Human Cells Respond in Healthy Ways With Certain Kinds of Happiness

Share Human bodies recognize at the molecular level that not all happiness is created equal, responding in ways that can help or hinder physical health, according to new research led by Barbara L. Fredrickson, Kenan Distinguished Professor of psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. […]

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The Alphabet of Happiness: The Letter ‘H’

Even throughout the busy pace of everyday life, happiness is always close at hand. Rather than pursuing it, consider focusing in one place… inside. The good news is that by placing our attention on inner happiness, we train our brain to experience more of it. This week, let’s explore the letter “H” – Hope, Honesty and Health.

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Activities to Build Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students

Anyone who works with young children knows that they live in the moment. When they are happy, all they know is that they’re happy RIGHT NOW. So how do you teach the difference between short-term and long-term happiness to someone who lives in the moment? Beyond grasping the concept of long-term happiness, how do you teach the value of long-term happiness?

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The Alphabet of Happiness – The Letter ‘F’

Happiness has many entry points. Some are simple, like appreciation, and others, like forgiveness are more complex. By exploring different facets of happiness, you blast open your capacity for greater joy. Even when facing challenging times, you will discover your portals to inner happiness. Today, let’s look at the letter “F” covering fun, focus and forgiveness.

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Good Night’s Sleep Linked to Happiness

“Having a more positive general outlook on life was associated with improved sleep quality.”

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The Best Kept Secret to Happiness: Compassion

ShareMarketing executives want us to believe that happiness lies in a product that will taste delicious, magically fill our bank accounts, or transform us into a supermodel that looks not a day past 20. Our social norms promise that happiness will lie in status, accomplishments, relationships, and possessions. We are always on the lookout for […]

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The Alphabet of Happiness: ‘C’

ShareOriginally 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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Authentic Happiness: 3 Simple Steps to Find the Courage to Be Yourself

ShareOriginally Posted on the Huffington Post We all have flashes of inspiration. Sometimes they appear as quiet whispers in the night, as fleeting thoughts in the morning shower or as huge “a-ha!” moments. The question is: Are you giving enough attention to the clues that your inner voice is sending? How can you get more […]

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Big Bird and the Halloween Challenge

ShareOriginally 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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Randy Taran Featured on Microsoft’s Daily Edventures with Anthony Salcito

ShareThis week, Project Happiness founder Randy Taran sat down with Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Microsoft Worldwide Public Sector Education to discuss her work with Project Happiness. The video is part of Anthony’s Daily Edventures, a 365-day look at heroes in education. To learn more about Microsoft’s Daily Edventures, visit www.DailyEdventures.com

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Native Cry Outreach

ShareEarlier 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?

ShareLast 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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Happiness is Spreading in Bulgaria

ShareI love Bulgaria! Life happens in curious ways. I never dreamed that I would be visiting Bulgaria, but this weekend, I had the great pleasure of presenting a happiness speech and workshop in the capital city of Sofia. “Days of Happiness” is the first project of its kind in Eastern Europe. Organized by the Credo […]

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How to Find Happiness

ShareWe need to suitably define this thing we call happiness. Too many people are chasing this elusive concept that, in my opinion, they don’t understand. They think happiness is a tangible thing you achieve once you clear away a certain roadblock: “If I just had a boyfriend, if I just made more money, if I […]

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A Happy World Begins With a Happy YOU

ShareFrom the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/randy-taran/world-happiness-report_b_1449440.html My son just reminded me that it was Earth Day. This sparked a discussion of what can one person do to make a change? We talked about Al Gore, how recycling has grown and new ideas that could really shift our perspective. For me, the most exciting idea to affect […]

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Happiness According to Yauch – The Project Happiness Interview with Adam Yauch

ShareAdam Yauch, aka MCA, is one of the founding members of the hip hop trio, the Beastie Boys. Inspired by his own extensive travels as well as the his interactions with the Dalai Lama, Adam became publicly passionate about the situation in Tibet and created “The Milarepa Fund” to help promote awareness and generate support […]

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3 Keys to Lasting Happiness

ShareFrom the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/randy-taran/the-key-to-happiness_b_1004566.html If you had to choose three keys to lasting happiness, what would they be? For me, those keys are gratitude, connecting with others and giving. It is not rocket science, although science has proven how these habits can make you live longer, enjoy better health and get more joy out […]

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Graduation: 10 Tips To Achieving The Life You Want

ShareI’m just returning from my son’s graduation — a milestone filled with laughter, elation, and tears of joy. But what is the next step? So many graduates haven’t a clue. Herein lies the opportunity. My son is graduating as a double major in Economics and Asian Studies — he’s lived in India and China, but […]

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The Advantages of Adversity

Share Adversity is critical to growth and happiness for so many reasons. First, adversity provides variety in life. See, from a broader perspective, there really is no bad weather. There may be lots of clouds one day or no clouds at all, the sky may be gray or it may be a brilliant blue, the […]

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Happiness is everywhere!

ShareProject Happiness is everywhere BECAUSE happiness itself is everywhere. I went to the grocery store the other day to buy food and supplies- you know, the weekly stock up. Nothing exciting. Tissues were on my list. Buying tissues isn’t normally a noteworthy experience; it’s just part of the routine that goes along with perpetually bad […]

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