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5 Lessons from a Dog on Overcoming Challenges

<b>“A challenge only becomes an obstacle when you bow to it.” ~Ray Davis</b><p>I remember very clearly the first moment I saw our dog, Carmichael, or Carmy, as …

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Hurry - once it's sold this opportunity will be gone!<p>Besides being memorable, .com domains are unique: This is the one and only .com name of it's …

10 Simple Signs You're in a Happy Work Environment

In your workplace, do you have a sense of happiness? The latest surprising statistics show that 63 percent of workers aren't engaged in their roles, as well as a further 24 percent of staff actually is actively disengaged at work.<p>In your workplace, do you have a sense of happiness? The latest …

The Workplace

11 TED Talks That Will Help You Lead A Happier Life

Increasingly, psychologists, neuroscientists, business leaders, and spiritual advisors have studied the mechanics of happiness and how we can utilize them in our everyday lives. Many of them have shared their findings at TED conferences.<p>We've gone through TED's expansive online library of …

Happiness

Choice, happiness and spaghetti sauce

"Tipping Point" author Malcolm Gladwell gets inside the food industry's pursuit of the perfect spaghetti sauce -- and makes a larger argument about …

40 Simple Ways To Practice Joy Every Day

Daniel Wallen<p>Freelance Writer Read full profile<p>Life comes equipped with up’s and down’s that make it hard to stay positive all the time. If you’re …

Self-help

How Play Wires Kids' Brains For Social and Academic Success

But to produce this sort of brain development, children need to engage in plenty of so-called free play, Pellis says. No coaches, no umpires, no rule …

Play Doesn't End With Childhood: Why Adults Need Recess Too

<i>This week,</i> NPR Ed <i>is focusing on questions about why people play and how play relates to learning.</i><p>More and more research suggests that healthy playtime leads to healthy adulthood.<p>Childhood play is essential for brain development. As we've reported this week, time on the playground may be more …

Here's What Google Teaches Employees In Its 'Search Inside Yourself' Course

The most popular class — titled "Search Inside Yourself" — regularly has a wait list stretching six months.<p>"I know this sounds melodramatic," a Google employee reported on an after-course examination, "but I really think this course changed my life."<p>The class has been taught at Google since 2007 …

Mindfulness

The Neurochemistry of Positive Conversations

Why do negative comments and conversations stick with us so much longer than positive ones?<p>A critique from a boss, a disagreement with a colleague, a fight with a friend – the sting from any of these can make you forget a month’s worth of praise or accord. If you’ve been called lazy, careless, or a …

Play

“They all responded that seeing their friends at school made them happy, but school itself was not making them happy,” she said.<p>All students at New …

Play

The camera watches as a group of unattended children in sturdy coats and galoshes roll down a tall, muddy hill over and over; in another scene, a …

11 Simple Tricks That Will Make You Happier And More Productive

You can change your life in 10 minutes — if you take that time to learn a life-changing technique.<p>In a Quora thread, users answered the question, "What can I learn right now in just 10 minutes that could be useful for the rest of my life?"<p>Here are a few of our favorite takeaways that will save you …

Harvard Business School

Finally! Jeff Goldblum Jigsaw Puzzles Have Arrived

Summertime is the season for outdoor activities—cookouts, picnics, camping and games. But instead of hauling out the badminton net or the croquet …

Forget Sand Castles, These 3D Sand Drawings Just Upped The Stakes For Beach Art

“A stick and a beach can provide an infinite number of creative possibilities," proclaims 3DSD, an appropriately named sand art collective that's turning beaches into sprawling canvases. "Our imaginations and the collaborative effort of our small group turn those creative ideas into visual reality.”<p>…

How Rethinking Happiness Can Help Cure The 'Stress Pandemic'

Generations after generations have been raised to believe that academic achievement and career success will bring them the happiness they seek in life. But only in recent years have parents, professors and students begun questioning, on a large scale, whether the pursuit of money and power might …

6 Quotes That Prove Happiness Is A Journey

<i>The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you find your way back to balance.</i><p>GPS Guides are our way of showing you what has relieved others' stress in the hopes that you will be able to identify …

Cardboard Legos Create Forts To Help Kids Expand Their Creativity Early

Buildies are interlocking blocks made from recycled cardboard that can be used to build sturdy constructions.<p>Buildies are life-size blocks, mortar …

Your Facebook Status Updates Can Show If You’re Depressed

A tool that alerts people as their emotional states are deteriorating could help them navigate downswings. But what happens when that information is too public?<p>Say you slip into a bad funk. Your social life withers, and you often cry for no reason, but with others, you’re keeping your emotions …

The Best Happiness Advice, According To Moms

When we weren't rolling our eyes at her or arguing over curfew, the moms in our lives actually served up some pretty good advice. Maybe she taught you how to drive or how to cook more than just Ramen noodles; maybe she imparted some wisdom on humility or showed you what it means to be a friend. But …

The Science of Positive Thinking: How Positive Thoughts Build Your Skills, Boost Your Health, and Improve Your Work

Positive thinking sounds useful on the surface. (Most of us would prefer to be positive rather than negative.) But "positive thinking" is also a soft and fluffy term that is easy to dismiss. In the real world, it rarely carries the same weight as words like "work ethic" or "persistence."<p>But those …

Proof There's Always A Bright Side To Every Challenge

<i>The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you find your way back to balance.</i><p>GPS Guides are our way of showing you what has relieved others' stress in the hopes that you will be able to identify …

Do We Really Know What Joy Is?

Why is it that all we really want and search for in life is happiness, and at the very same time, it is the one thing that eludes us the most? We all have different ideas of what would give us a feeling of happiness and joy, but there must be some common ground that we're missing. Maybe it's that …

Happiness: Three Things You Probably Didn't Know

<i>"Nothing is either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."</i> -- William Shakespeare<p>Today's message is especially dedicated to the great Arianna Huffington in New York, New York for inspiring me to write for The Huffington Post.<p>I am most known for my work with athletes, but to me, it is not about …

Advice From a Third-Grader: How to Find the Wow on a Rainy Day

Photo courtesy of Kamau Z. Akabueze<p>It was a cold, gray, rainy morning here in New York City. As the children made their way into our third grade classroom at United Nations International School, many of them grumbled about the lost opportunity to play tether ball at recess, and commented on how …

Stop Trying to Be Happy and Start Working Towards Your Ideal Self

If you have to try to be cool, you will never be cool. If you have to try to be happy, then you will never be happy. Happiness, like other emotions, …

9 Things Happy People Do to Stress Less

People’s lives become chaotic the minute they decide to be.<p>People’s lives become happier the minute they decide to be.<p>Be the latter. For fast-acting …

10 Little Habits that Steal Your Happiness

You ultimately become what you repeatedly do. If your habits aren’t helping you, they’re hurting you. Here are a few examples of the latter that will …