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10 Post-Divorce Principles From A Non-Random Sample
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10 Post-Divorce Principles From A Non-Random Sample

I've been interviewing people about their post-divorce experiences for a project I'm working on. These are some of the principles I've learned through these interviews. In my mind they combine two excellent overarching themes that emerge post-divorce: "How I want to live now," and "How I can avoid future mistakes." Most of the principles apply to both.

Should You Have More Sex?
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Should You Have More Sex?

Sex sex sex sex sex.  It seems one can hardly go a day without being bombarded by notions of how much and what kind of sex we should have.  Dr. Oz tells us that in a healthy relationship partners have sex three times a week, and it seems like Cosmo will never run out of new sex positions to offer us (I mean, seriously--how many can there be?).  Then throw in 50 Shades of Grey, The Bachelor Born-Again Virgin, and it eventually becomes a FACT: sex is the only and most important barometer of a relationship.

6 Ways To Weed Out The Weirdos In Online Dating
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6 Ways To Weed Out The Weirdos In Online Dating

  It's safe to say that, for the most part, everyone has the same general fear when it comes to online dating. The biggest concern is usually if the person on the other side of the Internet will match their profile. Thankfully in this day and age, technology has made it a little bit easier for you to help ensure you are meeting is actually the person in the picture.

Attract a Quality Person By Being a Quality Single
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Attract a Quality Person By Being a Quality Single

Stereotypes of singles and those using online dating services are abound, but the reality is that many quality people are looking for love in cyberspace. How do you find one of these people? By becoming one yourself, of course! Relationship scholars know that shared characteristics are key to attraction, so if you want to find a well-adjusted, healthy, optimistic partner, you’ll want to develop those characteristics in yourself. Your grandmother was right: Misery attracts misery and happy attracts happy.

Love Your Body: Exercise Can Be A Happiness Ritual
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Love Your Body: Exercise Can Be A Happiness Ritual

How are you keeping up with your resolution of regular exercise? If it is not going well, you are not alone! On this Valentine's day renew your vows with your body. The other day at the end of my class, people got quite hyped up to make time to do something for themselves.  Some of them made a commitment to start going to the gym. Sounded like a great idea! But experience tells me that, by the  next class more than half will report that they didn’t have time or the motivation. So what would help to be more successful?

Are You On A Pursuit Of Happiness?
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Are You On A Pursuit Of Happiness?

To what lengths would you go to be happy? Would you be willing to create a diary, track your progress and chart its growth? One person has. Artistically creative and equally brilliant graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister has invested a decade in purposefully increasing happiness in his life. This work is now a work of art known as The Happy Show. Combining self research of using mediation, therapy and mind altering drugs, Sagemeister has created a work of art that embodies his personal experiences during his pursuit of happiness. 

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Is it really worth the pain?
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Is Plastic Surgery Right For You?

What do you tell someone who is depressed or has a distorted sense of their body and believes getting plastic surgery will make him/her better? It is important for anyone considering plastic surgery to know what it can and cannot accomplish.

The Best Question I’ve Ever Asked My Children
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The Best Question I’ve Ever Asked My Children

Last week I asked my children, “How can I be a better mom to you?”  I got the idea from a friend who had asked her daughter the same question.  Her daughter, who is in high school, said “Can we read together at night?”  How great is that?  I was sure that my children would ask for things like more screen time, less rules, messy rooms, and more spending money.   Many moms that I talk to don’t think they are doing a good job as parents.  They are sure that they are ruining their children in some dramatic fashion and that othe

Are You Blocking Love?
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Are You Blocking Love?

When I first met my now husband Noah, who I affectionately refer to as “Walking Love” for his great ability to give love fully and freely, my love quotient – my capacity for receiving love -- was the size of a pea. Which meant that although I had finally manifested a man into my life that could offer the love that I had yearned for in other relationships, I was unable to let all the love in. At times, he and his love were so much to take in, that my stunted capacity to receive love would become completely overloaded.

Does Mom Have A Right To Pursue A New Love?
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Does Mom Have A Right To Pursue A New Love?

Question:  My question is a little unique. I am considering remarriage to a wonderful man, however; I have a daughter who is legally blind, and she has a beautiful 3- year-old daughter. If I remarry, I would be moving out of state. My daughter is not anywhere near being self sufficient and I am not going to just abandon her. My fiancé has said that he would wait as long as it takes for me to help my daughter become independent. Neither my fiancé nor I have plans to break up if this process does not move as fast as we had hoped.

Daring Act of Love: Get Grateful for Yourself
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Daring Act of Love: Get Grateful for Yourself

Gratitude and appreciation is something that we know is good to give to others – but somehow we forget to give it to ourselves. The closest we get is usually giving thanks for our blessings and the people in our lives, and that is an essential part of creating and living a happy, love filled life.

Does Your Definition Of Happy Make You Unhappy?
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Does Your Definition Of Happy Make You Unhappy?

We all have our own definition of happy. Have you ever considered that yours is making you unhappy? When we picture certain events happening in our lives before we can be happy (promotion, marriage, new home), we look for those specific situations and set ourselves up to miss out on many experiences that may have lead us to happiness in a different way.