Written by Lifebook Member Dr. Joel Wade, Ph.D. One step in building a better quality of life is dealing with what gets in the way for us. Envy can be a huge barrier to success, and mastering this particular emotion can open doors that we’ve padlocked...

The internet is overflowing with articles on ways to unwind and relax after a stressful day, which can be very useful… but an even more powerful strategy is to get to the source of the problem, and cut stress out before it even happens. By careful editing of your life, and changing certain habits, you can eliminate most common sources of stress in your life. It’s important to note that a totally stress-free life isn’t possible (or even desirable). Stress is a natural response to challenges and growth in life, and a life without challenges or growth is too boring to contemplate. However, many of us can agree that most of the stress in our lives is unnecessary, and that it can be eliminated by taking some simple steps. It can’t be accomplished overnight — but it’s a rewarding and worthy goal.

Every thought you think and every word you say is a declaration about who you are in this moment, and how you are perceiving the world. Whether you believe that life is a blissful, joyous, blessed experience -- or a difficult, miserable, stressful one -- YOU ARE RIGHT. Because, moment to moment, YOU are the creator of your experience. Here are 33 beautiful affirmations to empower, uplift and inspire you as you create your experience consciously, with ever-increasing love and gratitude.

As humans, the search for happiness is hardwired in our DNA. It transcends age, gender, geography, vocation, and personal circumstances. There are probably as many different paths to happiness as there are people on the planet! But there is ONE thing that is virtually guaranteed to set...

Affirmations are like little spells. They are small but mighty words that powerfully rewire our brains, and enable us to restructure the thought processes that greatly influence our behaviors. They help us develop positivity in our lives, faith in ourselves, and gratitude for all that we...

“Like most people, you spend much of your time swimming in a sea of negativity and complaints. Just as a fish may not even be aware of the water that surrounds it, you may not be aware of all the complaints you hear and speak.” -Will Bowen Complaining is so much a part of our society, it can be difficult to recognize what is and is not a complaint.  So let’s begin with a definition… The dictionary defines the word 'complain' as: an expression of dissatisfaction, pain, or grief; to find fault. Basically, complaining is the counter-opposite of being grateful, content, and self-responsible. And boy, do people love to complain. Open your ears and you'll hear that complaining has become an integral part of most people's daily exchanges.  Many times, people use complaints as icebreakers – beginning a conversation with a negative observation because they believe it will elicit a greater response than something positive (and, unfortunately, they're often right). People complain about cold weather, hot weather, traffic, lack of sleep, hunger, fullness, uncomfortable clothes, jobs, lack of jobs… the list is endless.

What an incredible time it is to be alive. Without a doubt, we are the luckiest generation in the history of humanity… living in the safest, cleanest, wealthiest age to date. We don’t have to focus single-mindedly, from dawn ‘til dusk, on where our next meal is going to come from, or how we’re going to survive this year’s winter, or how we could ever possibly complete the 3,000-mile trek from New York to California on foot. We have almost zero life-threatening challenges to face on a day-to-day basis, and millions upon millions of life-enriching tools at our fingertips, most of which are accessible with only the click of a tiny (virtual) button. Never have humans been so FREE to do what we want, when we want, how we want… and to do it at such lightning speed, with such miraculous efficacy. So why aren’t more of us happy? Blissfully grateful, even? Do we really understand how LUCKY we are? What would all the other generations of humanity have given to experience even a TINY fraction of the luxuries we take for granted everyday? Yet, despite the countless miracles of our modern world, most people are dissatisfied, angry, and unfulfilled. Clearly we don’t understand how charmed our lives are. We are the luckiest people who have EVER been born… Do we really have a RIGHT to be unhappy? Comedian Louis C.K. doesn’t think so, and this month we’re featuring a delightfully hilarious video clip from his interview with Conan O’Brien, that is sure to put a smile on your face and remind you just how lucky you truly are…