Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A Free Well-Being Website For Every Busy Person

Who doesn't love something great for free?  Well, at the Greater Good Science Center, they recently announced a website that anyone can access at any time and discover a dozen easy ways to become happier and more compassionate--for free!  No sign-ups.  No passwords!

"We scoured the research to identify the best exercises for developing these positive skills and collected them on a free, easy-to-use platform. From the Raisin Meditation to Goal Visualization and beyond, each of the exercises -- or "practices" -- on the site is broken down into step-by-step instructions, with references to studies suggesting why and how the practice works," the center announced in an email.

An example is "Three Good Things."   It reads:

In our day-to-day lives, it's easy to get caught up in the things that go wrong and feel like we're living under our own private rain cloud; at the same time, we tend to adapt to the good things and people in our lives, taking them for granted. As a result, we often overlook everyday beauty and goodness--a kind gesture from a stranger, say, or the warmth of our heater on a chilly morning. In the process, we frequently miss opportunities for happiness and connection.

This practice guards against those tendencies. By remembering and listing three positive things that have happened in your day--and considering what caused them--you tune into the sources of goodness in your life. It's a habit that can change the emotional tone of your life, replacing feelings of disappointment or entitlement with those of gratitude--which may be why this practice is associated with significant increases in happiness.

Visit  Greater Good in Action (GGIA) for the free series.

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