West vs East: Which philosophy is right about relationships?

Chapter 6 of the Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt, is all about relationships. Do we need relationships? Are they useful? Do they bring us joy? For the most part, we’d all agree to answer “yes,” right? It almost seems outlandish to question the value of relationships here in the Western hemisphere where we’ve mastered rom-coms, marriage counseling and, a weird, possessive attachment to our pets. … Continue reading West vs East: Which philosophy is right about relationships?

Stay Silly- Stay Sane: Life isn’t just about material gains.

I thought it was just me until I saw this post on Instagram. Lately, I’ve been feeling like it’s “all about the money” and I know that in this #debtfreejourney it is, in a sense, yet, I wholeheartedly believe it shouldn’t be. Just because you want to build wealth, save for a major purchase, or eliminate debt, doesn’t mean you lose sight of everything else … Continue reading Stay Silly- Stay Sane: Life isn’t just about material gains.

Growing Wealth, Risking Health-Why money can’t buy happiness.

I’ve recently started a #debtfree journey, where I’ve mapped out how I will pay off my debt (aka student loans) and become financially free. Related to this, Chapter 5 of the Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt, is appropriately titled, The Pursuit of Happiness, wherein, he discusses our often misguided pursuits of wealth, fame, recognition, etc. People who report the greatest interest in obtaining money, fame, … Continue reading Growing Wealth, Risking Health-Why money can’t buy happiness.

Becoming More Productive: The Basics

The Christmas festivities have past, and now we look forward to the new year. New year, new beginnings, right? Let’s start off the year early with a bit of prep on productivity. When I was studying psychology in undergrad, one of the first things I learned was to define the terms. In research, and in life it turns out, it is so important to define … Continue reading Becoming More Productive: The Basics

Happiness Hypothesis Review Chpt 1-4

Where we left off…  I want to explore how we obtain happiness in our everyday lives. How do we cut down on stress and worry, and start living our lives to the fullest. To tackle this seemingly impossible task, I’ve decided to write a series of posts to review and summarize Dr. Haidt’s book and other works out there on happiness. Now… I’d say I’m … Continue reading Happiness Hypothesis Review Chpt 1-4

Happiness Series: Where to start?

A quest for answers… I recently started reading Jonathan Haidt’s book, the Happiness Hypothesis, and while only on chapter 3, I find that it has opened my eyes to really interesting findings on the human brain, psychology, and morality. This makes sense since Dr. Haidt is a moral and ethics professor at NYU. But the book, according to its title, isn’t about morals and ethics, … Continue reading Happiness Series: Where to start?

Visualize Your Goals into Reality

How often do you hear the little voice in your head telling you you can’t do something? I would have loved to be a ballerina, but it’s too late. I want to own my own business but I can’t afford to quit my job. I can’t, I can’t, I can’t, I can’t….. Then we rationalize in the next part of the thought, “I can’t because….” … Continue reading Visualize Your Goals into Reality

Day 29: The Art of Mindfulness

Healthy Habits 101 30 Day Writing Challenge There seems to be widespread misconceptions and misinformation about mindfulness. The term itself is a Western concept inspired by the ancient Eastern practices of Buddhism, but taking on a slightly new meaning. According to Virginia Hoffernan’s witty, if not cynical, piece in the New York Times Magazine, it came to be as a rough translation of the Buddhist … Continue reading Day 29: The Art of Mindfulness