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The Road to Happiness has a Fork in it!

Yes, the road to happiness has a fork in it. And no, I’m not talking about the type of fork you eat with, although I suppose one of those might be involved for some people (this is off topic, but I’m thinking it’s time for me to start a new diet). What I’m talking about are two distinct roads, each …Continue reading →

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Have You Learned to Accept Yourself?

Last week, I wrote about my mother’s journey of self-acceptance, which prompted several of you to ask me if I would expand upon what self-acceptance means. Keep reading and I’ll share what I know about how you can learn to accept yourself, thereby tapping into one of the great secrets of happy living. Self-Acceptance Defined At its core, self-acceptance is …Continue reading →

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The Anti-Pattern Approach to Personal Development

As many of you know, I have a lot of experience working in software development. I also have a lot of experience with personal development. Every now and then, I run across a topic that applies equally to both fields of interest. The other day, I was reading a book on software anti-patterns, and I thought, wow, anti-patterns aren’t just …Continue reading →

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The 3 Layer Cake of Happiness

If you’re looking for a quick way to remember the basic principles of happiness without going blind reading the latest research, this article is for you. Let’s start with some helpful symbolism, shall we? I like to think of happiness as a cake. That’s right, a cake. Chocolate, Angel Food, or Black Forest Surprise, the flavor makes no difference. What …Continue reading →

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The Top 7 Myths about Happiness

There are a lot of misconceptions floating around out there regarding happiness. Let’s take a look at the top 7 happiness myths so we can address them quickly and effectively whenever they begin to affect us: 1. You can’t learn to be happier: It wasn’t long ago that researchers believed that every human being was born with a set “happiness …Continue reading →

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How to Make the World a Better Place One Tiny Gesture at a Time

Is there a particular type of rude behavior that grates on your nerves? I personally can’t stand it when people talk in the movie theater. And yet, even as I sit there in the dark, popcorn in hand, listening to the cattle-like droning of the couple two isles back, it occurs to me that not everyone shares my sense of …Continue reading →

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Two Types of Happiness — Increase Both!

There are two kinds of happiness: –First, there’s the feeling of happiness, which we might describe by saying, “I am in a happy mood.” –Second, there’s the level of satisfaction we feel toward the way our lives are going, which we might describe by saying, “I am a happy person. ” Yes, the two types of happiness are related, but …Continue reading →

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Yes, Self-Esteem Matters — 5 Ways to Boost Yours Today

Surprise: self-esteem matters. Lately, I’ve been hearing from a lot of people who flat-out deny that self-esteem matters. They shout that success is related to performance, not self-esteem. They’re right about the relationship between success and performance, of course, but they’re missing the point. And the point is this: People with high self-esteem tend to be happier. According to a …Continue reading →

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The 9 Factors of Workplace Happiness

According to a study conducted by The Conference Board in 2005, Americans are increasingly unhappy with their jobs: –Only 14% claim to be “very satisfied.” –50% say they’re dissatisfied. –25% say they’re “just showing up for the paycheck.” In the interest of investigating why so many of us dislike our jobs, I offer you these 9 factors of workplace happiness. …Continue reading →

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Is Television Killing Your Happiness?

Your entire life, you’ve heard various reasons why watching too much television is bad for you, and I’m about to give you one more: watching too much TV affects your happiness. Television commercials – and often the programs themselves – purposefully make you feel unsatisfied in order to trigger your buying impulse. After all, if you felt satisfied with your …Continue reading →

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