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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 Be In The NOW – Simple Steps For All Ages

Need more NOW in your life? Are you finding that you, or your kids (if you are a parent or work with children), haven’t enjoyed the present moment because you were all stuck in your thoughts? Have your minds run amok leaving your family in a haze of mental chatter, all the while missing out on the beauty of the present, the NOW? Well, if this sounds like you, or someone you know, here are some simple tips to come back to the NOW.
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The Strength of Surrender

For someone who has spent a lot of time fighting for a more positive, fulfilled life and committing to never give up on attaining mental freedom, surrendering wouldn’t have come up as a word I ever particularly resonated with. It didn’t ooze the strength and tenacity that I wanted to exude; my mind equated it with weakness and would stubbornly avoid that idea of it.
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‘I Don’t Know’ as the Perfect Answer

I am at this gorgeous new mall and I want to buy a new dress, but I can’t decide. Time is running out, I am getting late and I have to make it quick. Have you ever walked out of a store simply because you don’t know what to buy? Well then, welcome to the ‘don’t know’ block.
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How To Love Everything You Do

I've developed a simple rule over the past couple of years which initially seemed somewhat self indulgent - and I was sure would need to be knocked on the head after a short time. But two years on, it still seems to work incredibly well. The rule to live by was quite simply to: "Stop doing things I don't love".
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Are These 7 Happiness Stealers Part Of Your Life?

Everyone wants to be happy. Behind our every action is our desire for happiness. However, unknowingly we have certain mindsets, I call those happiness stealers, which as the term suggests, keep us from being happy.
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How Going on a Happiness Course Made Me Happier (But Not How You Think)

I used to be what you’d call extrinsically motivated. Meaning, when things went my way I was happy and when they didn’t, well, I was a pill. I didn’t get that allowing external circumstances (more often than not, beyond my control) to dictate my happiness was actually making unhappy...
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When Life Derails Our Dreams

Dreams…I get that warm, fuzzy feeling just thinking about this. The space, the creativity, the opportunity to DREAM! To think of the kind of life, career or business you’d love to create for yourself. It’s one of my favourite things to do. But sometimes the map to achieving our dreams is not nearly as fun, or inspiring. Sometimes it’s hard. Really, really hard.
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Mindful Education Summit

When met with a challenge, has mindfulness ever helped you to center yourself, open more fully to the world around you, or better understand your own emotions and the emotions of others?
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How Did a Falafel House in Tennessee Become the Nicest Place in America?

Back in May, Project Happiness Founder Randy Taran teamed up with Reader’s Digest and judges including Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts to ask you where is the Nicest Places In America. We received hundreds of applications, and in June, we shortlisted the Top 10. America voted and now the results are in!
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Meaningful Conversations

I started to realize that my meaningful conversation starting cards actually spark connection. When people are asked, “What’s the biggest mistake of your life?” you cannot help but feel connected after hearing a response. Why? People being vulnerable is the key to connection. As my hero, Brene Brown, says, “Staying vulnerable is a risk we have to take if we want to experience connection.”
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