The Joy Compass: Eight Ways to Find Lasting Happiness, Gratitude, and Optimism in the Present Moment ~ Donald Altman MA, LPC

What would life be like if we could get beyond the everyday worries, troubles, and stress that keep us from enjoying the joy in every moment?

The Joy Compass is the little book that leads readers toward this possibility with tips and strategies for overriding the brain’s natural negativity bias so that they can reset their moods, release their laughter, and fully appreciate happy moments. Readers learn to recognize their negative moods as early as possible and override them to refocus their attention toward the people, events, and thoughts that bring them joy.

The eight unique mindfulness strategies in this book help readers position their joy compass toward the present moment and develop the capacity to always have joy within arm’s reach, no matter the situation. The strategies include laughing, expressing gratitude, forgiving others, self-soothing with music, and spending silent time in contemplation or prayer.


1: Developing Attention & Intention

1. Becoming Friends with Your Mind and Body

2. Using Intention to Show Who’s in Control

2: Mindfulness Pathways to Joy & Positive Moods

3. Laughter Really Is Powerful Medicine

4. Get an Attitude of Gratitude

5. Finding Forgiveness

6. Music Is the Magical Mood Manager

7. Contemplation and Meditation

8. Mobilize Resources through Affirmation

9. Get Grounded in the Here and Now

10. Thrive through Love and Social Connections

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Donald Altman

Donald is a psychotherapist and former Buddhist monk. Born in Chicago, he now resides in Portland, Oregon, where he teaches at Portland State University as an adjunct faculty member of the Interpersonal Neurobiology Program, and is an adjunct professor at Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. Donald also serves on the board of directors of “THE CENTER FOR MINDFUL EATING.”

In his own words: “Mindfulness is my passion. I ordained in a Burmese Buddhist monastery with a wonderful mindfulness teacher– the venerable U. Silananda (author of The Four Foundations of Mindfulness). Later, while leading workshops on spiritual eating, I found many people coming to ask me about eating disorders that they were struggling with… and so I returned to school and am now a licensed psychotherapist. I believe it only takes a few grains of mindfulness each day to deepen enjoyment in daily life, and I have seen how it has changed lives in a positive way… one moment at a time!”

In addition to bringing practical mindfulness skills and strategies to anyone wanting a less chaotic life, Donald also travels around the country teaching therapists and professionals how to use clinical mindfulness interventions for anxiety, depression, and stress.

Donald Altman author of One-Minute Mindfulness
Donald Altman author of ONE-MINUTE MINDFULNESS (New World Library) explains how a simple task like washing the dishes is a wonderful opportunity to practice mindfulness on this AM Northwest interview in Portland, OR.

Master Sha’s Soul Healing Power

Experience the power of Soul to heal your soul, mind and body with Dr. and Master Sha:

You have the power to heal yourself, together we have the power to heal the world! ~ Dr. and Master Sha

Dr. and Master Zhi Gang Sha is a soul leader, an extraordinary healer, and a divine servant. Trained as an MD in China and a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine in China and Canada, he created Power Healing and Soul Mind Body Medicine to combine the essence of Western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine with ancient energy and spiritual healing secrets from China.

The founder of the Institute of Soul Healing and Enlightenment, Dr. Sha is a grandmaster of many ancient disciplines, including tai chi, qi gong, feng shui, and the I Ching. He was named Qigong Master of the Year at the Fifth World Congress on Qigong. An inspired guide in his Soul Power Series of best-selling books, TV programs, and other teachings and services, Dr. Sha says, “Heal and transform the soul first; then healing and transformation of every aspect of life will follow”. In 2006, Dr. Sha was granted the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission Award for his humanitarian efforts.

I consider Master Sha’s healing path to be a universal spiritual practice, a journey into genuine transformation.
~ Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith
Founder, Agape International Spiritual Center

The Century Of The Self 1 of 4 | One: Happiness Machines [updated Oct 4, 2012]

Series information;

Adam Curtis’ acclaimed series examines the rise of the all-consuming self against the backdrop of the Freud dynasty.

To many in both politics and business, the triumph of the self is the ultimate expression of democracy, where power has finally moved to the people. Certainly the people may feel they are in charge, but are they really? The Century of the Self tells the untold and sometimes controversial story of the growth of the mass-consumer society in Britain and the United States. How was the all-consuming self created, by whom, and in whose interests?

The Freud dynasty is at the heart of this compelling social history. Sigmund Freud, founder of psychoanalysis; Edward Bernays, who invented public relations; Anna Freud, Sigmund’s devoted daughter; and present-day PR guru and Sigmund’s great grandson, Matthew Freud.

Sigmund Freud’s work into the bubbling and murky world of the subconscious changed the world. By introducing a technique to probe the unconscious mind, Freud provided useful tools for understanding the secret desires of the masses. Unwittingly, his work served as the precursor to a world full of political spin doctors, marketing moguls, and society’s belief that the pursuit of satisfaction and happiness is man’s ultimate goal.

Creator, Adam Curtis, has graciously made this BBC series available for download in various formats at Internet Archive here:

The Century Of The Self 1 of 4 | One: Happiness Machines
The Century Of The Self 2 of 4 | Two: The Engineering Of Consent
The Century Of The Self 3 of 4 | Three: There Is Policeman Inside All Our Heads
The Century Of The Self 4 of 4 | Four: Eight People Sipping Wine In Kettering

EPISODE DETAIL: Happiness Machines

The story of the relationship between Sigmund Freud and his American nephew, Edward Bernays. Bernays invented the public relations profession in the 1920s and was the first person to take Freud’s ideas and use them to manipulate the masses. He showed American corporations how they could make people want things they didn’t need by systematically linking mass-produced goods to their unconscious desires.

Bernays was one of the main architects of the modern techniques of mass-consumer persuasion, using every trick in the book, from celebrity endorsement and outrageous PR stunts, to eroticising the motorcar.

His most notorious coup was breaking the taboo on women smoking by persuading them that cigarettes were a symbol of independence and freedom. But Bernays was convinced that this was more than just a way of selling consumer goods. It was a new political idea of how to control the masses. By satisfying the inner irrational desires that his uncle had identified, people could be made happy and thus docile.

It was the start of the all-consuming self which has come to dominate today’s world.

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