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The Process of Being Happy

In the morning when you wake up, what's the first thing that comes into you head? Is it "today is going to be a great day; I am so happy and grateful because I have a wonderful family, a great and fulfilling carrier and the very best friends." Or is it, "great I hope I don't have another crappy …

Garlicky Chicken Thighs | Williams-Sonoma Taste

Seek out locally raised free-range poultry, which is tastier than its conventionally raised counterparts. It’s especially important to use the best chicken available in a simple dish such as this one, which requires a minimum of attention from the cook. Once you have browned the thighs and briefly …

10 Rules to Live By

<b>RULE 1: FOLLOW YOUR HEART</b><p>Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma -- which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to …

In Defense of Kissing

Mindy Kaling is standing up for good, old-fashioned make-out sessions. Find out why—and how to make your next lip lock even hotter.<p>Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com<p>Remember the days of super long, sensual make-out sessions in the backseat of your car or in your parents' basement—that thrill of kissing …

8 Simple Ways Happy Couples Stay Happy

Love is obviously a hot and tricky topic, and while we can all agree good love takes time and effort, love seems to fall apart quickly when the ball is dropped and laziness creeps in.<p>Here are eight things happy couples do to keep that from happening:<p><b>1. They deal with past pain.</b><p>This one is a biggie. …

100 Little Blessings

For Martha...<p>Honeybees<br>• The fragrance of flowers<br>• Kisses from children<br>• That special laughter that is genuine and loving<br>• Rain, but not too much<br>• Sunshine<br>• Emails with with happy stories and gratitude<br>• Real mail, handwritten<br>• The first bulbs of spring popping up<br>• Snuggling<br>• The perfect song at the perfect moment<br>• A good …

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10 Things to Give Up Right Now If You Want to Be Happy

As spring kicks in, seasons change and sometimes habits do as well. I started a personal fear cleanse and completely overhauled my life, starting with removing thought patterns, people and habits that no longer serve me. The results have been tremendous. I have lost weight, gained self-confidence …

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5 Things I Learned From Helping My Dad Die

During the summer of 2006, my father suddenly developed a deep, science-fiction-scary cough unlike anything my family had ever heard before. It wasn't the kind of cough that comes with an ordinary cold. It was the kind of cough that makes anyone who hears it -- even strangers in the next aisle over …

Moroccan Lamb Meatball & Couscous Soup | Williams-Sonoma Taste

Israeli couscous has bigger pearls than Moroccan couscous, and it still cooks very quickly, adding heartiness and texture to this soup. The meatballs also make a delicious dinner on their own, served over a bed of couscous.<p><b>Moroccan Lamb Meatball & Couscous Soup</b><p>For the meatballs:<p>1 tsp. ground …

Cultivate Goodwill

Do people ever make you mad?<p><i>The Practice</i>: Cultivate goodwill.<p><i>Why?</i><p>As the most social and loving species on the planet, we have the wonderful ability and inclination to connect with others, be empathic, cooperate, care and love. On the other hand, we also have the capacity and inclination to be …

Mindfulness

5 Things to Try Before You Give Up on Your Relationship

It's a pretty common consensus that love takes work. Yet, 80 percent of Americans under 30 believe in a soulmate, the idea that there is one perfect person out there just waiting to be found. Even the expression "falling in love" makes it sound like love is out of our hands -- that it just happens …

Watch Movies to Save Your Marriage

Get this: Talking about movies proved to be just as effective as the two traditional methods. All three options cut the three-year divorce rate in half, but the movie-watching approach took half as much time as the others. And let's be honest, would you rather head to couples counseling or watch a …

6 Things I Wish I Knew Before Getting Married

<b>I'm only a year into this marriage thing, so I'm hardly an expert, but let me tell you, what a year this has been. We all learn from the hard stuff, and in my life, marriage tops the "hard stuff" list.</b><p>The night before I got married, I was ecstatic about marrying the love of my life. Like most …

How Skype Is Sabotaging Your Long Distance Relationship

An hour into <i>Her</i> I was a mess. Though many have complained that they found it hard to empathize with the human-operating system relationship the movie …

Find More Love! Everyday Tips for More Confidence

Many relationships that never get off the ground or even begin may be from a lack of confidence.<p>We talk about confidence as though it's a gift some possess and some don't. We may think it's just in how we act, and many misconstrue boasting, being cocky, bitchy or other very "in your face" sort of …

10 Tips for Resolving Conflict

<i>Photo credit: Sheldon Wood via Compfight</i><p>"Whenever you're in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude." -- William James<p>Conflict is a normal and natural aspect of relationships. As human …

Morning workouts are good for you

7 Reasons to Work Out in the Morning<p>Because who wants to blow off an ugly sweater party just to go to the gym?<p>With the holiday season in full swing, your after-work schedule is about to blow up. And let's be honest, every party invite you receive is just one more night you're not going to show up …

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7 Types of Squats You Should Be Doing

7 Squat Variations You NEED to Try<p>Your go-to butt exercise could use an upgrade<p>Squats are like the LBD of your workout—they’re the perfect staple and they make your body look pretty amazing. But just like your wardrobe, your fitness routine could use some variety. For an upgrade with major results, …

101 Things I've Learned So Far

1. Everything I need is within me.<p>2. There is only now. The past is over. The future is a dream.<p>3. Love is the only game in town.<p>4. It's easy to forget. But it's also easy to remember.<p>5. Eventually I have to let go (so why not let go now?).<p>6. Everything changes.<p>7. I am not the doer.<p>8. It feels good …

Three Keys to Lifelong Happiness

There are myriad ways to ensure you are happy and those things differ for each person. But, there are some basic core lifelong behaviors and attitudes that will ensure you will feel a basic level of happiness for the entirety of your life. Three of these core concepts are being able to feel happy …

This Is Scientific Proof That Happiness Is A Choice

One theory in psychology research suggests that we all have a happiness "set-point" that largely determines our overall well-being. We oscillate around this set point, becoming happier when something positive happens or the opposite, afterwards returning to equilibrium.<p>But this set-point, to a …

How to Be More Grateful by Changing One Word

My college strength and conditioning coach, Mark Watts, taught me an important lesson that applies to life outside of the gym...<p>As adults, we spend a lot of time talking about all of the things that we have to do.<p>You have to wake up early for work. You have to make another sales call for your …

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How to Turn Down Fatty Foods

<b>The answer:</b> It all depends on what else is being served. If the entire meal is one big high-cal fat bomb, then your best bet is to just accept what’s on the menu and have a couple bites of each thing. “One fatty meal is not going to derail your entire diet, especially if you mind your portions,” …

2013's Most Popular Songs In Epic One Video

Now even if you're not an avid fan of the music of Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift or Justin Bieber you have to appreciate the incredible editing skills on …

3 Quick Weight-Loss Tips

3 Tricks to Look Slimmer ASAP<p>When your abs-seeking mission is a sprint, not a marathon, try these quick fixes<p><b>Lose the Water Weight</b><br>Replace refined carbs with one-cup servings of natural diuretics such as artichokes, asparagus, or watercress to flush your system, says Frances Largeman-Roth, R.D., …

An Attitude of Gratitude

Whenever you take a moment to celebrate an activity or a thought such as, "I love this shirt I am wearing," "I love this food I am eating," "I love these people in my life," or "I love this brand new day of possibilities," these sincere reflections of appreciation immediately will bring you into …