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Do you marvel at the wonder and beauty of life? Do you feel a positive emotional connection to nature?

If so, you might be prone to awe, that goosebumpy sensation that we get in the presence of something profound: something greater, more powerful

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A mentor of mine recently passed away, and I was heartbroken—so I tried my best to avoid thinking about it. I didn’t even mention it to my family because I didn’t want those sad feelings to resurface.

In other words, I took the very enlightened a

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Research suggests that loss can remind us of the preciousness of life—a lesson that one researcher learned firsthand.

My sister and I sat in my mother’s bedroom—her sanctuary and prison, where cancer had kept her confined on and off for the pa

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Follow these steps to feel more compassionate toward others and toward yourself.

Would you describe yourself as a compassionate person?

Even if you don’t necessarily see yourself that way, I bet you’re compassi

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Why Gratitude Is Good

Need some motivation for practicing gratitude this Thanksgiving? Robert Emmons, the world's leading scientific expert on gratitude, reveals why gratitude is good for our bodies, our minds, and our relationships.

With Thanksgiv

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Gratitude is one of the most powerful methods for making yourself happier. When you’re feeling stressed, gratitude is the antidote that can neutralize the negativity that’s pervading your mind. Rather than ruminating on all the problems and pressur

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Gratitude is more than behavior—it is also an internal experience, one that we can help children cultivate.


Would you like to raise a thankful child?

If so, you’re not alone. Parents’ desires to raise children

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"Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment. If you can’t meditate in a boiler room, you can’t meditate"
– Alan Watts


The end of meditation is meditation itself. The search for something through

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According to a new study, people who experience a greater variety of positive feelings show lower inflammation.

How often do you feel happy, enthusiastic, amused, inspired, or calm on a given day? For more than a decade, researchers have been unc

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Some types of fear—like the fear that stops you from running into a busy street—are useful and necessary. But other types of fear are less rational and more likely to hold you
back in life. Fear of public speaking, fear of f

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I made God an offer She couldn’t refuse. I would be grateful for everything in my life, all my experiences - no matter how hard, no matter how painful, no matter what. For as long as I lived. What did I get in return? Something beyond my wildest

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A new study identifies 27 categories of emotion and shows how they blend together in our everyday experience.

Psychology once assumed that most human emotions fall within the universal categories of happiness, sadness, anger, surprise, fear, and disg

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When you see an alternative medicine treatment or herbal supplement claiming widespread benefits, you have good reason to be skeptical. There is one notable exception that may seem even more magical and mystical than any of the others. It costs

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Health is part of every public-school education. But what is health? It’s more than just nutrition and gym class.

As early as 1947, the World Health Organization defined health as a state of mental and social—not just physical—well-being. Today, m

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Two thirds more women are interested in meditation. What are we waiting for?

Yet for many, meditation and mindfulness still seem obscure and hard to connect to. You might have heard of some of the countless benefits of medi

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Positive emotion

This includes feelings of happiness, peace, love, connectedness, hope, and gratitude. The important part is to enjoy yourself in the moment, such as when reading a good book, spending time with family and friends, or eating a bowl

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