Everyday Mysticism: The Science of Happiness – Week Eight

Everyday Mysticism: The Science of Happiness – Week Six Welcome to our limited series on The Science of Happiness. Introduction: here | Week One: here  | Week Two: here | Week Three: here | Week Four: here | Week Five: here | Week Six: here | Week Seven: here This week’s lesson focuses on Gratitude.  Most of us have memories of childhood, being … Continue reading Everyday Mysticism: The Science of Happiness – Week Eight

Everyday Mysticism: The Science of Happiness – Week Seven

Everyday Mysticism: The Science of Happiness – Week Six Welcome to our limited series on The Science of Happiness. Introduction: here | Week One: here  | Week Two: here | Week Three: here | Week Four: here | Week Five: here | Week Six: here This week’s lesson focuses on Self-Compassion. The idea of self-compassion can be difficult for those of us … Continue reading Everyday Mysticism: The Science of Happiness – Week Seven

Everyday Mysticism: The Science of Happiness – Week Six

Welcome to our limited series on The Science of Happiness. Introduction: here | Week One: here  | Week Two: here | Week Three: here | Week Four: here | Week Five: here When last we left our fearless course, we were just finishing up the midterm exams. (I got an 88; would have aced it if I’d actually studied.) The second … Continue reading Everyday Mysticism: The Science of Happiness – Week Six

Everyday Mysticism: The Science of Happiness – Week Five (Recap)

Welcome to our limited series on The Science of Happiness. Introduction: here | Week One: here  | Week Two: here | Week Three: here | Week Four: here Welcome to Week Five of The Science of Happiness, also known as the Midterm Review. If you’re taking the course online, this is where you review the first four weeks and take … Continue reading Everyday Mysticism: The Science of Happiness – Week Five (Recap)

Everyday Mysticism: The Science of Happiness – Week Four

Welcome to our limited series on The Science of Happiness. Introduction: here | Week One: here  | Week Two: here | Week Three: here Last week, we looked at how our compassion affected our happiness. This week, the course covers trust, cooperation, conflict, and how apologies and forgiveness affect our happiness. The Case for Cooperation When many of us … Continue reading Everyday Mysticism: The Science of Happiness – Week Four

Everyday Mysticism: The Science of Happiness – Week Three

Welcome to our limited series on The Science of Happiness. Introduction: here | Week One: here  | Week Two: here Last week, we looked at how our interpersonal relationships affected our happiness. This week, the course covers compassion, kindness, and other “pro-social” behaviors that contribute to our happiness. While spiritual leaders have been telling us for centuries that … Continue reading Everyday Mysticism: The Science of Happiness – Week Three

Everyday Mysticism: The Science of Happiness – Week Two

Welcome to our limited series on The Science of Happiness. To read the introduction, please go here. Week One can be found here. Week Two of the Science of Happiness is all about relationships. Whether it's friendships, familial relationships, or affairs of the hearts, human beings are hypersocial beings that tend to be much happier … Continue reading Everyday Mysticism: The Science of Happiness – Week Two

Everyday Mysticism: The Science of Happiness – Week One

Welcome to our limited series on The Science of Happiness. To read the introduction, please go here. Week One of The Science of Happiness covers a lot of ground, from defining happiness to happiness myths and even to whether or not we even deserve happiness. It also offers an exercise (Three Good Things) to help … Continue reading Everyday Mysticism: The Science of Happiness – Week One

Everyday Mysticism: The Science of Happiness – Introduction

For the next few weeks, I'd like to do something a little different with the column. Perhaps the main reason people turn to spirituality is because they are looking for more happiness in their lives. In the spirit of "the Lord helps those who help themselves," I've decided to take my happiness in my own … Continue reading Everyday Mysticism: The Science of Happiness – Introduction

Everyday Mysticism: If Baskin-Robbins Can Have 31 Flavors…

  Blogging about spirituality each week, it can be difficult to navigate the treacherous waters of religion. Most people agree there is a difference between religion and spirituality, although the two are not mutually exclusive. And like many people, my days of participation in organized religion are far, far behind me. When folks talk about … Continue reading Everyday Mysticism: If Baskin-Robbins Can Have 31 Flavors…