Happiness

7 Tips for More Fitness, Mindfulness and Happiness: a Simple Nature Walk Exercise

7 Tips for More Fitness, Mindfulness and Happiness: a Simple Nature Walk Exercise

Have you ever wondered how to fit everything you want for yourself into your schedule? Meditate, get fit, be healthy, feel happy and have the energy you need? Oh, and, finish all your personal and professional responsibilities. This is our challenge.

A way to tackle this reality is to add a nature walk into your weekly routine

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.

Physical Exercise Boosts Your Brain Power: 2 More Good Reasons to Train

Physical Exercise Boosts Your Brain Power: 2 More Good Reasons to Train

Let’s be totally real: I love exercising to look and feel great, but apart from developing leaner muscles and toning up, one of my biggest motivations is brain training. Seriously. As a writer, I appreciate that maintaining mental sharpness and improving my memory let me enjoy a better quality of life, especially as I get older (Yes, we can say it. It’s happening to all of us every day and we can do it better).

How to be More Mindful at the Spa: Awaken Your Senses

How to be More Mindful at the Spa: Awaken Your Senses

During a recent trip to London, UK, I had the indulgent pleasure of visiting ESPA Life at Corinthia, London’s most exclusive, most luxurious spa, offering world-class pampering treatments and spa/fitness facilities. I was especially interested in exploring their mindfulness philosophy, an essential element of their integrated approach to natural beauty and inner calm. Find out about my visit here!

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.

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.

Quick Tips on How to Increase Your Fitness Motivation

Quick Tips on How to Increase Your Fitness Motivation

The first step? Find your WHY. Figure out why you want to exercise. Connect with your heart. How will your life improve? Will you have more energy, be slimmer, more attractive, or more successful? How will you be different from who you are today? Identify the specific reasons why you want to exercise and visualize yourself as that person.

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).

Wedding Shape Up

Wedding Shape Up

Planning a wedding is one of the most exciting ventures in a person’s life. You know that you are preparing for an incredible moment that you will want to cherish forever, cameras will be flashing and the day will pass much too quickly. Wanting to look and feel your best is natural. You will be creating memories that will last for generations to come. Starting your new life together is also a deeply spiritual and transformational event. You are on the verge of beginning a new life and new partnership. To honor this occasion, I recommend a mind-body-spirit approach.