Can you tell that happiness has been on our mind a lot lately? We’ve been talking about it on our blogs, on Twitter and Facebook. We even asked a few of our Facebook fans how they defined happiness. Not surprisingly, everyone had their own definitions. Michele McMeekin, for example, said to her happiness is, “The ability to welcome any changes gracefully.” And Irine Pilavsky said, “Resonance and harmony between whats within and what is out. Pure and free expression of what you truly deeply are!”

Maybe all this happiness talk is the direct result of our upcoming free webinar on Happiness occurring this Tuesday, February 22nd. You can find out more info about it here.

As for me, I am reminded of something my aunt said once about growing up on a plantation. In particular, she described what life was like during a union strike. She said they were broke, had little and lived a simple life. But at the same time, everyone on the plantation helped each other out with food and support so that no one was left to fend for themselves. She said it was a hard time, but remembers it fondly, as one of the happiest times of her life.

That sense of connection and peace from being in a strong community is one of my definitions of happiness. What’s yours?

What is Real Happiness? An Interview with Sharon Salzberg

(Mindfulness & Psychotherapy) – If you want to know what “real happiness” is, one of the best people to ask is leading expert in mindfulness Sharon Salzberg. So that’s what we did. Read this interview and you’ll also learn how to obtain lasting happiness that is not vulnerable to changing conditions.

The Creative Personality: Both Smart and Naive

(The Creative Mind) – What two traits often describe creative people? Being both smart and naive. This post provides an interesting look at how having a playful attitude and general intelligence are common in creative geniuses who have made important contributions in history.

Living Happily Ever After – Despite Stress

(Healing Together for Couples) – We all know it’s easy to be happy when things are going good in our lives. But when the poop hits the fan? Well, that’s another story. Read this for tips on how to stay positive during stressful times.

How to Live a Meaningful and Significant Life

(Adventures in Positive Psychology) – Have you ever asked yourself this question: “What is my life’s purpose?” This may be one of the most important how-to articles you read today. Read it and get clear about how to live a more meaningful life.

Parsing Denial: When We Know Better But Do It Anyway

(Real World Research) – Why do we do the things we do when we know the consequences of our actions? This article looks at the big D (as in denial), when it can be good for us and when it can be hazardous to our health.