Calling All Parents and Grandparents!


I’m about to start a new Happiness Essentials series on Raising Happy Kids, and I’d love to include advice from our readers (along with the results of studies and my own experience).  So please share your best advice in Comments here or on Facebook, and watch for the new series starting this Wednesday.




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Gratitude and Happiness: Appreciating the Small Things


by Lynda WallaceSandra Neil Wallace, and Rich Wallace

Lynda: Well, as he so often is, the Bard of Bikini Bottom was right when he tried to convince Squidward to get with the gratitude. The evidence is overwhelming that actively appreciating the good things in our lives can make a real difference in our happiness, and even in our health. So Rich and Sandra, let’s talk about some of the things that make our lives good that we might not always even notice, let alone actively appreciate.

Here’s one of mine. The garbage truck. Twice a week, it pulls up to the curb in front of my house early in the morning and a guy jumps out and takes my garbage away. The truck is noisy, and sometimes I have to go collect my garbage can lids from my neighbors’ lawns, but what tiny inconveniences those are as compared to having to figure out for myself what to do with our garbage. I suppose if I did, we’d be even better recyclers than we already are, but still, I appreciate that I don’t have to deal with our garbage and I appreciate the guys who do.

Rich: It’s good to hear that appreciating the under-appreciated is good for us! I’ve often wondered if I was going overboard when I look out at the yard and think “Wow, I’m so glad there are squirrels out there,” or “It’s so nice that the leaves are changing colors.” (more…)

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Thank You, Swagger Writers!


Sometimes, you just have to bask in the sun.

We’re delighted to have been chosen by the Swagger Writers Blog as one of their Eclectic Blog Award choices.  Thank you Swagger!

Yes, we’re bragging.  But we’re not exactly just bragging — happily for us, the rules are that we have to tell you.  And okay, Rich is one of Swagger’s contributing writers, but he didn’t his fellow writers were choosing us.

And besides, the sun is out, the pool is warm, why not spin around on the round yellow float for a little while?

We are also supposed to tell you about some of our favorite blogs and something not many people know about each of us.

First, the blogs:

Rich: Some of us middle-aged people train just as hard now as we ever did, so I like hearing others’ takes on training and racing. (more…)

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Lynda Wallace

Thank you for visiting Active Happiness. I created this site in the hope of helping us all to create greater happiness, both in our lives and in the world.

My name is Lynda Wallace, and I’m a Positive Psychology coach and consultant working with local clients from my office in Montclair, NJ, and with clients from around the world over the phone and internet. Positive Psychology is a research-based branch of psychology that studies the causes of human thriving and seeks to develop effective, proven ways to enhance the well-being of individuals, families, organizations, and communities.

I hold an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, completed my certification in Advanced Positive Psychology Coaching with Dr. Robert Biswas Diener, and continue to study the science and application of Positive Psychology with Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar. I’m a member of the International Positive Psychology Association and the International Coach Federation.

Before I followed my passion into the field of Positive Psychology, I was a long-time executive with Johnson & Johnson, where I was responsible for a $1B portfolio of global brands including Band-Aids, Neosporin, and Purell.  I’m also a founder of the Abangoh Children’s Project, a not-for-profit foundation that supports the care of orphaned children in Cameroon, Africa.

I live in Montclair, NJ with my delightful daughter Evie and our dog Gingersnap. I adopted Evie from China when she was a baby, and no matter what else I ever do in my life, that will always remain the best decision I ever made.


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