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21 Habits Of Supremely Happy People

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Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, theorizes that while 60 percent of happiness is determined by our genetics and environment, the remaining 40 percent is up to us.
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How to Prevent Stress from Shrinking Your Brain

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studies suggest that prolonged exposure to stress can shrink the brain, both via the damaging effects of cortisol on brain neurons, and by disrupting expression of genes that facilitate neuronal connections. This raises the question of whether there is anything we can do to prevent such damage. Since we can’t always control how much we are exposed to financial, relationship, or illness stress, are there preventive activities we can do to maintain cognitive resilience so we can continue to deal effectively with the stressors?
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Why Elders Smile

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A few months ago, Ezekiel Emanuel had an essay in The Atlantic saying that, all things considered, he’d prefer to die around age 75. He argued that he’d rather clock out with all his powers intact than endure a sad, feeble decline.

The problem is that if Zeke dies at 75, he’ll likely be missing his happiest years. When researchers ask people to assess their own well-being, people in their 20s rate themselves highly. Then there’s a decline as people get sadder in middle age, bottoming out around age 50. But then happiness levels shoot up, so that old people are happier than young people. The people who rate themselves most highly are those ages 82 to 85.

Psychologists who study this now famous U-Curve tend to point out that old people are happier because of changes in the brain. For example, when you show people a crowd of faces, young people unconsciously tend to look at the threatening faces but older people’s attention gravitates toward the happy ones.


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Older people are more relaxed, on average. They are spared some of the burden of thinking about the future. As a result, they get more pleasure out of present, ordinary activities.

My problem with a lot of the research on happiness in old age is that it is so deterministic. It treats the aging of the emotional life the way you might treat the aging of the body: as this biological, chemical and evolutionary process that happens to people.

I’d rather think that elder happiness is an accomplishment, not a condition, that people get better at living through effort, by mastering specific skills. I’d like to think that people get steadily better at handling life’s challenges. In middle age, they are confronted by stressful challenges they can’t control, like having teenage children. But, in old age, they have more control over the challenges they will tackle and they get even better at addressing them.

Aristotle teaches us that being a good person is not mainly about learning moral rules and following them. It is about performing social roles well — being a good parent or teacher or lawyer or friend.

It’s easy to think of some of the skills that some people get better at over time.

First, there’s bifocalism, the ability to see the same situation from multiple perspectives. Anthony Kronman of Yale Law School once wrote, “Anyone who has worn bifocal lenses knows that it takes time to learn to shift smoothly between perspectives and to combine them in a single field of vision. The same is true of deliberation. It is difficult to be compassionate, and often just as difficult to be detached, but what is most difficult of all is to be both at once.” Only with experience can a person learn to see a fraught situation both close up, with emotional intensity, and far away, with detached perspective.

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Then there’s lightness, the ability to be at ease with the downsides of life. In their book, “Lighter as We Go,” Jimmie Holland and Mindy Greenstein (who is a friend from college) argue that while older people lose memory they also learn that most setbacks are not the end of the world. Anxiety is the biggest waste in life. If you know that you’ll recover, you can save time and get on with it sooner.

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“The ability to grow lighter as we go is a form of wisdom that entails learning how not to sweat the small stuff,” Holland and Greenstein write, “learning how not to be too invested in particular outcomes.”

Then there is the ability to balance tensions. In “Practical Wisdom,” Barry Schwartz and Kenneth Sharpe argue that performing many social roles means balancing competing demands. A doctor has to be honest but also kind. A teacher has to instruct but also inspire. You can’t find the right balance in each context by memorizing a rule book. This form of wisdom can only be earned by acquiring a repertoire of similar experiences.

Finally, experienced heads have intuitive awareness of the landscape of reality, a feel for what other people are thinking and feeling, an instinct for how events will flow. In “The Wisdom Paradox,” Elkhonon Goldberg details the many ways the brain deteriorates with age: brain cells die, mental operations slow. But a lifetime of intellectual effort can lead to empathy and pattern awareness. “What I have lost with age in my capacity for hard mental work,” Goldberg writes, “I seem to have gained in my capacity for instantaneous, almost unfairly easy insight.”

It’s comforting to know that, for many, life gets happier with age. But it’s more useful to know how individuals get better at doing the things they do. The point of culture is to spread that wisdom from old to young; to put that thousand-year-heart in a still young body.
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SoulPancake - YouTube

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Stare Down Those Inner Demons and Rebuild Your Life

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“I’m good enough, I’m smart enough & doggone it, people like me!” Stuart Smalley
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The surprising science of happiness

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Dan Gilbert, author of "Stumbling on Happiness," challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our "psychological immune system" lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned.

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"Natural happiness is what we get when we get what we wanted, and synthetic happiness is what we make when we don't get what we wanted." Why both kinds of happiness are good:

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Botox Injections Could Be A Shot At Happiness

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A simple way to treat depression has been in our face all along. Liz Krieger investigates the latest use of Botox.
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24 Incredible Acts of Kindness - YouTube

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Let's change NY to the happiest place on Earth . What act of kindness have you done today?

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The mothers who found forgiveness, friendship

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Phyllis Rodriguez and Aicha el-Wafi have a powerful friendship born of unthinkable loss. Rodriguez' son was killed in the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001; el-Wafi's son Zacarias Moussaoui was convicted of a role in those attacks and is serving a life sentence. In hoping to find peace, these two moms have come to understand and respect one another.
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7 ways to boost your happiness

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Happiness isn't just an emotional state. Science shows people who are happy live longer and healthier lives. Find out how you can boost your happiness.
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Do you want to live to 100 ?? hahaha

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Could Laughter be a Performance-Enhancing Drug?

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Don't feel guilty for having fun at work--a happier, more relaxed workplace might actually improve productivity.
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How Laughter Fixed a Classroom

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Suzanne LeFebvre-Martin pioneered the laughter program at St-Michel, a school in Northern Ontario. She deals with troubled students and said she was inspired to integrate laughter after reading research about how laughter exercises reduced anxiety in children. It worked.
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Fantastic Breaking New's Laughter  the schools in Canada!!!

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9 foods that make you happy

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Need a boost? According to new research, some foods have the same effect on your bod as taking a pre
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Microsoft’s new smart bra stops you from emotionally overeating | ExtremeTech

Microsoft’s new smart bra stops you from emotionally overeating | ExtremeTech | Wellness and Laughter | Scoop.it
Showing an almost shocking lack of sensitivity for gender stereotyping, Microsoft Research has developed a smart bra that prevents women from emotional and stress eating.
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This is shocking! I do not need a signal on my phone to tell me I am going to over eat. That is It is like having my very thin and overly concious mother with me all the time. Hahaha

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12 Experts Share Their Secrets On How To Do Yoga For Weight Loss - Health Beckon

12 Experts Share Their Secrets On How To Do Yoga For Weight Loss - Health Beckon | Wellness and Laughter | Scoop.it
Want to reduce weight naturally? Looking to discover a healthier and more beautiful you? Here, the answer is YOGA. Yes, yoga helps you meet the best of both worlds – meditation and fitness. Yoga is considered effective and works extremely well with a long term approach to weight loss. In this post, we have featured …
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Happiness: A User's Manual

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I was actually sitting in my car on my ipad this morning and looked up as the ticket person places a ticket on my winsheild. Even though I was in the car ? He  did not even ask me to move .Should we  laugh or cry or scream or chalk it up to living in NYC. What are your thoughts/

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How To Trick Your Brain To Hold On To Positive Habit Changes

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You start strong, with great intentions, but soon that new habit falls to the wayside. Here's how to cement it into your daily life.
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Interview: Emiliana Simon-Thomas, UC Berkeley's happiness guru - Daily Californian

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Interview: Emiliana Simon-Thomas, UC Berkeley's happiness guru Daily Californian Emiliana Simon-Thomas, the science director at UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center, is teaching a Massive Open Online Course, or MOOC, on the science of...

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Joan Rivers Proves Laughing at Yourself Is Good for You

Why laughter may truly be the best medicine.
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A Formula for Happiness

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Work can bring happiness by marrying our passions to our skills, empowering us to create value in our lives and in the lives of others. Franklin D. Roosevelt had it right: “Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.”

In other words, the secret to happiness through work is earned success.
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Armed with this knowledge and a few simple rules, we can improve our lives and the lives of those around us. We can even construct a system that fulfills our founders’ promises and empowers all Americans to pursue happiness.

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Botox Injections Could Be A Shot At Happiness

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A simple way to treat depression has been in our face all along. Liz Krieger investigates the latest use of Botox.
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25 Reasons Why Turmeric Can Heal You

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Turmeric grows wild in the forests of South and Southeast Asia. It's one of the key ingredients in many Pakistani, Indian, Persian and Thai dishes and has incredible medicinal value, too. Here
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Giggling Like Google: The Art of Laughter in the Office

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We all know that laughter makes us feel good – but is there a business case for chortling our way through the work day?
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