happiness

5 Tips on How to Gracefully End a Friendship

You should never question a decision you knew was best for you at that time. If at that crucial moment you knew in your head and in your heart it was the right thing for you to do, don’t ever doubt yourself or feel guilty for putting yourself first.... Read More...

How to Be Happy Even if Things Aren’t Perfect Now

We can't force things — friendships, relationships, careers, decisions, etc. Deep down, I've always known this, but that hasn't stopped me from trying to anyway. Nothing is gained by pushing the river, for the water ultimately arrives at the sea in its own perfect time... ... Read More...

Does Money Bring Happiness? Answered Honestly

When you ask children what they want to be when they grow up, they never seem to be short on ideas. Creative, far-fetched, and full of hope, they fearlessly tell you that they want to become: firefighters, superheroes, astronauts, athletes. This is because their brains haven't developed enough to over-think each situation until paralysis sets in and saps their will to imagine...... Read More...

Creating More Joy in Your Life Right Now

I recall a time when severe heart pains shot through my chest and startled me out of a deep sleep. This happened so often that I scheduled a doctor’s appointment. Surely, something was horribly wrong with my heart. Although my test results returned normal I didn’t feel fine. I had a beautiful life by society’s standards —a husband, 2 children, a house, and a “good” job. However, I worked long hours, I never saw my children, and my marriage was strained. My work no longer fulfilled me, my husband no longer fulfilled me, and my beliefs no longer fulfilled me. The song that sang inside of my head was sad and melancholic. Occasionally, what I thought was joy would surface but it would quickly dissipate into my dark and gloomy thoughts... I do whatever it takes to change my thoughts (sing, read, watch a good comedy) and when I shift my thoughts my mood follows. You can do this too. ... Read More...

6 Steps Towards Peace and Contentment

Once upon a time, there was a season for resolutions and realignment. Nowadays, that season is every day. This shift of focus created a powerful revolution in my life. I started being nice to myself, forgiving the blemishes, leaving room for growth and encouraging the best. It was a love revolution. The ugly parts suddenly weren’t so bad, and the bad parts really weren’t so bad after all. Best of all, I felt – well – perfect. Perfect just as is. How did I do it? By following these basic steps.... ... Read More...

Discovering Happiness: Life-Changing Advice That You Need

Currently we are all being inundated with new ideas on what we can do to feel happier. There are so many concepts to pursue and test that it's not surprising that we freeze in the face of all this information. What we need is to use what we know about lean thinking and apply it to our personal happiness...... Read More...

How to Go Far in Life With These 5 Effective Intentions

I set the intention to see purple flowers. I was reading, E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Change Your Consciousness. I was on the second experiment which called for me to test the power of intention. The experiment required that I actively look for something, anything of my choosing. As soon as I set the intention, I began to panic. After all, it was wintertime in the city. The predominant colour was gray, surrounded by more gray. It would be nearly impossible to find any flowers at all, let alone the prized and rare purple ones... But I did find them. How to Get Far in Life: Setting 5 Effective Intentions ... Read More...

Going Unplugged: The Counterintuitive Way to Increase Your Energy

If you are a driven, ambitious, go-getter, the idea of taking a rest day, going unplugged and slowing down can feel baffling, counter-intuitive and well ain’t nobody got time for that. What if I told you that giving yourself a break every once in a while on a consistent basis can improve your productivity, would you do it? When you try to control everything, you enjoy nothing. Sometimes you just need to relax, breathe, let go and live in the moment.... Read More...

5 Tips to Move Beyond Envy and Start Enjoying Your Life

Envy is the art of counting the other fellow's blessings instead of your own. If we envy someone else, it’s like we’re unconsciously telling the universe we feel less worthy to receive and achieve than someone else, which is, of course, hogwash… I first began to leave envy behind (though this green monster still badgered me for rides home long after I’d attempted to ditch her) once I’d realized these five things...... Read More...

A Question to Ask Yourself Every Day: Are You Happy?

I am going to ask you one very simple question. Please try to answer right away and without thinking... give call your answer out loud and to the best of your ability. ARE YOU HAPPY? The Appreciation We Have for Many Other Aspects of our Lives are Affected by our Immediate Circumstances...... Read More...

How to Become The Best Version of Yourself

When you’re in your last days on Earth, you’ll never, ever think to yourself “I wish I’d waited longer.” Time and life won’t hold off until you’re ready. Wrapped up in our “success bubbles”, it’s easy to forget we’re not invincible. That something could happen in an hour/month/year from now that could make your lifelong dreams impossible. Take it from me. I woke up one morning to arthritis that kept me bedridden for six months. For the first time, all those things I’d been waiting for – a life between NYC and NZ, a career I loved, and the happiness I craved – almost disappeared. Are you ready for that reality? Then there are the long-term effects of life dreams on the back burner. We gradually become more and more stuck in place, and watch our motivation fizzle. We become frustrated, bored, and run down.... Read More...

Feeling Upbeat in the Morning and Staying Positive All Day

Our minds are marvellous things, and when we allow them to flourish we reach a place that is not only beautiful, but peaceful and happy as well. Depression is a disease that can be defeated. It can be beat, but only if we truly commit. So stand up, call a friend, and go live your life. Give yourself a reason to wake up every day. It won’t be easy but it’s worth the fight to feel alive again! "When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love". ... Read More...

When Thoughts Pull You in Different Directions, Do This

Have you ever driven from Point A to Point B and not remembered the drive? Or have you ever got off the phone with someone and forget what you just talked about with them? Or have you ever been so worried and anxious about the future that you miss out on what's happening in the present? You may even felt stuck like you can't see a solution to a problem and all you think about is the problem and you miss what's happening around you. If any of this sounds familiar to you, you are...... Read More...

Staying Happy No Matter What: 5 Simple Steps

Life is hectic. Sometimes it becomes so overwhelming that we hardly have a chance to catch our breath trying to keep our mind calm and stress-free. Deadlines, new projects, new assignments, goals, dreams and our desire to succeed make our mind race against the time exhausting it in the process. We go to bed with a list of things we failed to do; we wake up with a list that doubles. The whole experience is extremely energy draining, and it establishes stress and unrest in your life.... Read More...

6 Amazing Life Lessons From A Very Unusual Teacher

Unlike Scooby-Doo, my dog makes sense when she talks to me. Holly is a five-year-old white lab, and like Scooby, she loves treats and will never pass up a tummy rub. Like Mr. Miyagi from the Karate Kid movies, she imparts wisdom in the most unlikely ways. The knowledge she bestows upon me helps as I travel toward a more full and fulfilling life.... Read More...

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