Happiness Challenge: Day 19

“Gratitude is the memory of the heart.” ~Jean Baptiste Massieu Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. Who are you grateful for? Tell them. Taking time to remember and then letting them know will fill two hearts- theirs and yours. #GratiTuesday Challenge: Thank everyone and everything you encounter on your […]

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Happiness Challenge: Day 13

“I have a choice: Do I want to align with the GREATEST VISION OF MYSELF or Do I want to align with my EXCUSES?”  ~Debbie Ford #WellnessWednesday Challenge: When you mentally rehearse new healthy habits, you strengthen your ability to create them in your life. Identify images that align with accomplishing your goals and spend time visualizing them […]

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Mother’s Day: Lessons From a Very Difficult Year

Originally published in the Huffington Post – May 9, 2013 As Mother’s Day comes around again, I am struck with what has changed for my mother from this year to last. Last year, my father was still alive, albeit struggling with escalating health issues. It got to the point that my mom, in her caregiver […]

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The Good News About Stress and 5 Ways to Cope

Originally published in the Huffington Post – April 16, 2013 “If you’re not stressed, you’re not working hard enough.” More and more this mantra seems to be woven into our cultural dialogue. Stress may be considered the new “normal,” but it doesn’t have to be that way. Simple shifts in attitude and practices can yield […]

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The Alphabet of Happiness – D

Originally published in the Huffington Post – March 14, 2013 Happiness comes in many forms. The more we reflect on happiness, the more we will notice it in day-to-day life. The more focusing on happiness becomes a daily habit, the faster we train our neural pathways to make happiness our default setting. Sound good? Here […]

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Seeing Happiness in Ambiguous Facial Expressions Reduces Aggressive Behaviour

Encouraging young people at high-risk of criminal offending and delinquency to see happiness rather than anger in facial expressions results in a decrease in their levels of anger and aggression, according to new research from the University of Bristol. The study, led by Professor Marcus Munafò and Professor Ian Penton-Voak, explored the relationship between

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The Alphabet of Happiness: ‘C’

Originally published in the Huffington Post – February 20, 2013 The Alphabet of Happiness is a reminder of the many ways to access happiness in your life now. Though at times it may appear to be elusive, happiness is all around you — especially if you know where to look! The good news is that […]

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Project Happiness and Native Cry Team Up To Tackle Depression and Suicide On Reservations

By Lynn Armitage Sadly, people all over the world suffer from depression. According to the World Health Organization, depression will be the second most debilitating disease after heart disease by the year 2020; and unless something is done about it, by 2030, it will be the No. 1 health issue throughout the world. It’s especially […]

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7 DOORS: ONE STUDENT’S JOURNEY TO HAPPINESS – DOOR SIX

Last year, students at the University of Southern California piloted a new program from Project Happiness called 7 Doors to Happiness. The program was created as a resource for adults to access their own happiness and to share it with others. One of the USC students, Mecca Moore, blogged about her experience with the 7 […]

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Thanksgiving: Gratitude for Even the Hard Stuff

Originally published on The Huffington Post – November 18, 2012 As Thanksgiving rolls around, it always puts me in a reset mode — time to remember what I’m grateful for. Usually, it’s the good stuff: moments of joy, new adventures, fun-filled moments. This year, however, is different: My father just passed away, my dog may […]

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Finding Happiness with a “Big H” – The Project Happiness Interview with Richard Gere

Richard Gere is known as much for his award-winning work as an actor as well has his global impact as a humanitarian. He is a founding member of “Tibet House,” a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan culture and has been an active supporter of “Survival International”,a worldwide organization supporting tribal peoples, affirming […]

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7 Doors: One Student’s Journey to Happiness – Door Three

Last year, students at the University of Southern California piloted a new program from Project Happiness called 7 Doors to Happiness. The program was created as a resource for adults to access their own happiness and to share it with others. One of the USC students, Mecca Moore, blogged about her experience with the 7 […]

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Big Bird and the Halloween Challenge

Originally published on The Huffington Post Halloween is coming. It’s a time for costumes, masks and trying out new personas. Here’s a challenge. In our everyday lives, we all wear masks to some extent or another — we all play some type of role to ease the way. What if you considered taking off the […]

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Native Cry Outreach

Earlier this year, I learned that my grandmother had been keeping a family secret. Her mother, my great-grandmother, was full Cherokee but she and my great-grandfather had hidden this fact to better fit into the world that they lived in at the time. This information fascinated me, not so much because I felt a burning […]

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What Do We Do in the Face of Senseless Tragedy?

Last week, in Aurora, Colorado, we witnessed one of the largest tragedies of its kind in U.S. History. 12 people died and 57 were injured, and it leaves us wondering, WHY? What propels an individual to be so tortured to resort to mass murder of innocent people in a public place? And how do we […]

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Is School Harming Our Kids?

From the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/randy-taran/standardized-testing_b_1466236.html I just got off the phone with my sister. It is almost the end of the school year, and the students at her daughter’s elementary school have a week of testing ahead during which they’ll take the Standardized Testing and Reporting, or STAR, tests. My niece, aged 10. is staying […]

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Happiness Lost: When Kids Take Their Lives

From the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/randy-taran/teen-suicide_b_1381062.html I visit a lot of schools and communities with a documentary I produced called Project Happiness. The idea is to remind people of the happiness that we were born with and how to re-access it, no matter what the external circumstances. I am grateful for the profound appreciation coming from […]

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How can you find happiness in times like these?

I have spent a ton of time lately thinking about how to find happiness in times like these. I think about all the different situations that surround so many people in my life. So how can you find happiness when: you’ve lost your job, you’ve lost your house, your child is dying, your child has […]

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A Challenge Worthy of One’s Gifts

While I still have to remind myself to take a deep breath and calm down, I think I do pretty well when faced with challenges these days. The other day I managed a work phone call while assisting my 3-year-old on the potty and making sure my 1-year-old didn’t unroll the entire toilet paper roll […]

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Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste!

   While flipping through “Ode” magazine last night (a magazine on positive change- http://www.odemagazine.com/), a title of an article caught my eye, “Never let a crisis go to waste.” I didn’t even read the article. The title alone had a strong impact on me. Seeing those words, “Never let a crisis go to waste,” reminded […]

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