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Mandatory Happiness Classes for College Freshmen?
Freshmen, it's time to get schooled in the ways of happiness.

“Stop and smell the roses” may be a sappy cliché, but at Stanford University, it’s also a homework assignment. For extra credit, you can “show gratitude,” “feel the sunshine” or “just

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Walking: Meditation on the Move

Achaan Chah, Sylvia Boorstein, Yasutani Roshi, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Thich Nhat Hanh, Joan Halifax, Bruce Chatwin, Henry David Thoreau, and Matsuo Basho on walking meditation

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Trayvon Martin. Eric Garner. Michael Brown. Freddie Gray. Sandra Bland. Ferguson. Baltimore. Charleston. Alton Sterling. Philando Castile. In the wake of so many recent tragedies involving racial discrimination,

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Over the last 20 years, research has gradually accumulated suggesting that religious service attendance is associated with better physical and mental health. For example, research articles have indicated that regular religious service attendance is a

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Mindful Work: How Meditation is Changing Business from the Inside Out, by David Gelles, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 2015, 296 pages, 14.95 Can.

A friend who is an avid reader told me, not once but several times: “You sh

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YOU may be smart, but without emotional intelligence your career will suffer.

So-called “soft skills” are vital for navigating complex social situations. Communication, language, personal habits and empathy with others all play a role.

For example,

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Inviting mindfulness into your life is a transformative experience. You regain control of tough to manage emotions like anger, despair, and frustration. It’s like you come to this realization that your mind is a vast and open field in which anything

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The problems I've faced in life have changed me…for the better.

I became resilient as a teenager because I had to learn how to deal with life after having one parent die and another decompensate into despair. I discovered there were people who coul

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Kuan Yin, Liza Matthews, Compassion, Metta, Jack Kornfield, Lion's Roar, Buddhism, Shambhala Sun

Kuan Yin, bodhisattva of compassion. Photo by Liza Matthews.

Jack Kornfield on beginning this time-honored, heart-opening practice.

In our culture, people find it difficult to direct loving-kindness to themselves. We may feel that we are unworthy

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Think Less, Think Better

A FRIEND of mine has a bad habit of narrating his experiences as they are taking place. I tease him for being a bystander in his own life. To be fair, we all fail to experien

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Positive psychology is changing the face of therapy — and literally changing brain structure

One of the reasons we’re alive today is because our ancestors had great skill in recalling the negative over the positive.

That’s right: It’s not y

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