People often underestimate how much they need to make a difference in OTHER people’s lives in order to be happy. But when we find our particular way to make others happier, we find our own little nirvana.
Want a quick hit of happiness? Research demonstrates the incredible power of loving-kindness meditation; in fact, this simple practice might be more effective than Prozac. Also called metta, loving-kindness meditation is the simple practice of directing well-wishes towards other people. Loving-kindness meditation does far more than produce momentary good feelings. Over a nine week period, research […]
A little while ago at a birthday soiree, I got to sit across from one of UC Berkeley’s cutting-edge ocean researchers. I asked him to explain to me how climate change is affecting fish populations, and he responded by saying that “climate change is happening too slowly.” He lamented that while it is true that marine […]
A very moving video from a pretty enlightened group of young men.
When I was in high school, my advisor, Michael Mulligan, called my parents to recommend a special treatment for my anxiety: Transcendental Meditation (“TM”). I was a high-achieving perfectionist so anxious, at times, that I had stress-induced asthma. Mr. Mulligan was not then, and is not now, a new-age spiritual seeker. He is a dyed-in-the-wool New […]
Want to know what my best happiness advice is? It’s all here! I had the opportunity to fill in for someone who couldn’t make it last minute at TEDx ThacherSchool. It was SO fun; I got to say whatever I wanted. This is basically me giving advice to my teenage self. Here’s the TEDx video description:
Christine Carter studies human happiness — and what holds us back from living our most joyful lives. In a personal, eyebrow-raising talk, she shares the surprising secret to feeling fulfilled. This is a talk to share with anyone addicted to social media.”
Two days after her husband of 67 years passed away, Norma was informed that she had uterine cancer and the treatment options included surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Norma looked the doctor in the eye and said, “I’m 90 years old, I’m hitting the road.” Instead of chemo and radiation, she spent the last year of her life seeing places she’d never seen, doing things she’d never done, like getting a pedicure and riding in a hot air balloon. She is a true inspiration.