Laura G Owens on April 1st, 2015

Live Happy magazine reports that Costa Rica ranks as one of the happiest places on earth across a number of happiness index scales (Ranked number 1 out of 151 countries by the Happy Planet Index, HPI). When I went a few years ago, among the many places I’ve traveled, Costa Rica in particular, left a […]

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Laura G Owens on March 31st, 2015

The happiness movement is in full gear with piles of positive psychology research and even a happy magazine (“Like” Live Happy magazine on Facebook for daily tips to amp up your smile). Most of us already sense how we can get happy but now research backs what our gut’s been telling us. Live Happy tips: […]

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Laura G Owens on March 25th, 2015

As it turns out, we humans adapt pretty well to feeling awful or to living the less dire but equally joyless neutral and numb existence. Kids, relationships, jobs, falling finances and health vie for every inch of our energy. For some, crippling pain or depression or anxiety or loneliness overshadows sensations of joy, stifling an […]

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Laura G Owens on January 28th, 2015

All of us it seems, have two voices in our head. Sometimes all we hear is the critical nudge who insists we’re never enough, that we find a new job or new relationship or lose weight or parent better or volunteer more, that we make more homemade or wipe away more piles of dust. It […]

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Laura G Owens on March 4th, 2014

“There should be a common body of facts that everybody can agree on and yet have a difference of opinion……It’s important to make a distinction between beliefs that people hold and the facts.” ~ Dana Milbank National Political Columnist, Washington Post. We don’t like to admit we’re wrong, our ego flinches automatically.  Admitting we’re wrong after […]

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Image credit: Men, women and how we view attractiveness. (Where I agree with Dennis Prager and where I don’t). Driving home the other day I heard the Dennis Prager Show. As a conservative Republican he’s not my usual radio show pick (although I try to at least sample all political points of view). But I […]

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Laura G Owens on March 14th, 2013

Image courtesy of: Stuart Miles When economic bad news piles on as it has since 2007, end of times feels certain. The truth is however, economies cycle. What falls off the cliff creeps back and in the process, we gain insights and wisdom.  So stay hopeful.  Happy days will be here again. Doom and gloom popular […]

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Laura G Owens on December 17th, 2012

Perception is reality but the probability of a mass killing, while seemingly high, is actually quite low. The probability we’re missing critical signs among our mentally ill? Much higher. In this NPR interview, Jack Levin, co-director of the Brudnick Center on Violence at Northeastern University in Boston helps listeners understand the profile of mass murderers. First, do we need […]

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Photo: Free digital Labors of love, once our exclusive personal domain, are now available for hire. But when we outsource our inner lives do we lose more than we gain? Paying for personal services used to be a privilege afforded only the wealthy. Now professionals are accessible to the middle and upper middle class chasing […]

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Laura G Owens on January 23rd, 2012

Decision fatigue, a phenomenon increasingly intriguing psychologists today given the growing culture of endless distractions and over-stimulation, is a term coined by social psychologist Roy F. Baumeister. Vaguely introduced by Freud, he believed people constantly struggle to manage their inner desires against the external pressures of the ego, which in turn requires mental energy.   Willpower […]

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