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Happiness Series

Ian Paul Marshall —  September 30, 2010

Happiness SeriesStumbling On Happiness

“The purpose of life is happiness.” ~ His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

At the start of 2010 I registered to be part of a positive psychology course taught by the famed Tal Ben-Shahar.

My interest in the course was inspired by a scientific study done about happiness. It compelled me to try to delve deep into the depths of what makes us happy.

I registered for the course and set-up a blog called “Happiness How To” (now closed). My intention was to write about my discoveries as I studied and learned all I could from this happiness master.

But that dream was short lived.

Life takes us in unexpected directions and because of new adventures I wasn’t able to attend the course. I still moderate the Happiness How To facebook page that has 1766 members and growing. Click here now and join us and our happy community on facebook.

I wrote a series of posts about happiness that I’ve brought over here and compiled into this Series on Happiness.

It’s my hope that through these pages we can discover the keys to happiness together.

So please join me on my quest to help make the world a happier place. Continue Reading…

Happiness Poll Results

Ian Paul Marshall —  September 30, 2010

Happiness PollHappiness Poll

So what makes you happiest?

That’s the question we asked you last month. And thank you to everyone that participated.

What makes you happiest is a pretty general question so we broke it done a little more.

We asked you, “What Makes You Happiest?”

  • Hanging out with your friends
  • Spending time with your family
  • Quiet/personal time

And I have to say that I’m a little surprised by the results. Have a look for yourself. Continue Reading…

Happiness Poll

Ian Paul Marshall —  September 30, 2010

Happiness Poll

This months happiness poll. Please take a moment to cast your vote. In two weeks I’ll post the results.

The Happiness Poll

This months poll is closed. We asked our readers what makes them happiest:

  • Hanging out with friends
  • Spending time with family
  • Quiet/personal time

I was actually surprised by the results.

Take a look at the happiness poll results.

Happiness Quotes

Ian Paul Marshall —  September 30, 2010

A Collection of Quotes About Happiness

I hate being happy.  It pisses me off.  Because I know if I try to grab it, it will slip away, like one of those goddamn water snakes.  And I hate just looking.  I always try to grab.  ~D.H. Mondfleur

To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.  ~Albert Camus, The Fall, 1956

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.  ~Mahatma Gandhi

When you’re really happy, the birds chirp and the sun shines even on cold dark winter nights – and flowers will bloom on a barren land.  ~Grey Livingston

It is a comely fashion to be glad; Joy is the grace we say to God.  ~Jean Ingelow

If you observe a really happy man you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, growing double dahlias in his garden, or looking for dinosaur eggs in the Gobi desert.  He will not be searching for happiness as if it were a collar button that has rolled under the radiator.  He will not be striving for it as a goal in itself.  He will have become aware that he is happy in the course of living life twenty-four crowded hours of the day.  ~W. Beran Wolfe Continue Reading…

Define Happiness

Ian Paul Marshall —  September 30, 2010

Can You Define Happiness?

Define HappinessSo how do you define happiness? Am I crazy to even try to figure out a definition of happiness? Can happiness really be pinned down and defined anyways?

Happiness is extremely personal experience. But still it’s the most universal of all human pursuits. So with that in my I set off on a mission to define happiness.

To help me define happiness I enrolled the help of Rock Stars, philosophers, authors, and friends. I knew that to define happiness would be a tough job so the more perspective I could have on the subject the better. Continue Reading…

Sharing The Happiness

Ian Paul Marshall —  September 30, 2010

Sharing Happiness

How To Be Happy Through The Power of Sharing

We all know someone like this. Maybe it’s you. But when this person shows up in your life you know it.


Because you feel happy.

For me this magical and powerful person’s name is Bill.

Bill works two jobs. One of them in an Aids care facility.

And anyone who meets him will feel his resonant joy, love and happiness.

So what’s Bill’s secret to being happy?

I think Norman MacEwan summed it up perfectly when he said, “Happiness is not so much in having as sharing. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

And Bill is a giver. Continue Reading…

Happiness Is A Princess Crown

The Art of Personal Happiness

Sometimes happiness is a very personal. Look at my son. What makes him happy is wearing a princess crown. I didn’t understand it at first but it didn’t matter for him.

When he wore that crown he was happy. Smiling all day. Feeling fantastic and majestic. Dare I say, even beautiful (read handsome for you manly men).

We can learn from this little guy doing his own thing. Continue Reading…

Relaxing Into Happiness

Ian Paul Marshall —  September 30, 2010

relaxing into happiness

A simple happiness tip.

Sometimes all we need to do to discover happiness it to relax.

Sailor Bob Adamson asked, “What’s wrong with this moment if you stop thinking about it?”

It’s powerful question.

One that releases us into the freedom of the moment and the wellsrping of happiness that hides within us. Continue Reading…

Happiness Prayer

Ian Paul Marshall —  September 30, 2010

Happiness Prayer - Smiling Happy Budda


This prayer for the happiness of all living beings was written by the Venerable Master, Ngorchen Kunga Zangpo.

May the priceless teachings of the Omniscient One, the only’ door through which happiness ever appears to living beings, never decline in any place or time, but spread forth to every direction’s end.

May the span of life be lengthened and enhanced for our peerless teachers and spiritual friends who cherish the Buddha’s religion more than their lives and whose compassion and wisdom are measureless.

May the assemblies of monks who practice His teaching always endure and their works pervade the ten directions, for they point out to beings the path of virtue and carry the great burden of teaching and meditation.

May all human beings be free from fears of old age, disease and death, but live instead with right views of existence in this world. May their minds grow to love one another, and limitless joys increase always for all.

May the cities of the earth be beautiful, strung with rows of prayer flags, white and rippling in gentle breezes; may their inhabitants not be poor but wear the fine clothes and jewels they long to have. Continue Reading…

Secrets To Happiness

Ian Paul Marshall —  September 30, 2010

Secrets To HappinessRevealing The Secrets To Happiness

Everyone’s looking for a few secrets to happiness. Some sort of magic bullet to get happy.

But is there really hidden secrets to happiness?

I think there may be.

I may have even discovered 10 secrets to happiness.

But first off…

It’s not like “the man” is keeping ways to get happy hidden from us.

It’s just that happiness is such a broad topic that trying to find secrets to unlocking it in our lives has almost become taboo.

Personal happiness is a touchy subject.

Is Beer The Secret To Happiness? Continue Reading…