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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!

How to Create More Magic in Your Life

As we grow into adults, a lot of people find it difficult to feel these emotions. We accumulate numerous layers of conditioning, while attempting to fit into society’s moulds. In this way, our curiosity and sense of wonder gradually gets diminished and is replaced with a scepticism and seriousness.
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10 Things Creative People Do

Have you ever wondered why some people are more creative than others? Did you ever wish that you had more of that particular gene? The good news is that research shows that happiness and creativity are not only related, they can be developed.
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10 Things That Real Friends Do

Some believe that you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. This goes for friendships, too. Here are some of the qualities that I am grateful for in my friends. While different people have different qualities, just thinking about them makes me smile. Take a look and see which ones you can match to the people in your lives.
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5 Reasons Why it’s Important to Commemorate Special Occasions

Since the dawn of civilization, man has given high priority towards the commemoration of special occasions. We can see this in the pagan rituals conducted by our tribal ancestors during initiations, the ancient Egyptians’ celebrations during the annual harvests, the elaborate coronation ceremonies during the Middle Ages, and the gruesome acts of human sacrificial offerings that were made by the Mayans.
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5 Reasons Why Hiking Can Truly Make You Happy

John Muir put it perfectly when he said that “in every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” I haven’t always been a hiker and it’s only recently that I’ve discovered how relaxing and rejuvenating a walk in the wilderness c
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Outdoor Mindfulness Exercises for Earth Day

All of us are reliant upon the sun for energy, the earth for food, trees for air, and water for drinking. But when we go about our busy lives, it is easy to take the water, air and plants around us for granted. The practice of mindfulness takes us off autopilot, allows us to pause, experience the present moment and give gratitude for all the elements of the natural world that support our daily lives.
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“The Happiness Equation” for Parenting and Life

A vast expanse of birds, water, greenery, and calm await us. To turn in all directions and see only nature’s splendor, free from the engineering encroachment of human hands, brings deep renewal. As a family, we walk down a trail leading into seemingly endless waterways and grasslands. There are a few small fishing boats out on the water. Egrets fly overhead. I take a deep breath. I also needed this.
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The Stealthy Way To Manage Your Inner Critic

My critic’s been with me for about as long as I can remember, following me around with a lot of Very Important Things to inform me about: its opinion about what I’m doing, what I should be doing, and what I’m not doing.
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Why Being Vulnerable is the Only Way to Real Connection

We find solace within our solitary confinement where we are freed from the burden of forming any emotional attachment that could tug at our heartstrings. We might also attempt to numb our wounds from the past with substances such as alcohol, drugs, or any other compulsive forms of behavior.
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How to Get Unstuck: 7 Ways to Find Your Flow

Do you ever have those days when you feel stuck? You know, those days when it’s kind of foggy: Life is good enough but doesn’t grab you, move you or make you feel like you are even scratching the surface of what can be. When these times come up for me, I know I’ll get past them, but life is short and it’s not where I want to be parked. Here are seven ways to break through to your core, passion and purpose.
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