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Does Being Happy Make You More Successful?

Most people believe that being successful will lead to greater happiness and sense of fulfillment. This is most likely true. But it is also true, believe it or not, that happiness can lead to greater productivity and increased success.

Don’t believe us? Then watch this video from Soulpancake’s “Science of Happiness” series. It’s super scientific…sort of.

Studies have shown that happiness can lead to increased success in many aspects of a person’s life – career, relationships, health and more. Workers who are happy and satisfied on the whole perform better than their less happy peers, the result of which undoubtedly leads to yet more happiness. It’s a never-ending cycle of good feelings, and it’s about time we all jumped on the train!

One important thing Julian (the “scientist” from the video) forgot to point out, is the role human connection plays in boosting our happiness. Not only did the happy group have primers to put them in a good mood, but they were given these treats and delights by another human being. The kindness they receive through these gifts – the candies, snacks, and cute video – probably acted like a shot of love straight to their hearts. It’s a good reminder that sometimes the quickest road to happiness is through reaching out to others and receiving their love in return.

Just our two cents. 🙂

What do you think? Does success lead to happiness or does happiness lead to success?

“Giving is Communication”: This Incredible Video Will Change Your Life

The title doesn’t lie. This video offers a poignant a message on the power of service, compassion, and gratitude, told through the lens of one incredible and fleeting act of kindness.

This video was made by TrueMove-H, an arm of Thai mobile conglomerate True Corporation. The video serves as a commercial, but also doubles as a meditation on the importance of real human connection in changing people’s lives and spreading empathy to every corner of the world.

Take a look and let the video’s message go to work in your heart:

If you look at your life and how far you’ve come, there are undoubtedly faces sprinkled throughout who had an impact on you along the way. They may be teachers, parents, mentors, or friends. They may be strangers. Sometimes it’s those fleeting, half-developed conversations in passing – on the subway, in the supermarket, on an airplane – that struck you most potently and in some way influenced the course your life would take.

We invite you to reach out in gratitude to those important people who helped you become the person you are today. And for all those unnamed strangers, the briefly known, angels in disguise, send your thanks outward. Pass it on. Pay it forward. Love and service make the world go ’round. And you are part of that essential cycle.

Did this video inspire you? Who are you grateful to? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below!

Hoping You Will Get Back Together after the Breakup?

“Just get over it!” “Get past it!”   These commonly-given and common-sense responses to our breakup experience just don’t help for some of us. There are many reasons why we are not open to moving on after a heart break (usually in this case we are the Break-ee as opposed to the Break-er; otherwise we wouldn’t be so upset).

 In general, most people do need a certain period for dealing with their tough emotions after a loss like this. What amount of time that is optimal for you is a good thing for you and your therapist to decide, not everybody else. Some people feel fine in a relatively rapid amount of time. I remember when my long term marriage broke up (decades ago). I had done so much grieving about the loss of the marriage before the actual breakup that, when it was finally over, there was a relief. I felt so fine, so fast, that the marriage counselor claimed I was stuffing my feelings – I simply couldn’t feel that good he insisted. He didn’t account for all the time inside the marriage when I was sad and heartbroken about it.

 But, for others — like some of my clients, readers, and friends — the  leftover feelings can last for years. Uh…perhaps that might be a bit overly long.

One  reason this occurs is  one, or both, person involved still feels an continuing emotional or energetic (or both) connection. These cases are typified by a continuing affection, or continuing anger. People in this situation say they might think of their ex often, or even dream about them at times.

Will We Ever Get Back Together?

I have sometimes found, when doing readings, there is still energy between the two people, or as I tell them, they are not done yet with each other. In these cases, many want to know then if there is any chance they will get back together. It makes sense, to me when doing an energy reading, that a person would feel this way. He or she can sense that the existing connection and want to know what will come of that. Left alone, this feeling can go on for years in some situations.

If this is your question, let me give you the very best metaphysical answer possible: “Act as if you will Never Get Back Together.” In some cases, I can certainly read a future possibility of coming together again. However, it is in your best interest to always, after a breakup, act as if there is no chance. As you see, this is somewhat similar to the common sense advice illuminated above.

There are two reasons that I would put forward why this is your best post-breakup mantra. First, cutting off any hopes of a future with the ex helps you begin to fashion and build up your own life, now without that person. This contributes to you becoming amore happy and fulfilled YOU, in a faster, clearer way, than if you continue to hold out for the possibility. That leads to a second reason. If you are one of the statistically rarer couples that does get together again, you return to it a more fulfilled, happier you, which always benefits a close connection.

So, the best answer for the question: “Will we ever get back together?” is “Act as if you never will.”


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