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+ What can an arctic expedition teach us about happiness?

[ Posted on 05.15.2017 ]

If you’ve been around the Happiness watercooler for awhile, I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “Life is a journey, not a destination,”  certainly not a new idea – thank you, Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882). Whatever the destination is – health, wealth, great relationships, inner peace – the idea is to enjoy the journey now and not delay enjoyment unless and/or until the end result or the ideal result is achieved. But what is this journey called life? What are we all striving for at the end of the day? Here’s a story that answers that question so beautifully: Imagine taking on an 1800 mile trek slogging over ice, rocks and crannies, through wind, white out conditions and sub zero temperatures. You spend all day every day out in the open where the sun doesn’t set, dragging behind you a 400 pound sled full of provisions. Day after day for 105 days from the coast of…

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+ DNA. Who am I and who do I want to be?

[ Posted on 04.25.2017 ]

Last Christmas a package arrived from 23andMe, a DNA testing company – a gift from my sister Pam. Wasn’t it going to be fun? Now the three oldest sisters (out of 9 children with varying combinations of parents) will finally find out what our true heritage is.  What secrets does our DNA hold? And guess what? A few months later we were all officially designated as Ashkenazi Jews – for me, 96.2%.  I have to admit I was a little disappointed. I always knew I was Jewish but I had really hoped there was something a little more exotic and interesting. (What? Ashkenazi isn’t exotic enough for you?!!) Maybe the other 3.8% would spice up the mix. And there it was, somewhere in the mists of time an ancestor was 100% Finnish and even better, 100% Eastern African. Now you’re talking! Some great great great great+  perhaps Ethiopian, Egyptian or Madagascan grandparent in the 1680s…

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+ Does positive thinking affect your health?

[ Posted on 04.18.2017 ]

Thank you, Jane Brody, for a wonderful article in the New York Times on how “Positive Emotions May Extend Life.”  Even an old saw such as “Look on the sunny side of life” has the potential to not only raise spirits, but also boosts the immune system, lowers blood pressure, promotes healthier blood sugar and more. According to the article, even people faced with serious health crises such as H.I.V. and cancer can benefit markedly from positive thoughts and feelings. Many people assume that sickness and negative emotions go hand in hand, but a study of 159 individuals with recent H.I.V. diagnoses showed that when trained in 8 positive thinking activities, participants maintained more positive and less negative thoughts. And for the curmudgeons of the world:  good news: studies show that people can learn to think positively even if they’re not exactly Little Mary Sunshine. It’s wonderful to see another article on…

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+ Does that thought spark joy?

[ Posted on 03.27.2017 ]

I love purging my possessions from time to time. In fact, I’ve made it part of my daily routine to reconsider many items in my path. Do I really want that cookbook I’ve never made one recipe from? What about those mugs I never use? And what even is that thing on the shelf? Yard sale! A couple of years ago a friend of mine quoted me just one line from Marie Kondo’s  The Life Changing Magic of Tidying up. The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. She suggests holding an object and asking, “Does it spark joy?” It’s amazing how just one sentence can resonate so profoundly. It’s now my mantra as I walk through my house. I’m not the only one who loves purging this way. It’s not surprising that Marie Kondo has become the rock star of decluttering and organizing. It feels so good to clear out the…

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+ Am I responsible for what happens in the world?

[ Posted on 02.22.2017 ]

In The Valkyries, Paolo Coelho says: We are responsible for everything that happens in this world. We are the warriors of the light. With the strength of our love and of our will, we can change our destiny, as well as the destiny of others. As I read this, I thought about what it means to be responsible for everything that happens in the world. Knowing that we are responsible is not a condemnation, nor is it an accolade. It is an acknowledgement that we are all connected and that our thoughts and actions have meaning in the world beyond the minute space that we occupy. Just reading that statement: “We are responsible for everything that happens in this world” opens up a channel of communication and connection. All of a sudden, my personal space opens up and beams out to the world. What I do and don’t do. What I say…

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Unhappiness is the belief in the wrongness of being.

[ Bruce Di Marsico ]