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Dare Yourself

<i>Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is</i> …

A psychologist says your grandparents probably already know a key secret to happiness

Think physical strength plus existential wisdom. Good looks plus the knowledge of what you want in a partner.<p>Obviously, life doesn't work that way. But I recently came across a potential exception to that rule in "Pre-suasion," psychologist Robert Cialdini's new book on using the art of influence …

Happiness

Why You Should Unfollow People You're Not Friends With Anymore

It's time to stop internet-stalking ex-BFFs.<p>You follow their feeds, you like their posts — but you haven't talked to them in years. Why do we haunt the people from our past?<p>Let me reassure you that I am not an internet stalker. But I will never resist the slightly shameful urge to pore over my …

11 Physical Signs Your Stress Is Out Of Control

Everyone gets stressed. Whether it's from financial troubles, relationships, health problems, or work, there's pretty much an endless list of things …

The Importance of Keeping Traditions

“What exactly do you plan on doing with that Leatherman?” my girlfriend Anna asked me as we lie awake in our lean-to.<p>Deep within the Adirondack Park …

Out of Office Autoreply: I’m in Nature

Thanks for your email. I took the morning/afternoon/day off to ride my bike, or go rock climbing, or go for a jog in the park nearest to my home, or …

Wise Words: Why Your Life Is Not a Journey

A YouTube user named Dumma Dan took a famous recording from British philosopher Alan Watts and matched it to footage from Terrence Malick’s …

Garden games: how to turn your back garden into a fun playground

1. Wetter is better<p>Watering new plantings is all part of caring for plants, but remember water and children can be the recipe for lots of clean summer fun, too. Be prepared for children to be loud, to mess about and be silly.<p>Getting started<p>You don’t need special equipment – a washing-up bowl with …

If US national parks are to continue to thrive they must reflect the diversity of our population

As the National Park Service turns 100, a new campaign aims to make the country’s natural spaces more appealing to all Americans, regardless of race, over the next century. It’s vital they succeed<p>In the sweltering heat of a summer day, I walked along the visitor trails of Yosemite national park. I …

What’s Lost When We Photograph Life Instead of Living It?

At a conference on June 14, Facebook executive Nicola Mendelsohn predicted that the social networking site would be “all video” within five …

Why so serious? The untapped value of positive psychology

All we can ever hope to do, Sigmund Freud once wrote, is “to change neurotic misery into common unhappiness”. This pessimistic statement from …

Can Happiness Be Designed?

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) recently announced that it’s government has chosen 60 individuals to serve as “chief happiness and positivity …

Travel Happy: How to Be a More Joyful Traveler

Follow these expert tips to cultivate joy during your next trip—and long after returning home.<p><b>By Sean O'Connor</b><p>In my personal and professional experience as a life coach, joy is found wherever you get completely enveloped in an experience, when you’ve really lost yourself: your worries, your ego, …

Walking Can Lift Your Mood, Even When You Don't Expect It To

Feeling bored and sluggish at work? A new study shows that walking may be good for your mood, even if you’re strolling down a drab hallway and facing …

Research

Attending Live Music Events Promotes Overall Happiness, Study Shows

In news that much of <i>Magnetic Magazine</i>'s readership might file firmly under "obvious," an Australian study has found that people who regularly attend …

After returning from vacation, I'm trying a simple trick to be just as happy during my daily life

My vacation companions and I trudged through the airport in silent acknowledgment of our reentry into "real life," one in which we were expected to be busy and productive and often stressed out.<p>But at some point in the days that followed, it occurred to me that the trip hadn't been anything …

Time Management

A Harvard psychologist says too many people think about happiness all wrong

Generally speaking, trying hard is a great way to achieve most of what you want in life.<p>Put in more effort at work and your prospects for a promotion will almost definitely improve — at least more than they would if you simply accepted the status quo of being a slacker.<p>Date a lot of people and …

Happiness

Yoga can help to heal the brain after injury

It started with a headstand when she was 13 years old. Then, it was a college gym class credit. The practice of yoga became a way for Janna …

Riding in the Car with Maggie: Life Lessons From a Shelter Dog

Recently, I wrote about how yoga is the glue that holds my world together. That wasn’t the whole truth. In the spirit of both full disclosure and …

The 11 best habits for being happy and successful that people have stolen from others

We see someone with a particular routine that makes them happier or successful, and we try to emulate it. It doesn't always work, but sometimes it catches on and becomes part of our everyday lives.<p>A recent Quora thread asked users for these habits: the ones they stole from others and then kept …

USA Network

4 Daily Habits For A Happier Body & Mind

When I ask my nutrition patients what makes them happy, for most they describe happiness as a feeling of physical and mental balance. When we are …

Wellness

Check Out These Amazing Stress-Busting Tips

Modern life can be stressful and tiring. Many of us are getting exhausted by long working hours and little down time. The extra pressure at work can …

Why Reaching Your Goals Can Surprisingly Make You Less Happy

Do these sound like promises you’ve made to yourself?<p><i>Once I get the promotion, I’ll feel like my career is on track.</i>• <i><br>After this busy period, I won’t have to work so much and can spend time doing things I enjoy.</i>• <i><br>When I make six-figures, I’ll be financially secure enough to move across the</i> …

Your Social Media Network Has No Value

If you are active on social media, you know that the name of the game is building your Network. I mean…I guess that’s why you are doing it? But …

Climate change will mean the end of national parks as we know them

As the National Parks Service turns 100 this week, we look at how receding ice, extreme heat and acidifying oceans are transforming America’s landscapes, and guardians of national parks face the herculean task of stopping it<p>After a century of shooing away hunters, tending to trails and helping …

Human/Nature: National Parks and the Humans Who Use Them

Articles in this series:<p>Jamaica Bay is an imperiled swamp nestled next to the biggest city in America -- and it has a lot to teach us.<p>The folks with …

Learning to think from the heart

"I can't seem to get out of my head, and I'd like to," Sheila lamented.<p>This middle-aged mom and healthcare professional can relate to the phrase …

12 Traits that would make you happy and not money!

12 Traits that would make you happy and not money!<p>You know times have changed quite a bit in half a century. We make far more money than our …