All in mindfulness

never enough-ness

Raise your hand if find yourself falling into the trap of “I’ll be happy when…” Where the “success” you thought you needed to be happy, to feel really and finally good about yourself and your life, is always just beyond your reach. Well what if, with some awareness and practice, you could learn to strike a balance between the aspiration to reach your potential and the recognition of the potential happiness in THIS moment. Read more…

Ep18: facts of the matter with fluffy | does your smartphone make you smarter

In Episode 18 of the Happy Human Handbook Podcast we get the true scoop from guest contributor Fluffy, who suggests we all may have been victims of false advertising. Despite their name, and despite all the time we spend interacting with them, she thinks our devices have robbed us of our brains, our memories, and our common sense. Listen here…

just this

What if I told you there was one thing that you could do that would make the challenges in your life easier to bear, while also allowing you to extract more joy from each moment? Would you try it? Considering the potential benefits, might you even commit yourself to practicing it once in a while —much like you might have once rehearsed the clarinet or your tennis swing or whatever that thing is that makes you good at your job? Read more…

rowboat living

Are you living your life like you are rowing a boat—moving forward, but always looking backward? Clinging to the well-worn grooves of our past comes at a cost—as we give into inertia we sacrifice adventure, growth, innovation, and the chance to evolve beyond ourselves and discover something outside the bounds of our sometimes-limited imaginations. Read more…

10 top ten lists to live well, be kind, and get happy

Okay, I’ll be honest—they aren’t all lists of 10, some are 7 or 9, or 100 (so sue me)—but despite the false advertising you’ll still find groovy suggestions and resources in the realms of: mindfulness, simplifying, happiness, wholehearted living, communication, health, diet, productivity, money, and climate change. It’s like one-stop shopping for a better you and a better world…how cool is that? Read more…

happy in spite of myself

You know...it's actually a miracle that any of us can manage to be happy at all these days. And, not necessarily because the state of the world is so terrible, but because the way we talk to ourselves inside of our own heads is so awful. If we can learn to replace that tired old narrative with one that builds us up, instead of breaks us down, then we might actually find ourselves being happier, in spite of ourselves. Read more…

psychological hollywood

In our relationships, we are often operating within (and reacting to) a familiar old film from our history that keeps us disconnected from the present moment and locked into old patterns.  Beginning to understand how these (over)dramatic scenes are formed, and what we can do to rewrite those scripts, can allow us to live and love more authentically right here and right now. Read more…

and such is life

Life can be (really, that is, in reality) hard enough--without making up all kinds of imagined hardships to worry about and react to. And as we walk through our lives we can literally decide what we attend to and what meaning we assign to what arises. So, what's a lifetime pessimist, or budding optimist, to do? Read more...