THE SCIENCE BEHIND MANY SHADES OF JOY.

 

Linda Sterling Sease's new book Many Shades of Joy is part happy primer and part coloring book for grown-ups.  It combines 24 hand illustrated mandalas with 24 happy habits to help you find more joy in life.  It is available here and through Amazon here

The last several decades have seen a tremendous increase in academic and scientific research related to positive psychology.  And the discoveries are showing us that while there are many things that create a happier life, accessing them is not as complicated as we might think.

The happiness habits you find in Many Shades of Joy are corroborated by research done at major institutions around the world.  To learn more, check out the recommended reading list here as well as the research links below.  

 

COLORING OUR BLESSINGS

http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/pdfs/GratitudePDFs/6Emmons-BlessingsBurdens.pdf

 

THE HAPPY THIEF

http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/how-facebook-makes-us-unhappy

 

IN THE FLOW

https://www.ted.com/talks/mihaly_csikszentmihalyi_on_flow?language=en

 

THE PERMISSION TO BE YOU

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5295168

 

COLORING AND MEDITATION

http://www.medicaldaily.com/therapeutic-science-adult-coloring-books-how-childhood-pastime-helps-adults-356280

 

DEEP BREATH, HAPPY BREATH

http://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/relaxation-techniques-breath-control-helps-quell-errant-stress-response

 

THE FIVE-MINUTE TAKEOFF

http://http-server.carleton.ca/~tpychyl/

 

Morning Larks and Night Owls

http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/healthy/matters

 

Time Out for Grown-Ups

http://www.cmu.edu/homepage/health/2013/spring/distraction-a-good-thing.shtml

 

The Joy in Meta-Choices

http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nightly-news/46771953#46771953


Positivity and Longevity

http://www.nytimes.com/2001/05/07/us/nuns-offer-clues-to-alzheimer-s-and-aging.html?pagewanted=all
 

Tap the Brakes

http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/publications/observer/2013/may-june-13/the-compassionate-mind.html


THE WONDER OF EXERCISE

http://www.c3health.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/C3-report-on-walking-v-1-20120911.pdf
 

Happy on Purpose

http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/news/releases/having-a-sense-of-purpose-in-life-may-add-years-to-your-life.html

 

The Sweet Spot

http://www.druckerinstitute.com/2011/12/tackling-weakness/

 

Good Enough

http://harvardmagazine.com/2007/01/the-science-of-happiness.html

 

Nap Happy

https://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-topics/napping
 

Color More, Worry Less

http://www.everydayhealth.com/news/anxious-break-out-coloring-book/


Happiness Habits

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonselk/2013/04/15/habit-formation-the-21-day-myth/#6bb94c5b6fed


The Gift of Presence

http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2010/11/wandering-mind-not-a-happy-mind/


The Happy Friends and Family Plan

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/eat-run/2014/10/09/why-relationships-are-crucial-to-your-health-and-happiness


Kaizen Change

http://www.toyota.com.au/toyota/company/operations/toyota-production-system
 

Music for Your Soul

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/09/opinion/sunday/why-music-makes-our-brain-sing.html?_r=1
 

Color a Smile

https://www.paulekman.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/The-Duchenne-Smile-Emotional-Expression-And-Brain-Physiolog.pdf