Maria Shriver Powered by Inspiration - For Architects of Change Sun, 05 Jul 2015 17:15:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Happiness Is a Choice; Will You Choose It? Sun, 05 Jul 2015 12:12:35 +0000 I was shooting a story this week for the Today Show (it airs Monday) on the pursuit of happiness. I interviewed two young guys who set out across the country to talk to the happiest people in the United States. And what they found was pretty simple: They found people who believed in gratitude, who relied on community and who consciously decided to choose happiness.

Choose happiness…

Direct yourself — your mind — towards that goal. I like that because it means that happiness — …

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4 Ways to See the Good In Almost Anything Sat, 04 Jul 2015 11:04:31 +0000 Man, if you’re obsessed with news channels, it’s hard to see the good.

I personally stopped watching the news on a regular basis many years ago, with the exception of CBS Sunday Morning, which is the NPR-of-TV to me (and even that I only catch once every few weeks).

You would think I was blissfully ignorant about the world’s issues, but oddly enough I’m not. I manage to keep up thanks to the overwhelming array of options now available all day long from millions of …

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Since You Asked…Let Freedom Ring Fri, 03 Jul 2015 12:17:41 +0000 It’s nearly Independence Day, which means sun, fun and awkward interpersonal interactions. You’ve got problems, let’s solve ‘em!

Q: My relationship recently ended and it has me feeling “free at last!” I thought I would be sad, but I feel so free and I’m loving being single. I kind of want to shout it from the rooftops (aka from my Instagram) but we still follow one another on social media. Do I have to tone down the happy so I don’t hurt feelings? 

A: One: …

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9 Tips to Travel Healthily (& Comfortably!) This Summer Fri, 03 Jul 2015 11:03:28 +0000 I love to explore the world and am fortunate to have travelled to some wonderful places over the years, both with my work and for leisure. When I do travel, I think about how I can make my travel a healthy experience. My goal is to enjoy my time away, then come home feeling refreshed.

[Read: 8 Ways to Make the Most of Summer Travel]

  1. Pack Smart

My strategy is quite simple; I like to pack efficiently and lightly, while making sure there is plenty …

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What We Hide Controls Us– How to Build Stronger Relationships By Telling the Truth Thu, 02 Jul 2015 11:30:05 +0000 Anyone familiar with my writing knows that I am a BIG advocate of telling the truth. The truth is the basis for everything I do both professionally and personally, from finances to food and everything in between. I tell the truth about how much money I want to make and why; this helps me map out a realistic business plan. I tell the truth about my diet, so I can keep my goals and live in a body I love. Most importantly, I strive to …

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5 Warning Signs That Your Soulmate Is Becoming a Roommate Thu, 02 Jul 2015 11:28:22 +0000 It’s insidious and before you know it the love of your life turns into someone just sharing a space –here’s how to avoid that from happening.

In perusing Facebook this morning, I noticed this that a good friend of mine and his wife just celebrated their 33rd anniversary. I know them well and their relationship is solid, which makes them a rarity. Unfortunately, it has been my personal and observed experience that most marriages that “last” are really just a comfortably shared misery of …

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3 Reasons to Eat Clean & Green + Smoothie & Snack Recipes Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:26:45 +0000 “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.” — Thomas Edison

Clean Eating: A lifestyle that involves consuming real food in or as close to its most natural state as possible. Eating to nourish and cleanse the body and mind. Educating yourself on where food comes from. Purchasing or growing foods that are nutritious, unprocessed and sustainable. Being more mindful of your …

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A Conversation With Jane Goodall: 4 Lessons on Aging, Communicating & the Environment Wed, 01 Jul 2015 11:26:07 +0000 Jane Goodall exhibits an enviable calm about her life’s third act. “I’m not afraid of death. Just the dying part; it depends what you die of. I don’t now what happens when we die. I just feel there’s something else. To me, death is kind of an adventure,” she reveals with ease as if she were ordering lunch.

[Read: Lessons From Female Soldiers]

At 81 years of age Jane — known as the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees, a UN Messenger of Peace and founder …

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How to Escape the Diet Trap Cycle & Keep Weight Off for Good Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:47:26 +0000 People often think they need to change their eating to lose weight. While this is true, it’s only half of the story. To make permanent changes in their eating, people need to make changes in their thinking because individuals’ thinking highly influences what they do and don’t eat.

[Read: 5 Ways to Make Meditation Less Intimidating]

Maybe you’ve had thoughts such as:

  • It’s okay to eat this because I’ll start my diet tomorrow
  • It’s unfair that I can’t eat like everyone else.
  • I’ve had a
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5 Things Not To Say To New Widows Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:46:37 +0000 “No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.” -C. S. Lewis, “A Grief Observed”

Death is a topic that can clear out a room of even the most kindhearted people. Just mention any of the following words — passing, mortality, funeral, burial, death — and people get nervous. Very few individuals are comfortable with holding an honest conversation about death, and even fewer know what to say to a new widow.

[Read: A Note to Sheryl Sandberg From a Fellow Young Widow]

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