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Pursuing Happiness Strikes Gold at Kickstarter

Pursuing Happiness Strikes Gold at Kickstarter | Unplug | Scoop.it
With the help of 328 people and Kickstarter the film Pursuing Happiness is now in the process of being made.. Check out more of the story
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I think everyone will agree that happiness is a worthy goal. Well these film makers have struck out to help us all know more about what makes people happy.. check them out.

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Reduce Resentment and Feel Happier

Reduce Resentment and Feel Happier | Unplug | Scoop.it
Life is short. Time spent feeling angry or resentful about things that happened or didn’t happen is time squandered. Here's how to let resentment go.
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Life's end goal is not to accomplish your TO DO list, but to feel fulfilled and happy.

 

But when you're feeling angry and resentful, how do you really turn that frown upside down?  Tiny Buddha shares 4 powerful tips.

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That's Not Meaningful Insight; It's Cheerleading

That's Not Meaningful Insight; It's Cheerleading | Unplug | Scoop.it
  I believe we can learn more about what it takes to succeed from the closing assertion of Beckett’s The Unnamable than any other motivational b
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The visions you are given about success are misleading.

 

This blogger shares the view that it is healthier to make meaning from what you already have and realistically understand how you feel in the face of obstacles. 

 

The insight about the need for persistence during times of despair offers no illusions. Positive thinking can deceive because it falsely and temporarily inspires. 

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The Best Way to a Happy Brain

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New research shows that the brain can be rewired to benefit our lives and stave off memory loss.
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New research shows that the brain is the most flexible organ in the body, responding to everything from a handshake to a hurricaine. 

 

The brain is constantly reshaping itself.  "The power to physically rewire our brains for our own betterment lies within all of us". 

The simple mind-trick for a happy brain and better life? 

Self-awareness.

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A New Year; A Happy New You

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A five-minute guided meditation.
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Goodbye 2013. 

 

Just as you said farewell to 2013, you can say bye bye to "the hostilities and grudges of the past that fester inside you, and keep you from surrendering to all that is life-affirming and new."

 

So get comfortable; dim the lights; close your eyes and listen to this five-minute guided meditation.

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Unplug, Disconnect & Relax

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These days technology is all pervasive, unavoidable even, and we are grateful. It has made it simple to get things done from anywhere in the world. It is hard to imagine going back to the way things were before smartphones.
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It would indeed be hard to imagine going back to a life before smartphones.  A life with fewer distractions.  A time when text and Twitter alerts did not even exist.

 

Expedia suggests we all need to take a break once in awhile "to stay healthy, take stock of our life, and reconnect to the present." And they've created an infographic to help us remember to disconnect and relax -- especially during the holidays.

 

 

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Want to Free Your Mind? Ask These Questions

Want to Free Your Mind?  Ask These Questions | Unplug | Scoop.it
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Want to free your mind?  Ask these questions; because sometimes asking the right question is more important than the answer.

 

This blogger shares 50 questions for which there is no right or wrong answer.  Below...the first 12:

 

  1. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?
  2. Which is worse, failing or never trying?
  3. If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do?
  4. When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?
  5. What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world?
  6. If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?
  7. Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing?
  8. If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently?
  9. To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken?
  10. Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things?
  11. You’re having lunch with three people you respect and admire.  They all start criticizing a close friend of yours, not knowing she is your friend.  The criticism is distasteful and unjustified.  What do you do?
  12. If you could offer a newborn child only one piece of advice, what would it be?
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Burgaliere Corinne's curator insight, December 19, 2013 12:49 AM

De bonnes questions a se poser pour changer....

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Frequent Cell Phone Use Linked to Anxiety, Lower Grades and Reduced Happiness in Students

Frequent Cell Phone Use Linked to Anxiety, Lower Grades and Reduced Happiness in Students | Unplug | Scoop.it
Today, smartphones are central to college students’ lives, keeping them constantly connected with friends, family and the Internet.
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Compassion & The Art of Having Fun

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In the same way that an airline attendant will tell passengers in pre-flight instructions to secure their own oxygen mask before assisting others, in life we need to learn how to feel compassion for ourselves first, before we can be happy or...
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"If you want to be happy, practice compassion; if you want others to be happy, practice compassion."   -- Dalai Lama

 

For most of us, this is easier said than done.  But the bottom line is this: Happiness is linked to compassion; and it begins with your own self-view.

 

When "we can feel a deep sense of gratitude toward ourselves, appreciating our basic good nature -- when we feel self-love, self-worth and self-compassion, we are more capable of meeting life's challenges with success and grace,"  This minimizes anxiety and despair.  There is simply no possibility of having fun in life without first generating self-compassion -- what scientific research now calls "self-affiliation". 

 

Self-affiliation can be created at any time through a very simple exercise that this Huff Post blogger shares.  When self-compassion is actuated, "the ground is set for a fuller enjoyment of life, and a greater ability to have fun!"

 

 

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Choose Experiences that Positively Retrain Your Brain

Choose Experiences that Positively Retrain Your Brain | Unplug | Scoop.it
I often hear people say, "I'm the kind of person who…" or, "I'm not a people person.” These seemingly off-the-cuff comments suggest they’re resigned to not changing their self-perception – regardless (Seek Experiences That Positively Reshape Your ...
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Dr. Richard Davidson suggests that "using our experiences to positively shift our self-perception" will retrain your brain.

 

Did you know that playing just 2 hours of a video game can structurally change your brain?  Imagine that!  Just 2 hours with a joystick can actually change the structure of your brain.  This "underscores how extraordinarily dynamic our brains are, constantly being shaped this way and that."  And it happens so fast.  Studies show that an average adult generates 5,000 to 10,000 new brain cells every single day.

 

Most people are not very willing to shift their worldview.  And most often, we are unconscious of how our brain is being shaped by the forces around us. But in knowing that the brain changes in response to our experiences, actions and relationships, we can take advantage of this knowledge and "actually play a more intentional role in shaping our own brains in ways that may be heath promoting and in ways that can cultivate well-being".

 

 

 

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The 8 Red Flags of a Toxic Relationship

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You're never going to get along with everyone 100 percent of the time. Whether you're dealing with friends, family members, or partne...
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We can't get along with everyone all of the time, but when a relationship wreaks havoc on your happiness over and over again, you may very well be in a toxic relationship

 

Watch out for these 8 red flags:

 

  1. You constantly give while the other person constantly takes
  2. You receive repetitive verbal abuse from the other person
  3. Your values are not accepted but instead mocked by the other person
  4. You are made to feel bad about yourself by the other person
  5. You feel eternally beholden to the other person -- even grateful that they are putting up with you
  6. The other person tends to bring out the worst in you
  7. The other person has no respect for your other relationships
  8. Each person shows interest in the other only when "high expectations" are met

 

If you are at odds with one another more than 50% of the time, you may have a toxic relationship on your hands.  If you believe that to be the case, it's best to end the relationship -- as challenging as that may be for you.  And the sooner the better.

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Stand UP! Get Outside; Call Your Mom/Sister/Brother/Dad and...

Stand UP! Get Outside; Call Your Mom/Sister/Brother/Dad and... | Unplug | Scoop.it
Why do these mistakes really prevent happiness and health?
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You can find happiness by getting out there, apparently. And I have to agree. When we avoid connection, sit in the same spot all day, forget to drink in mother nature's wonder cues and ignore our creative bents, we wither. 


You'll find this inspiring reflection on happiness and health especially helpful as it conveys the golden importance of simple things like...


  • contributing or giving back
  • creative writing
  • belonging


And those are just a few of the many powerful facts revealing a roadmap to richer living. Dive in and then recharge...

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Find 5 Extra Hours Each Day - Multitasking NOT Required

Find 5 Extra Hours Each Day - Multitasking NOT Required | Unplug | Scoop.it

When was the last time you complained there just weren’t enough hours in the day for all you wanted to accomplish? If you’re like me, it was recently. And if like me, you regularly run out of day at the end of your to-do list.

 

More importantly, what would you do with those additional 5 hours a day?


Would you spend them pursuing a dream? Working toward a goal? Doing something you love?

 

Well, the good news is that if you’re much like the national average, I can actually add another 4.8 hours to your life every single day. For free. And it won’t require DNA replacement therapy, magic, or becoming mentally ambidextrous.

 

That’s 34 hours a week, or 136 hours most months and 1,768 hours a year. That’s a whopping 8,840 hours in just 5 years’ time and 17,680 hours in a decade. And those of you on the downward slope of the average lifespan understand just how short a decade truly is!


Via The Learning Factor
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What would you do with an additional 5 hours each and every day?  Write a book? Travel? Sleep?

 

Well...here's one way to give yourself some more time. Turn off the TV. 

 

The average American watches up to 5 hours of television each day.  By simply turning off the boob tube, you can gain up to 1,768 hours each year. 

 

Even if you pull yourself away from the box for just 1 hour each day, that's still 365 hours of additional time annually.  That's equivelant to over 9 weeks of work. 

 

If your employer gave you a 9-week vacation each year, you'd take it right?

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The Learning Factor's curator insight, November 7, 2013 6:14 PM

Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it, but you can spend it.

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The ONE Thing You Need to be Happy

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Today is the United Nations International Day of Happiness. To celebrate, I'm setting you all a challenge - for one day only, try not to experience life through a lens. How wonderful all the tools
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What makes people happy? 


Removing the "lens" through which we see the world.  Being present.  Appreciating Life around us. 


And what does scientific research have to say about what makes us happy?


"To connect with other human beings -- IN PERSON".

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126 Ways to Make Your Life Extraordinary

126 Ways to Make Your Life Extraordinary | Unplug | Scoop.it
If you choose to make a difference 126 times every day for the next year, you'd have hundreds of thousands of small opportunities to make an impact.
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Open the door for a stranger.  Say "Thank You".  Stop Whining.  Fear less...

 

These are just 4 of 126 ideas from the Business Insider about how to make a positive difference in the world by making some very simple changes in your life. 

 

Now that's extraordinary!

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Five Steps to a Happier You!

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Do you wish to be happier? Doesn't everyone want to be happier? Nobody is happy all of the time but some people are happier than others. If you're happy it makes life better and you have better relationships with people; it changes your...
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We all want to be happier, right?  Here...5 steps for a more cheerful YOU!

 

  1. Be optimistic
  2. Smile
  3. Listen to your favorite music
  4. Stay close to uplifting friends and family
  5. Be happy with yourself

 

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Stop Negativity From Sticking To You Like Glue

Stop Negativity From Sticking To You Like Glue | Unplug | Scoop.it
Mindfulness means we don't get locked out of our heart and throw away the key. Rather, we can watch how negativity distracts the mind and makes such a song and dance, and we just keep breathing and watching as it goes on it's jolly way.
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Anger can keep us prisoners to ourselves.  We have a fight with someone we love; we play it over and over again in our head; perhaps we even become resentful or hold a grudge.  And the negativity from that experience gets stuck to us like glue.

 

Enter mindfulness...an opportunity to be completely present with whatever is going on -- whatever we are feeling -- thinking -- experiencing. 

 

Becoming aware of negative thoughts and feelings can help us to release them.  Like a dear friend who enables us to know and embrace ourselves, mindfulness can help us free our anger "and all the obstacles that limit peace of mind, inner freedom, and true happiness".

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The Fundamental Truths that Precede Happiness

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Certain fundamental truths must be discovered before you can find true happiness.

 

  1. It's impossible for anyone else to define YOU.  You are the only one in this world who gets to say who you are.
  2. You were born with everything you need.  There is nothing you are missing.
  3. Perfection is a man-made illusion; we are beautifully imperfect beings.
  4. You are NOT your thoughts.  Your mind doesn’t define you, nor does it control you.
  5. Your beliefs can be modified to lift you up.  Whatever you believe to be true about yourself and life in the long-term becomes your reality.
  6. The past and future do not exist.  Now is the moment.
  7. Your calling in your life is to fully express who you already are.  Your uniqueness, in every respect, is your gift.
  8. Challenges are gifts for your growth.  Without challenges you cannot unlock your full potential.
  9. Forgiveness is choosing happiness over hurt.  We forgive others to free ourselves and walk into compassion and love by doing so.
  10. Surrender is the essence of a happy life.  Letting go is not giving up.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 8, 2014 7:33 PM

It is all about mindfulness and learning who I am. In my being, there is something that cannot be duplicated by anyone.

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The Pursuit of Happiness

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There's more to finding happiness than a balanced mix of exercise, nutrition, and outdoor play. To launch your new year, we've broken the pursuit down into simple, life-changing strategies.
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Live a Longer, Happier Life from Face-to-Face Time with Friends

Live a Longer, Happier Life from Face-to-Face Time with Friends | Unplug | Scoop.it
Rebecca and Michelle discuss the benefits of interacting with friends in person as opposed to through phones and social media.  You'll be surprised to find out why face-to-face time with friends can make you live a longer, happier life!
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Engaging and interacting with friends -- not through social media platforms or smartphones -- but instead in person makes for a longer, happier life. 

 

This one minute video shows you why face-to-face is more fulfilling.

 

 

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The Pursuit of Happiness

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There's more to finding happiness than a balanced mix of exercise, nutrition, and outdoor play. To launch your new year, we've broken the pursuit down into simple, life-changing strategies.
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Build the Business of Your Dreams with Mindfulness, Meditation & Happiness

Build the Business of Your Dreams with Mindfulness, Meditation & Happiness | Unplug | Scoop.it
Mindfulness and meditation are the essential keys to conscious creation in any aspect, but most importantly – in this case – your business.
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Consciously creating anything can be summed up in just three words.  Feel Good Now.  That's the premise of Tharyn Taylor who writes that mindfulness, meditation and happiness are the "essential keys to conscious creation" in your business (or in any part of your life, for that matter).

 

How to achieve conscious business creation?  Mr. Taylor shares three simple steps:

 

(1)  Keep it simple.  Mindfulness is the “quality or state of being conscious or aware of something”. Meditation is the practice by which you strengthen concentration and is directly linked to an increased sense of mindfulness. Feeling good has a direct link to creating better future experiences.

(2) The formula.  Meditation + Mindfulness + Feel Good Now.  Know it.  Do it.  It's not easy -- especially continuing a habit of feeling good in each present moment.  But if you continue to practice, it's "worth every once of effort".

(3) Leverage every advantage.  A wise business person leverages every known advantage in their business in order to grow.  This includes believing (and practicing) that mindfulness, meditation, and feeling good are fundamental keys to your success.

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10 Ways to Create a Happy Moment

10 Ways to Create a Happy Moment | Unplug | Scoop.it
As part of self-care, creating a happy moment for ourselves can not only break a negative mood, it paves the way for more positive moods to follow.
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You deserve a happy moment!  Here are ten suggestions to put yourself in a good mood:

 

  1. Listen to or watch something funny
  2. Compliment people you do not know
  3. Laugh at yourself
  4. Allow yourself to be an 8-year old again
  5. Hold a baby
  6. Create a playlist of happy songs
  7. Spend time in Nature
  8. Treat yourself to something you normally wouldn't
  9. Take a bath
  10. Create your own joke

 

Great advice from Nathan Feiles.

 

And as another idea, why not try some (or all) of these things as a way to unplug?

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Thankful Much?

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Suddenly everywhere we look we are reminded to be grateful, but how exactly can we express our gratitude?
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We can make a study and ritual of gratitude, if we so desire. And, for me, that's the point, the only point. I've not found choosing happiness works to make me happy and neither have I found thankfulness to make me happy. Did the chicken come first? Or the egg? 

 

I've found happiness comes and goes and sometimes gratitude comes from happiness, sometimes vice versa. Sometimes happiness just is and it's the same way with thankfulness. The point here? There's value in the art of cultivating a mindset as long as you've decided why it matters to you and what you want to create for yourself. While this article doesn't go into that fact, it does pack up quite a feast of gratitude opportunities. You'll be glad, grateful, thankful for the ideas and the thoughts on Thankfulness especially this time of year.

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The BioSync Team's curator insight, November 16, 2013 4:50 PM
grat·i·tude

1. the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.


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Mindfulness Does Not Equal Happiness

Mindfulness blogger Alfred James answers the question Is Mindfulness Happiness? Are you you truly happy? Moreover, are you being mindful enough? (Is Mindfulness Happiness?
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Happiness is often confused with a hightened state of mind -- a "natural buzz", if you will.  So it makes sense that people could confuse mindfulness with happiness.

 

Those who practice mindfulness, however, understand happiness in a different way: a natural state of contentment and balance which comes from emotional stability.

 

Temporary ecstasy or a constant feeling of appreciating life -- which do you prefer?

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 8, 2013 1:11 PM

No, it is not, but it might help us understand how to get through the ups and downs of life.