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Happiness is deceptively simple. It’s about being satisfied with life and experiencing more positive emotions than negative ones.

Still, many of us find the pursuit of happiness to be frustratingly difficult. A relatively new branch of psychology called positive psychology is studying what makes people happy—and what doesn’t. Researchers are learning that the keys to happiness are within everyone’s reach.

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Maternal Self-Esteem

Body change is shrouded in fear.  Iconic female bodies are tiny, toned, tight, and most definitely without the permanence of stretch marks. 

Pleased to Meet Me

Have you ever stopped to wonder whether the statements you make about yourself are true?

Confessions of a Spiritual Rookie: How Comfortable are YOU Naked?

In the past year I have had two specific opportunities to test how comfortable I am naked in public. On a scale of “1-10”, “1”

Zen Bite: The Road to Enlightenment

Everywhere you look there is a book, tape, DVD, course or workshop you can take to get “Enlightened.”

Thoughts on Anxiety

Oh, anxiety! It’s the pits, isn’t it? That knot in your stomach, the racing heartbeat, the thoughts darting around in your mind like frightened minnows…

Eat, Pray, Love Couchsurfing on a Shoestring!

Last Wednesday I attended an open house to learn more about the University of Santa Monica Spiritual Psychology Master’s Program (USM).


Quit wasting your time

 Your browser does not support the video tag. Comedian Joan Rivers claims we've got too much time on our hands to think about...

Moments of absolute absorption

 Your browser does not support the video tag. Writer Adam Gopnik finds happiness in being "vigilantly absorbed in some activity.

That juicy state of happiness

 Your browser does not support the video tag. For Alanis Morissette, happiness is a temporary but "juicy" state.

Happiness? What happiness?

 Your browser does not support the video tag. For actor John Leguizamo, happiness is finding enjoyment in life's struggles.

Porcupine Love

 Your browser does not support the video tag. Elizabeth Gilbert on relationships

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