling peaceful, relaxed, calm, or relieved — the way you feel when you’re getting along with your spouse, staying healthy and able to make your mortgage payments. This kind of happiness is less about what lies ahead, and more about being content in your current circumstances.”

The rest of the interview is found here: How our idea of happiness changes as we get older – Shine from Yahoo! Canada.

How gratitude transforms your life – CBC Radio

Here is a 50-minute CBC radio show called Ontario Today hosted by Kathleen Petty that is worth listening to.

Rick Hansen (author of Buddha’s Brain) and Doug Vermeeren (motivational speaker and film maker of The Gratitude Experiment ) discuss gratitude. But what is more, is that the callers on the show all have positive experiences with gratitude in their lives.

The show emphasizes the value of gratitude as a daily practice, but it is not a “happy fest” conversation. The discussion focuses on the issues the callers raise and the experts relate their experience and research to each caller.


Roger Ebert Quote in a Cartoon On Kindness


This comic is the work of Gavin Aung Than. He creates comics for quotations that are rich and inspiring. Click on the image to visit his site and to see this comic in full size.

Kindness. Roger Ebert (the late film reviewer) may be a surprising place to find guidance on the topic, but he wrote about it in his biography. His words are wise. But I won’t quote them here. Instead, I encourage you to read the quote in the cartoon (just click on it). Gavin Aung Than is the artist. Than regularly converts quotes into comics and posts his work at his web site.

I have included this post in my site because practicing kindness is consistent with the principles of positive psychology. Being kind to each other makes us feel good as well as making others feel cared about. It is a practice we can all use to improve our well-being and that of others.

I hope you enjoy the Roger Ebert cartoon and Than’s site.

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