Is this why Robin Williams killed himself? (Achievement vs. Fulfillment)

It has been just over two years since the actor and comedian Robin Williams passed away and his death still haunts. How could someone with so much to offer his family, friends and the world at large take their own life? After his death, an autopsy report showed that he had Lewy body disease, a [Read More…]

60-Second Inspiration: The secret to a happy, contented life.

To get love, you’ve got to give love. [Read more…]

Americans are “Anxious”, “Worried” and “Mad as Hell”? WTF, America?

I’ve been hearing about it on NPR, reading about it in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times and seeing it on various cable news shows. The story making the rounds this election-year goes something like this: There is a large part of the American electorate that is “angry and anxious”. People are “mad [Read More…]

Are you happy? Maybe it’s more important to be content.

If you had the choice, would you rather be happy or content? I’ve written about happiness several times on these pages, but it recently dawned on me that there’s a subtle difference between the two words. While the dictionary definitions of happy and content are fairly similar, for me happiness is best represented by this image: [Read More…]

What makes us happy? (It’s not what you might think.)

In the United States, we place a premium on being happy. (Cue the Pharrell Williams video.) Yet, a recent study shows that not all cultures approach life the same way. In a story titled “Not Everyone Wants to Be Happy” at Scientific American, social psychologist Jennifer Aaker points out that our perception of happiness varies [Read More…]

Napoleon Hill on Work/Life Balance: a Message for 2015.

You may know the author Napoleon Hill because of his book Think and Grow Rich. It’s one of my favorite inspirational/ motivational reads and is one of the best-selling books of all time. Even though it was first published in 1937, the book’s primary message—that you can get what you want through visualization, honest effort [Read More…]

Mastering the Dalai Lama smile. (Or how to let your love shine through to everyone you meet.)

The 14th Dalia Lama is one of the most revered people in the world. Spiritual leader, head of the Free Tibet movement, best-selling author—it’s hard to think of anyone who has done more with his or her precious life. Yet, if you ask me, the most compelling part of the Dalai Lama has nothing to [Read More…]

9 Life Tips from a Tiny Book that’s Spiritual Dynamite.

He is the wisest who seeks God. He is the most successful who has found God. ~Yogananda, The Law of Success It measures a little over 5 inches by 3 ½ inches and is only 39 pages long. You can comfortably read it in about an hour. Yet it’s jam-packed with wisdom and a true [Read More…]

How to be an even better you (by remembering 3 simple things).

I start most mornings with some spirituality-based reading and over the past several years this has included the works of the late-John Templeton. Better known for the investment fund that bears his name, after his retirement Templeton wrote several expansive philosophy and religion books that are absolutely overflowing with spiritual wisdom. What’s compelling about Templeton’s [Read More…]

Get Happy! A 360° Philosophy for Life.

If you’re a regular reader of Wake Up Call, you’ll know that I often feature the philosophies of others who I admire and who have influenced my thinking. This includes the soul-virtuoso Thomas Moore, the businessman-turned-philosopher John Templeton and the passionate promoter of “interspirituality” Mirabai Starr. I like to think that these writers, and others [Read More…]