Truly Happy Holidays – Spreecast

I did free video broadcast on Monday, November 25 at 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern about Truly Happy Holidays. I covered some simple tips for lowering holiday stress, taking in the good this Thanksgiving, and the importance of Vitamin G: Gratitude! The broad… [Read more...]

Contentment

“Contentment is a global sense of well-being combined with no wish whatsoever for this moment to be anything other than what it is. Pleasant experiences pass through awareness with no need to hold on to them. You feel fulfilled in your core, with no drivenness, greed, or possessiveness. Feeling full inside, you are generous with

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Modern Science Meets Ancient Wisdom

In the 21st century, modern brain science and ancient contemplative wisdom are illuminating each other. Besides being fascinating in its own right, this cross-fertilization and growing integration spotlights increasingly effective ways for using your mind to change your brain to benefit your whole being – and those you touch. The Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom,

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Interview on Self-Directed Brain Change – Part 2

In the second half of a two-part interview, based on my program Self-Directed Brain Change, Tami Simon and I speak about how we can move from a “red” reactive state to a “green” state of calm, how this progression aligns with the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism, and my vision for how how healthy brains can

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Accept Difficulity

Is it hard? The Practice: Accept difficulty. Why? Sometimes things are difficult. Your legs are tired and you still have to stay on your feet another hour at work. You love a child who’s finding her independence through emotional distance from you. A long-term relationship could be losing its spark. It’s finals week in college.

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Handling Blocks to Any Inner Practice—Meditation, Yoga, Gratitude, Mindfulness

When you try to change your life for better, sometimes you bump into a block, such as distracting thoughts. Blocks are common. They’re not bad or wrong—but they do get in the way. What works is to explore them with self-acceptance, and see what you can learn about yourself. One valuable aspect of taking in

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The Importance of Gratitude and Gladness for a Happy Life

Gratitude and Gladness Gratitude is a feeling of thankfulness about something you have been given. Gladness is a more general sense of feeling pleased, rewarded, delighted, or happy about something, without it necessarily being a gift. Much of the time these two sweet feelings form a blend, so we’ll explore them together here. Gratitude, gladness,

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Preliminary Findings on the Taking in the Good Course

Resilience, positive emotions, compassion, gratitude, and other inner strengths lower stress, grow well-being and effectiveness, and heal anxiety and depression. Like any other mental capability, inner strengths are supported by structures in the brain. So, how can a person develop the neural networks that support inner strengths? Through what’s called “experience-dependent neuroplasticity,” the main way

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Hardwiring Our Children’s Happiness

I’ve used taking in the good with young people in therapy and also spoken with parents and teachers who have used it with their own children or students. As with an adult, there are four ways to offer the HEAL steps to a child, while naturally adapting them to the child’s age and situation. First,

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Turning a Negative Nelly Into a Positive Polly

I’ve been talking about ways to Hardwire Your Happiness on the blog lately.  So I thought it would be great to give you a sense of how it feels to take in the good. If you are someone who usually focuses on the negative experiences in the world you can turn that around over time

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