Articles — Happiness(6)

Well-Being: Time, Money and Happiness

Dr. Linda Hancock Happiness Self Improvement The Eleventh Year

Well-Being: Time, Money and Happiness

Recently I wrote an article about retirement and received an email from one of the readers. He stated that I had "missed the point". His critique included the argument that it is not as important what you retire from and what you retire to. I am thankful for his comments and ideas as they have made me think about his perspective. The writer stated that there are two important things to consider that determine how retirement will be for each of us. He is right. However, those two factors determine how we live our lives no matter what our age:...

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Happiness Is Living Well

Dr. Linda Hancock Happiness Self Improvement The Tenth Year

Happiness Is Living Well

Life is good! Today is my sixty-third birthday and I am content. Oh, it's not like I haven't had problems. I am human and live in the real world. It's just that I have figured out where to focus my attention and what to let go of. When people are unhappy or going through a tough time, they usually don't want to be reminded to count their blessings. But what is the alternative? Lying awake at night, staring at the ceiling while counting your troubles? I am so thankful. I can walk, go to the bathroom, and breathe without assistance....

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Why Your Age Has Nothing to Do with How Happy You Can Be!

Dr. Linda Hancock Happiness Self Improvement

Why Your Age Has Nothing to Do with How Happy You Can Be!

We have all heard people talk about how they are too old (or too young) to do the things that they want to do and therefore cannot be happy. Age, however, really has nothing to do with it because happiness is a choice and a state of mind. Seniors sometimes state that they wish they had been able to reach the dreams of their youth. They would have liked to travel pursue a specific career or adopted a skill. When questioned about why they do not do this today, the reply that they are too old. Children also lament about...

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Attitude is Important - Develop One That Embraces Gratitude

Dr. Linda Hancock Happiness Self Improvement The First Year

Attitude is Important - Develop One That Embraces Gratitude

Often parents come to complain to me because their child has "an attitude"! The dictionary defines attitude as a "state of mind or feeling". We all have attitude! Some of us have an attitude that is defeatist while others believe anything is possible. There are attitudes involving self-esteem where some people feel unworthy of respect allow others to harm them and still others have a narcissistic attitude stating that they are so wonderful that they deserve everything. Grief can be an attitude as can celebration. Attitude can change depending on one's circumstances, associates, and experiences over time. Recently, I was...

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What Show Are You Living?

Dr. Linda Hancock Happiness Self Improvement The Second Year

What Show Are You Living?

Everyone wants life to be as home-spun as "Little House on the Prairies" with a budget as large as that on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire". We crave the glamour shown in episodes of "The Bachelor" and the excitement of "The Price is Right". Over the years I have had children tell me they wished their family were like the Cosbys and parents who stated they wanted the skills of "Super Nanny". Some people desire the ability to cook like chefs from the Food Channel and to host like Martha Stewart. Many state that they would like to look...

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Living in the Moment - Serenity

Dr. Linda Hancock Happiness Self Improvement The Second Year

Living in the Moment - Serenity

Place your palms together tightly with your hands pointing in a vertical position. This is a universal symbol for prayer or spirituality. Pretend that between your palms is this very moment - today. To the left is your past and to the right is your future. Sometimes people focus on the past, especially on the problems they have had and, over time, this can develop into a depression. Those who focus on the future and are worried about the pitfalls that it might hold, can develop anxiety. Recently I heard a speaker state that the most difficult task in the...

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