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Spirituality - the source of ultimate meaning

Posted on August 16, 2016 at 4:05 PM

Spirituality is a sense of connection with the source of ultimate meaning. Frequently, spirituality includes connection with oneself, with others, with nature, or with a higher power. This connection helps an individual make sense of his or her life.


For many people, spirituality is truly a quest for meaning and wholeness. Research has revealed a relationship between spirituality and health. To treat the whole person—body, mind, emotions, and spirit—and to guide...

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Living a Life in Balance

Posted on May 6, 2016 at 8:20 PM

Living a Life in Balance

Do you feel like your life is too complicated? Are you often torn between your work and home responsibilities?

"If so, you're not alone, and you don't have to despair," says Odette Pollar, president of Smart Ways to Work, a personal productivity firm in Oakland, Calif., and author of Take Back Your Life. "You can gain peace and relief by making a conscious effort to reduce the complexities in your life and achieve balance."

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Managing Stress with Exercise

Posted on May 6, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Managing Stress with Exercise

Stress can make you feel drained, anxious, even depressed. And while there are several ways to manage runaway stress, none is as enjoyable and effective as a regular exercise routine.

"Numerous studies have shown exercise provides excellent stress-relieving benefits," says Cedric Bryant, chief exercise physiologist for the American Council on Exercise (ACE). "And let's face it, we all could do with less stress in our lives...

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Habits to Help You Look Good and Feel Terrific

Posted on May 6, 2016 at 2:15 AM

Habits to Help You Look Good and Feel Terrific

You can help reduce the effects of aging by following this simple advice: Take care of yourself. Habits that keep your body functioning at its best are the same things that promote an active, confidant bearing, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

 

Here are some ideas to help add healthful behaviors and attitudes to your life.

 

 

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How to Make a Budget and Stick to It

Posted on May 6, 2016 at 1:40 AM

How to Make a Budget and Stick to It

If you want to keep your spending under control, it's essential that you make a budget. A budget allows you to get a handle on the flow of your money -- how much you make and how much you spend. With that information in hand, you can make intelligent choices about what to buy with your hard-earned cash.

 

 

Make a List of Your Expenses

 

The first st...

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Looking at Happiness as a Choice

Posted on May 5, 2016 at 9:25 PM

Looking at Happiness as a Choice

Are you a person who can act on tough questions? Questions like: What am I grateful for? What choices do I have? What actions can I take to improve my life? What are my primary strengths? How can I live a more balanced life?

People who can act on these questions likely also describe themselves as happy.

“Happiness is neither a mood nor an emotion. Mood is a biochemical condition, and emotions are transitory ...

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The Secret to Happiness

Posted on May 5, 2016 at 9:20 PM

The Secret to Happiness

It's in the Declaration of Independence: the right to the pursuit of happiness. We feel we deserve to be happy, and we strive for it in our lives. But what does being happy really mean, and how can we do it?

 

Happiness "is the overall sense of being satisfied with your life as a whole," says psychologist Ken M. Sheldon, Ph.D., associate professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

 

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Secrets to Finding Happiness

Posted on May 5, 2016 at 3:00 PM

Secrets to Finding Happiness

Contrary to the belief that happiness is hard to explain, or that it depends on having great wealth, researchers have identified the core factors in a happy life. The primary components are number of friends, closeness of friends, closeness of family, and relationships with coworkers and neighbors. Together, these features explain about 70 percent of personal happiness.

 

"Studies also have shown that o...

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A Prescription for Lasting Happiness

Posted on May 5, 2016 at 3:00 PM

A Prescription for Lasting Happiness

Many people believe happiness is a feeling of pleasure based on some external happenings -- the raise you wanted, a fabulous meal.

"But true happiness isn't contingent on circumstances; it's a sense of contentment that exists independently of the good or ill fortune that might find you," says M.J. Ryan, author of 365 Health and Happiness Boosters.

According to Ms. Ryan, you can be happier no matter who you are...

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Happy Habits

Posted on May 4, 2016 at 3:00 PM

Happy Habits 

Everyone gets the blues occasionally, but people who can detach themselves from a bad mood may have discovered the secret to happiness.

"The secret to having a happy life isn't to be constantly laughing, but to be able to bounce back from a bout with unhappiness, to use little tricks -- some happy habits -- to jump-start your mind and revitalize your energy," says Bix Bender, author of "7 Habits of Highly Happy People....

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