What can you do today to make yourself 15.3% more happy? Share +

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(2015 Parenting Conference Blog Series Part 3)

A study by the British Medical Journal, in conjunction with scientists from Harvard University and UC San Diego, shows that happiness spreads readily through social networks of family members, friends, and neighbors. It concludes that knowing someone who is happy makes you 15.3% more likely to be happy yourself. A happy friend of a friend increases your odds of happiness by 9.8%, and you don't even have to know that friend yourself! It spirals out from there... a friend of a friend of a friend who is happy is going to magically sprinkle a little more happiness into your life, and on it goes to wider and wider circles. It’s not just a psychological or emotional experience. That happiness is actually coursing through your veins, flowing through your organs, and even finding its way into your bones. The late Dr. Candace Pert was a pioneer of this discovery. As a neuroscientist and pharmacologist, she identified what she called the "molecules of emotion," and documented how our thoughts create an inner chemistry that either agitates and imbalances us, or helps us to heal and enter states of inner peace, calmness, and happiness. 

The bottom line is that you are what you eat on the physical level, and you are what you think, what you allow into your consciousness, and who you associate with on an emotional level. Even more importantly, when we are mired in our own unhappiness we do harm to others—including people we don’t even know. When we are more positive, compassionate, forgiving, and joyous, we not only help ourselves, we help make the world a better place. 

(Article contributed by Bhava Rham) 

Join Bhava Rham, the author of the memoir Warrior Pose: How Yoga Literally Saved My life, and founder of Deep Yoga School of Healing Arts, based in San Diego, at the 2015 Parenting Conferencing “Raising Children in an Age of Overwhelm,” on Saturday, January 24th. He and many others will be presenting on how you and your family can reduce overwhelm and use specific tools to create more lasting connections in your family. 

REGISTER TODAY for this exciting upcoming event right here in Coronado! 

tips to boost your happiness that you can practice daily to sustain a healing inner chemistry . . . 

1. PRACTICE GRATITUDE. It's easy to get caught up in, and even addicted to, personal concerns, dramas, and defeats. Instead, focus on all the blessings of being you. Half the world lives on less than two dollars a day. Most of us have cozy beds to sleep in, showers and baths, food in the fridge, cars to drive, and more stuff than we need. We live in an amazing state of freedom and our life choices abound. There are people who love you and need you. What a blessing. Remind yourself every day that your glass of life isn't just half full, it's flowing over.

2. TUNE OUT NEGATIVE NOISE. While you can't avoid all the negative people and situations in your life, you can surely remove yourself from a lot of it. Turn off the TV, avoid hate radio like the plague, move gently away from constantly negative friends and acquaintances, and seek out more peaceful environments in your leisure time. 

3. LOOK FOR MIRACLES.  You will find miracles in all the little daily, often mundane aspects of your life. The wind singing through the trees, the song of a bird, a blossoming flower, the smile of a child. Just pay attention, be fully in the moment, and the miracles will find you... like a sip of water, the rhythm of your heartbeat, or the next breath you are going to take right now. What amazing gifts of life!

4. FORMULATE A MANTRA. Think of a simple phrase that affirms your journey towards greater happiness, like life is a blessing, I see the best in everyone, or I am filled with joy. Find what resonates with you and sing it to yourself silently all the time. Remember that the happier you are, the more you lift up everyone around you... and everyone around them! 

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The 2015 Speaker Line Up with include: 

Lucinda Ribant – Motivational Speaker, Therapist, and Parent Educator

Creating Home as the Safe Haven in Today’s Hectic World

Family therapist and lead SAFE parent Educator helps parents redefine their family’s mission, values and purpose to provide kids with much needed stability in today’s hectic world.

Lorraine M. Hobbs – Director of Youth and Family Programs, U.C. San Diego Center for Mindfulness

Time In is the New Time Out: Receptive versus Reactive Parenting

Raising children is often perceived as a challenging and stressful period of life for parents.  Hobbs helps parents adopt mindful practices to reduce stress and reactivity, enhance emotional regulation, and support healthier communication between parents and teens.

Brad Willis – Former NBC network news war correspondent and author of Warrior Pose

Media and Parenting Today’s Child

Willis explores the effect of mass Media on our Children’s Precious Minds and why parents and the classroom can’t compete with the bedazzlement of Facebook, videogames, text messaging and prime-time television dramas.

Jeff Everage – Prior Navy SEAL and Producer of The Joy of Parenting Online Course

Ancient Models for Modern Parenting

Jeff Everage reveals the power behind ancient wisdom drawn from the Bushman in Africa to re-discover ways modern families can live, play and parent.

Sara Vance – Nutritionist, author and founder of Rebalance Life

Are Processed Foods Overwhelming Our Kids' Bodies?

Nutritionist Sara Vance reveals the inconvenient truth of what is lurking in convenience foods, and how they could be impacting our kids’ health.  In this eye-opening, must see presentation, Sara reveals how toxic amounts of sugar and other chemicals can affect our children's physical, emotional, and mental health. This might just change the way you shop for your family.

Dr. Adria O'Donnell - Psy.D, Clinical and Consulting Psychology

Parenting Through a New Lens

Dr. Adria O'Donnell, clinical and consulting psychologist will animate how stress and anxiety is impacting your parenting and creating communication obstacles with your child or teen. She will reframe bad behaviors - yours and their's -  as anxiety based & cause you to rethink how you parent.