Consciousness expands whenever a person feels creative, passionate, and joyful. If you don’t have these qualities, you won’t wake up every morning eager to fulfill your long-range goal.
Don’t get me wrong—happiness is a wonderful emotion and a state to be desired. But is that what our founders really intended to be the pursuit of our country and its people—to be happy?
The Anatomy of Joy with Dr. Brené Brown on Saturday
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The Anatomy of Joy
Live from the Women & Happiness Conference at Omega NYC, Dr. Brené Brown will deliver her 90-minute keynote address on “The Anatomy of Joy,” featuring an introduction by Elizabeth Lesser. By exploring the relationship between joy and gratitude, Dr. Brown will guide you through the process of navigating your feelings of vulnerability and shows you how your sense of worthiness impacts your ability to be happy in every area of your life.
This free event will start at 2:30 pm Eastern Time on Saturday, April 21, 2012. Please bookmark the link below to join the event.
Note: This event will only be available for viewing during the live broadcast on April 21. If you’d like to let your friends know about this free event, please forward this email so they can register.
P.S. See Dr. Brené Brown live in Boulder in “The Power of Vulnerability,” taking place Saturday, May 19, and Sunday, May 20, 2012 at Naropa University’s Nalanda Events Center from 9:30 am–4:30 pm.
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The one serious conviction that a man should have is that nothing is to be taken too seriously.
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
Tip ‘o’ the hat to Angela Kelly.
Activism may not change much but it might just make you feel better. Photograph: Ray Tang/Rex Features
Marching in the drizzle against wars in far-off countries, writing letters protesting the government’s latest reactionary policy, sitting through interminable meetings that keep sprouting Any Other Business. It may be noble, but political activism is hardly a barrel of laughs. And yet it makes you happier.
So find two university psychologists in new research that looks for the first time at the link between political activity and wellbeing. Malte Klar and Tim Kasser started by interviewing two sets of around 350 college students, both about their degree of political engagement and their levels of happiness and optimism. Both times, they found that those most inclined to go on a demo were also the cheeriest.
I believe that the purpose of life is to be happy. From the moment of birth, every human being wants happiness and does not want suffering. Neither social conditioning nor education nor ideology affect this. From the very core of our being, we simply desire contentment. I don’t know whether the universe, with its countless galaxies, stars and planets, has a deeper meaning or not, but at the very least, it is clear that we humans who live on this earth face the task of making a happy life for ourselves.
Tenzin Gyatso; The Fourteenth Dalai Lama (via littlemiss)