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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5 Reasons to Increase Your Play – Some Serious Reasons to Have More Fun!

The ability to laugh and let go, to inhabit the present, and to be immersed in mirth and lightness of being – can be an ultimate act of love and belongingness. When we can laugh and joke, we are remembering our joint humanity, our mutual desire for happiness and love, and our fundamental interconnectedness.

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Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: The Power of Perspective

Perspective counts! While we cannot necessarily change the circumstances in our lives, we can absolutely influence our attitudes and perspectives towards them. The lens through which our brain sees the world shapes our reality and impacts others. And students can learn that they have the choice to reframe their lens for a more empowering and positive view.

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Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: Passion and Strengths

While the role of education is to give students a broad and foundational knowledge over a wide range of subjects, it is equally important for young people to be aware of and develop their unique strengths.

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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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When Gratitude Fills Your Heart

ShareGratitude is a big buzzword these days, and for good reason. Studies are showing that a” conscious focus on blessings may have emotional and interpersonal benefits” (Emmons and McCullough). Today I am grateful that I get to work from home on Fridays. Being home today allowed me time with my two godchildren (I live with […]

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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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Common Ground Magazine Sings Praises of Project Happiness

Share When Randy Taran’s eldest daughter was a teenager, she approached her mother with a very serious concern: she was stressed out, and while she wanted to be happy, she didn’t know how. Taran, heartbroken and unsure of how to respond to or guide her daughter, first sought the guidance of experts and soon ended […]

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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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Why are Resilient People Usually Happy?: Dr. Brooks on Resilience, Part 4

ShareHere Dr. Brooks and I finally make the connection between resilience and happiness. Some of the key components of resilience — identifying and displaying your strengths, helping others, and solving problems — are also things that bring satisfaction and long-term happiness. Project Podcast: Take-Aways for Parents and Teachers After listening to the podcast, fill out […]

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We All Have “Islands of Competence”: Dr. Brooks on Resilience, Part 3

Share******* In the third installment of our resilience podcast series, Dr. Brooks explains his powerful metaphor, islands of competence (see this article on his site for a powerful story about a parent applying islands of competence in her life). As a strength-based model of psychology was starting to emerge, Dr. Brooks began to think about […]

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