happiness

Appreciate the Simple Things

Appreciate the Simple Things

There is so much pressure on us these days. Those pressures come from the world around us and from ourselves. As we get caught up in the need for everything to happen quickly, to be successful, to live our lives as fast as we can, to bury our heads in our tech, it's easy to miss the simple pleasures in life.

In Search Of Happiness

In Search Of Happiness

Last weekend my wife and I re-watched the charming 2014 comedy Hector and the Search for Happiness, starring the always delightful Simon Pegg. Hector is an unhappy, unsatisfied psychiatrist who undertakes a global search to uncover what truly makes people happy. Here are a few of the things Hector discovers along the way, all of which echo findings in numerous studies on happiness (including a fabulous book with a similar theme,

Ways To Raise Happy Children

Ways To Raise Happy Children

Time and again when I ask parents what they wish for their children they respond with “I just want them to be happy”.  But how exactly does one do that?  The truth is that happiness is a way of being but not a constant.  To be happy you must also experience sadness and sometimes as parents we have a hard time tolerating that fact.  In any case lets take some time and see what the research tell us about how to be happy.

Healing Ourselves Through Awareness and Faith

Healing Ourselves Through Awareness and Faith

There is always an aspect of ourselves or our lives that needs healing, isn't there? Depending upon how aware we are of what needs to be healed, we can catch these "hurts" when they are like tiny scratches that just need a little bandaid and a kiss from Mommy! However, without that awareness, these issues-- perhaps those we are tucking under a pillow and ignoring-- may require a lot more mending later on. In fact, they can become large wounds that prevent us from moving forward in our lives, careers, or within important relationships. 

What's Burning You?

What's Burning You?

My husband recently bought an outdoor fire pit for our son’s backyard camping party. Last night, I was enjoying the crisp, cool evening by the fire and was mesmerized by the stunning flames. Within in a minute or so this question came to me—“What’s burning you?” So, I decided to ponder upon the question for a while.

A Christmas Thought...

A Christmas Thought...

As we move into the Christmas season I am often reminded of an awesome story that I heard years ago, which has been a constant reminder to me over the years as to what the original spirit of Christmas was based.  The story goes something like this… One Easter Sunday morning, a pastor came to the Church carrying a rusty, bent, old bird cage, and set it by the pulpit. Several eyebrows were raised and, as if in response, the pastor began to speak.

SHOUT Your Blues Away!

SHOUT Your Blues Away!

There's nothing like the holidays to show us just how human we are. I, myself, just realized we are only a few weeks from that special morning of ritual, family, and lots of shiny objects under the tree! Now I gotta go get those shiny objects! I have to admit that this time does bring me both lots of joy and lots of stress, which can lead to bad moods. Now, I know I'm not alone in this, and the last thing any of us need (or our family and friends!) is a lack of joy.

Happy For The Holidays

Happy For The Holidays

The winter season can bring its fair share of gloomy days and holiday stress and sometimes those blues are hard to shake. It might seem strange at first to think that caring for your image can help perk you up, but research is showing that there is a distinct biological response to what you put on your body.

Try these five tricks and see how your mood changes for the better: 

The Health Benefits of Happiness

The Health Benefits of Happiness

The pursuit of happiness has been the subject of numerous books and movies as it is something we all desire.  How to define happiness and how to achieve it, however, remain elusive goals.  Nobody wants to go through life being sad and miserable.  Depression is a tragic illness that is all too common and has complicated and multiple causes – many of which are not in our control.  Happiness, too, has multiple causes and there are strategies to improve our happiness which will be the topic of this article.