Book review: Dan Harris, 10% Happier

Ten years ago, it might have been news to report that meditation had arrived in the American mainstream. The signs have been everywhere for some time now: meditation retreats, classes and workshops in Yoga studios, hospitals, universities and office buildings; articles celebrating meditation in popular magazines, from AARP and TIME to Cosmopolitan and Men’s …

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Nobody’s perfect: the wisdom of an 80-20 split

When I studied positive psychology through the Whole Being Institute, Tal ben-Shahar, the lead instructor, emphasized the importance of giving ourselves “permission to be human.” In his book Being Happy: You Don’t Have to Be Perfect to Lead a Richer, Happier Life, he notes a fundamental distinction between the perfectionist and the …

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Positive psychology and the science of happiness

If you’re reading this, you probably know something about the positive psychology (PP) movement that has pushed so many concepts and practices into mainstream conversation in recent years. For a primer or refresher, you might enjoy Barbara Graham’s recent article in the online edition of Mindful magazine on the tricky concept of happiness as an end or goal …

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