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Happiness is a journey everyone takes. But it’s often easy to sabotage your happiness. Here’s a secret I want to share with you: The key to your happiness is remembering that happiness isn’t a destination, happiness is a direction. That’s precisely what I reveal in my new book “Science of a Happy Brain”. Learn more in latest video.

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Dear Happiness,
Where are you? As I look around the world, isolation and despair rule. People are suffering and finding solace in drugs and suicide. We are driving ourselves crazy as wars rage, the earth weakens and stalemates drive political and personal wedges between us. People live on 4×3 inch screens and thirst for deeper meaning. Am I more than my digitized real estate on social media? Is there a future and a place for me to feel relevant? Can you help? Read full article at WomanScape Magazine

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In an age of political division and social discord, it’s often easy to focus on our differences. Happiness is a journey everyone walks. Regardless of how we look, vote, pray, or love, the universal quest for happiness unites us more than divides us. The drive to seek happiness for oneself and those we love is what makes us human. It’s precisely what I reveal in my new book “Science of a Happy Brain” and share in latest video.

Dr. Jay
Your Happiness Professor

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Humans are social creatures. Your brain is wired from birth for connection. Studies suggest that having a strong social network, or tribe, is associated with better health and well-being.  These studies indicate that having a robust and rewarding social life has multiple health benefits such as: lower stress levels, better mental and physical health, stronger cardiovascular health, and improved illness recovery to name a few.

It is more important than ever in today’s “Age of Disconnection” and the growing health crisis of social isolation, to engage in the Social Strategy of Connection in order to experience your Happy Brain. Social media is not a replacement for meaningful face-to-face social interactions and promotes a lifestyle of psychological individualism and a culture of social isolationism.  Young people are particularly at risk for experiencing the damaging effects of loneliness when many become reliant on social media and fall into the “Disease of Despair.”

Neurobiology affirms that a contributing factor for long-lasting happiness is achieved through tribe and social bonding. Reports indicate that even small social exchanges like “micro-interactions” with a stranger, such as a friendly hello to someone in an elevator, can have a positive impact on your overall health. Everyone should be looking for opportunities to engage with others because your brain is wired to connect, and your health will benefit as a result!  Read more on the benefits of spending time with friends in this Time Magazine article.

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Enjoy my recent TV interview on WGN Morning News in Chicago discussing why “happiness isn’t a promise, happiness is a practice!”

Making 2020 your happiest year yet is easier than you think

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It is with great enthusiasm that I’m committed to making 2020 your Year of Happiness! As a valued member of our Happiness Tribe, I wish to share with you the latest tools and strategies for achieving greater resilience, joy, and abundance in 2020 and beyond. If you haven’t already done so, I invite you to learn more in my new book

Science of a Happy Brain

In it, you’ll discover how to apply the latest findings from brain science—aligned with timeless spiritual wisdom—to thrive in an age of anger, anxiety, and addiction. As I like to say:

HAPPY BRAINS MAKE HAPPY PEOPLE
HAPPY PEOPLE MAKE A HAPPY WORLD
It all starts with you!

Happy New Year,

Dr. Jay
Your Happiness Professor

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I genuinely hope you continue to celebrate the spirit and joy of the Season with your loved ones. For those in the Northern Hemisphere, this weekend’s Winter Solstice marks the day of the year when the light of the sun is the shortest. It’s the reason why all of humanity’s sacred traditions recognize and celebrate the “Inner Light” of the spirit that illuminates the world and radiates love during these dark days of winter. This is my Holiday blessing to you:

YOU ARE THAT BEACON OF LIGHT.
TOGETHER WE CREATE A BRIGHTER WORLD!

As my way of spreading more light into your life and the world, I’m thrilled to announce the official release of my new book:

Science of a Happy Brain: Thriving in
the Age of Anger, Anxiety, and Addiction
 

As you celebrate the Holidays, always remember to let your Light shine forth fully. It’s because of you the world becomes a brighter and happier place.

Happy Holidays,

Dr. Jay
Your Happiness Professor

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While you all seek to enjoy a “Happy Holiday,” let’s face it, the Holidays for many can generate unwanted stress and anxiety. During the Holidays 40% of Americans feel greater psychological and emotional stress. Do you know what the top Holiday stressors are?

Time and money!

It probably comes as no surprise that during the Holidays the pressure of buying gifts and the anxiety juggling commitments with friends and family can compound on to your already hectic life—leading to more anxiety and depression. But, there’s hope for the Holidays.

As outlined in my new book Science of a Happy Brain: Thriving in the Age of Anger, Anxiety, and Addiction,  the key to coping with Holiday stress is to remember where your real happiness resides—the quality of your relationships, the richness of your social bonds, and your greater purpose in life.

Your happiness isn’t measured by buying presents, but by being present with those who enrich your life with love, comfort, and joy. These are the real gifts in your life that allow you to find your “Happy” during the Holidays. Learn more at www.ScienceofaHappyBrain.com

Happy Holidays,

Dr. Jay
Your Happiness Professor

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Quote of the Week

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