This week we want to take a look at some theories regarding how, why and when we experience happiness. Additionally, we’ll reexamine the importance of self-awareness as we consider how we’ve grown, changed and learned throughout the semester. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with either one of us if there is anything that we can help with!

– Genesis & Chris

P.S. We’re planning an IFG Farewell Party for April 27 at d’Abbey Barplease RSVP by April 23!



Dan Gilbert, author of “Stumbling on Happiness,” challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our “psychological immune system” lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned.


Tell Me Who You Spend Time With, And I Will Tell You Who You Are

The fact is, the people we surround ourselves with help set the baseline for what we think is ok, what we think is possible and what we’re exposed to.


You’re Not Supposed to Be Happy All the Time

One of the more annoying quirks of human psychology has a name: hedonic adaptation. It’s a term psychologists use to describe the way you get used to the things that once made you happy. Getting a long-sought-after promotion at work, for example, initially makes you feel more satisfied with your life — but after a year or so, the feeling fades. You’re about as happy as you were before you got the new job.



The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy, says Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar. And happiness, he suggests, is born from gratitude. An inspiring lesson in slowing down, looking where you’re going, and above all, being grateful.


These 20 Questions Will Improve Your Self-Awareness


A Simple Weekly Mindfulness Practice: Keep a Gratitude Journal

Ask Yourself

What am I grateful for in the present moment?

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