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Happiness Taboo

“You keep using that word . . . I do not think it means what you think it means.”  –Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride Have you ever played “Taboo?” It’s a fun game by Hasbro that forces participants to describe something without using many of the words that people might commonly use to describe it.  […]

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Dan Ariely

Following Yourself in the Wrong Direction

Gerry Balding via Compfight You may have heard of humorous stories of baby ducklings who follow around humans because they are genetically programmed to “imprint” on the first creature they see (presumably their mother, but not always–see cute duckling imprinting video here.) Because of this interesting phenomena, the name “duckling effect” is sometimes used to […]

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I've tried my best to let you go . . . by FUNKYAH

Coca-Cola Really Does Sell Happiness

One aspect of the emergence of positive psychology and the trendiness of happiness has been to see businesses incorporating happiness into their business models.  Zappos’ business is based on “Delivering Happiness,” Huggies has it’s “be happy” campaign and Coca-Cola’s “Open Happiness” video commercials have been hugely successful. At least in the case of Coca-Cola, their […]

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PERMA Flourishing

How to Have a PERMA-Vacation!

If you clicked this link because you thought I would teach how to have a “PERMANENT” vacation, then you misunderstood.  But what I’m offering you is even better. PERMA is the acronym described by Martin Seligman, one of the top researchers in positive psychology, for the ingredients of a flourishing life: Positive emotions—experiencing happiness, joy, […]

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One Nation Under Stress

Stress and Vulnerability

Photo Credit: a n i. Y. via Compfight April is “Stress Awareness Month” as sponsored by the “Health Resource Network” and April 16th specifically (the day after Tax Day) is “National Stress Awareness Day” in the United States. When I first heard about these “holidays,” I thought it was pretty ridiculous.  I think it’s safe […]

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Other People’s Happiness

Photo Credit: Viewminder via Compfight Tomorrow is “World Happiness Day,” an official holiday recognized by the United Nations to honor “a fundamental human goal,” the pursuit of happiness. Thanks to the burgeoning field of positive psychology, there has been a deluge of new books and information on the secrets to human happiness:  Authentic Happiness, The […]

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