Foundations of Happiness 2/5: Gratitude.

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As I mentioned in my previous post, I believe happiness builds on three foundations: gratitude, non-attachment, and living in the present moment. Gratitude is a very direct tool that works wonders when it comes to working on a positive attitude, and I’ve never come across anything drug-free in my life that is a faster fix for happy feelings. Therefore, gratitude is where I always recommend my clients to begin.

Why curiosity is a necessity for open-mindedness and a kinder world.

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To test your open-mindedness, let me ask you a question. Imagine that I were to show you a picture of an angry and intimidating looking Arab guy with a big beard. What do you think? What is the first thing that comes to your mind? Is it the word ‘terrorist’? If the first thing that came to mind is something along those lines, that’s okay. What?! When I say that that’s okay, I mean that it’s not your fault. This … Read More

Why you should keep a gratitude diary or happiness journal.

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Every evening, minus a few exceptions, the first thing I do when I get in bed is write in my gratitude journal. I take a couple of minutes to answer questions about my happiness such as ‘what am I grateful for?’, ‘what did I do great today?’, and ‘what amazing things happened today?’.   It’s something that I absolutely love doing, and it has provided me with more benefits that I initially could imagine. I don’t believe in quick fixes … Read More

Why you should treat your partner as a guest.

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Take a second to think about the things you want to change about your partner. Little things that annoy you. Any built up resentment you have.   …   Now smile if you can’t think of anything. (And keep reading if you wish you smiled.)   The best advice I ever got about loving relationships is to be the best partner you can be. To forget about everything that he or she does, to forget about anything you want to change. … Read More