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Putting the Science of Happiness into Practice
By Geoff Fallon  
April 23, 2015 – 1:22 pm | One Comment
Connected

At a recent workshop at Esalen in Big Sur, experts from UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center “explored the roots of personal happiness and offered concrete, science-based approaches to boosting happiness in one’s self and others.“

Can The Arts Contribute to Health Promotion?
By Marie-Josée Shaar  
April 15, 2015 – 11:38 am | No Comment
Oil Painting

The arts have inspired us for centuries. Think of the emotion you still feel when you hear the song you associate with your first kiss or remember the play that made you laugh to tears. The arts add much richness to life. Yet, they are practically absent from work places.

Let’s explore what the arts can contribute to our work lives and to good health.

Life After Chocolate: Romance Over the Long Haul
By Donald Officer  
April 13, 2015 – 5:26 am | No Comment
 

Love Sense is indeed about romantic love as popularly defined. More specifically the book targets prospects for “happy ever after.” According to Johnson’s clinical experience, despite inevitable conflicts or setbacks, true long range love is no fairy tale. This book is also about the many other forms of strong attachment because the author believes the roots of all human affection are essentially the same.

The Many Faces of Authenticity
By Homaira Kabir  
April 9, 2015 – 1:06 pm | No Comment
Distorted reflection

I am learning to appreciate the distinctiveness of each self and the flexibility with which one transitions into another. I may not get an Academy Award for my acting. But in the coming together of my multiple selves, I’ve begun to discover the wholeness of being.

Handbook of Positive Supervision (Book Review)
By Kathryn Britton  
April 6, 2015 – 10:20 am | 4 Comments
 

I first encountered Fredrike Bannink when she was leading a conference. workshop on techniques for positive supervision. I was impressed by her gentleness, her realism, her practicality, and her humor. She had seen and handled all the problems that people raised. I thought, “I would love to learn from this woman. She knows how to stimulate outstanding performance.”

Now I have the chance with this wonderful resource.

Contemplation in Practice
By Jan Stanley  
April 2, 2015 – 10:10 am | 3 Comments
Wild geese

Now I turn my attention to the practice side of the International Symposium on Contemplative Studies. Here’s a practice that I experienced at the conference and how it affected my well-being. I include step-by-step instructions for trying it out at home.

Promises of Contemplative Science: Creating a Caring Society
By Jan Stanley  
March 30, 2015 – 11:30 am | 2 Comments
Mind & Life Logo

Of the 470 presenters at ISCS, none had a message more compelling than that of Tania Singer, a social neuroscientist from The Max Planck Institute. Singer seems vitally alive as she presents her work, a scientist who has clearly found her calling and is excited to share her findings. She is also studying a neglected type of motivation, Affiliation Motivation. Like many others there, she is embarked on the quest described by the Dalai Lama in the closing speech, “How can we take knowledge from science and apply it in the service of humanity?”

Promises of Contemplative Science: Plasticity and Aging Well
By Jan Stanley  
March 27, 2015 – 1:17 pm | 5 Comments
Vibrant old age

The Mind & Life International Symposium on Contemplative Studies was a beautiful mix of opportunities to learn about the scientific study of contemplative practices and to experience the practices themselves. In this first article on the conference, I explore why this area of study is booming and why it matters that aging brains are more plastic than once thought.

Something More than an Ugly Truth
By Homaira Kabir  
March 25, 2015 – 3:09 pm | 3 Comments
A Duchenne smile

Moral beauty pays tribute to our stature as a social species. It elevates us towards selfless pro-social behaviors and connects us at the level of common humanity. Physical beauty, on the other hand, ties no familiar thread across time and culture.

Love & Purpose : Happiness with Extra Bandwidth
By Miriam Akhtar  
March 23, 2015 – 12:57 pm | One Comment
Love and Purpose

This Thursday, March 26, you are invited to a free webinar on Love & Purpose. Why put these two topics together? Read on.

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