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positively happy blogPositively Happy Blog   by Rebecca Koch

Join Rebecca at happilyrebecca.wordpress.com as she shares what she’s learning in her role as director of service initiatives – helping to shepherd both internal service to students and to one another as well as external service to the local community.  On her blog, she shares what she’s learning as a result of the Happy L.I.F.E. and Life University’s willingness to support academic and administrative programs that are based on both scientific and philosophical thought.

The intersection between what Life University refers to as “the new vitalism” and the positive psychology on which the Happy L.I.F.E. is based is staggering.  Both vitalism and positive psychology operate on the principle that human beings are creative, resourceful and whole – and that true health and happiness are innately part of the power of life itself, which is a perfect expression of the creative consciousness we understand as the universe.



The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor

Conventional wisdom holds that if we work hard we will be more successful, and if we are more successful, then we’ll be happy. If we can just find that great job, win that next promotion, lose those five pounds, happiness will follow. But recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that this formula is actually backward: Happiness fuels success, not the other way around. When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work. This isn’t just an empty mantra. This discovery has been repeatedly borne out by rigorous research in psychology and neuroscience, management studies, and the bottom lines of organizations around the globe.

In The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor, who spent over a decade living, researching, and lecturing at Harvard University, draws on his own research—including one of the largest studies of happiness and potential at Harvard and others at companies like UBS and KPMG—to fix this broken formula. Using stories and case studies from his work with thousands of Fortune 500 executives in 42 countries, Achor explains how we can reprogram our brains to become more positive in order to gain a competitive edge at work.


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Can You Learn to Be Happy?

YES . . . according to the teacher of Harvard University’s most popular and life-changing course. One out of every five Harvard students has lined up to hear Tal Ben-Shahar’s insightful and inspiring lectures on that ever-elusive state: HAPPINESS.

HOW?  Grounded in the revolutionary “positive psychology” movement, Ben-Shahar ingeniously combines scientific studies, scholarly research, self-help advice, and spiritual enlightenment. He weaves them together into a set of principles that you can apply to your daily life. Once you open your heart and mind to Happier ’s thoughts, you will feel more fulfilled, more connected . . . and, yes, HAPPIER.

Thousands of Harvard University students have discovered that you can become happier. They learned the secret to lasting fulfillment from acclaimed teacher Tal Be-Shahar’s class on positive psychology—a branch of psychology that combines the latest scientific research with good old common sense. Now you can join his class learn how positive psychology can make you happier right now—no lottery windfall, job promotion, or new love required.

Think of Happier as your own personal workbook As you red each chapter’s illuminating discussion on happiness and incorporate its simple exercises into your daily routine, you will see every aspect of your life with new eyes and a new sense of purpose.

When you learn how to live for today and for tomorrow at the same time, you learn how to balance your immediate personal needs with long-term goals and enjoy life as you never have before.


learned_optimism_bookLearned Optimism by Martin E. P. Seligman, Ph.D

Known as the father of the new science of positive psychology, Martin E.P. Seligman draws on more than twenty years of clinical research to demonstrate how optimism enchances the quality of life, and how anyone can learn to practice it. Offering many simple techniques, Dr. Seligman explains how to break an “I—give-up” habit, develop a more constructive explanatory style for interpreting your behavior, and experience the benefits of a more positive interior dialogue. These skills can help break up depression, boost your immune system, better develop your potential, and make you happier.. With generous additional advice on how to encourage optimistic behavior at school, at work and in children, Learned Optimism is both profound and practical–and valuable for every phase of life.

Öne of the most important books of the century—an absolute must-read for all persons interested in genuinely understanding and helping our fellow human beings.”
- Dr. Robert Schuller, author of “Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Do!”


simple act of gratitudeA Simple Act of Gratitude by John Kralik

One recent December, at age 53, John Kralik found his life at a terrible, frightening low: his small law firm was failing; he was struggling through a painful second divorce; he had grown distant from his two older children and was afraid he might lose contact with his young daughter; he was living in a tiny apartment where he froze in the winter and baked in the summer; he was 40 pounds overweight; his girlfriend had just broken up with him; and overall, his dearest life dreams—including hopes of upholding idealistic legal principles and of becoming a judge—seemed to have slipped beyond his reach.

Then, during a desperate walk in the hills on New Year’s Day, John was struck by the belief that his life might become at least tolerable if, instead of focusing on what he didn’t have, he could find some way to be grateful for what he had.

Inspired by a beautiful, simple note his ex-girlfriend had sent to thank him for his Christmas gift, John imagined that he might find a way to feel grateful by writing thank-you notes. To keep himself going, he set himself a goal—come what may—of writing 365 thank-you notes in the coming year.

One by one, day after day, he began to handwrite thank yous—for gifts or kindnesses he’d received from loved ones and coworkers, from past business associates and current foes, from college friends and doctors and store clerks and handymen and neighbors, and anyone, really, absolutely anyone, who’d done him a good turn, however large or small. Immediately after he’d sent his very first notes, significant and surprising benefits began to come John’s way—from financial gain to true friendship, from weight loss to inner peace. While John wrote his notes, the economy collapsed, the bank across the street from his office failed, but thank-you note by thank-you note, John’s whole life turned around.

A Simple Act of Gratitude is a rare memoir: its touching, immediately accessible message—and benefits—come to readers from the plainspoken storytelling of an ordinary man. Kralik sets a believable, doable example of how to live a miraculously good life. To read it is to be changed.


8-minute-meditation-quiet-your-mindchange-your-life8 Minute Meditation by Victor Davich

In recent years, mainstream Americans have begun to come around to meditation in a big way-and scientific studies are suggesting that the physical and mental benefits are solid and real. But to many, it remains something mystical and inaccessible…and spiritually-oriented tomes on the market don’t do much to make it easier.

As interest in meditation continues to grow, this book offers a simple, no-nonsense program to help beginners experience reduced stress and increased focus in only eight minutes a day. Designed by meditation expert and bestselling author Victor Davich, this program teaches the basic principles of meditation while clearing up the misconceptions and myths that too often get in the way.

If you’ve said “I’d love to meditate, but it’s too hard and takes too long,” 8 Minute Meditation is your answer. It’s the revolutionary program that Time magazine calls “the most American form of meditation yet.

8 Minute Meditation is simple, easy, and geared to fit your busy lifestyle. In just 8 minutes a day, the amount of time between television commercial breaks, you can develop a strong meditation practice that can last you a lifetime.


9781572244900_p0_v1_s260x420Five Good Minutes at Work by Brantley Millstine

Five Minutes to a Happier, More Productive Workday

Is your workday filled with chaos, stress and, at times, and inability to focus? Do you have mountains of projects ahead of you but no motivation to tackle them? In less time than you would spend on a coffee break, you can fill your workday with calm, balance, and serenity. Five Good Minutes® at Work, the third in the breakaway Five Good Minutes™ series, can help you transform your workday from tired and uninspired to engaged and productive in just a few good minutes.

Whether sitting at your desk or ducking into the supply closet, you can include these stress-relieving and centering activities into even the busiest schedule. These practices can help you deal with difficult coworkers, tyrannical bosses, impossible deadlines, and more. Your five good minutes each day will reward you with increased productivity, reduced workplace conflict, and a sense of serenity that will start to spread to the rest of your life.


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Easy Exercises: Simple Workout Routine For Busy People In The Office, At Home, Or On The Road by Patrick Barrett

In this book, you’ll learn a simple, short, stripped-down routine that you can do on a daily basis. You can stick with the core program indefinitely and reap the rewards of daily physical activity, or you can add in some challenging options for better, faster results while still keeping your workouts short and convenient.If you can set aside 3 or 4 minutes each day to exercise, you’ve got all the time you need to incorporate this simple exercise routine into your life.

People like to talk about the “secret” to staying in shape. Well, here it is, free of charge: the secret to staying in shape is not finding the exact, precise exercise or diet that will perform some kind of voodoo and deliver sudden, amazing results. The secret is finding a healthy plan that you can stick to. It can be running, or lifting weights, or bodyweight exercise, or yoga, or dance classes, or a recreational sports league.

It can be anything, as long as it means you’re being physically active on a regular basis, and as long as you stick to it. You may not see a dramatic transformation in a month, or even in two or three months, but as time passes and you keep it up you will see a big change. You will become one of “those people” who is just in great shape.

That’s what’s so great about the exercise routine you’ll learn in this book. It is so simple, so basic that anyone can stick to it. You don’t need any special equipment (though there is a variation that uses weights, if you prefer that).  But even though it’s simple, it’s still a full-body routine that’s challenging enough to make you stronger, leaner, and healthier if you keep it up.

Daily physical activity is essential for anyone who hopes to live a long, healthy life–and it’s key to promoting your quality of life, too. Easy Exercises will teach you the simple workout program you’ve been looking for that fits easily into your busy schedule. Pick up a physical or digital copy, and you could be doing you first workout in a few short days, or even as soon as a few hours from now.


9781934386330_p0_v1_s260x420The Ultimate Pocket Workout Journal by Alex A Lluch

The Ultimate Pocket Workout Journal is an invaluable tool for anyone trying to lose weight, maintain a healthy weight, prevent disease, relieve stress, and improve overall well-being. Newcomers to exercise and seasoned athletes alike will love its compact, portable size, which makes it easy to tuck into a purse or gym bag. This pocket-size journal is an essential companion for those seeking to track their physical activity and achieve fitness goals.With this journal, creating and monitoring an effective fitness program has never been easier. Readers can develop a successful fitness plan, including cardiovascular, strength, and flexibility training. They can create personal goals and maintain a daily physical activity log to keep them motivated. The daily journal pages provide space to record the type of physical activity that was performed, as well as the repetitions, duration, intensity, and calories burned.In addition, this journal includes space to document daily nutrition, vitamins and supplements, weight, energy levels, and water consumed to help readers optimize their diet for maximum results.