The act of identifying your purpose and bringing it to life on a consistent basis, however, can prove challenging. I don’t know about you, but there are times when I feel overwhelmed when I begin a new project or am pursuing a purpose-driven goal.

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When was the last time you felt truly happy for another being? The Buddha taught that our happiness is tied directly to the happiness of others. This practice of mudita, therefore, helps teach us to experience the joy of others in a heartfelt way, regardless of their relationship to us and, in so doing, nurture the seeds of our own happiness.

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Play encourages abstract thought and improves our ability to imagine. It releases endorphins and helps us envision other perspectives — hello empathy!
Even more powerfully, recent research has shown that play helps build connections of neurons in the pre-frontal cortex — what I call “the boss” because it’s the decision making part of our brains.

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So what is gratitude?
Cicero, in Roman culture, named gratitude the “mother” of all human feelings.
In woo-woo talk, it’s that tingly, fuzzy, feel-good sensation inside our minds, and maybe even hearts. It’s validation. It’s instant happiness.
And it is. When we express gratitude, it acts as a catalyst for our brain to release dopamine and serotonin – neurotransmitters responsible for happiness.

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It is estimated that over 400 MILLION people meditate around the world. Our supermarket shelves are bursting with magazines, and since 2015 this budding industry has launched more than 2,500 meditation applications and now claims millions of online practitioners. Yet it seems that people are more stressed out than ever before. Why?

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