3 Reasons to love your Happiness Is Lime, Basil and Mandarin Candle

Happiness is … the experience of living with love, joy and gratitude.

Life is precious and we need to enjoy every minute of it. The Happiness Is candle brings together love, joy and gratitude – the secrets to happiness. The lime, basil and mandarin fragrance is light, joyful and divine.

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5 Benefits of Practicing Kindness

Practicing kindness is good for your happiness and the happiness of others. It makes the world a happier place to live in. A study of more than 3,000 people found that 95% of people feel good when they help someone, 53% of people feel happier and more optimistic, and those feelings last hours or even days for 81% of people. Practicing kindness has many benefits. (The Positive Psychlopedia – The latest on the science of happiness) Continue reading “5 Benefits of Practicing Kindness”

Mindfulness Practice 1: Take one Breath a Day

In August I read Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers, by Tim Ferriss. Eighty percent of the people he interviewed adhered to some meditation or mindfulness practice. My favourite parts of the book were several mindful exercises suggested by Chade-Meng Tan, a Google pioneer. They are so do-able and can easily be incorporated into our daily lives. Continue reading “Mindfulness Practice 1: Take one Breath a Day”

5 Great Benefits of Being Near Water

I was in Italy in September for a week and took a day trip to Capri. In the Piazzetta stands an amazing sculpture by Carole Feuerman called Survival of Serena. It reminded me of all the times I’ve relaxed on a tube in a swimming pool – in a dreamy state of relaxation. Letting the cares of the world float by!

Being Near Water Makes Us happy

Marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols in his book Blue Mind writes, that being near, in, on or under water can make you happier, healthier, more connected and better at what you do. Water triggers a physiological reset, he says, relaxing our bodies and allowing us to quiet the noise and worry that life typically brings. Continue reading “5 Great Benefits of Being Near Water”

Mindful Breathing Practices

If you have time to breathe you have time to meditate

3 Mindful Breathing Practices

Mindfulness is good for us. Practicing mindfulness has powerful effects on the brain and body that lead towards a happier, more fulfilling life. Many famous people like Oprah Winfrey, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Aniston, Ellen DeGeneres and others in the corporate field, entertainment industry and sports world practice mindfulness on a daily basis. We can all do it.

Breathing is usually one of the first Mindfulness practices people learn. It can be your meditation once a day or at different times during the day.

Each of us takes about 20,000 breaths a day. Your breathing is happening right now – in the present. Mindful breathing will ground you in the present. You can do this meditation while sitting comfortably or standing. Don’t worry about thoughts floating into your mind. It’s normal. Just come back to the breath. Continue reading “Mindful Breathing Practices”

Tea Meditation – Drink Your Tea

When you take your attention into the present moment, a certain alertness arises. You become more conscious of what’s around you, but also, strangely, a sense of presence that is both within and without.
Eckhart Tolle

The above photograph reminded me of Thick Nhat Hanh’s tea meditation. The message is – live in the present. When you are drinking your tea, put everything else out of your head –enjoy your tea! Attention to simple normal everyday tasks lies at the heart of mindfulness practice. This meditation is fun to try and a very easy way incorparate mindfulness into your life. Continue reading “Tea Meditation – Drink Your Tea”