WALKING MEDITATION

Walking as a treatment for depression is a good idea. Reports vary, but most suggest that there is a small, positive effect from encouraging people to exercise.[i] I have seen patients who had a large and reliable response to walking therapy for depression. I ask people to simply scale their depression from zero to ten, […]

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HAPPIEST COUNTRIES TO VISIT

My friend Frank sent me a link. CNN recently posted a report on the happiest countries to visit, and Frank asked, “I wonder what these countries might possibly have in common?” Here is the report link, and a graphic that I got from the CNN story. (The graphic is from a Danish park, and Denmark is […]

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CHILDREN OUTDOORS

Are children benefitted by playing outdoors? While the answer should be obvious, ask yourself this: How are children growing up now? If playing outdoors is important, why are parents raising their children indoors? A new study says children who spend more time playing outdoors have a stronger sense of self-fulfillment and purpose than those who don’t, according to Michigan […]

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IS SEVEN THE MAGIC NUMBER?

Happiness is mostly a matter of right thinking, would you agree? Practicing calmness, hope and gratitude will all boost happiness? Or perhaps, it is about right action? Acts of kindness and service, focusing on improving skills, embracing a life of savoring and enjoying this world will boost happiness? Undoubtedly, happiness is strongly associated with human […]

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HAPPINESS VERSUS TRAGEDY?

I received a heart-warming bit of “fan mail” and wanted to thank the wonderful person who mailed it and make a couple of comments. Here is the mail, reprinted with permission: Dear Dr. Johnson Both my husband and I enjoyed your class on Positive Psychology on Feb 14th. I have taken your classes and bought […]

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