Archives Posts Tagged ‘joy’

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The Oscars, the Elections: How We Get Hooked

28 Mar
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Oscar season and election season are both upon us and so is the guessing game of who will win. Why do we love watching these events unfold—and why are we ourselves so drawn to winning?

More than the win, it’s the chase that gives us the…Read More

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A Gift of Loving Kindness Meditation

28 May

Happiness is in your ability to love others ~ Leo Tolstoy

Have you ever wished you could meditate but just didn’t know where to start?

There’s a reason for that! When people talk about meditation, they sometimes make it sound as if there were just one type. But there isn’t, there are so many types: mantra meditations, breath meditations, sound me…Read More

3 Reasons Your Happiness is an Act of Compassion

04 Feb

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.

Here’s why:

For One, it Makes you Contag…Read More

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Benefits of Meditation: 10 Science-Based Reasons To Start Meditating Today INFOGRAPHIC

17 Oct

For the last 10 years, I have been involved in researching the impact of meditation on health and well-being. This infographic summarized some of the key findings about the benefits of meditation.

When my colleagues at Stanford and at other universities started researching meditation, most of us expected that meditation would help with stres…Read More

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20 Scientific Reasons to Start Meditating Today: New research shows meditation boosts your health, happiness, and success!

19 Sep

I started meditating soon after 9/11. I was living in Manhattan, an already chaotic place, at an extremely chaotic time. I realized I had no control over my external environment. But the one place I did have a say over was my mind, through meditation. When I started meditating, I did not realize it would also make me healthier, happier, and more su…Read More

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How Desire Fools Us: The Pleasures and Dangers of the Chase

13 Aug

Why do we love to chase? What is so intriguingly attractive about hard-to-get partners, Black Friday sales, and the very latest iPhone? Whether it’s for a trophy, a promotion, a slice at a popular pizza parlor, or Twitter followers, desire simply gets us all fired up.

Anticipatory Joy

A cat will chase a toy mouse because a good chase activate…Read More

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Research Validates the Joys of Sharing Joy! Happy Holidays!

25 Dec

Positive experiences happen to us everyday yet we don’t always take full advantage of them. Have you ever noticed that it could be a great day (you had 8 hours of sleep, it’s the weekend, had a great conversation with a friend etc…) but that it takes just one harsh word from someone or one piece of bad news to ruin the day. Research by Shell…Read More

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A talk on Women, Compassion, & Service

01 Aug


Here is a recent talk I gave at a Women’s Conference on Compassion, Well-Being & Service

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