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THE SECRET TO HAPPINESS ON VALENTINE’S DAY Valentine’s day should be about giving, not receiving; furthermore giving meaningful things not material Valentine’s day is over, I know. But, next year maybe think about how you will change the narrative. On a scale of 1 to 10 that asks about your happiness on valentine’s day, with…

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Check Yo Self Before You Wreck Yo Self Ice Cube sang it and now we should follow his concept to measure your well-being. “You better check yo self before you wreck yo self ‘Cause I’m bad for your health… Chickity-check yo self before you wreck yo self” Ice Cube’s point was clear, Check yo’ self…

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Don’t Set Goals in 2021 Control what you can control; focus on your efforts, not the outcomes. Ultimate Well-Being Program reframes your mind to get excited, be thankful, and recognize accomplishments. I had an interview in late 2019, I really wanted that job, I thought. The recruiter asked me, “Where do you want to be…

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Top 10 Ways for Daily Self-Care Practicing daily self-care is different for everyone-––as it should be. There are simple things we can do to enhance our day to day. Learn more about how we do this at Ultimate Well-Being. Too often, though, harmful practices are labelled as self-care in the name of relaxation or productivity.…

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Mental Well-Being Session 1 Shakespeare said about the inner mind, “It’s a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” That’s your racket. That’s mental well-being Prep email: Get a paper/pen. Bring a tennis racket/badminton racket.  Moderator: This is an important section—there is no happiness without mental health.  Our objective is…

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Further there are many ‘thinking errors’ defined by cognitive behavioral therapy as defined in the book ‘Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Made Simple’. Here is a list: Type Description Example Black and white Seeing things in extreme If I do badly on this exam, I’m an idiot Shoulding Way we want things is way ought to be…

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Session #1: Achieve Daily Flow Understanding how discipline creates good habits that improve well-being Physical well-being fundamentally is about the discipline in developing good life habits.  To achieve daily flow, you need balance and you need the right mindset which can only be formed by you and how you go about the day and your…

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  Understand Oneness and the pragmatic benefits of spirituality. Ultimate Well-Being shows us that spirituality is a necessary variable in optimizing your well-being. It’s also essential to build a better world in 2021. Clarence and Kurt working on this one. The UWB team often focuses on the pragmatic benefits of spirituality. Oneness is no exception.…

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Try Zen Sports Zen Sports combine your full physical, mental, and emotional energy into a sport. Sick of going to the gym? Feel like it’s a job? Don’t have enough time to meditate, workout, and socialize? So find a Zen sport and do it with friends. When you combine your full physical, mental, and emotional…

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Eight Ways To Meditate Without Just Sitting There There are many ways to get the benefits of meditation through other activities. We’ve all heard the buzz about meditation. Celebrities endorse it, scientific studies proclaim its benefits, and it’s no longer considered a religious activity. But despite being eager to reap the rewards of meditation, some…

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10 different types of meditation and who they might be good for

10 Types of Meditation – And Who They Might Be Good For Meditation practice helps you stay strong in the face of negativity and uncertainty. It keeps you calm, rational and grounded under stressful conditions, and improves quality of life in the good times too. Here are 10 different types of meditation to try out…

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Know Thyself to Know What You Want It’s vital to learn about yourself in a changing world. Knowing thyself allows you to adapt to your strengths. There are many ways to learn about yourself including personality tests, family/friend feedback, journaling/writing, and meditation. Know thyself. This ancient Greek aphorism, originally attributed to Socrates, is said to…

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Ravi Vemulapalli – VP of Operations; Austin, Texas Whenever there is turmoil or a big change, you need to recenter yourself. UWB is the method for learning to re-center your inner self. Things may look fine, but you could be driving yourself into a rut. Even if you already meditate, exercise every day, have friends,…

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Different Types of Conversations: Casual, Intentful, and Difficult Conversations Learn how to have different types of conversations that can affect your well-being. Earlier we reflected on our social life and who we spent time with. The strength of your relationships relies on the ability to communicate. So that means it affects your well-being. Isn’t that…

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career funk

Breaking Out the Career Funk I hear a lot of people in the professional world say, “I’m in a career funk.” When you ask them why, they have no answer. What was once excitement is now apathy and a new challenge is now mundane, this is the “career funk.” This not-at-all bad. In fact, we…

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Take back control of your attention

Take Back Control of Your Attention Make No Mistake, The Biggest Battle in America is for Your Attention The news media wants your attention. Facebook/IG/Snap/TikTok/LinkedIn want your attention. I want your attention! You get so used to being distracted that you can’t even focus on those around you. Do you find yourself struggling with time…

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The Power of Mindfulness and different types of meditation

The Power of Mindfulness and Types of Meditation Learn about the power of mindfulness, and the different types of mediation in order to increase your mental well-being The ability of our minds to do what we want them to do, and not do what we don’t want them to do, is maddeningly elusive. Anyone who…

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What is Conditioning?

What is Conditioning? Learn about conditioning and how it impacts your mental well-being. From the moment we are born, conditioning begins. We constantly have experiences that give rise to thoughts, feelings and emotions. Based on these we form conscious ideas, and subconscious or even unconscious mental patterns, which in turn drive our behavior. At any…

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Don’t Let Politics Derail Your Happiness Politics can be a major external factor in disrupting your happiness. Don’t let it. You’re enjoying some much-needed social interaction after a long quarantine. Everything’s going great until somebody brings up politics—blame or praise of a certain elected official, perhaps, or a brazen view on sensitive issues. Suddenly your…

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Learn about Sleep Hygiene for Your Physical Well-Being Do you really know if you are sleeping well? What are your nighttime habits? The practice of sleep hygiene means setting up the optimal conditions for your head to hit the pillow and go straight out, rather than tossing, turning, and stressing through the night.  The first…

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Learn About Chronic Illness and Physical Well-Being Illness in any form has profound impact on physical well-being. How do we deal with this? Chronic illness is subtly yet profoundly devastating. It wreaks havoc on a person’s body, mind, livelihood, relationships and happiness. In particular, diseases not able to be properly diagnosed, treated or cured by…

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Learn about Body Image and Physical Well-Being Body image is how you view and perceive your physical self, but it is just that—an image, a snapshot that only offers one perspective. Where one person sees beauty, another may see ugliness or nothing special at all. That is perception at work. Sadly, our body image is…

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Jedi Mind Tricks, tranquil woman doing yoga in the park

Top 10 Jedi Mind Tricks For Mental Well-Being Use Jedi Mind Tricks to eliminate negative thoughts. From positive psychology and cognitive behavioral therapy, we’ve devised these quick tips for you. Do you ever have a negative thought that you cannot eradicate? Does too much work cause an overhang of stress? Do you get set off…

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Physical Well-Being: Adjustment & Action As we progress through successive stages, you will begin to take charge of your physical well-being and use it as a tool to boost Ultimate Well-being. Now we will employ key practices like IF/Then, Habit Stacking, Pomodoro Technique and more. Adjustment You are putting in a lot of hard work…

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Physical Well-Being: Awareness, Understanding & Acceptance Physical well-being encompasses the body or wellness, life, and work. Now that sounds like a lot, doesn’t it? It’s something you already do but most of it, you don’t think about it. One of the key facets of UWB is developing awareness and taking a chaotic, confused life and…

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Hand reaching out to the sky, symbolizing spirituality and spiritual well-being

The Science of Spirituality KDAlive preaches spirituality as a core tenet of Ultimate Well-Being. “How can I believe something I can’t prove? you ask yourself. “How can I quell my fears and anxieties?” You are up late at night. You can’t sleep with life’s big questions floating through your head. Unlike measuring nutrition or tracking…

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The Pursuit of Happiness The pursuit of happiness, together, for yourself and those around you, is what America’s independence means to me. The pursuit of happiness isn’t created in solitude; it’s created together. That should be the basis for our communities. It also impacts the social component of your Ultimate Well-Being. Many think that his/her…

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Emplasticity: Three Layers of Empathy Empathy, we’ve all heard, “Put yourself in another’s shoes.” But do we ever really do this? I know I haven’t. For many years I was a tourist, just looking out the window as the car drives by impoverished places, taking pictures of the situation only to go back to the…

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Top Ten Ways to Make a Better World Post Covid-19 How can the Covid-19 pandemic possibly make a better world in the future? Last week we talked about how the Covid-19 pandemic has already caused changes in the American workplace and the future of working from home. This week, we want to talk about how…

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Silicon Valley can re-make the American Workplace

Silicon Valley Can Re-Make the American Workplace. By opening up micro offices, Silicon Valley can re-make the USA more culturally integrated and bridge the tech divide. WFH won’t work. The Silicon Valley can re-make the American workplace by bringing high-quality, high-tech jobs to the places that have historically lacked them, tap and develop new talent…

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Black Lives Matter (BLM)

Black Lives Matter (BLM), Racism, and Ultimate Well-Being Recognize and unlearn the racism that lies within you and Black Lives Matter (BLM) “We are living in a racism pandemic.”  Sandra L. Shullman, PhD, president of the American Psychological Association We cannot talk about well-being without addressing Black Lives Matter (BLM). The events of the past…

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Speak with Wisdom and Intent Spiritual writer Donald Rothberg taught me the value of communicating with intent. I recently went to a workshop in Spirit Rock. Communication can affect your well-being, but did anyone ever tell you how to talk? To optimize your UWB (Ultimate Well-Being) using communication, keep this in mind:  Remember Donald’s wisdom…

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Isolation Guide #6: Spirituality to Feed the Soul  “The wound is the place where the light enters you.” ––Rumi In a technologically advanced world, and in particular in Western cultures and societies, it’s considered standard that we turn to science and empirical data to feed the soul. Yet while it’s true that science can solve…

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Isolation Guide #5: Social UWB and Connected “Alone Together” Learn to live alone together and create a better world “There is an underlying force in the workings of human relationships that can make or break our destiny as humans, even at work. If we don’t build work relationships with intention and care, it’s only a…

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Isolation Guide #4: Career and Financial Stability Create financial stability in time of crisis like Coronavirus Work on this: Define financial stability  Have set work hours – and stick to them. Use “down time” to reflect on and map out your career/financial goals and intentions. Find your flow in work. Learn something new. Ask for…

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Isolation Guide #3 — Mental Mayhem to Mind Control Much of your UWB ultimate well-being can be controlled by your mind. Your mind is either your best friend or your worst enemy. Before you continue, pick which one you want it to be. Assuming you want it to be your friend, it’s time to train…

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Help Public Service and Healthcare Workers Now! Are you a healthcare worker who needs supplies (PPE)? Here is an update. We have found several suppliers and raised $5700 to date. We need to continue raising more money to fund the purchases.The Gofund me link is here. We are working with the following organizations: Pueblo Health…

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Isolation Guide #2: Elevate the Emotional State of Well-being Here at KDAlive, we aren’t experts, we are well-being generalists. Our goal is to take a large amount of information, synthesize it and distribute it to you in a digestible format. Last week we covered how to take care of your physical health as part of…

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Isolation Guide #1: Focus on Physical Aspects of Ultimate Well-Being (UWB) Win the mornings Maintain your environment/Prioritize Hygiene/ Know what to eat Physical breaks and short workouts Track your mood Challenge Yourself: Replace unhealthy indulgences Sleep well and track your cycles Feeling lost, lonely, or out-of-focus with your activities? Change your habits and patterns now.…

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How to Cope with Anxiety from the Unknown Learn how to deal with anxiety caused by COVID-19 Accept the new reality and then make adjustments Start tracking mood behavior with Ultimate Well Being Learn to just live and enjoy; if you are struggling with anxiety read the book, “When Panic Attacks” Nature, fruits, and self…

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If You are So Smart, Why aren’t You Happy? Meet Raj Raghunathan who has studied happiness for two decades at the University of Texas, Austin. See our video chat here. https://youtu.be/pzhAAilHDF0 I was recently in Costa Rica – right when COVID19 hit in Central America – at the University of Peace Centre funded by the…

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Learn the Power of Improvisation I took an Improvisation class at Stanford University to learn how to better communicate with friends, family, and colleagues.  I learned a few things: a framework of communication, how to tell a story, and fully be in the moment Overview: Take a framework of how to discuss things into every…

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Oprah Winfrey Wellness Tour

Oprah Winfrey: Be the Highest and Truest Form of Yourself Learn what Oprah Winfrey says about her formula for wellness Key Take-Aways: Oprah’s wellness formula is mind + body + spirit. Mind = Emotions, learning and work Body = Nutrition and movement Spirit = purpose and relationships Focus on what your perfect vision for your…

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Connecting Authentically with Great Conversations Learn how to connect quickly and have meaningful conversations Do you know how to have engaging conversations that lead to meaningful interactions, even with a stranger?  Hi, I’m Clarence! I’m one of the new contributors to KDAlive. Recently I went to a workshop called the Art of Charm. The AoC is…

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The Future of Work is Remote No need to monkey around a cube any longer; technological advancement and institutional encouragement forces a false choice to fade away. If you have dreamed of sailing away to a faraway island where the cocktails flow freely and the seaside villas are cheaper than your fifth-floor walk-up, but hesitate…

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How to Break Into Technology It’s possible to have no college degrees and break-in “Fake it until you make it” Learn some hard skills that are easily hireable Don’t: Compare, Envy, be careful not to be something else someone wants/needs Tell people what they want to hear We are well into the digital age, and…

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How to Give Feedback Like a Buddha Essential ways to give feedback to a friend, colleague, or family member. The Zen Center in San Francisco offers skills-based classes in communication and personal development. I highly recommend these.  Develop confidence through an understanding of giving and receiving feedback through a Buddhist lens. “Learn to take the…

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Let’s Change What Christmas Means In America Christmas does anything but make people happy and feel connected Until we change Christmas in America, let’s wish each other Merry Chinamas! If you agree with this article, please share it with 3 people.  “Get in the Christmas spirit!” People say this to me all the time. To…

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Want to Make a Career Change – Use Zen to Help You Follow the plan below to guide you through a career transition. So you need a change, a shift in your career but you don’t know where to start? It’s hard. Stopping what you’ve been doing for years. I went to a class at…

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3-Day Vipassana Retreat in Canada Sometimes, one needs a retreat to reset Most Meaningful Experience: Getting back into the process I just finished a 3-day vipassana retreat at a nursing home turned Vipassana center in Youngstown, Canada. My original vipassana post is here. This place is a very modern facility, unusual for a vipassana center,…

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What I Learned from Deepak Chopra Deepak Chopra just released his new book, MetaHuman. Chopra challenges the mystery of being human. If you haven’t picked it up yet, go check it out. I attended his book launch and talk and learned all sorts of tips for better living – the trivialness of life, the release…

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Confronting Evil and Cleansing the Soul in Bhutan Learn how the Bhutanese purify their soul through a variety of rituals   Most Meaningful Experience: Visiting the Tiger’s Nest was awe-inspiring Top tips –  Visit the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, which was spectacular both inside and out –  Try to see an archery match to experience Bhutan’s national…

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  Discover the Multi-Pronged Wellness Approach of Wim Hof, Iceman Breathe, Cold, and Fasting is the way to reduce stress and stay mindful Key takeaways from my Iceman retreat: Intermittent fasting helps with mental clarity, fat burning, and hormonal health. Deep breathing can help to oxygenate your body and warm it up, enhancing your performance…

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Top 10 Things I Learned from WimHof Breathe, Cold, and Fasting is the way to reduce stress and stay mindful Know as the “Iceman”, Wim Hof is spreading his methodology of breathing, cold, and focus around the world. Here are 10 things I learned from a weekend retreat. More in depth here. https://kdalive.com/discovering-the-multi-pronged-wellness-approach-of-wim-hof-the-iceman/ 1. Meditation…

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    Bhutan and Gross National Happiness Learn about how the Bhutanese government measures progress through Gross National Happiness (GNH) The real reason I wanted to go to Bhutan was to investigate the “Land of Happiness” after reading about the government policies that try to maximize this for their people. I thought this was intriguing…

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Going forward, I’ll be writing more about Well-Being and the intersection of well-being and travel. At the start of May, I spent a long weekend at Multiversity 1440 the Science of Happiness gathering, which was being held in partnership with 1440 Multiversity at UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center. They have a beautiful college campus…

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Top 10 things I learned at Burning Man (with 2 Dope Videos) One piece of advice I got before I left for Burning Man was: “You can get what you want out of it, so decide what you want before you go.” But I didn’t really know what I could get out of it until…

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Top 10 Vipassana Takeaways Sometimes, one needs a retreat to reset Please see the original vipassana here! Vipassana: If You Meet the Buddha, Kill Him How You react to external stimuli is the most important thing in life Bringing yourself back to breathe and in the moment. Anxiety is self-induced, wants to create anxieties. Thinking…

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Living your Life on Purpose A good workshop to get focused on what’s important to you  Living Life on Purpose is a workshop hosted by Tina Desalvo’s organization Soul Purpose. It is about taking responsibility for your purpose. It’s an execution of the true genius/calling – the very thing each individual on the planet is…

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Transformation with the Hoffman Institute & Process Hoffman process is a week-long residential and personal growth retreat that helps participants identify negative behaviors, moods, and ways of thinking that developed unconsciously and were conditioned in childhood. My career and relationship coach, Tessa advised me to go to the Hoffman Institute where I could really go through…

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Japanese Baseball Hats

There seems to be an inextricable meditative link between throwing and thinking. This afternoon, Stephen Lee and I tossed a nerf football outside the Scribd office and I felt a cool breeze over my new haircut along with a new and completely untainted flow of thought. Just 2 hours before, we were in heated strategic…

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