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Meaningful Activities Protect the Brain From Depression

Meaningful Activities Protect the Brain From Depression | The Pursuit of Happiness | Scoop.it
A new study of adolescents found that those who derive joy from selfless deeds were less likely to be depressed over time.
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“Taken together, our findings suggest that well-being may depend on attending to higher values related to family, culture, and morality, rather than to immediate, selfish pleasure,” the authors write.

So, good luck convincing teenagers of that.

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Las actividades generosas que dan sentido a la vida protegen contra la depresión

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30 Dr. Seuss Quotes to Live By

30 Dr. Seuss Quotes to Live By | The Pursuit of Happiness | Scoop.it
you don’t have to have children of your own to entertain, educate and enthrall them.
“You make ‘em, I’ll amuse ‘em,” Dr. Seuss used to say
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Debra Manchester's curator insight, March 25, 7:39 PM

Thank you, Dr. Seuss, for some great reminders!

 

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11 Things You Need To Drop Now To Be Happy

11 Things You Need To Drop Now To Be Happy | The Pursuit of Happiness | Scoop.it
To be happy and have more joy, you must drop these 11 bad habits and mindsets today.
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The Only 7 Things We Truly Can Control in Life—and How to Rock Them All

The Only 7 Things We Truly Can Control in Life—and How to Rock Them All | The Pursuit of Happiness | Scoop.it
To change your life in a big way, start small! Learn which things in our lives we have control over and how to hack them (and your behavior) to start living a happier life right now.
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Laughter, the best meditative medicine

Laughter, the best meditative medicine | The Pursuit of Happiness | Scoop.it
Want the potential mental and physical health benefits of meditation without the work of chasing away all those intrusive thoughts and feelings? Try laughing, a study suggests.
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The Miracle of the Self-Compassion Habit : zenhabits

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Meaningful Activities Protect the Brain From Depression

Meaningful Activities Protect the Brain From Depression | The Pursuit of Happiness | Scoop.it
A new study of adolescents found that those who derive joy from selfless deeds were less likely to be depressed over time.
Peter Shanks's insight:

“Taken together, our findings suggest that well-being may depend on attending to higher values related to family, culture, and morality, rather than to immediate, selfish pleasure,” the authors write.

So, good luck convincing teenagers of that.

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Margarita Tarragona's curator insight, April 22, 7:41 PM

Las actividades generosas que dan sentido a la vida protegen contra la depresión

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The secret to happiness - TOI Mobile | The Times of India Mobile Site

The secret to happiness - TOI Mobile | The Times of India Mobile Site | The Pursuit of Happiness | Scoop.it
It’s not destiny that decides you’ll be a sour face. Happy people work towards being that. Here’s how to do it
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Here's a simple break-up offered by writer Sonja Lyubomirsky in The How of Happiness: 50 per cent of our happiness levels are genetically determined, 10 per cent are affected by circumstances while the remaining 40 per cent is subject to self-control.

So how do you get happy? Here's a don't-do list to set you on the path to happiness.

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» Choose One Of These 11 Insights And Make Your Life Better - Therapy Soup

» Choose One Of These 11 Insights And Make Your Life Better - Therapy Soup | The Pursuit of Happiness | Scoop.it
“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”
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“So live as if you were living already for the second time and as if you had acted the first time as wrongly as you are about to act now!”

 
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12 Ways To Turn Your Life Around In 12 Months Or Less

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Here are 12 things you can start doing immediately to turn your life around and get back on track to achieving success. You cannot change your life overnight, but you can most certainly change the direction of your life overnight.
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You cannot change your life overnight, but you can most certainly change the direction of your life overnight.


 

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How to Get From Anxiety to Zen

How to Get From Anxiety to Zen | The Pursuit of Happiness | Scoop.it
Intentional focus on four areas which promote calm, confidence and control.
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The following calmness hacks are designed to keep your head in the game when the going gets tough.

 
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Mediation Goes Mainstream with These Apps

Mediation Goes Mainstream with These Apps | The Pursuit of Happiness | Scoop.it
Meditation. It’s not a New Age thing anymore, or a Buddhist thing, or even a David Lynch thing. It’s gone mainstream and secular, and now, like everything else in your life, it’s available as an app.
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Meditation. It’s not a New Age thing anymore, or a Buddhist thing, or even a David Lynch thing. It’s gone mainstream and secular, and now, like everything else in your life, it’s available as an app.

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» 10 Tips to Manage Stress More Effectively - Parenting Tips

» 10 Tips to Manage Stress More Effectively - Parenting Tips | The Pursuit of Happiness | Scoop.it
Practical ways to address your stress is at every level--physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually--to be happier and more effective .
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If you take on this challenge–practicing healthy forms of stress reduction on a daily basis–your life will slowly but surely take on a different light. Change will not happen over night, and you may forget these tips when you are really under fire. But if you are anything like me, you will be a bit calmer and more unflappable a year from now.

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Thanks for sharing this, Peter. Lots more about happy, loving families at HowsYourFamily.com.
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10 Habits of Happy Couples

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What does it take to be happy in a relationship?
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10 Positive Psychology Studies to Change Your View of Happiness

10 Positive Psychology Studies to Change Your View of Happiness | The Pursuit of Happiness | Scoop.it
The more I discover about positive psychology, the more I am reminded that happiness is rarely found in material possessions or worldly pursuits.
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Stacy's curator insight, June 17, 11:15 AM

Great insight on what makes us truly happy.  Any one of these, or rightly all of them, can be a Happy Fix!  

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Top 50 Important Life Lessons You Must Learn

Top 50 Important Life Lessons You Must Learn | The Pursuit of Happiness | Scoop.it
Learn the wisdom that comes from life lessons. Here are my top 50 essential life lessons.
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I suppose “life lessons” are called that for a reason. You need to experience life in order to learn the lessons. And the more life you experience, the more lessons you accumulate. However, some extremely valuable lessons came from other people. Some I learned from reading great thinkers like Eckhart Tolle and Byron Katie. Others were passed on from friends and family.

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5 Tips To Become More Light-Hearted - Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

5 Tips To Become More Light-Hearted - Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement | The Pursuit of Happiness | Scoop.it
Are you too serious? Maybe you get offended easily or judge others on autopilot? Or perhaps you just feel that you could benefit from ‘lightening up” and taking a more cheerful approach to your life?
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Happy Birthday, Kierkegaard: The First Existential Philosopher on Our Greatest Source of Unhappiness

Happy Birthday, Kierkegaard: The First Existential Philosopher on Our Greatest Source of Unhappiness | The Pursuit of Happiness | Scoop.it
Hope, memory, and how our chronic compulsion to flee from our own lives robs us of living.

"How we spend our days is, of course, how we s
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The 10 routine changes that are proven to make you happier

The 10 routine changes that are proven to make you happier | The Pursuit of Happiness | Scoop.it
It's back to work after a four-day weekend and you might be feeling a little glum as the rain settles in and the weeks until summer seem too far away. Thankfully, countless of studies show that there are little changes we can make to our daily lives that can cheer us up. From hugging eight times a day to flicking through old photographs, we look at the ten things you can do to give that mood a boost, as advised by the scientists…
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From hugging eight times a day to flicking through old photographs, we look at the ten things you can do to give that mood a boost, as advised by the scientists…

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» 3 Steps to Emotionally Resonate (and Manifest) Your Dreams and Aspirations - Neuroscience and Relationships

» 3 Steps to Emotionally Resonate (and Manifest) Your Dreams and Aspirations - Neuroscience and Relationships | The Pursuit of Happiness | Scoop.it
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The key to happiness and joy is not waiting for it to arrive at the end of a journey to achieve your goals or upon achieving some milestone. Joy and happiness are the way. You need them on your journey. Your ability to feel joy, at will, regardless the circumstances in your life is your only guarantee that you will experience joy once you achieve a particular goal. Enjoy each journey to your goals. Happiness is the way. Stop waiting for something to happen before you can be happy! You do not take a vacation to get it done. You take it to enjoy it. Similarly, see all of your life and your different ventures toward your goals as mini-vacations. Life is a journey, and the journey is called life.


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Habits You Need To Boost Your Emotional Intelligence | Alltopstartups.com

Habits You Need To Boost Your Emotional Intelligence | Alltopstartups.com | The Pursuit of Happiness | Scoop.it
Emotional intelligence (EI) is the ability to identify, assess, and control the emotions of oneself, of others, and of groups.  Our emotional intelligence — the way we manage emotions, both our own and those of others — can play a critical role in determining our happiness and success (Daniel Goleman). Habits of emotionally intelligent people 1. Emotionally intelligent people tend to notice more. They have a candid and realistic understanding of themselves. It’s not just about knowing what to say and when to say it. Anybody can learn social skills, which are centered around acting and don’t require the actor to mean what they say. It takes more effort, bravery, and personal development to become emotionally intelligent. 2. They keep the end goal in mind. Those who succeed in life and business keep an eye on the big picture. This means letting go of petty perceived slights and road bumps..
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Brave new wearable world: Crowdsourcing health, and the coming battle of bio-signals

Brave new wearable world: Crowdsourcing health, and the coming battle of bio-signals | The Pursuit of Happiness | Scoop.it
In the words of Aldous Huxley: “There is only one corner of the universe that you are certain of improving and that is your own self.” Wearables are THE tool for self-improvement, or as we like to ...
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In the words of Aldous Huxley: “There is only one corner of the universe that you are certain of improving and that is your own self.” Wearables are THE tool for self-improvement, or as we like to call it, self-mastery.

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Find Your Passion With These 8 Thought-Provoking Questions

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Warren Berger, author of A More Beautiful Question, collected the provocative questions top designers, tech innovators, and entrepreneurs ask...
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These days, you're urged to “follow your passions” and “lean in”--but what if you’re not sure where your particular passion lies? What if you don’t know which way to lean?

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Medicine, Mistakes and the Reptilian Brain

Medicine, Mistakes and the Reptilian Brain | The Pursuit of Happiness | Scoop.it
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Dr. Meagher identifies three core tendencies that increase errors in medical practice:

ApathyHasteEgoism

He then outlines many practical ways to overcome the reptile brain and use a “NewMind Response ™”. The three basic skills are self-monitoring (especially to what irritates us); developing responses to our basic instincts; and staying focused on the task at hand. Dr. Meagher also discusses the importance of fostering an attitude of doubt.

Callisthenics to initiate doubt:

Regularly challenge ourselves.

What else could this be?What else could have caused this?What else could complicate this?
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7 Habits of Highly Emotionally Intelligent People

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People with high emotional intelligence tend to do better at work. So what habits do they have that set them apart?
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So what sets emotionally intelligent people apart? Here are seven habits that people with high EI have:

 
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Prime Your Brain for a Permanent Performance Gain (in a Few Minutes)

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Take advantage of the priming effect to get your neurons activating the patterns and associations that align with your desires.

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