Do YOU want a Happier Life???

Do YOU want a Happier Life???
Because You will need Lots
and Lots of Loyal, Reliable and
Trustworthy Friends!!!
So get out there and start making
some NOW!!!
Go and have a look at
The Happy People Merseyside
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Congratulations! You’ve Found The Home Of The Happy People!

Congratulations! You’ve Found The Home Of The Happy People!

Do you want more happiness, love and success in your life, right now? Of course you do! You do, I do, everybody does! But how do you do it? Well you could join The Happy People. That’s us and it’s free! That’s right it’s free!
You will find out how to bring more love, peace and happiness to your life.
I mean how much of them do you want?
How much could you handle?
Believe me, you’re going to have loads and loads and LOADS of fun finding out.
How soon do you want to start?
How soon do you want to get rid of those depressing, lonely, unsuccessful feelings and start enjoying a more positive lifestyle?
Start now, reading the 300 articles that will help you on your new journey. There are some related articles at the end of this article. There are more articles further down. Make sure that you click on the Follow button over on the right. You will get an email when there is a new article for The Happy People. Or you can bookmark this page.
Please  also visit our Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/Total.Mindful.Meditation/?fref=ts                                                                      

In this group you can read and share any happy, loving, peaceful jokes, photos, articles or stories with your new friends The Happy People.
If you live on Merseyside, please let me know because we will be starting meet-ups, talks and workshops soon.

Later, Tommy.

Powerful News For THE HAPPY PEOPLE!!!! Proof Of Benefits From Doing Meditation!!!!

GOOD NEWS for the members of THE HAPPY PEOPLE who use Meditation as one of their paths to a HAPPY Lifestyle!!!!!

The regular practice of the right type of Meditation appears to be beneficial to the immune system, according to new research by scientists in Spain.

People who practise Meditation were found to have higher levels of leucocytes and lymphocytes in their blood than people who don’t meditate, in the recent study. Leucocytes and lymphocytes are white blood cells which play an important role in the body’s immune system by fighting infection.

Researchers at the Hospital in Badajoz, Spain, set out to evaluate the immune systems of people who Meditate.

The scientists studied who had practised Meditation..

The white blood cells of the Meditaters were compared to those of a control group of healthy adults aged 22 to 35 who had not previously done any meditation.

None of the individuals involved in the study were undergoing medical treatment or were obese or played regular sports. All participants followed a Mediterranean diet.

After analysing blood samples taken from both groups, the study found that those who practised Meditation had higher levels of lymphocytes and leucocytes than those who did not. They also had higher levels of Natural Killer cells – cells which combat viral infections and tumour formation.

The researchers concluded: “The technique of meditation studied seems to have a significant effect on immune cells. This effect shows itself in the different circulating levels of lymphocytes analysed.”

The researchers are not certain why Meditation works in this way, but suggest it might be due to the reduction of overall stress levels that the right type of Meditation causes

The researchers said:  “A number of researchers have shown that the right type of meditation can improve immune functions. Our results agree with previous studies that have been done.”

These previous studies on the effects of Meditation on the body showed that it was “an easy form of physical and mental relaxation.” They pointed out that the studies have shown that all people practising Meditation show increases in the good hormonal concentrations, low levels of anxiety and depression, and improved levels of health.

Happiness That Comes From Others!

Much new research is being done on exploring how Happiness is a combination of pleasure and purpose. Here are some of the results.

Some people will be more inclined towards finding happiness through pleasure seeking activities, other people towards purpose seeking or charitable work. A truly happy life has some balance of both pleasurable and purposeful activities. Volunteering, for example, is both pleasurable and purposeful, but particularly purposeful.  It’s a feeling of happiness caused by helping others.

The Scientists know that we exist to make ourselves happy – we can’t help it.

Everything that you do is motivated by the  good feelings that you hope will come from it, Those feelings can be made up of actions that directly bring YOU pleasure and those feelings can come from doing things that you feel will help OTHER PEOPLE! It would be foolish of you to seek out something that you knew for sure was going to make you miserable. The research being done shows that people, who spend time helping other people, feel a lot of pleasure from doing so.

Most of you know the meaning of the pleasure that comes from doing things for yourself but perhaps you should add in more of the meaningful pleasure that comes through helping others.

So how can you do this? What can you do to achieve happiness through meaningful action?

Perhaps the chief activities that bring you meaningful type of happiness are ones that draw you out of your bubble of self-interest and lead you to helping others in some way,  This can range from ordinary, day-to-day activities like helping to take care of friends, family, and community, to much larger pursuits like devoting years or decades of your life to find ways to reduce human suffering.

P.S      AND another way that doing this type of activity will bring more benefit to you is The Law Of Karma. Doing good work and helping others will bring rewards back to you. That includes Happiness. lol

The Happiness Guru

Be Flexible!

Be FLEXIBLE!
It’s one personality tool that will help you to enjoy a really SUCCESSFUL life. Throughout your life there will be situations you won’t be able to control and people who will rub you up the wrong way!
The ability to change your behaviour and attitude to EVERY situation and person that is bothering you will let become a winner more often.
Be FLEXIBLE!
It’s one personality tool that will help you to enjoy a really STRESS FREE life.
Now you are living The Happy People lifestyle. A SUCCESSFUL and STRESS FREE cruise on a sea of GOOD FEELING. LOL
Be FLEXIBLE, you’ll enjoy it so much.
The Happiness Guru

Happier, Smarter And Fitter? Here’s How!

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smiley happy people (Photo credit: madhavaji)

Who Wants To Be Happier, Smarter And Fitter!
The Happy People already know about this stuff but it is nice to know that the experts are proving it to be true. Here is a great article about it. There is a link to it at the bottom of this post. Make sure that you read it. If you are not already one of the Happy People, it could get you started on a new life. It could make you HAPPIER, SMARTER and FITTER. And you’d like that, wouldn’t you? Of course you would! That’s the great thing about doing this stuff. It’s so much fun once you get started.
I don’t think anybody really needs any help about how to get started doing light exercise. (If you are not already exercising, you should start off on a light routine) But perhaps you may like to know how to become one of The Happy People?
Would You Like To Be One?
Here are three great arguments for being one.
1) It’s EASY
2) It’s FREE and
3) You will become HAPPIER person!
Three great reasons, aren’t they? I can’t think of better ones, can you? LOL!
Here’s How To Be One
Just decide to be one! LOL! That’s how easy it is. You are now one of us but now you must behave in certain ways. You must start thinking, talking and doing things in a new ways. Happiness is often a choice and you must learn how make that choice. You will learn how by studying this blog and  by exploring the material that is published there or recommended (such as this article)
Here are sections from the article plus my comments in italics:

 Happier, Smarter And Fitter

You already know that exercise will help improve your fitness level, can reduce your risk for chronic disease, and can help slim your waistline. But did you also know that getting the recommended amount of daily physical activity may also make you smarter and happier?

ME:  The Happy People know that.

Three studies add to the multitude of research that proves you really should make time in your busy schedule for at least 30 minutes each and every day.

ME:  30 minutes is a longish stretch. Make sure you keep it light, as I said above. Three 10 minutes sessions a day is a good way to start. I won’t go on about it because there are beginners’ exercise programmes everywhere. I only mention it because so many beginners overdo it.START OFF LIGHT! 

William Killgore PhD and Zachary Schwab BS, of the McLean Hospital at Harvard University, asked 25 healthy adult men and 28 women from the Boston area to report on their weekly exercise habits and then take a test known as the Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence. At least for the women surveyed, those who exercised more frequently each week had higher intelligence scores.
“Overall, these findings suggest that physical exercise is significantly related to relatively stable intellectual capacities among healthy adults,” the authors wrote in the journal Perceptual and Motor Skills.

While in this small study, the relationship between physical exercise and measured intelligence was most evident for women, there is no reason to believe that men would achieve similar mental benefits from putting in a workout each day.

ME:  Other  bigger reports show that men do achieve similar mental benefits from a workout each day. 

Another recently released study found that people who exercise may be better protected from age-related changes in the brain, particularly for elderly adults. Participants in a study published by the University of Edinburgh found that people over 70 who exercised regularly showed less brain shrinkage over a three-year period than those who did little exercise. Brain shrinkage is linked to problems with memory and thinking.The researchers found that in the brain’s white matter – the wiring that transmits messages through the brain – was less damaged in those who exercise. Additionally, grey matter, the part of the brain with nerve cell bodies, was also greater in volume.

ME: More good news. There are lots of my blog posts covering this.

Dr Alan Gow of the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology who led the research, said, “Our results suggest that to maintain brain health, physical activity may be more beneficial than choosing more sedentary activities. Increasing physical activity – even a short walk each day – can only be encouraged.”
Professor James Goodwin, Head of Research at Age UK added, “This research re-emphasizes that it really is never too late to benefit from exercise, so whether it’s a brisk walk to the shops, gardning or competing in a fun run it is crucial that, those of us who can, get active as we grow older.”

ME:  Again, I repeat, it is very important for beginners to start off light!

Not only will that boost in activity help your brain stay young and active, it can also lift your mood after a hard day. Researchers with Penn State found that exercise really does make people happier.

Jaclyn Maher, a graduate student in kinesiology, studied men and women between the ages of 18 and 25 – a period in life when people appear to be most dissatisfied. “”Emerging adults are going through a lot of changes; they are leaving home for the first time and attending college or starting jobs. As a result, their satisfaction with life can plummet,” explains Maher.

The participants were divided into two groups who made diary entries either every eight days or every 14 days. The volunteers were assessed for their personality and took questionnaires asking about happiness levels and life satisfaction. They also reported on physical activity levels during the study period.

“We found that people’s satisfaction with life was directly impacted by their daily physical activity,” said Maher. “The findings reinforce the idea that physical activity is a health behavior with important consequences for daily well-being and should be considered when developing national policies to enhance satisfaction with life.”

ME:  So the people who were tested were in a highly stressed out stage of their life and it worked for them. People who are not under so much stress as these students would be  would get even better results. Please note that by ‘enhance satisfaction with life’ they mean felt happier! LOL1

“Based on these findings, we recommend that people exercise a little longer or a little harder than usual as a way to boost satisfaction with life,” said David Conroy, professor of kinesiology.

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English: Photo patient in carrying out tests with physical exercise on bicycle Русский: фото пациента при выполнении пробы с физической нагрузкой на велоэргометре (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The CDC recommends 150 minutes each week, which sounds like a lot of time, but it doesn’t have to be accomplished all at once. Try doing a moderate intensity or vigorous workout for just 10 minutes at a time a couple of times a day. The benefits will add up, both physically and mentally

ME:  And, of course, join The Happy People. A great way of getting Happiness is to share it with other people. Get this bonus right now! Share this post with all your friends. Make them into Happy People.LOL!
People of ALL ages benefit from this programme. See  Schools with fitter children perform better (abc.net.au) and   Exercise May Protect Aging Brains (medicalnewstoday.com) 

Tommy

Here is the link to the article:   http://tinyurl.com/8jl83d5

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How To Get Happiness In 5 Easy Steps!

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Are you as happy as this Happy Baby! I can’t help but smile every time I look at this picture. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Happiness!!!

Happiness!!! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

The Way T0 Happiness!
You are reading this because you want to know how to get Happiness in your life. This blog will show you how to do it in ways that are easy to understand, easy to use and easy to stick with. I guarantee that if you follow the simple ideas and lessons on this blog site you will lift your lifestyle to levels of positivity that you presently think are impossible.
I like to think that a simple way to do it is to plan lots of big enjoyable events into your life and, at the same time to plan an everyday steady flow of  medium and small pleasures to indulge yourself with.
This can be a problem. Lots of people, so they tell me, that you can get bogged down with unimportant but downbeat things that just seem to catch you up, and wear you down.
A simple way to increase the Happiness in your life is to cut down on these small irritating things. A lot of the things that make you feel good in everyday life are very ordinary. A sunny day, meeting a friend who is upbeat, finding money in the pocket of something you haven’t worn for a while, a quiet cup of coffee, a good book are small, small things that make you feel good. You can start putting more of these into your life easily, but what do you do about the things that stop your flow? How do you put an end to all those small, stressful, everyday depressing problems? Here is a sound way to do it!
5 Easy Steps To Happiness!
1) Chunk Your Happiness Target Down!
First let me ask you:-
How do you eat an elephant?
One bite at a time!
When you have a big job to do, you break it down into smaller, easy to handle chunks. So you first of all make a list of all the items that stop you being Happy. Things that you will take out of your life. Things that are causing you Unhappiness. Stop worrying, stop mixing with depressing people, stop substance abuse and stop leading such a depressing lifestyle, etc, etc. The list can be as long as you like. Put everything on it. Break some of them into smaller chunks.Make a list of all the depressing people that you want to avoid by name.Make a list of each and every one of the things that you think are causing your depressing lifestyle.Go over the list, make it bigger. And again. This is a journey of self discovery. It could be a turning point in your life. Keep adding to it
2) Keep A Happiness Notebook!
This is a very important part of your plan. It will enable you to know what you are moving away from, what you should be doing right now and where you want to go.It will be a record of how you went from being a deadbeat to a high liver. A lot of very successful people that I have read about and met had this in common. They put a lot of time into keeping a notebook, diary or log. Start today, work on a piece of paper,  buy a notebook tomorrow and start using it. I repeat, start today, work on a piece of paper, buy a notebook tomorrow and start using it. That notebook is like a car, sometimes a bit of a nuisance but that notebook, just like a car, will help you to get to where you want to go, quickly and easily. DO IT!
Happiness Details!
What do you put in your Happiness Notebook?
First you have the list(s) mentioned in 1) above. Then you make a shorter list of all of the items on it that would make important differences in your life. Study them.
4) Nice And Easy Does It!
After studying the list carefully, pick which one of the important ones would be the EASIEST to stick with. Study this list and pick which one of these is the easiest of them to do. This is the one and only one that you will be working on at present. Don’t try to be clever! Chunk this down even more by writing down when, where and how often you will be doing or stopping doing this. Perhaps you can chunk this part down some more i.e just doing it at certain times, in certain places and certain number of times.
Please take note, this is very important, the whole point is to make this part EASY. You must start off at a level that is easy.
If you want to start running marathons, you do not go in for a marathon tomorrow.
You start by running around the block first. Then, as you get stronger…….
Getting a happier lifestyle is a complicated procedure. It shouldn’t be, but sometimes at the beginning, it can be. You must start it off simple and easy. When you have some experience, when you have had some success, then you can go for the big ones! LOL.
Don’t worry, you will have a lot of fun when you get started. Just imagine how much you will have when you are up and running for a while.
Start working on this area NOW! As I said above, start today, work on a piece of paper, buy a notebook tomorrow and start using it.
5) The Next Happiness Target!
Keep working on this area until you think that you have mastered it. Then, and only then, pick the next one of the items on your list that would make important differences in your Happiness. Again look for the easiest to do. Start working with this one.

 Getting Started With Happiness Is Only5 Easy Steps Away! Remember Nice And Easy Does It!
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Love, Peace and Happiness,  Tommy

Get Happiness? Stop Daydreaming! Part 3

More Happiness Facts!

Shortly after finishing  writing Get Happiness? Stop Daydreaming! Part 2 (and Part 1), I came across this excellent article (Find links to these in Related Articles section below). This article gives a more realistic view of how long it takes to get really amazing results using Meditation to add to your enjoyment of life, your  Happiness and your health, both mental and physical.
Here are some interesting excerpts in italics and my comments.

Yi-Yuan Tang said that meditation helps the brain stay organized.

Yi-Yuan Tang said that meditation helps the brain stay organized.

What does it take to become a better thinker? Do you need to meditate for hours and engage in gruelling cognitive training? Or could the path to a healthy mind be as simple as walking 40 minutes a day? At a symposium on training, performance, and neuroplasticity at the 24th APS Annual Convention in Chicago, three researchers presented their own methods for improving cognition and for tightening the neural circuits that underlie an efficient mind.

APS Fellow and symposium chair Yi-Yuan Tang, from Texas Tech University, began by discussing his work on integrative body-mind training (IBMT), a meditation technique that he and his colleagues have adapted from traditional Chinese medicine. IBMT combines physical and mental relaxation techniques, “because you really need to train the body to train the mind,” Tang explained. Using detailed fMRI analysis, Tang has been able to pinpoint the neural changes that underlie meditation-induced improvements in mood and cognitive performance.

Me: The Body-Mind connection is at the core of the Taoist and Zen (both words mean Meditation) principles that I use and teach. Tang has used brain scanning to prove this to be true and to show that meditation increases Happiness.

Many studies on the effects of meditation examine lifelong meditators who have thousands of hours of practice under their belts, but Tang found positive effects in students who performed IBMT for less than a week.

Me:- This is what I was seeing on my classes 40 years ago. I wrote this in Get Happiness? Stop Daydreaming! Part 2.

After 20 minutes of meditation a day for five days, the students demonstrated improvements in their conflict-resolution abilities and creative problem solving skills, as well as decreased blood levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

Me:- Which means a reduction in stress.

Tang found that patients who had been practicing IBMT longer (two to four weeks) had increased blood flow to the anterior cingulate cortex and insular striatum, two brain regions associated with self-regulation. Additionally, these brain areas had increased white-to-gray matter ratios, suggesting that the detectable changes associated with meditation might be mediated by increased networking in these areas.

Me:- The researchers I mentioned in parts 1  and 2 were talking about people with thousands of hours of Meditation training/study. At a normal level of 30 minutes a day these researchers were talking about training for about twelve years while waiting for a good result.
The researchers proved lots of good results but were completely adrift in this area. The people whom this research is supposed to help are not looking to learn the Buddhist, Hindu or Sikh religion. They are mostly unhappy, depressed or dysfunctional and are looking for tools of change that work and do not carry lots of baggage. Baggage they do not need or want. This surplus baggage is why they are talking about thousands of hours of training. Not the 2 to 4 weeks of 30 minutes a day that Tang and I are talking about.
Thousands of hours! What an unbelievable waste of time if you are desperate for quick but real results.
Don’t get me wrong. Religion will give some people some help and happiness. But the right type of clean, pure meditation will completely change most people. If you are looking for Happiness that you can use to move your life forward and the strong, agile and flexible mind that will allow you to grow and use that Happiness then you must choose carefully. If you are looking for therapeutic tools of change choose a Meditation that is not a part of a religion.
Why not Join The Happy People? It’s FREE and you can use the nearly 300 blog posts that will help you make the changes that you want in your life. Even if you never join The Happy People, you can read the blog LOL. We are here to make friends not money.

Me:- There is a vast amount of information in the article, including:

……..changes in brain structure ……….Participants’ brains, in effect, were becoming more organized through meditation.

APS Fellow Randall W. Engle, from the Georgia Institute of Technology, focused on a different method for mental improvement. He developed a cognitive training strategy designed to enhance working memory capacity.

Me:- The more powerful your brain, the better you can use it for Meditation and building Happiness.

Using arduous memory tests (and generous financial compensation),……..Of course, training can have impressive returns, especially when participants are paid for performing better.
……APS Fellow Kramer’s research suggests a physical workout could improve memory. In adults aged 59 to 80, Kramer found that walking 40 minutes a day, three times a week, helped to reverse the effects of age on brain circuits involved in attention and decision making.

Art Kramer found that walking could help reverse the effects of aging.

Art Kramer found that walking could help reverse the effects of aging.
However, the deterioration of these networks might be reversible through exercise. Kramer asked two groups of self-identified “couch potatoes” to spend a year either walking or stretching three times a week and used fMRI to monitor the strength of brain networks at the beginning of the study, after six months, and after a year. The results were promising. The walking group improved their performance on cognitive tasks and increased the strength of certain brain networks, even to the point in which their brains resembled the brains of much younger people. Kramer also observed increases in hippocampus volume, measures of neural organization, and brain-derived neurotrophic factor in the walking group.

Me:- Great stuff!

The finding that exercise helps cognition is not new, but Kramer’s attention to the strengthening of networks suggests that the effects of exercise might be based in the same decision-making networks that allow us to play video games.

What can we learn from these disparate lines of research? Taken together, they suggest that cognitive training alone isn’t the secret to improving cognitive function. Instead, strengthening the connections between body and mind through meditation and walking may be the key to a better brain.

Me:- Why take chances? Do as I do! Do cognitive exercise ( Crosswords, Sudoku, etc. ), exercise and meditate. And of course, lots of Happiness training!

What Matters in Training?

“Everyone gets training,” says APS Fellow Eduardo Salas, a psychological scientist from the University of Central Florida. “But what matters? What works? What influences learning and skill acquisition?”

Me:- Or what training works and gives improved results? The answer is generative training. Training where the skills you get enable you to train even better. And that better training gives you even better results. You are involved in an upward spiral of more and more improvement (This is an advanced level of NLP). This plan is not infinite. You can’t keep it up for ever. Or can you?
Myself and The Happy People are determined to try! LOL!
Why don’t YOU join us? It’s FREE. You have nothing to lose except an UNHAPPY life style. Believe me, you will have A LOT OF FUN!
PLEASE share this article with everybody that you know. Help to make the world a HAPPIER place.
Love, Peace and Happiness,
Tommy

Here is the link to this great article in full. Make sure that you read all of it:

Boosting Brain Power Through a Mind-Body Connection – Association for Psychological Science.

Get Happiness? Stop Daydreaming! Part 2

Meditation

Meditation (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today at Sarvodaya's Early Morning meditation

Today at Sarvodaya’s Early Morning meditation (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Happiness, Mental Health And Meditation!
Hi! Here is the post I promised you. It’s a follow on to my last post. As in my previous post, “Get Happiness? Stop Daydreaming!” I’m talking about Meditation being used as a way of stopping the negative thought patterns that emerge when we allow our brains to ‘Day-dream‘. In other words how to increase your Happiness. Here is another article (Link at bottom of post) which links strongly into the previous along with my comments. Again I have put excerpts from the article in italics.

Meditation can shut off the part of the brain associated with daydreaming as well as autism, schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders, according to a Yale study released Monday.

Me:- Here are more reasons why you should meditate. It helps with lots of mental disorders.

Experienced meditators ……… can quiet the brain region known as the default mode network, which consists of the medial prefrontal and posterior cingulate cortex. This region of the brain is responsible for lapses in attention.

Me:- The lapses in attention, or daydreaming is when the mind quite often drifts into negative ways of thinking that, again, often makes them sad, troubled or depressed i.e it stops them being Happy.

The researchers, led by Judson Brewer, an assistant professor of psychiatry, analyzed the brain activity of 24 meditators — half with thousands of hours of practice and half who were novices — with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).
For the study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the participants took part in three meditation exercises and their brain activity was recorded for 4 1/2 minutes. In all three exercises, the experienced meditators were able to deactivate the default mode network. The novices, however, did not change the activity in this brain region.

Me:-This has not been my experience at all. I have taught thousands of people how to meditate. Some, and I admit only a tiny ‘some,’ have had a tremendous result after one or two classes. I’m talking about mental state,positive emotions and even direction in life. And these results were permanent. To suggest that people need thousands of hours to  achieve these great results is not what I know can happen.
This gives a bad impression and would stop people from trying this marvellous therapy. I feel is because all the new research that I read about is about using types of  meditation that is linked to a spiritual or religious agenda.

The researchers also conducted brain imaging of the subjects with their minds at rest. Even when they weren’t meditating, the study found that the brain activity of the experienced meditators was different.. ………

Me:- I agree. If people carry on meditating, they will carry on making improvements in these skills and results.

he said, their brains were constantly suppressing urges to daydream or indulge in thoughts focused on themselves. A preoccupation with one’s own thoughts….. is a trait of such disorders as autism and schizophrenia. Brewer said more research is needed to say whether this means that meditation could ward off these disorders or be used to treat them, but he added that the results are promising. The results also suggest that meditation could help treat depression. Brewer cited earlier studies. If meditation can train the mind to focus, Brewer said, it could increase a sense of well-being.

Me:- I agree thoroughly. I would also repeat that some people show good improvement in the first couple of classes, most are doing it after 10 session and the longer they carry on meditating the stronger they will become mentally. I am talking about 30 minutes a day.

A meditator himself, Brewer said he wasn’t surprised that his study revealed the positive effects of meditation. “You get these delayed benefits that are really remarkable,” he said. “You’re less stressed, and hopefully you’re less of a jerk.”Brewer said many of his patients who struggle with nicotine addiction have successfully used meditation to kick their habits.
Earlier studies have shown that the mind wanders a fair amount. Researchers at Harvard published a study earlier this year that found up to 47 percent of our waking hours are devoted to daydreaming (http://bit.ly/dtZPhj, abstract only). So it’s no surprise that it has become a popular subject of study among neuroscientists.

Me:- More reasons to start meditating as soon as you can.

Earlier this year, for instance, a study out of Wake Forest University School of Medicine found that meditation was more effective at reducing pain than drugs, including morphine (http://bit.ly/fLnHKk, abstract only).

Me:- Even more reasons! LOL!

Fadel Zeidan of the department of neurobiology and anatomy at Wake Forest, that study, said that the findings of the Yale study were plausible. While the Yale research focused on experienced meditators, Zeidan said, his study found that people could reap benefits after practicing meditation for only four days.The more studies on meditation are published, he said, the more the medical establishment will accept meditation as a form of treatment.

Me:- Exactly what I have found. The type of meditation that I do and teach has absolutely no spiritual or philosophical content at all. I believe in philosophy and spirituality but not in connections with my meditation. My type of meditation is an exercise to make my mind strong, healthy and fast moving. It is used to bring high levels of Happiness into my life.
Professor Brewer said that it would help to cure depression and he is right. It is the perfect way to bring Happiness into your life. And as you carry on, to make it stronger. When you start meditating, you will soon find that you get that feeling of  Happiness after a session. But make sure that it is the right type of Meditation for getting what you want.
Join The Happy People. It’s FREE! Help to spread Love, Peace and Happiness. Please start by sharing this with everybody you know’
If you are a BLOGGER and want to increase your followers, please contact me.
Love, Peace and Happiness,
Tommy.
P.S Here is the link to the full article:

via Study: Meditators Shut Down Daydreaming Part Of Brain – Hartford Courant.

Eight Lessons In Happiness!

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To All Who Are Interested In Happiness And All The HAPPY PEOPLE
(Readers who live in Merseyside, UK, please note Post Script at end of post) I haven’t been posting many Happiness blogs lately. This is because I have been spending a lot of time learning about how to do the computer side of things.
One thing you will notice is that I now have Archives that are easy to browse. I had seen in the bog statistics that a lot of visitors to the site were interested in back posts.  Previously, if you wanted to look for blog posts that you are interested in the Archives all you would see was the name of a month, the year and how many posts like this “Jan, 2011, 3 posts”. A lot of people were reading the Archives and this was ridiculously hard for them and took a long time. So I had a go at making it easier.
1) Now you have a choice of sections to look in at the top right hand corner
2) There is a search box for categories lower down where you can click on ‘Categories’ and get a drop down menu to choose articles from.
3) A section of recent posts
4) A section of the top most popular posts.
5) Near the bottom of the main post there is a list of related posts.
It took a lot of time to sort these functions out but I’m sure that these additions will allow people to look for the type of article that they want to read with great ease.
Now I start doing more posts about Happiness, Meditation and Love for you  to read study and use.I hope that you enjoy these new functions and can enjoy browsing the blog site including the Archives.

Eight Happiness Lessons
Here is a list of eight Happiness lessons that you can use in your everyday life:-

1) The top level of Happiness is to Love and be Loved. You must love everybody. A lot of people think that they can’t do that. They are right. You can’t just do it right away. You must work to a plan. First concentrate on those who are near and dear to you already. Then enlarge your circle of Happiness to include other people. If somebody lets you down, cut them off your list. You can always come back to them when your power of Love is even stronger.
2) If you do cut somebody off, they must not be aware of it. Treat them with respect. Do not fall out with them. Then, if you do try them again, you will be in a good place to start and win them over.
3) Happiness starts in your home. If it doesn’t, get working on it now! When you have  got this sorted, every time your feet hit the street, you will be taking a pocketful of it out with you!
4) Never let a petty row hurt a happy relationship. Be the first to apologise. If you can’t admit that you were wrong, use NLP, change the subject. Don’t discus the actual problem. Keep repeating how wrong you were to get upset, to get angry, to say that. Keep repeating that.
5) Again! Be the first to apologise.
6) Spend some time alone every day. Meditate if you know how. ( Do a search in the categories box on the blog)
7) The past is the past. If you can’t rectify it, don’t think about it, don’t talk about it and don’t cast it up.
8) If you keep doing happy things and building Happiness into your life you will be Happy. If you don’t understand or don’t know how
JOIN THE HAPPY PEOPLE, NOW!
P.S  If you live in Merseyside, UK and are good on computers or blogging please let me know. Or if you live here and are interested in what I write about. I live in Liverpool, Merseyside, UK and am trying to get study groups with activities and events going. Again, please contact me.
More soon, Tommy