Happiness & Mindfulness

10 Tips to Reduce Holiday Stress

10 Tips to Reduce Holiday Stress

The holidays are wonderful for spending time with friends and loved ones, soaking up holiday beauty, savoring comforting scents, enjoying favorite traditions and making new memories.  However, they can also be a time of stress, expectations and indulgence.  Minimize negative feelings with simple strategies.  Here are 10 tips.

5 Tips on How to Sit for Meditation

5 Tips on How to Sit for Meditation

You can’t enjoy meditating if your back hurts or your leg and foot are asleep (I know this from experience). Here are 5 practical tips to answer your questions about how to sit.

10 Tips to Start Your Meditation Practice

10 Tips to Start Your Meditation Practice

You want to start a meditation practice to get all those great benefits you've been hearing about. 

Here are 10 tips to demystify the process so you can start feeling calmer and more centered today.

2 Proven Ways to Feel Happier Right Now

2 Proven Ways to Feel Happier Right Now

Have you noticed how some days you wake up and feel happier? For example, it's Friday and you feel great—or, it's a holiday or a birthday. You're smiling, you're energetic, you're looking forward to and feeling positive about the day.

9 Proven Tips to Boost Happiness: How You Can be Happier Now

9 Proven Tips to Boost Happiness: How You Can be Happier Now

Make time to find things that make you happy every day.  Happiness doesn't just happen to you—you can proactively create it. Here are 9 scientifically proven tips to increase your daily happiness.

Be Happy! 5 Proven Ways to Boost Happiness & Avoid or Minimize the Flu

Be Happy! 5 Proven Ways to Boost Happiness & Avoid or Minimize the Flu

Did you know that laughing and smiling more can boost your happiness and reduce the chances that you will get the flu? Read on to learn 5 tips to boost happiness and help prevent colds and flu.

Goal Setting For Success: How to Use Visualization to Set Goals

Goal Setting For Success: How to Use Visualization to Set Goals

Goal setting is an important component of living your most happy life.  Goals allow us to grow, to improve, to step into new versions of ourselves.   Following a systemized process can drastically improve your chances not only achieving what you set out to do, but also of ensuring that your goals are truly in alignment with what YOU want.  

Mindfulness: Be Less Reactive for Better Health

Mindfulness: Be Less Reactive for Better Health

A benefit of practicing mindfulness is that you learn to be less reactive to stressful and emotional situations. This is good for your health. We all have 'buttons' that, when pressed, can cause us to lose control. It does not have to be that way.

When you watch over time the issues that press your buttons—for example, I hate it when people tell me, "You're wrong," because I pride myself on being very careful to get things right—you can learn, rather than react according to old patterns you may have had since childhood.

Introduction to Mindfulness: How to Develop Mindful Awareness Exercise

Introduction to Mindfulness: How to Develop Mindful Awareness Exercise

Many people ask me how to start a meditation practice or how to be mindful. The key is to improve the mind-body connection and to increase awareness. The way to do this is to wake up your senses: sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. Many of us are so caught up in our thoughts, we don't even notice the world around us. We miss the beauty of the sky—the brilliance of its colors, the mystery of the clouds. We don't even hear the birds around us singing. 

Why this Website, Mindful Happiness & You

Why this Website, Mindful Happiness & You

I created this website as a resource for today's busy woman - you! I know, because I am you. We all hear about the importance of self-care and self love. You know that you 'should' be doing something to take more care of yourself, but because of everything you're juggling — work, family, friends, and community — it feels selfish and impossible.

Mindfulness Retreats: Here's What I Learned

Mindfulness Retreats: Here's What I Learned

This summer, I had the pleasure to meet with new and old friends at the Midsummer Mindfulness Conference in Rome, Italy. My meditation experience began with my Japanese mom in childhood. My formal training is from yoga instructor trainings and the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program from the Center for Mindfulness at University of Massachusetts. Midsummer Mindfulness was a fantastic opportunity to renew myself at the source.

Weekly Iyengar Yoga Helps Distressed Women

Weekly Iyengar Yoga Helps Distressed Women

Encouraging Iyengar yoga students to continue attending class at least once weekly may make a significant difference in their stress levels and in their quality of life, according to study findings published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2012; doi: 10.1155/2012/408727).