The Pursuit of Happiness: Understanding the Research

Does valuing happiness help us live a joyful life, or does it backfire? Happiness seems to have a high currency in America. Over the past few years, the number of popular books written on how to increase it has skyrocketed. To name a few: 10% Happier, The Art of Happiness, Authentic Happiness, The Happiness Advantage, … Read moreThe Pursuit of Happiness: Understanding the Research

The myth of security– Embracing vulnerability, uncertainty, and ambiguity in our relationships and in our world

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. “– Helen Keller Something many of us yearn for in our relationships is … Read moreThe myth of security– Embracing vulnerability, uncertainty, and ambiguity in our relationships and in our world

Less is More: Improving your relationship with the “less stuff, more experiences” strategy

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” Hans Hofmann Oversaturated. That’s how it can feel once the holidays have ended. And now that the last gift has been unwrapped, the last big meal cooked, and the relatives have gone back home, you might want to ask yourself … Read moreLess is More: Improving your relationship with the “less stuff, more experiences” strategy

Gratitude — It’s not just for Thanksgiving anymore

“Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.” –John Milton It’s a rainy, cold November day. Everyone is home from school and work. Uncle Fred from Umatilla and Aunt Betty from Wenatchee are sitting on the couch arguing about … Read moreGratitude — It’s not just for Thanksgiving anymore

Money Can Buy Happiness, but Hobbies are Even Better

If you saw his Ted talk, you may already be familiar with Princeton psychologist Daniel Kahneman’s research on happiness. Dr. Kahneman and a group of researchers surveyed people across income brackets in a national sample on their overall happiness. Those who made $90,000 reported being twice as happy as those who made $20,000. However, an … Read moreMoney Can Buy Happiness, but Hobbies are Even Better

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