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Leap of Faith
By Homaira Kabir  
May 21, 2015 – 8:50 am | 6 Comments
Seeing ourselves reflected...

As a mother, I knew what was best for him, I told myself. I could not trust his teenage judgment. But something deeper prompted me to question my reasoning. Did I fear knowing his goals in case they were different from mine? Was I running away from the possibility that his ideals of success would not measure up to societal standards? Would I be able to face it if they didn’t? I slowly began to see myself hiding behind the guise of motherhood.

An Unexpected Way that Mood Can Boost Exercise
By Marie-Josée Shaar  
May 5, 2015 – 3:44 pm | 5 Comments
Problem solving

If oxytocin helps inhibit fear, and fear keeps us from exercise, can higher levels of oxytocin lead to more physical activity?

Putting the Science of Happiness into Practice
By Geoff Fallon  
April 23, 2015 – 1:22 pm | 3 Comments
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.“

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.

Six Tips for a Happy Workplace
By Rowan Green  
March 17, 2015 – 3:49 pm | No Comment
Sharing with a friend at work

Here are some tips from psychological research for achieving workplace happiness and productivity: deal effectively with bad bosses, prefer intentions over fantasies, and value workplace friendships.

Busyness, Idleness, and Fulfillment
By Homaira Kabir  
March 9, 2015 – 8:51 am | No Comment
Egg faces

My twins’ busy schedules had become a source of worry for me. Rare were the moments when I saw them relax with a storybook, while the afternoon away with friends, or unwind by throwing hoops in the basketball net.

So I made taking time out a priority.

The Lighter Side of Life
By Homaira Kabir  
January 21, 2015 – 2:38 pm | No Comment
Siblings laughing together

Although life may simply be a meaningless ride that we try and cloak with a fulfilling purpose, humor allows us to laugh at the insignificance of most things in the vast flow of human experience and yet connect to what we find truly important.

The Ride of Your Life (Book Review)
By Lisa Sansom  
January 5, 2015 – 9:08 am | No Comment
Motels and truck stops...

Ran enlists the help of several luminaries along the way, including Barbara Fredrickson, Sonja Lyubomirsky and Philip Zimbardo, to help him to understand the science of his experiment. Ran also learns from the individuals he meets at truck stops, gas stations, and motels and realizes that the “ride of your life” can take place even if you never leave your hometown.

Yearning for Grace
By Homaira Kabir  
December 7, 2014 – 1:50 pm | 10 Comments
Dirty Boots

This year, I have decided to build a mud-room in my mind. Yes, I can see your confusion, but hear me out and it will begin to make more sense.

Myths about Upside of Your Dark Side
By Robert Biswas-Diener  
October 15, 2014 – 7:25 am | No Comment
 

Although it has only been out for two weeks, The Upside of Your Dark Side has stirred some spirited discussion. I want to add a few comments, addressing four myths that have been raised about the book.

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