From Oprah: Powerful, positive and practical happiness habits that build joy—in less than 5 minutes everyday. Over 40 lesson videos with Shawn where he will guide you to master the skill of happiness in your own life. Shawn's Happiness Secret—revealing how to inspire happiness in others. A personality assessment to help you answer the question "How happy are YOU?"
From ADDitude: Sometimes, our children will be faced with difficult emotions at school — and be unsure of how to handle them. Teaching them these techniques can help them feel in control.
From Washington Post: Switzerland is the happiest country on Earth, according to the latest World Happiness Report. The least? Togo. For everything in between, check out the ranking of 150 countries along the happiness spectrum.
From Tony Schwartz in NY Times: I once served on a committee led by a powerful woman. She had strong views, but what I remember most is that whenever I spoke, she nodded her head vigorously and affirmatively. Over time, I learned that her nodding didn’t mean she necessarily agreed with me. Even so, I always sensed that she was listening closely and carefully considering what I had to say.
Today I make my living in part by speaking to large groups. Instinctively, I find myself scanning the audience for beacons of affirmation — people whose positive body language makes me feel valued and energized. If I happen to alight on someone shaking his head negatively or looking distracted or bored, I feel a lurch in my stomach and a surge of defensiveness.
From NY Times: Happiness is a human right. It’s neither a luxury nor a triviality. It’s given to you at birth, but you must recognize its existence. It’s as important as the breath of air in your lungs. If people aren’t happy, the world is not right. Most people think that once they have found “it” — whatever that “it” may be for them — then they will have attained “perfect” happiness. But happiness always comes from within, and many unfortunately take it for granted, or feel guilty about it or suppress happiness instead of setting it free.
From Catherine Goldberg at Greatist: By learning how to master the seven things that are within our control, you will start to make more net positive decisions, fewer net negative ones, and find that empowering, positive behaviors become second nature. So let go of all the stuff you can't control and start using your time to master what you can control. Before you know it, you'll be living your best life ever!
From Dr. Amen: When one or both partners in a marriage (or other living situation) have ADD, empathy and compassion goes a long way – try to see the world through their eyes of frustration and failure.
From Fast Company: The United Nations just released its second World Happiness Report, which ranks countries according to happiness levels. Nordic countries are at the top this year, while the U.S., Egypt, and Greece are (surprise!) all more disgruntled than they were in years past.