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Bookmark Network, network, network. Adults in the business world certainly know how important it is to stay connected to their colleagues and peers if they are to have successful careers, but did you know that the number and strength of our social connections are also very important for happiness?
People with many friendships are less likely to experience sadness, loneliness, low self-esteem, and problems with eating and sleeping.
We live in a world where social media like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and text messaging make it easier to be "connected" to loads of people all the time.
Many of us also live in a society that values privacy and independence over proximity and interdependence. Americans dream of country homes where they can go days without seeing any neighbors. Setting aside that happiness can come from establishing our connection to nature and monk-like training retreats, physical isolation is a recipe for loneliness—a particularly potent form of sadness.
When it comes to happiness, teaching our kids to value and foster proximity and connection is a much better bet than a house with a long gravel driveway. Advertisement X A three-course professional certificate series that teaches you the what, why, and how of increasing happiness at work.
As a parent, it makes me think about how we spend our time: I often feel so busy—sometimes too busy to spend time with my friends. Little is more important for our over-all well-being than our relationships with other people. When it comes to fostering social connections in kids, I see three arenas for discussion and development.
Social and emotional intelligence is critical for forming strong relationships, and the parent-child bond is a great place to teach the emotional literacy that will lead to social intelligence.
You might also want to check out some previous posts about gratitude and forgiveness. Having the skills we need to forgive can make or break a relationship, and people who consciously practice expressing gratitude and appreciation have stronger relationships.
Until then, please post your stories. Where have your kids created their strongest bonds? What skills do they have that serve them particularly well in this arena?Scientists say your “mind” isn’t confined to your brain, or even your body Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human.
where people he spoke to attributed their happiness to a sense. Having a sense of belonging is a common experience. Belonging means acceptance as a member or part.
Such a simple word for huge concept. A sense of belonging is a human need, just like the need for food and shelter. Feeling that you belong is most important in seeing value in life and in coping with intensely painful emotions. In this sense of the term—call it the “well-being sense”—happiness refers to a life of well-being or flourishing: a life that goes well for you.
Importantly, to ascribe happiness in the well-being sense is to make a value judgment: namely, that the person has whatever it is that benefits a person. In Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill, he distills 25 centuries of Buddhist spiritual tradition alongside bleeding-edge neuroscience and the most compelling findings of Western cognitive psychology — an intelligent and refreshing vision for fusing the life of the mind and the life of the heart into a path of genuine psychoemotional .
The program will include teachings on simple meditation practices that help us to recognize and nurture the mind’s natural qualities of awareness, compassion, and wisdom, as well as discussions on the practice and science of self-transformation and the cultivation of well-being.
Experts who study gratitude loosely define it as a sense of appreciation and thankfulness for the good things in life—both big and small—and it may be the fastest route to enduring happiness.