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Society teaches us that happiness is a result, something you achieve or gain through accomplishments.

But a growing body of scientific research shows the opposite. Happiness is a state of mind, an attitude that can be nurtured and nourished regardless of external factors.

In fact, science demonstrates that people who are happy first are more successful later on: they have more energy and show more passion. And their enthusiasm is contagious. This is the foundational idea behind ABSRI: happiness matters now.

We unleash the passion of individuals, teams, customers and others by helping them put happiness first. We harness happiness to make a difference in lives, in businesses—and in the world.

TRIBE

Whether you admit it or not, you are fundamentally a social creature walking around with a complex social brain wired for tribe. Humans evolved for tribe as a strategy for survival. While tribe also helps you feel a deep and important sense of value, belonging, and engagement in life, there exists a dark side of tribe—tribalism! A relic of your primal “Stone-Age Tribe” brain, tribalism—when left unchecked—it leads to polarization, racism, and social apathy in society. The strategy to overcome the perils of tribalism and to advance the power of tribe is learning how to nourish your social brain with compassion and connection. It is the key for both society and you to thrive. Enjoy TED Video to learn more.

 

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Happy Business People In MeetingAre you one of the many Americans experiencing greater exhaustion from life? Compared to 20 years ago, 50% of us attribute our daily stress as a product from the stress felt in the workplace! The culprit? Loneliness! In order to know why that is, it’s important to understand a powerful feature about your brain — it is a social organ that evolved for connection and community! Companies that fail to value the importance of the “social brain at work” are at greater risk for employee disengagement, turnover, and lack of productivity. What’s the solution for better workplace performance and personal happiness? Nourishing the social brain by promoting a workplace where people feel value, belonging, and engagement.  Read more here.

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Why are kitchens and the backyard grill always the most popular places to hang out at parties? The sights, sounds, and smells of gathering over food nourish your social brain—and more studies affirm that a nourished social brain is a happy brain! Your brain evolved as a social organ and is wired for connection and bonding with others as a strategy for survival. Personally, I find that nothing brings us a deeper sense of connection and comfort than communing and laughing over a joyous meal. It’s why holidays like the 4th of July focus around food, friends, and fun times! Read more in our monthly newsletter

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Can being more compassionate and kind to others actually be good for your health?  The answer is yes! While practicing altruism and helping those in need have always been a hallmark taught by all the world’s religions, it is now one affirmed by more research in brain science and behavioral health. We humans are fundamentally social beings with social brains that evolved for cooperation and connection. In times of strife, your brain rewards pro-social actions by releasing feel-good neurochemicals that boost your own health and happiness. So all the spiritual traditions got it right — being kind and compassionate helps not just others, but you. It’s a win-win all around! Read more here.

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A powerful discovery to come out of brain science research is that our brain fundamentally evolved as a social organ. In a harsh  and unpredictable world, our ancient ancestors realized very quickly that bonding into social tribes increased everyone’s chances for survival. To socialize is to survive! It’s precisely why more studies affirm that the key to building resilience in life is seeking out social connection. Contrary to what our materialistic culture wants us to believe, it’s spending more time with others—not spending  more money on things—that help us achieve greater health and happiness! Read more here.

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Screen Shot 2017-06-03 at 12.15.53 AMA new study reveals that both humans and our chimpanzee cousins thrive from companionship. Researchers found that in times of strife, chimps who seek out others in their support group reduce the level of the stress hormone cortisol by nearly 25%. Why? The human (and primate) brain evolved as a social organ that made socialization a strategy for survival. We are more Homo Socialis than we are Homo Sapiens. So, the key to greater health and happiness can be simply spending more quality time with your best bud! I guess The Beatles got it right when they sang “I get by with a little help from my friends.” Read full article here.

 

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Discover how to become rich in the Currency of Happiness in my latest interview with Find Balance DailyIn this engaging conversation with my friend Lauren Slater, I reveal content from my upcoming book why your brain is essentially a social organ. Explore how the four “social currencies” of contribution, control, connection, and compassion are the key to build an emotionally rich and prosperous society. After all, money is the currency of transactions, happiness is the currency of interactions!

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Happy laughing toddler girl playing with mom doing a fun piggyback ride, isolated.

Another perfect way to honor Mother’s Day! A new study shows that it’s our moms—more than our dads—that pass on the genes for intelligence to their children. While intelligence is both a product of genetics and environment—and, yes, our dads do play a role—researchers find the best indicator for predicting intelligence is the IQ of the mother, not the father. It appears that these “conditioned genes” of intelligence get transmitted more strongly from our mother’s DNA, not our father’s. I guess it really is safe to say that our moms really do know best. Thanks, Mom! Enjoy full article here.

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Happy family of three generations or group of friends with electronic devices over tea in living room at home

It’s a sad reality that our Age of Digitalization is producing the Age of Disconnection. In a virtually connected world, we have forgotten the real value of connecting with others. The most powerful invention of humanity isn’t our ability to communicate instantaneously with anyone on the planet it is the timeless joy we get from speaking face to face! I hope you enjoy this beautiful and empowering video as much as I did that reminds us of the happiness we each experience when we #EatTogether!

 

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Meditation-Workplace-Stress-289x300Among the many amazing functions our brain is responsible for, scientists have just found another—specific brain cells that evolved for the sole purpose of monitoring how we breathe and helping us regulate stress. Researchers from Stanford University discovered what are being called “pranayama neurons”—named after the ancient form of breathing practiced for millennia in Yoga and in other contemplative practices—in the primal brain regions of mice. It appears that others mammals and even humans are suspected to have these same neurons that connect the brain’s respiratory center with its stress regulatory system. How you choose to breathe really does affect how you choose to be! Read more…

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