It’s all in the science, gratitude – it’s good for you. It makes your life better. Here are a few tidbits or studies on the science of gratitude, the actual benefits of practicing gratitude and why it works to enhance our lives. Tidbit One: Gratitude Increases Well-being The science says that gratitude is uniquely fundamental to our psychological well-being. It’s scientifically documented in this study this published study done in… Read More »
It’s startling that Broder’s unabashed expression of sadness – and all the shitty emotions – has struck such a nerve in a world where people’s social media profiles are immaculately curated to show their happiest selves. But clearly the growing rates of depression worldwide mean that we are struggling to be happy. Are we doing something wrong? Broder’s popularity should compel us to cast a new look at sadness and its cousins. Perhaps we should consider realigning ourselves with the Romantics, who as a group found solace in freely expressing emotions in poetry.
My favorite art exhibit absolutely ever is Andy Warhol’s Silver Clouds housed at The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA. To experience Silver Clouds is to become a child again lying in the backyard lost in a summer sky, your imagination bobbing about gently in big puffy clouds. You frolic with dogs and kite-wielding dragons or pilot a cirrocumulus pirate ship through the great sky sea. Silver Clouds doesn’t hang… Read More »
In the spring semester of the school year, I teach a class called ‘Happiness’. It’s always packed with students because, like most people, they want to learn the secret to feeling fulfilled. ‘How many of you want to be happy in life?’ I ask. Everyone raises a hand. Always. ‘How many of you are planning to have children?’ Almost everyone raises their hand again. Then I lay out the evidence… Read More »
Over the last five years or so, as I’ve worked with thousands of people on changing their habits, I’ve come to a realization: dissatisfaction with ourselves is a pretty universal phenomenon. We are unhappy with who we are, sometimes in small ways but often in very fundamental ways. We doubt ourselves, feel inadequate, dislike our looks, criticize our failing harshly, feel uncertain about whether we’re worthy of praise or love.… Read More »
Wisdom comes from within you and you know so much, really you do! Perhaps, however, you have forgotten your inherent knowing through a lifetime of influence outside of yourself. We train our brains and our ‘personalities’, by activating chemicals through our emotional experiences, either happy & joyful or melancholic. When we are in an imbalanced state, we can begin to doubt our own knowing. Our doubts are traitors, And make… Read More »