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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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CompassBeautiful and Inspirational graduation speech by Jim Carrey on the power of human thought and our ability to be the masterful pioneers of our own health and happiness! Brain research and positive psychology both reveal what the spiritual traditions have advocated for millennia—wealth, fame, and status are not the path toward finding completion. The true compass that points us in the direction of our self-worth and fulfillment resides within. I bet you’ll watch this video more than once! Enjoy and feel free to share.

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runningScientists have found a tiny region of the brain which controls our motivation to exercise and engage in other rewarding activities.  In laboratory studies on mice, when signals from this region of the brain were blocked, the mice became lethargic and uninterested in rewarding behavior.  These new findings point to a new “node in the depression pathway” and may help fine-tune our understanding of depression.

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Rosemery herbs and pestleResearch has found that smelling the essential oil from rosemary increases alertness, enhances long-term memory and improves brain function.   The chemicals in the oil directly stimulate the olfactory nerve in the nose which can have positive effect on cognitive functioning.

Even in Shakespeare’s time Rosemary was linked to memory, when Hamlet’s Ophelia quoted: “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance: pray, love, remember.”

Read more on the benefits of Rosemary on memory here.

 

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Couples Dancing Together At A Nightclub“One sure way to greater happiness is a healthy dose of LSD: Laughing, Singing and Dancing!” (Click to Tweet)

It turns out that dancing is not only great exercise but it also increases memory and cognitive function. Dancing uses more areas of our brain’s memory and learning centers than other activities. When we dance, we simultaneously integrate several brain functions: movement, emotion, music, thinking, sight, touch and hearing. Research published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that ballroom dancing at least twice a week made people less likely to develop dementia. So, whether it’s tap or tango, salsa or swing, get up and get your groove on!

Read more on the effects of LSD –laughing, singing and dancing, in my e-book.

 

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Helping the ElderlyA quality that  might account for personal wellbeing and professional success is empathy. If the human brain weren’t wired to express empathy, scientists suggest our species might not have acquired the ability for cooperation, sharing, nurturing and bonding, the prerequisites for civilization and the building blocks for any successful organization. Contrary to what we might see or read in the media, the human brain is wired for empathy, compassion, love and gratitude. The key to humanity’s survival, not to mention the hallmarks of a success and happiness, may well reside in our ability to empathize. Enjoy this great piece on the important role empathy plays in shaping both our personal wellbeing and professional success.

Read more on the powerful role empathy plays in life, in my e-book.

 

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