Put in the effort, and you will be rewarded

As long as we remember that rewards are not only financial

Put in the effort, and you will be rewardedA simple principle of work seems to have been forgotten by many: those who put in the extra effort are eventually well rewarded. As consumers, we know this is true. We prefer to spend our money where we will get good service and value and where we know that we are respected. Employees who say…

New research dispels ‘happy wife, happy life’ stereotype

Men’s and women’s satisfaction in relationships is equally important to predicting happiness

New research dispels ‘happy wife, happy life’ stereotypeKeeping a romantic relationship healthy takes work – and the burden doesn’t just rest on women, according to a new University of Alberta study. When mixed-gender couples were asked about their relationships, men’s satisfaction levels were found to be just as significant as those of their female partners in predicting their future happiness together, the…

The expansive power of positive words

While criticism may sometimes be necessary, it is much more important to feed each other’s need for love and appreciation

The expansive power of positive wordsSaint Teresa of Calcutta said, “There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread.” No matter who we are, we like to be appreciated. And being complimented can inspire us to greatness. As a teacher, I know how important it is to compliment students. Criticism quickly loses its effectiveness and…

Saying yes to life means living with decency

The quest for meaning is the most important journey we will ever experience

Saying yes to life means living with decencyPerhaps the most essential key to happiness is to find meaning in our lives. What’s meaningful depends on who each of us is as a person. Some find meaning in their families, others in their work, others by bearing the burdens of life with courage, and others find it in spiritual and artistic pursuits. Meaning…

How to maximize the meaning in our lives

There’s nothing more significant than living with meaning

How to maximize the meaning in our livesThere’s nothing more significant than living with meaning. This is the concept pondered by the Jewish psychiatrist Viktor Frankl as he struggled to remain alive for three years in Nazi concentration camps. Frankl established the groundwork for his psychological theory on the importance of finding meaning in life before he was sent to Auschwitz. He…

How can I be happy with what I have?

Celebrating the small wins in life will make you happy in no time

How can I be happy with what I have?There will always be conversations within our minds that dictate our words and actions and how we perceive the world. The things we tell ourselves have the power to raise us to the greatest heights or plummet us to the deepest depths. It can be argued that there’s nothing so telling regarding our success as…

Five steps to living a more authentic life

Start by being honest about yourself and being open to change

Five steps to living a more authentic lifeLiving a happy life is everyone’s goal. Who doesn’t want to feel good about themselves? Yet many of us live a life of self-doubt, feeling undeserving or incapable, or wishing we were walking another path. But wishing you were living a different life won’t make it happen. And others (even if they love you) can’t…

Want a happy relationship? Put ‘we’ before ‘me’

Empathy and kindness are key to feeling connected for couples, says expert

Want a happy relationship? Put ‘we’ before ‘me’Want a romantic relationship that makes you happy? It helps to think about the “we” rather than the “me,” according to new research. Instead of focusing only on what’s in it for you, it’s wiser to think about what’s good for the relationship, said study lead Adam Galovan, a family scientist in the University of…

When is a country truly wealthy?

GDP measures everything, except that which makes life worthwhile

When is a country truly wealthy?U.S. Senator Robert Kennedy once said, "GDP measures everything, except that which makes life worthwhile." In 1968, Kennedy thoroughly understood that GDP was an inadequate measure of a nation's prosperity. And yet today, more than a half-century after Kennedy's observation, the world continues to use Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as the measure of a nation's…

Roots of happiness are found in service to others

Positive, hard workers are in high demand. And it’s easier to be dedicated to a meaningful cause

Roots of happiness are found in service to othersBengali poet and philosopher Rabindranath Tagore made a profound statement about finding your purpose in life: “I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” This seems contradictory to much of what we hear about finding happiness. The consumption-driven media continually…

Hope is an overused word but the real thing can be powerful

People can learn how to find hope, even in the most drastic situations

Hope is an overused word but the real thing can be powerfulBy Amie Filkow Freelance writer Troy Media Most of us know the myth of Pandora’s box as the story the ancient Greeks told themselves to explain the presence of bad things in the world. Things like disease and pestilence were sent down as a ‘gift’ with Pandora, the first woman. She was created by Zeus to…

Your body reflects your emotions, so loosen up

Mental pressures of the world starting to weigh you down?

Your body reflects your emotions, so loosen upRobert, as a hyperactive child, was constantly told to stop fidgeting. When he felt the urge to fidget, he remembered his mother’s disapproval and clenched his fists and held his arms rigidly at his sides. He spent so much of his life clenching his fists and holding himself rigidly that he appeared stiff and lifeless.…

Passion is at the heart of an energetic, fulfilled life

Stop making excuses and go for it!

Passion is at the heart of an energetic, fulfilled life“The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof,” says author Barbara Kingsolver. Have you ever stopped to wonder what you want…

Happiness rooted in relationships, not possessions

The cost of isolation and fear caused by our response to the pandemic might be much higher and even more deadly than the illness

Happiness rooted in relationships, not possessionsI feel old. For the second time in a month, I’ve pulled a muscle in my back. It’s left me sore, stiff and walking like an old man. Yet I’m truly blessed that my life has been filled with good health – with the exception of injuries and concussions derived from my life of activity,…

On the sunny side of life: how to stop being so dramatic

Sometimes we get stuck in our stories – our dramas – and our friends grow weary of how often we tell them

On the sunny side of life: how to stop being so dramaticWhen we experience life, we talk about it. We share the stories that are amazing, funny and absurd. We talk about moments when we felt unfairly treated or when we obsessed over something quirky. It’s natural – this is how humans have learned to communicate, to share with others and tell the tale of who…
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