What Brings You Joy? Stop. Think. Make a List.

Today Daily Word  talked about what it is that brings us joy.  They suggested creating a “joy chest” of photographs, quotes, ideas, etc. that we can refer to when looking for joy in our lives. I smiled thinking about my blog. I seem to capture all those things right here. But I also decided to make a list of what brings me joy....more

Making Peace

Originally posted on January 3, 2013 at Two Martini Lunch....more

Dr. Romance Happiness Tip: Give Yourself a Gift

Dr. Romance writes:Want to give yourself a holiday gift that will last the rest of your life? Try giving yourself the gift of happiness.Research shows that happiness and satisfaction depend more on the inner person than on external circumstances. The secret to living a happy life is to get in charge of your life and what you are doing. Then you can build the life you want....more

Getting to Gratitude and Happiness

 Gratitude.  It’s so much of what the holiday season is about – and if we’re lucky and intentional – we create ways of showing our gratitude for the life we have throughout the year....more

Are You Happy?

As I was on Facebook yesterday, my youngest son popped open a chat box.  "Momma, are you happy?" was the first thing he typed.  He said he was just thinking of me and worried whether I was happy or not.Am I happy?  I raised a son who takes the time out of his day to check on me.  How could I not be happy knowing that?  He has grown in to a wonderful man who is empathetic, loving, and kind.  There is nothing more a mother could ask for....more

Lower IQ generally means less happiness

A study of 6,870 people age 16 and older compared verbal IQ (using the National Adult Reading test) and a 3-point happiness scale to look for correlations.They found that:1. Those with the highest IQ (120-129) were the happiest2. Those with the lowest IQ (70-99) were the least happy3. Factors like health, income, daily activities and "neurotic symptoms" impacted the level of happiness, reducing the link between IQ and happiness by about half....more

If You Don't Change, How Will Your Life Change?

Throughout my life, I hear women talk about how they want things to change in their life.  It could be dealing with a person in their life, not feeling happy, lack of balance.  The funny thing is......more

World's happiest man - while meditating on compassion - is off the measurable charts

I heard this on NPR a couple days ago: According to neuroscientists, the world's happiest man is a Buddhist monk (and molecular geneticist and confidant of the Dalai Lama) named Matthieu Ricard.He says you can train your brain to be happy through meditation - just like you can train your body with weights.Neuroscientists studied lots of people while meditating and found that Ricard's gamma wave production (linked to learning, memory, attention and consciousness) were so high that they'd never been reported before in scientific literature....more

What Makes You Happy?

Can you name seven things that make you happy? I took the challenge…here are mine. I would love to see yours. (1). I lost a pan lid. I don’t know how one loses a quart-sized sauce pan lid, but I did. Little Boy Darling said worms carried it away. Congers up a fascinating image doesn’t it? Happiness entry number one--Living with a 3 year old. What a kick....more

Soul Mates: The myth of happily ever after

They told me after he rejected me that all my spiritual instincts were wrong.  They said that if we were really soul mates, it would be impossible for him to not recognize me as his soul mate, that if there really was what I sensed about him between us, that we would automatically live happily ever after, as if FINDING your soul mate were enough to make the Cinderella dream come true. ...more