The Power of Meaningful Conversation

For my first post of 2015, I’d like to start off by returning to my Happiness Series–this time, the focus is on engaging in meaningful conversation. I hadn’t had an opportunity to have any in-depth conversations for quite a while until the holidays rolled around, and then suddenly it seemed like that’s the only type … Continue reading

Finding Joy by Losing Track of Time

Talk about a long-term project. I’ve been working through 21 steps to happiness for over a year now, and I’m only on Step 8! But this step’s a good one: Losing Track of Time. It’s not as easy you think; it comes with three caveats: you must do something voluntarily (so zoning out at the … Continue reading

Appreciating Simple Pleasures

My husband recently purchased a bag of Dove chocolates, and despite my protestations, I’ve been steadily working on finishing off the bag before my husband does. But this evening I noticed that the inside of the foil wrappers contain a motivational message. I imagine Dove’s marketing meetings resemble those of Season 1 of Mad Men: … Continue reading

Being Mindful of the Good

After a hiatus due to the holidays, I’m back with an update on my progress on my journey to happiness. The habit I’ve been most recently working on is being mindful of the good; in other words, I’ve been trying to take notice when things go right. This was much more challenging than I thought … Continue reading

Trying to be Happy

During the last month, I’ve been consciously trying to be happy–one of the “habits of supremely happy people” as outlined on Huffington Post, based on the TED talk by the founder of positive psychology. My biggest challenge was on the micro level, trying to maintain a happy disposition despite the myriad frustrating mundanities that tend … Continue reading

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