happiness http://wamc.org en Dr. Julia Boehm, Chapman University - Happiness and Health http://wamc.org/post/dr-julia-boehm-chapman-university-happiness-and-health <p> Does being happy make you healthier? Is, perhaps, the inverse also true?</p><p>Dr. Julia Boehm, <span class="replace">assistant professor in psychology at Chapman University, is studying the correlation between mind and body. </span></p><p></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Matthew Pryce 90315 at http://wamc.org Dr. Julia Boehm, Chapman University - Happiness and Health "Hardwiring Happiness" With Rick Hanson http://wamc.org/post/hardwiring-happiness-rick-hanson <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Why is it easier to ruminate over hurt feelings than it is to bask in the warmth of being appreciated? According to our next guest, it is because your brain evolved to learn quickly from bad experiences but slowly from the good ones and he believe this can be changed.</span></p><p>Rick Hanson’s new book <em>Hardwiring Happiness</em> lays out a simple method that uses the hidden power of everyday experiences to build new neural structures full of happiness, love, confidence, and peace.</p><p>Dr. Hanson’s four steps build strengths into your brain— balancing its ancient negativity bias—making contentment and a powerful sense of resilience the new normal.</p><p><a href="http://www.rickhanson.net/">Rick Hanson</a> is a neuropsychologist and founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom and an Affiliate of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.</p><p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 76234 at http://wamc.org "Hardwiring Happiness" With Rick Hanson "The Myths of Happiness" by Sonja Lyubomirsky http://wamc.org/post/myths-happiness-sonja-lyubomirsky <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The new book, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1594204373/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=1594204373">The Myths of Happiness: What Should Make You Happy, but Doesn't, What Shouldn't Make You Happy, but Does</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=1594204373" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1"></em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, isolates the major turning points of adult life, looking to both achievements and failures to reveal that our misconceptions about the impact of such events is perhaps the greatest threat to our long-term well-being.</span></p><p> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 14:51:01 +0000 Joe Donahue 55891 at http://wamc.org "The Myths of Happiness" by Sonja Lyubomirsky Question of the Day - Happiness http://wamc.org/post/question-day-happiness <p>What does happiness - being happy - mean to you? How do you define it?</p> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 14:20:00 +0000 Joe Donahue & Alan Chartock 55942 at http://wamc.org Sharon Astyk Making Home http://wamc.org/post/sharon-astyk-making-home <p>Other books tell us how to live the good life—<em>Making Home</em> is about improving life with the real people around us and the resources we already have. While encouraging us to be more resilient in the face of hard times, author <a href="http://sharonastyk.com/">Sharon Astyk</a> also points out the beauty, grace, and elegance that result, because getting the most out of everything we use is a way of transforming our lives into something much more fulfilling.</p> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 47860 at http://wamc.org Sharon Astyk Making Home