“Decide that you are going to do everything in your power to live a simply beautiful life and live your life to the fullest every day… and you will find happiness.”
-Dr. Robert Puff, Happiness Expert, Author, Clinical Psychologist


#36 Happiness – Movie “Transcendence” and the “Singularity”

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Dr. Puff explores the implications of the movie “Transcendence” and the concept of “Singularity” in regards to finding happiness in the here and now.


#35 Happiness – Identifying with the “No-Self”

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Dr. Puff explains how we can free ourselves from the egoic illusion of the self. Explore how our egoic self gets in the way of living life and finding happiness.


#34 Happiness – Making Time for Happiness

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Dr. Puff explains the importance to making time to be happy. With our busy lives, we often forget to finding happiness in the here and now.


The Consequence of Not Pursuing Happiness

About 20 years ago, when I first started in Private Practice, I had a young man come to me who was so amazingly intelligent, bright, and alive with life. Although he was an incredible pleasure to work with, he came from a background where there was a lot of pain, a lot of suffering, and a lot of darkness. There were a number of very, very painful things that had happened to him in his life.

As we worked together for roughly six months, he was definitely getting better and was on an uphill trajectory. He was so intelligent that I am sure he had the potential to do a great deal of wonderful things in his life. However, circumstances changed and he stopped coming to therapy. He got involved in other things, and he … Read More »


#33 Happiness – How to Create a Beautiful Life

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#32 (b) Happiness – All Is Well Affirmations

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#32 (b) Happiness – All Is Well Affirmations


#32 (a) Happiness – Finding Hope in Our Hopelessness

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#32 (a) Happiness – Finding Hope in Our Hopelessness


Ensure Happiness

Posted on July 16th, by Dr. Puff in Articles. No Comments

In our last chapter, we examined the ways in which awareness is the cornerstone of helping us change our behavior. In this chapter, we’re going to look at the ways in which awareness is the cornerstone of who we are.

You may wonder, “But Dr. Puff, how could awareness be the cornerstone of who we are? After all, we have our families, we have our experiences, we have our schoolings, we have our memories…don’t all of these things together create, make, and define us as who we are?” All of these things definitely play a role in who we think we are right now, but the key phrase to remember is “who we think we are.” The truth is that who we think we are is in constant flux, changing all the time.

For a moment, let’s close … Read More »


Earnestness – The Key to Living a Happy Life

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Is there a specific ingredient that one must have in order to be happy? Is there something that, if we possess it, will cause us to be happy? If this is true, are there only certain people that can be happy? In other words, is happiness limited to only a select few? Let’s explore these questions.

The great news is that I believe that any one of us can be happy, no matter our circumstances. It really doesn’t matter what we start out with in this world as long as we end up living a happy and joyful life. However, there is one thing that we need in order to achieve this, a principle that works across the board in life in general and with happiness especially. What is this principle? This principle … Read More »


Death in Yellowstone: Adjusting to the Impermanence of Life

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When I was vacationing in Yellowstone, it was reported in the news that there had been a bear attack on a married couple. While hiking, the man and woman unwittingly got in between a mother bear and her cub. They were both attacked; the husband was killed and his wife barely survived with multiple injuries. This was the first time something of this nature had happened in over 25 years. Additionally, while I was there, I visited many geysers and hot springs and I noticed that there were numerous signs posted warning people to be careful. The signs stated that if you strayed from the path, you risked falling into one and dying. These signs had been paid for by a foundation set up by the family of a 9-year-old boy who had strayed … Read More »


Learning How to Live Life to the Fullest: Happiness and Chocolate… Are They Similar?

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I don’t know about you, but I love chocolate! Although I try to eat a proper diet most of the time, I have definitely cultivated a taste for the sweet stuff. Thankfully, I have found a “healthier” version of chocolate that I really enjoy. I limit how often I treat myself, and I try to limit myself to this particular “healthier” kind of chocolate. However, in the past, I was definitely much more indulgent. I recall many years ago when I was shopping at Costco, I found the most delicious, moist chocolate cake. And it was gigantic! The first bite was so exquisite, I couldn’t help taking another, and another, and yet another. But, after a few bites, it wasn’t quite as good. Don’t get me wrong, the cake was excellent, … Read More »


Winning the Bronze Medal in Life: What My Kindergartener Can Teach Us

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Many of us put a lot of pressure upon ourselves to achieve. When we don’t live up to our expectations, we are often very hard on ourselves. Furthermore, we have an incredible tendency to compare ourselves to other people. If we don’t live up to these imaginary lines of success that we have created in our heads, then we suffer. I want to offer an alternative to this suffering, a lesson we can all learn, courtesy of my six-year-old daughter.

Last week at school, an awards ceremony was held to recognize reading achievement. Usually, the younger children all receive awards while the older children compete against one another for gold, silver, and bronze medals. Our children had attended this school for quite some time, and my son had won a gold medal every year. This … Read More »


Agathism – The Best Way to Live Our Lives

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About three years ago, I was driving a Toyota Forerunner that had been in my possession for about 14 ½ years. It had 274,000 miles on the odometer and it was still running, although of course, not perfectly. I finally decided that I needed a new car, and since I have a tendency to keep the vehicles that I buy for so long, I was determined to get exactly what I wanted. A new hybrid that I had been reading about for quite some time piqued my interest, and so I decided that this was what I would purchase. Unfortunately, my plans were dashed because the particular hybrid I wanted wasn’t yet available in the market. I ultimately decided to lease a car, since the hybrid wasn’t going to be offered for purchase for another … Read More »


Why Addictions Are So Powerful and How to Overcome Them

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We are going to look at the nature of addictions: why they are so powerful, why we turn toward them, and how we can turn away from them, as we must, because of the negative consequences they ultimately deal out.

Addictions come in all shapes and forms. We can all think of stories about people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol. These types of abuses are very common throughout the world. One of my uncles, with whom I grew up and was very fond, struggled with alcohol. He was a very giving, loving person, but the years and years of drinking alcohol truly destroyed his life. He was a very handsome, fun person to be around, and he used to train animals for Hollywood. One summer when I was a boy, he drove all the … Read More »


Mental Stillness and Being Present: Key Ingredients of Happiness

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If you were to ask me, “What is the key, essential component of happiness?” or, “What is a fundamental element of happiness? my answer would be simultaneously simple , yet very complicated. Here, I’d like to explore the fundamental element of happiness. When we “get it,” when we understand it, when we live by it, we will be happy. What is it? What is the fundamental key to happiness? Though it may seem very easy, finding the key to happiness can be one of life’s most difficult and elusive tasks; yet it is possible. It is absolutely possible.

First, let’s explore what causes suffering. Why do we suffer? Some time ago, there was a woman with whom I worked who really struggled with life, although she was a wonderful person. One of … Read More »