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Social connection improves physical health and mental and emotional well-being.
We all think we know how to take good care of ourselves: eat your veggies, work out and try to get enough sleep. But how many of us know that social connection is just as critical?
Our culture has become one of compulsive overworking. Although this habit “get things done” – the tendency to push themselves further and harder often, over time, comes at a steep cost. Recent research, however, shows that there is a far more constructive and sustainable way to increase productivity, insight and well-being!
Most “successful…Read More
Many of us believe being self-critical and hard on ourselves is a good thing.
We mistakenly think that being competitive and pushing ourselves hard is required for success. Research, however, is proving these theories wrong. Most of us don’t stop to consider whether our self-critical and competitive attitude are helping us achieve our goals. We …Read More
We’ve all heard the phrase “Take a deep breath.”
Maybe we’ve even noticed how our breath changes depending on how we feel: short and shallow when stressed, deeper when we’re relaxed. It changes when we sigh, yawn, sob or laugh. But one thing we probably have not learned is that, just as the breath changes depending on how we feel, we can also ch…Read More
Happiness – it’s an inalienable right, it’s even in the US constitution. You see it everywhere from sitcoms to couples walking by. But…do you ever have that gnawing feeling, or dark sense, that happiness is just… well…not for you?
Well you’re right. The data agrees with you. It’s not.
For One, it Makes you Contag…Read More
“Hard core military guys and yoga – that doesn’t really …um… go together, does it?” I’ve been asked. It’s true that, when they first arrived to participate in my study, the young, tattoo-covered, hard-drinking, motorcycle driving Midwestern guys did not look like typical yoga studio regulars. But what they shared after the study sai…Read More
Move Over, Outdated Happiness Theories: 7 Science-Based Ways to Seriously Boost Happiness in the New Year!
“The happiest people don’t have the best of everything but they make the best of everything they have.”
Did you know that most of us live our lives according to outdated (or even false!) happiness theories? It’s a new year and that means a new opportunity for you to make small choices that will help you make the best of everything you have and…Read More
In October, I was invited to speak at the Empathy in Society conference in London via Skype. The video was recently released. In it, I describe some of the very latest research on compassion. Hope you enjoy it! HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Happy Holidays! In the spirit of love, warmth and companionship, I’ve made this infographic on the scientific benefits of Compassion!
We often think that we will gain happiness by achieving, receiving or attaining. We also think that in order to be happy, we have to receive love. Think again!
Research shows that our greatest fulfillment come…Read More
Happy Giving Tuesday!
Have you ever found yourself on a vacation, a date or a great party with friends and family you love when suddenly, out of the blue, and for no good reason, you develop an irresistible urge to check your Twitter, Facebook, texts or emails? You’re not alone and there’s a reason why. The urge to check social media is str…Read More