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Happiness is a Direction
Not a Destination

A Revolutionary Idea

A new truth promises to revolutionize how you live and work: You’re entitled to be happy. Right now. You don’t have to wait. In fact, you shouldn’t delay.

The Secret

It’s a truth revealed by an ever-expanding body of scientific research. It’s a truth that exposes the secret to both individual and organizational success: happiness. Yes, happiness. It’s a revolutionary discovery that counters conventional wisdom. Happiness doesn’t depend on achieving certain arbitrary milestones like wealth or status or awards or job titles. In fact, the opposite is true. Happiness is an ongoing state of mind, a way of thinking necessary for sustained success.

It’s In Your Hands (Your Brain Really)

The idea is powerfully simple. Most successful people and organizations put happiness first, realizing that only then will success follow. But attaining true happiness isn’t quite so simple. First you, quite literally, must change your mind.

 

The good news: it’s all within your control. Cutting-edge neuroscientific research confirms that we all possess the ability to wire and rewire our brains for happiness.

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That’s the powerful—and empowering—idea behind our company. We share a variety of tools, techniques and insights for tapping this remarkable reservoir of human potential.

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Brain:Breath

Curious to discover how the latest research in brain science and mind-body medicine align with the timeless spiritual wisdom and health benefits of Yoga? In this public workshop at Loyola Marymount University, you will acquire tools and daily practices that explore how science and spirituality dynamically interact as a 21st century model for personal and planetary healing. Learn more and register online.

Sat., Sept. 27th, 1-6 pm
Loyola Marymount Univ. (in Los Angeles)

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Group of young hikers in the mountains“Nature doesn’t come with a built-in WiFi signal, but you’re guaranteed to have a strong connection!” (Click to Tweet)

Here’s a startling fact. In our modern, 24/7 high-tech world, the average person’s brain is bombarded with the equivalent of 174 newspapers of data every day! That’s some five times the amount of sensory information a person received just 30 years ago. No wonder many of us experience the harmful impact of brain-fatigue. As individuals and a society we feel exhausted, overwhelmed and stressed on a daily basis.

Some researchers suggest the reason that stress has become the malady of modern life and that we suffer from brain-fatigue is the result of “Nature-Deficit Disorder.” Never heard of it? A growing body of research suggests that you can ease brain fatigue simply by strolling through a leafy park. “It is likely to have a restorative effect and help with attention fatigue and stress recovery.”

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businessman shaking hands to seal a deal with his partnerWhether in the office place or in the home space, your gut instincts are always right! According to new research, the brain automatically responds to a face’s trustworthiness and we actually decide whether or not to trust another person within a second of meeting them.  The study showed that we form spontaneous judgements of other people that are largely outside our awareness. Read more about these findings here.

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world map background“Everyone laughs and smiles in the same way, because happiness is humanity’s universal language.”  (Click to Tweet)

Contrary to what our society, media or culture wants us to believe, our species is not programmed for strife, conflict, fear and anxiety. While unpleasant feelings exist, we are in actuality wired to feel healthy, happy and whole.

What neuroscience has affirmed is that the brain is not fixed, but plastic and adaptable. This radical concept known as neuroplasticity explores how our thoughts, feelings, actions, attitudes and behaviors can physically alter our brain structure.  Think of the neural pathways in the brain like a trail in the woods. The more often you walk the same path, the more worn the path becomes. In a similar manner, the thoughts and feelings that run through our heads form pathways. The more we feel overwhelmed, angry, shameful or depressed, neurons in the brain attach themselves, creating neural pathways that reinforce these thoughts. Ultimately, these neural pathways become our “default” response system in life.

We have a choice. Rather than falling back on the same patterns of thoughts and behavior, we have a new opportunity to respond to life in a way that promotes our health and happiness. When we make empowering choices, and develop new healthful habits, our brain imprints those changes. Happiness is a quality that we are all capable of wiring into the brain. We literally possess the ability to sculpt the brain to be happy or sad. This is no longer wishful thinking. It’s actual science!

Learn more about neuroplasticity and the unharnessed power of the brain in Five Secrets for Achieving Authentic Health & Happiness.

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bambina con ipad“There’s no App for Happiness to download off the internet. Happiness already comes installed in you!”  (Click to Tweet)

We all have the potential to be happy and healthy. We are born with this “operating system” already installed in our brain, we just need to learn how to use it.

Abraham Lincoln famously once said, “Most people are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” It turns out science, especially the cutting edge field of contemplative neuroscience, is affirming precisely what Lincoln so rightfully expressed. What we think, how we feel and even our general outlook toward life are now shown to rewire our brain, heal our body and transform our being.   When we make empowering choices,
and develop new healthful habits, our brain imprints those changes.

Just as we can strengthen our abs doing sit ups, we can also train our brain for health and happiness! The more we choose to think, act and feel affirming thoughts, such as love, joy, forgiveness, gratitude and compassion, the brain will rewire itself to reflect those attributes.

Please enjoy this free download of ten positive and inspirational truths to get you started.

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It was once thought that by the time we reached early adulthood, the human brain was fixed, immutable and rigid. Cutting-edge scientific discoveries in the past 10 to 15 years have upended this long held belief and the startling fact is that the brain is not fixed, but dynamic, plastic and adaptable to our environment. Indeed, it is possible to “teach an old brain new tricks!”

It turns out that your thoughts, experiences, feelings, actions and attitudes can physically alter your brain structure, for better or worse.

So when you make empowering choices, and develop new healthful habits, your brain imprints those changes. This can happen whether you are 19 or 91. In essence, your brain can change its physical structure based on how you consciously choose to respond to everything happening in your life. That’s why there is so much power in the phrase:  “Change your thoughts, change your brain, change your life.”

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Emotions in the BodyHave you ever wondered what happiness looks like?

A remarkable new study in Finland, for the first time maps how we process emotions and how they are expressed differently in the body. Bright colors  — red, yellow and orange — represent regions of greater bodily sensation and activity.

Among all the emotions that humans express, science shows that happiness is the one most powerfully felt.  Happiness was the only emotion tested that increased sensation throughout the entire body.

Read the full study here and enjoy learning more great tools for achieving greater health and happiness in my latest e-book Brain, Body & Being.

Image courtesy of Lauri Nummenmaa, Enrico Glerean, Riitta Hari, and Jari Hietanen.

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Grandfather and granddaughter“Love is a frequency, you’ve got to stay tuned in to receive it!” (Click to Tweet)

Latest discoveries indicate that the human heart is more than just an organ that pumps blood into your body. Your heart is actually a “mini-brain” with its own set of neurons that sends signals to your brain. So it turns out the old saying: “Follow your heart” is actually true.

The big surprise coming out of science is that the human heart actually emits an electro-magnetic field of energy extending a few feet around your body. You probably are aware of the “mind-body” connection, but medical research is beginning to advance the existence of a “heart-brain” link. What’s even more remarkable is that when the neurons in your heart are firing, the heart emits a powerful field around your body. Here’s the amazing part, this energy field produced by your heart is almost a thousand times more powerful than the one around the brain.   Imagine that! Your heart IS actually more powerful than your brain. This medical breakthrough now makes it possible to understand how different emotions we feel actually produce different frequencies within the body.

Preliminary findings now indicate that emotions of love, joy and compassion produce stronger and more coherent fields around the human body than the emotional frequencies of sadness, fear and anger. Pretty amazing stuff, don’t you think?

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“No external conditions are required for happiness. Happiness is who you are!” —Dr. Jay Kumar