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Happiness Is Not a Passive Endeavor, Part III

Posted on November 25, 2014 by Lauri Ringer


In Part II of this article, I shared with you the first intrinsic intentional activity (personal growth) to power your Happiness GPS. This article expands on the other two activities that are integral to your happiness — relationships and community. Remember, happiness is not a passive endeavor. With intrinsic intentional activities you have the power […]

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Happiness Is Not a Passive Endeavor, Part II

Posted on November 20, 2014 by Lauri Ringer


When I introduced the science of happiness in the first part of this article, you might have been wondering, “How is all this applicable to my everyday life?” If so, let me assure you that I asked the exact same question of myself. That said, I’d like to give you some specific answers to this […]

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Happiness Is Not a Passive Endeavor, Part I

Posted on November 4, 2014 by Lauri Ringer


Benjamin Franklin knew that happiness was not a passive endeavor, as evidenced by his statement, “The U.S. Constitution doesn’t guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.” Today, almost two-and-a-half centuries later, Franklin’s words still prompt the question, What are the factors that lead to a successful pursuit […]

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The Hero Within

Posted on October 27, 2014 by Lauri Ringer


Every human being possesses a hero within. Biologically rooted in our primitive ancestors, it is part of humankind’s collective unconsciousness.   When we access our hero within, we unlock our deepest potential as human beings. We also gain insight into dealing with life’s inevitable challenges. To discover our hero within, we must embark on what Joseph […]

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Feeding the Soul

Posted on October 12, 2014 by Lauri Ringer


Years ago, I dined with a surgeon friend who ordered a meal that was a favorite from his childhood. I was curious as I watched him dig into his fat-laden meal. Finally, I had to ask him, “How can you — a medical doctor — eat food that you know is unhealthy for you?” Almost […]

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Full Effort is Full Victory

Posted on October 4, 2014 by Lauri Ringer


When I used to drive my son to school, one particular roadside advertisement always caught my attention. In it, a mother was tending a tray of burnt cookies, with the caption “You don’t have to be Perfect to Be a Perfect Parent.” I often pondered the meaning of the ad and sensed that the message […]

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Mindfulness and the Days of Awe

Posted on September 20, 2014 by Lauri Ringer


I’ve always loved this time of year. Summer winds down and the weather changes. Students go back to school, and spiritual and cultural events take place all over the world to welcome fall. One of those events is the Days of Awe — a time for introspection and conscious gratitude for the miracles we take […]

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Dancing with Destiny

Posted on September 13, 2014 by Lauri Ringer


The Kirundi proverb, “You may get up before the dawn, but destiny gets up before you,” raises some interesting questions. If our fate is determined by Destiny, why bother to pursue our dreams? Why bother to have goals? Why bother to put any effort into life at all? Though fate will always play a role […]

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The Connectivity Power of Recycling

Posted on September 3, 2014 by Lauri Ringer


I admit it.  I’m a thrift shop junkie.  I discovered thrift shops when I was in college.  They were cool, and the vintage duds inside were even cooler. As I matured, I needed a justification to fuel my thrift shop addiction.  Thus began my love affair with the concept of recycling. I soon recognized that […]

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