Happiness

2016 Presidential Campaign Got You Feeling Angry or Stressed Out? Three ways mindfulness can bring you calm, clarity, and true empowerment.

October 8th, 2016|

In recent weeks, I’ve found myself feeling increasingly frustrated – and even angry – with many aspects of this year’s presidential campaign, particularly as I’ve watched the news, speeches, debates and rallies, contemplated the implications of the poll numbers, and read dozens (or probably hundreds, I’ve lost count) of politically-charged Facebook and Twitter posts.  I’ve also been feeling a bit powerless—questioning what I can really do to make a difference in this political race to […]

Meditation Basics

January 26th, 2014|

There are many types of meditation: religious and nonreligious, walking and sitting, silent and chanting, with mantras and without, and more. When just getting started, many people find it helpful to practice with one of the most basic of them all:  breathing meditation (also known as ‘mindfulness of breathing’). The general goal of this meditation is to focus on –or be mindful of– your breathing, and only your breathing, for a set period of time.

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5 Ways Compassion Increases Happiness and Well-Being

January 20th, 2014|

Compassion can change your life and increase your levels of happiness and well-being.  Sound too good to be true?  Not for hundreds of students, professionals, and community members who have been trained in compassion over the past couple years through well-known universities like Emory University in Atlanta, GA and Stanford University in northern California.  You might be thinking: People were actually “trained in compassion”?  That sounds like some sort of court-assigned program for people with […]

Emotional Intelligence 101

September 12th, 2013|

A little understanding of brain science can go a long way to improve our interpersonal effectiveness in multiple aspects of our life. While our IQ – or intelligence quotient – is pretty well set by the time we are adults, our EQ – or emotional quotient – can change over time.  EQ is the measure of emotional intelligence, and scores of books have been written on this subject by experts in the field like Daniel […]