By Amelia Harris
Staff Writer for Wake Up World
What makes you happy? This seems like a simple enough question, but really it’s not. Are we talking unbridled jubilance here, or merely a general satisfaction with life? Temporary happiness or long term? If you’re like many people, you have small moments throughout your day that make you happy. But when faced with the general question of whether you are happy in life, there is often room for improvement.
Source: Mr. Happy Man
Cultivating Collective Wellbeing
Sandwiched between India, China and Tibet, the tiny mountain kingdom of Bhutan is home to some truly big ideas. Here, happiness is designated by law, and in the 1970s an official policy of ‘Gross National Happiness’ was embraced.
We care about more than economics when it comes to the polling booth. So why don’t governments listen? from www.shutterstock.com
As the federal election approaches, we’re expected to drown in slogans like “lower taxes”, “wage growth”, “franking credit reform” or “negative gearing reforms”. These mostly assume voters are as obsessed as the politicians with economic and financial issues,
What is Holding You Back from Happiness?
There is a very interesting and useful teaching within Buddhism that explains eight different worldly desires that bind you to the never ending cycles of suffering and prevent you from achieving lasting happiness.
There’s no such thing as the perfect life. Motortion Films/Shutterstock
“Most people are about as happy
as they make up their minds to be.”
The Four Pillars of a Meaningful Life
Our culture is obsessed with happiness, but what if there’s a more fulfilling path?
Source: ‘Being’ Happiness
Someone once said to me they didn’t feel that being happy was a choice. They felt that no one decides to have a bad day. That everyone starts the day choosing to be happy, but that things happened along the way that were out of their control.
A child growing up in the Costa Rican countryside is surrounded by some of the most beautiful and biodiverse landscapes in the world. The government of this tiny Central American country aims to keep it that way. But preserving this land of tropical rainforests isn’t Costa Rica’s only accomplishment. The government ensures all citizens have access to health care and education,
Wisdom From Pema Chödrön
Go Where Life Wants to Take You
The mainstream view of an enjoyable life is often steeped in materialism. It’s portrayed by the glossy images of fabulous people, beautiful homes, travel to exotic places and dinners in expensive restaurants. Wealth is often seen as the gateway to an enjoyable life.
Source: Wisdom From Pema Chödrön
Answering the Age-Old Question
One great question underlies our experience, whether we think about it consciously or not: What is the purpose of life? I have considered this question and would like to share my thoughts in the hope that they may be of direct, practical benefit to those who read them. Please continue reading
November 2nd, 2018
Guest writer for Wake Up World
Imagine you realize that you’re not as happy as you should be in your life, and decide you need to take some steps to enhance your level of well-being. There are a number of new activities and practices you could take up: meditation, dancing, singing, running, consciously performing acts of kindness, religious worship, and so on. Research has shown that all of these activities can increase well-being. But one of the most effective things you could do, according to research, is to take up gardening. Please continue reading
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By Marianna Pochelli, N.D.
Guest writer for Wake Up World
Science is increasingly suggesting a link between happiness and health.
There is an irrefutable argument in favor of happiness: Happiness and good health go hand-in-hand. In fact scientific studies have been finding that happiness can make our hearts healthier, our immune systems stronger, and our lives longer through enhancements of our cellular structure. Please continue reading