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.

Beat Depression, How To Get Happiness Instead!

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Depression! The Alarming Truth!The number of people who are looking help because they are depressed is 7 times more than what what it was 40 years ago! Let me repeat that. For every victim of depression 40 years ago there are now 7. It is truly alarming!
What Is Depression?
It can effect people at different levels of intensity. It can be weak and short lasting or it can grind you down to feeling suicidal and last for years.
Think about this. A person can be told that they have terminal cancer. They often battle on right up to the end in spite of dreadful pain and suffering. Another can have an attack of depression and after a short time, commit suicide. This, to me, indicates that depression can be more serious in some cases than cancer. Lots of cases of cancer can be cured, suicide can not.
What Can You Do About It?
For our purpose and to keep it simple I am going to suggest describing depression as a lack of  Happiness. This gives you a way to approach it. When you depressed you are having bad feelings that have different levels of intensity and lasting. If you can start having happy feelings, those depressing feelings will be weakened. And if your happy feelings continue and get stronger, your depression will fade away. You may think that this is a bit too simple to deal with something that can be as serious as depression, and I wouldn’t blame you. It is only for the lower levels of depresion. And that means a lot of the people who suffer mild depression can benefit from this. If your depression is occasional and not too bad you are one of the peopel that can change your life around.  So what you must do is become a happy person.
What Is Happiness?
1) The amount of Happiness in your life can be divided into two areas.
A)Your present and your future. Nearly half of your Happiness in life comes from your attitudes and what you do in your daily life. This is mainly the people you mix with i.e spouses, the opposite sex, families and your community.
B) Your genetics and your past life.The rest it is down to your genetics and how you were brought up. And, of course, the unhappiness and depression in your life caused by these factors A) and B).  We, The Happy People, are always looking for ways to build up these areas of your life.
Here is the basic plan for beating depression. For area A), your present and future life, you must learn how to change your attitudes, how you mix with people and what you do so that your life becomes full of Happiness. And how to avoid the ways that people fall into unhappiness.  If B), your past life is a problem area, if you have had a particularly unhappy upbringing and life up until now, you must free yourself from any baggage that has built up. What you learned from parents and teachers may have puts lots of  unhelpful beliefs in your head or caused you unhappiness and to have bad memories. These have to be got rid of. Otherwise they can stop you from moving forward into a really happy lifestyle.
Two of the best ways  your pastto get rid of baggage from are:-
a) Meditation. This is very successful, but it must be the right kind of  meditation. Unfortunately, most of the popular types being taught are not suitable. All meditation is good, but this is a specialized area and needs a special approach.
b) Again a specialized, advanced NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) technique called Clearing Up Personal History.

This post is only an outline of some of the basics that The Happy People use. If you really want to BEAT depression and learn more about the Art of being Happy, click on the button to follow this blog (Follo Bog Via Email at top right hand corner). Also have a look at our Facebook magazine at  http://tinyurl.com/c8lfrvn   particularly if you live on Merseyside. You can be one of The Happy People (You can learn how to beat depression and get rid of your depressing lifestyle for ever)
It’s EASY and, better still

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Soon, Tommy

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Happier, Smarter And Fitter? Here’s How!

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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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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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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.

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

You Can Buy Happiness? Here’s How!

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Money CAN Buy Happiness!
It is often said that money can’t buy happiness. Lots of research has been  done that shows this to be true. And it is almost always true. But being poor won’t buy happiness either. The truth is that whatever amount of money you have, what you spend your money on will control to a large extent just how happy you are. I’m not talking about people who are suffering illnesses or disabilities or are bereaved. These ‘unhappinesses’ have very little to do with money.

Money spent wisely, can help you to be happier. Some people (I’m talking about the UK) have very little money left after buying the essentials of life. But most people have some money left over. Some people are very wasteful with money.
They spend it foolishly on gambling, alcohol and drug abuse. Things that they say they enjoy but really bring much stress, misery and problems into their lives. And lots of Bad Karma!
Many, many people that I know fall into this latter group. People on good incomes who have nothing in the bank and mountains of debt.
As the leader of The Happy People, I am determined to show everybody that they  can be happy.  This is an easy group to start with. They have the ability to act more wisely with the money that they do have. They only have to stop wasting it and start spending it on things that will bring more happiness into their lives and the lives of the people that they love.
I have just read an excellent article about this approach to happiness. The link to the full article is at the bottom of the post.
Here are some of the highlights and my comments which are written in italics. But do read the full article at the link.

Using Money To Buy Happiness

Recent research has begun to distinguish two aspects of subjective well-being. Emotional well-being refers to the emotional quality of an individual’s everyday experience — the frequency and intensity of experiences of joy, stress, sadness, anger, and affection that make one’s life pleasant or unpleasant. Life evaluation refers to the thoughts that people have about their life when they think about it. We raise the question of whether money buys happiness, separately for these two aspects of well-being. We report an analysis of more than 450,000 responses to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, a daily survey of 1,000 US residents conducted by the Gallup Organization. […] When plotted against log income, life evaluation rises steadily.

The Gallup Organization is a very reliable one and this is a massive number of responses so we can trust the results.

But even if you’re fortunate enough to have a good income, how you spend your money has a strong influence on how h appy – or unhappy – it will make you. And, again, there’s science behind this. The relevant research is summarized in If money doesn’t make you happy, then you probably aren’t spending it right (pdf).

Most people don’t know the basic scientific facts about happiness — about what brings it and what sustains it — and so they don’t know how to use their money to acquire it.

I have written lots of posts here on the blog about this.

and it should not be surprising when wealthy people who know nothing about happiness end up with lives that aren’t that much happier than anyone else’s. Money is an opportunity for happiness, but it is an opportunity that people routinely squander because the things they think will make them happy oftendon’t

You must study the blog and learn every possible way to increase your knowledge of happiness, how to get it and how to use your money to get even more. Here are some of the article’s advised ways  

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What is, then, the science of happiness? I’ll summarize the basic eight points as best I can, but read the actual paper (pdf) to obtain the citations and details on the underlying studies underpinning each of these principles.

1. Buy experiences instead of things

Things get old. Things become ordinary. Things stay the same. Things wear out. Things are difficult to share. But experiences are totally unique; they shine like diamonds in your memory, often more brightly every year, and they can be shared forever. Whenever possible, spend money on experiences such as taking your family to Disney World, rather than things like a new television.

Again, more posts on my blog.

2. Help others instead of yourself

Human beings are intensely social animals. Anything we can do with money to create deeper connections with other human beings tends to tighten our social connections and reinforce positive feelings about ourselves and others. Imagine ways you can spend some part of your money to help others – even in a very small way – and integrate that into your regular spending habits.

Sharing also brings GOOD KARMA. See my blog.

3. Buy many small pleasures instead of few big ones

Because we adapt so readily to change, the most effective use of your money is to bring frequent change, not just “big bang” changes that you will quickly grow acclimated to. Break up large purchases, when possible, into smaller ones over time so that you can savor the entire experience. When it comes to happiness, frequency is more important than intensity. Embrace the idea that lots of small, pleasurable purchases are actually more effective than a single giant one.

Great advice.

4. Buy less insurance

Humans adapt readily to both positive and negative change. Extended warranties and insurance prey on your impulse for loss aversion, but because we are so adaptable, people experience far less regret than they anticipate when their purchases don’t work out. Furthermore, having the easy “out” of insurance or a generous return policy can paradoxically lead to even more angst and unhappiness because people deprived themselves of the emotional benefit of full commitment. Thus, avoid buying insurance, and don’t seek out generous return policies.

I think this is mainly an American thing. I don’t do this often,  I’ m from Merseyside, UK, so I’m not sure about it.

5. Pay now and consume later

Immediate gratification can lead you to make purchases you can’t afford, or may not even truly want. Impulse buying also deprives you of the distance necessary to make reasoned decisions. It eliminates any sense of anticipation, which is a strong source of happiness. For maximum happiness, savor (maybe even prolong!) the uncertainty of deciding whether to buy, what to buy, and the time waiting for the object of your desire to arrive.

When you are buying something, think about it overnight. Commonly known as ‘Sleep on it’. I think the article means significant items. If you did it before buying a daily paper, it could be a waste of of time LOL. Thinking about it, though I stopped buying newspapers a long time ago because the weekly cost mounts up high.

6. Think about what you’re not thinking about

We tend to gloss over details when considering future purchases, but research shows that our happiness (or unhappiness) largely lies in exactly those tiny details we aren’t thinking about. Before making a major purchase, consider the mechanics and logistics of owning this thing, and where your actual time will be spent once you own it. Try to imagine a typical day in your life, in some detail, hour by hour: how will it be affected by this purchase?

7. Beware of comparison shopping

Comparison shopping focuses us on attributes of products that arbitrarily distinguish one product from another, but have nothing to do with how much we’ll enjoy the purchase. They emphasize characteristics we care about while shopping, but not necessarily what we’ll care about when actually using or consuming what we just bought. In other words, getting a great deal on cheap chocolate for $2 may not matter if it’s not pleasurable to eat. Don’t get tricked into comparing for the sake of comparison; try to weight only those criteria that actually matter to your enjoyment or the experience.

This is a good one. Basically, before looking to see how good this item is compared with that one, you should ask yourself do you really need any of them. Or could you hold on to your money.  

8. Follow the herd instead of your head

Don’t overestimate your ability to independently predict how much you’ll enjoy something. We are, scientifically speaking, very bad at this. But if something reliably makes others happy, it’s likely to make you happy, too. Weight other people’s opinions and user reviews heavily in your purchasing decisions. Happiness is a lot harder to come by than money. So when you do spend money, keep these eight lessons in mind to maximize whatever happiness it can buy for you.

So What Should You Do?
Read the FULL article and visit the links in it. Again y
ou must study this article and all the posts on my blog and learn every possible way to increase your knowledge of happiness, how to get it and how to use your money to get even more. You will be then living a life leading to lots of Good Karma
Get Yourself Some Good Karma!
How can you do that? See what number 2 above says about sharing.Research shows that sharing HAPPINESS with others will bring you happiness to you and lots of Good Karma.
We are talking about wise with money. Here is a way to save money AND get more happiness and bring happiness to others.
Share this article and all my blog posts with ALL your friends. Share them everywhere . Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc, etc. Reach out and help me make the world a happier place.It won’t cost a penny LOL.
Love, Peace and Happiness,Tommy
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http://tinyurl.com/8o56vye

How To Get A Happiness Gold Medal?

Achieving Happiness
Love, Peace and Happiness is what this blog is about. And other related matters. I have just read a terrific article about people achieving the things that they want to achieve.  I have put some of the particularly exciting parts below. I have added my comments in italics. Although the article does not deal with our particular interests directly, there are many, many lessons here for all of us to learn about how to get happy.

The Article Says
I’m constantly awed by the power of the human spirit, depth of human ingenuity and our ability to accomplish the most amazing of feats. Two great examples are the London Olympics and successful Mars landing of NASA’s Exploratory Rover Curiosity.
The Olympic Games put human strength, dexterity and endurance on full display. They provided a monumental stage for the globe’s best athletes to show the world what real dedication, uncompromised motivation, true self-belief and relentless practice can bring you. These elite athletes teach us all about the numerous rewards that come from unwavering persistence, hard physical labor and personal sacrifice.

Me: That’s right. Just think about the unwavering persistence, hard physical labor and personal sacrifice that these people put into getting what they want. When I think of how easy it is in effort to make big changes in your life, how effortless it can be to get happiness, better relationships and personal success into your life, it amazes me how few people actually do it,

Article: You’d be surprised what you can do when you have to.

Me: You will. Once you start to do what you have to do to get the things that you want to get, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is.

Article: When I think about the accomplishments of the Olympic athletes and NASA scientists, I’m struck by how little time and effort so many people truly put into bettering their lives and reaching their dreams.
Far too many people just amble through their lives on autopilot and don’t put forth the effort needed to reach their goals and maximize their potential. There’s a tendency today to want to get things quickly done while putting forth as little exertion as possible.
I see this all the time with people who want to lose weight. They say all the right things, read all the right books and talk a mean game plan. But they fall ridiculously short when it comes to putting their money where their mouth is.
So in the spirit of the past 2012 Summer Olympics and successful landing of the NASA rover Curiosity on Mars, I challenge you to push the envelope in your life. Allow these two incredible events from the past couple of weeks to ignite your motivational fire and drive you toward success and achievement too.

I bet that there’s something crossing your mind at this very moment that you know needs more of your time, effort and attention. Perhaps you’ve given up on it or maybe you haven’t even begun to attack it.

I’m here to tell you that it’s time for that to change. Whatever still remains undone or unattended to in your life, make today the day you begin to implement an action plan that will move you toward it.

Me: That’s right. Start today. Start getting lots of love, freedom from stress, enjoyment and achievement into your life now. The sooner you get started the sooner you’ll be enjoying it. Read some of the articles below this on the blog. Look at the articles in the archives. SHARE this material with people.Discuss it with people. One of the best ways to get happier is to share happy stuff with other people. 

Article: To make this happen, you’ll need to utilize both your physical skills, like the Olympic athletes, and mental skills, like the forward-thinking and problem-solving NASA scientists.

Me: You don’t have to. You won’t even break a sweat. All you have to use is the power of thought. That may be hard at first but not as hard as Olympic Athletics. LOL. 

Article: …………. if you can think it, you can do it. But it takes a healthy combination of both thought and action to make it happen. As some unknown author said: You can’t plow a field by turning it over in your mind!

Me: It is important to share and discuss the ideas on this blog with other people. If they disagree with you, then argue with them and try to convince them. This is an important part of your training because even if you don’t convince them, you are convincing yourself about the soundness of your ideas. You are building up your Happiness Mindset and that is important for you. Even when they are not listening, YOU are listening. When YOU are talking, you can’t help listening.  Sometimes you are the only person listening. LOL
This is an improved type of Affirmation. You know what an Affirmation is. It’s when you repeat “Every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better” many times during the day. Slowly but surely it will come true for you.talking about In the same way when you start discussing with your friends about happiness, you are giving yourself the Affirmation that you can get happier. And that “Every day, in every way, YOU are getting happier and happier.” In this way you re using the Law Of attraction.
Don’t worry about convincing your friends. Just concentrate on convincing yourself first. When you have happiness to spare, then you can spread it to them. But that will be later. 

To read the really great article in full go to:
http://tinyurl.com/93vqx7t

Start getting more Love, Peace and Happiness into your life NOW!
Go for Gold.
Commit to winning. With Happiness it’s easier and even more enjoyable than Olympic events. LOL
Tommy

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. You will do this using two procedures. One will be how to get rid of all the thoughts, beliefs and behaviours that are holding you back. The other procedure will be how to build up all the new thoughts, beliefs and behaviours that will bring you all the goodies you could ever want. I mean, how much good living 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. Bookmark this page and keepat https://happinessguru.wordpress.com Please visit our Facebook Magazine at http://tinyurl.com/c8lfrvn.                                                                            You can read and share  lots of 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.

How to stop Winter Depression in two steps!

Wintertime And Depression
Well it looks like winter is coming to an end, I think.  This unusually long, wet, windy winter has cause a left a lot of people with depression. Winter is a time when plenty of people feel low. It is called SAD or
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Seasonal Affective Disorder and many, many people get it. Not just you! Do you feel a bit fragile, down or even depressed? Here is how you are going to beat back those winter blues and send them back to where they belong!

The Problem
First let’s take a look at what it is that is bothering you. When you are going through one of these depressing periods everything seems to get you down. People, places and things are all affected. The depression seems to spread like a virus and have an affect on your whole life. Just like a tiny, tiny virus bug can spread through your whole  body and give you headaches, a running nose, coughing, sneezing, a  sore throat  and aching limbs, so a single depressing thought can spread through your whole mind and poison your whole life.
Depressing Thoughts Can Ruin Your Life  
Let’s look at an example. You are feeling a bit down. A friend is talking to you and they say something you don’t like. Because you are in a downbeat mood, you start having a downbeat reaction. Why are they like this? What have I done? Why don’t they like me?You vow never to speak to them again. You start thinking about ways to pay them back.  Your downbeat mood goes even deeper. And it refuses to go away. You keep thinking about the incident. And get more upset.
This is the sort of thing that we have all had happen to us. Sometimes from the other side. LOL
Anyhow, we all know what i am talking to you about, so what can we do to stop
these crippling moods?
How To Stop Depression From Being So Depressing
Here is how to stop these negative ways of thinking. This is a method that I have developed over the years which has helped lots and lots of people. It has two steps.
The First Step
See the scene as a movie. You are watching a movie of you and your friend talking. Now move back. Now you are watching from a distance and you can just about see and hear what he is saying. Now, at a safe distance, examine the emotion that you are having. In Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), this is called Going To Third Person.
The Second Step
You could at this stage stay with NLP. There are several NLP methods to get rid of any emotions that are upsetting you. But I want to tell you more about the simplest, easiest and most powerful method that I know. Meditation.
The Meditation Exercise
You must do this meditation correctly. BEFORE you start, you must think to yourself:
1) I’m going to distance myself from this emotion.
2) I am going to go deep into my meditation where emotions don’t exist.
3) This emotional problem will just float away.
Now stop thinking and meditate. As you know, when you are meditating you should try not to think about anything. As you meditate, the negative emotion will go further and further away. It will fade into the distance like a puff of smoke on a windy day. When you finish meditating, it will either be gone completely or be so far away that it will stop affecting you.
At first glance, this technique might seem a bit too simple to be really good. It is simple. I have designed it to be as simple as possible. But it is also very powerful. I have joined up a powerful NLP technique with one of the strongest effects of Zen meditation. Try it. You’ll be well pleased.

But why get depressed at all when you can join The Happy People at https://happinessguru.wordpress.com

And visit our magazine at  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Karma/200040216673445
Love,Peace and Happiness, Tommy

Merseyside, Home Of Happiness?

The Way to Happiness

The Way to Happiness (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have often written about  the different levels of happiness in different countries around the world. I realise that people can have a problem relating to how much happier people are in countries half way around the world. Here is a chance to have a look at some people much closer to home. Find out how happy the people of Warrington, Merseyside, U.K. are. Click on link below

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/4/15/nation/20120415071456&sec=nation

Why not have a look at our Love,Wealth and Happiness magazine on Facebook. It’s at:http://www.facebook.com/pages/Karma/200040216673445

Let’s work together to build a life full of Health, Love and Happiness for ourselves, then our families and friends and then…..? Does it sound GOOD? It will be.
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Love, Wealth and Happiness,  Tommy