“Intimate, loving, and enduring relationships with our family and close friends will be among the sources of the deepest joy in our lives.”-Clayton Christensen

“Happiness sits on the throne of gratitude and wears a crown of kindness, love, truth and integrity.”-Jan Manimoi

“A life of happiness, peace, and love is all within our grasp.”                        -Steve Maroboli

My late father use to say that happiness was worth everything.  I believe that happiness, wellness, mental health, physical health, life satisfaction, well-being and contentment has to start, grow and flourish inside, first.  The result is what we see radiating  on the outside of the person.   I believe that happiness starts by having gratitude for all the good that is in your life, small and great.  Also being appreciative of the beauty of the earth around you is a good start.  How  many times have you observe the sunrise and sunset?  What are the common  trees and flowers in your community?  What type of birds fly around  your home?  What is the name of the grass that growing on your lawn? What type of animals live off your trees?  What is the life cycle of those animals?  What are  the names of the clouds in the sky?  What at the names of the planets in our  solar system?  Who are your neighbors?  What type of work do they do?  What are their hobbies? When are their birthdays?  When you care about others they will start to care about you.                                                                                                        There are happiness practices available that will guide one to gradually increase wellbeing and happiness.  I also suggest taking online MOOCs on happiness and well-being.  Enclosed is my happiness and wellbeing suggested reading list:

1. The Mayo Clinic Guide To Stress-Free Living by Author Sood, M.D.,M.Sc.

2.  The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky Ph.D

3.  The Myths of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky Ph.D

4. Five Ways to Renew an Old Love by Barbara Fredickson Ph.D

5. Born To Be Good by Dacher Keltner Ph.D

6. The Compassionate Instinct: The Science of Human Goodness by Dacher Keltner, Jason Marsh, and  Jeremy Adam Smith

7. Social Psychology by Gilovich, Keltner, Chen, and Nisbett

8. Culture and Well-Being by Ed Diener

9.  Well-Being for Public Policy by Ed Diener, Richard Lucas, Ulrich Schimmack, and John Helliwell

10. Assessing Well-Being by Ed Diener

11. International Differences in Well-Being by Ed Diener

12. Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth
by Ed Diener, and Robert Biswas-Diener

13. The Science of Well-Being by Ed Diener

14. The Pursuit of Happiness: A History from the Greeks to the Present
by Darrin McMahon

15. On Opology by Dr. Aaron Lazare

16. Connected by James Fowler and Nicholas Christakis

17. 102 Minutes: The Untold Story
of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers by Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn

18. BRIGHT-SIDED: How the relentless
promotion of positive thinking has undermined America
by Barbara Ehrenreich

19. Hardwiring Happiness by Rick Hanson

20. Buddha’s Brain by Rick Hanson

21. Raising Happiness by Christine Carter

22. The Sweet Spot by Christine Carter

23. The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz

24. Stumbling on Happiness by Dan Gilbert

25. Lovingkindness by Sharon Salzberg

26. Self-Compassion: Stop Beating
Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind by Kristin Neff


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