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Blog posts from happiness experts, covering everything from gratitude, mindfulness, social emotional learning, altruism and service, wellness, freedom, forgiveness, social connection, purpose, soul, self-love, compassion, and everything under the massive happiness umbrella. Browse our blog posts, or write for us!

Finding Freedom in Starting Over

A lot of people dream they can find happiness by starting over. For many of us, the opportunity to start over may be elusive, always lurking somewhere just over the horizon. And sometimes the nearer you get, the farther away it seems to be. A few years ago, I found a way to start over — by connecting to a passion I had years ago. In my case, it was returning to music, which I had studied extensively when I was young. My return to music was, of course, based on skills I had developed in those early years — but as an adult I was more motivated, and more skillful in terms of knowing what I still needed to...
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Have your relationships gone stale?

What if you could help fulfill one of the deepest needs within every human being?  And what if it only took ten minutes of your time?  The greatest happiness in life comes through love and connection and making a positive contribution - and sometimes all it takes to achieve that is the writing of a simple yet heartfelt letter. Here are 10 immediate benefits. Each connect you to the peace & joy and excitement & fulfillment that come from: Conveying gratitude and thankfulness Restoring a relationship Spicing up a stale romance Deepening intimacy Offering positive reinforcement Congratulating and celebrating a loved one  Recording a happy memory …creating a special keepsake  Showering a loved one with praise and kindness Igniting a...
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Homeschooling Without the Stress

Nobody expected it. No one was ready for it. Distance learning is something new, for parents, teachers, and most students alike. With everyone trying to figure out how to make this work, there is a huge range in the difference between how some are actually thriving, and others are either just coping or at their wits end. Here are 8 strategies to help you now. Ready? Let’s jump in: 1.Cut yourself some slack Remember that this is not going to be perfect. No one is perfect, and hey, we’re in a pandemic: new territory for everyone. Parents, please don’t expect to know it all, the same is true for teachers and students.  Know that everyone is trying their best. Self-compassion,...
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How to Be Emotionally Strong in Challenging Times

REPRINTED FROM MEDIUM, March 14, 2020 - 7 Ways to Manage Fear We live in a time of global upheaval — it can provoke rampant fear, and as human beings, we’re generally terrified of the unknown anyway. This is especially true when dealing with things we can’t control. On top of that, we also have a “negativity bias,” where negative events have a greater impact on our brain than positive ones. How can we manage our mindset, and what are some ways to cope with, not only, the epidemic of an unknown illness but also the highly contagious epidemic of fear? Here are 7 ways to help.   1.Take care of your body: The CDC advises take deep breaths, stretch or meditate. Try to eat...
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Forgiveness = Freedom: 7 ways to reclaim your life

No one can go through life without being hurt by another human - often it’s not intentional, but it can certainly feel that way. What do you do with those emotions? How do you transcend, forgive and move on?
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Project Happiness Clubs in 2019

Project Happiness Clubs are thriving at a time when an increasing number of states  are requiring Social and Emotional Learning in their schools. Teen Suicide Prevention was the focus of World Mental Health Day and teaching empathy is being recognized as a major key for Social and Emotional Learning.  There were several highlights in 2019 for Project Happiness Clubs around the United States.  We have a total of 30 high schools that are officially participating through their sponsorship with the LG: Experience Happiness Initiative, impacting over 35,000 students, and many more who have begun programs without the sponsorship, not including family, faculty and communities who benefit from the work of the Project Happiness Club Program.     Some of the Highlights from 2019!  International Day of Happiness: Project...
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Giving Tuesday 2019: Help Make the World a Happier Place

Have you heard of Giving Tuesday?  You've certainly heard about Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  The consumer focused Shop-Till-You-Drop (or fall asleep at the computer) discount days just after Thanksgiving.  These sales are designed to kick off the holiday season and empty your wallet just in time to hit that reward center in your brain and make you want to do it all over again in a few weeks.  (Hello short-term gratification!).   This is why we here at Project Happiness LOVE #GivingTuesday.  Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 by the United Nations Foundation and 92nd Street Y as a direct response to the consumer focus that had begun to take over the season and to re-embrace the giving of...
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18 Questions to Ask Yourself About Intrinsic Happiness

When we think about happiness, we tend to think some people are naturally happy while some people aren’t and never will be.  But this is only half the truth. According to Sonja Lyubomirksy in The How of Happiness, 40% of our happiness is up to us. We all have a baseline level of happiness, but 40% is in our control. That’s a heck of a lot of improvement available at our fingertips. 
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Managing High Stress: How I Deal With It (And How You Can Too)

When I’d encounter myself in high-stress situations, I would engage in the following 5-minute exercise, which is extremely efficient if you feel a lot of nervousness and you need to be quickly calmed down (i.e: when looking for a job, before an interview, before a presentation, before asking for a raise). You can do it wherever and whenever you want.
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World Mental Health Day 2019

World Mental Health Day was founded by the World Health Organization in 1992 and observed on October 10th each year.  Its objective is to raise awareness of mental health globally and mobilize efforts in support of mental health.  Additionally, the day provides an opportunity for organizations like Project Happiness, who work on mental health issues, to talk about their work and get the conversation moving.
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