Why is Happiness Important?

A happy heart is magicalThe question is: Why is happiness so important? To start: Happiness breeds success. Most people think that success gives us happiness but it truly is the other way around. But how can you be happy in a world with so many stresses and upsets? The answer is simple: You choose to be. Your happiness is in your hands…or should I say in your mind. Every feeling and emotion we have starts in our mind. To pump in happy thoughts has its rewards.
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The Video: Think Happy, Be Happy!

7There is a funny story about the YouTube video on this site. The video came about as part of a contest that I entered a year or so ago. The contest rules for the video were: 1. Needs to be five minutes long 2. Must get message stated in the first thirty seconds 3. Must tell a story 4. Claim yourself to be an expert  5. Give the audience a challenge. It is the first obstacle that has given the thought, maybe I should choose another path.
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Happiness Matters

all happiness to youWhy do most people not realize that happiness matters? According to, Shawn Achor, an author who speaks in his Tedx Talks video about the happiness advantage, speaks about how we as a whole push our happiness to the other side of success which makes happiness virtually unavailable to us.

According to Shawn the minute we reach a goal, immediately we need to be or do better and our happiness gets pushed off to the future. The prize carrot, which is on the end of the stick, keeps moving as we get closer. Our happiness becomes just an illusion and we never get to experience our own joy. I am exhausted just writing about it. Continue reading

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Happiness Hygiene

color your world happyWhat is your routine happiness hygiene? Do you do anything on purpose to raise or maintain your own happiness? Most people I know don’t even think of such a thing. But why? Isn’t your own happiness worth putting in a little effort? Happiness really makes a difference and has an affect on the outcome of your entire life.

Happy people are more resilient, handle stress in a positive way, have more creative ideas, can make decisions more effectively, and if they do get sick can bounce back much faster. Therefore it makes total sense to me why making happiness a habit should be at the top of everyone’s to-do list.
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Dance Yourself Happy

Is it possible to dance yourself happy?  Can your happiness be just a dance away? An article appearing in”Psychology Today” written by Lane Anderson reports of a study done at the University of Derby. Depressed patients given salsa dancing lessons improved their moods significantly by the end of the nine-week, hip-swiveling therapy.  Researchers cite the endorphin boost of exercise, plus the social interaction and concentration that dancing requires, and the increased self-confidence from learning a new skill.
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Don’t Worry, Be Happy.

There is nothing like a week in Jamaica to set the mood for “Don’t worry, be happy.” Most of my family is gone and I await the last hour before my long travel day begins. The sky is blue, the water is glistening in the sun and I am sitting here in bliss.

This past Saturday was my nephew Billy’s wedding. The wedding was on the beach at Resort Riu in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. What a beautiful ceremony it was with the sea as the backdrop along with the crystal clear water. The weather cooperated and the blue sky just complimented the blue water. Continue reading

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Gratitude Brings Happiness

Gratitude brings happiness. Gratitude is the great multiplier. Being grateful for all the good things in this life comes easy for me, and it always helps to perk me up if things sometimes look dim. However, being grateful for something you wanted that you did not get…that took much more effort for me.

Several years ago I went after a job that I was certain was the perfect fit for me. It was just what I thought I needed. When the job went to another candidate I was very surprised and disappointed to say the least. After the shock passed I thought about how can I be grateful for not getting the job I wanted? Continue reading

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What You Think Matters

What you think matters. In his recording of “The Strangest Secret” Earl Nightingale proclaims “You are what you think about all day long.” Earl Nightingale recorded that over fifty years ago. In today’s time Mike Dooley, owner of TUT.com and author of “Notes from the Universe,” claims that “Thoughts become things…choose the good ones!” So how important are thoughts? Is it possible to actually manage your thoughts? Continue reading

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What is Happiness All About?

What is happiness all about? Is happiness overrated? In my opinion, happiness is underrated. Most people I know are so busy getting through the day they do not take the time to focus on happiness. The Law of Attraction tells us simply that when we are happy we will automatically attract more things that make us happy. But most of us are focusing on all that needs to be done and what we get are more things that need to be done. Continue reading

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How do you describe HAPPY?

 
 
 
 
 
 
This is how I look at the word happy:
           
 
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How do you describe HAPPY? Are you happy? You can read a thousand books, go to seminars, watch DVD’s, and listen to CD’s but the real question is: What are you willing to do? Change is not at all hard. Change is a constant in life, however, change is the one thing most of us resist the most. Why? Because we love the way things are? I think not.

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A Happy End

As 2014 approaches I begin to look back at the year that has passed and am grateful for a happy end. What a whirlwind 2013 has been. So many changes have taken place and I sit in a state of gratitude to be right where I am, at peace. This holiday is a bit different due to a divorce in our family. This is a big change. My job also changed unexpectedly which has created a whole new rhythm that I am still adjusting to but am delighted and grateful for. Continue reading

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Happiness Trumps All

Here is an example in my life of  just how happiness trumps all. Just three weeks ago I wrote about the devastation of losing my job.  I had been working less than two years after two years of unemployment. This was not a welcomed change in my life by any means. I loved my job!

If you read my last blog “Remain Happy in Troubled times” you will see the process I went through. I must say I am proud of myself for not falling to pieces but I trusted my inner guidance and all that I talk about. I got myself to a place of gratitude fast. I worked through the emotions and actually welcomed the challenge. I also began to journal 10 things each day that I was grateful for (including losing my job.) Continue reading

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Remain Happy in Troubled Times

How do I remain happy during troubled times? Seems I have gotten a lot of practice with this question. Yesterday I lost my job and I am not even sure why. I did not see this life changing event coming at all. I was totally blindsided.

After I came home and settled in I sat down with my thoughts. My mind was racing with the usual OMG what am I going to do? Not this again! This is the third time in eight years I’ve been in this situation. In the past eight years I’ve been out of work for three years time so I am familiar with all the emotions that stir. Continue reading

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Akashic Happiness

So what do I mean by Akashic Happiness? My first experience with an Akashic reading was with Sue Krebs. Sue attracted me with her Facebook page Soul Speaking: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Think-Happy#!/SoulSpeaking . As a matter of fact I did not even know what an Akashic reading was until I found Sue’s page. What an amazing experience. Continue reading

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A Fitting Attitude

What is a fitting attitude? We get our clothes altered to fit our body, but what about our attitude? How often do we even think about our attitude or make adjustments? As a sales manager my job is to motivate others and I often tell my team, “Attitude, more than aptitude, will give you altitude in life.” In order to motivate others I need to keep myself in a positive state. This is something I work on every day. For me, the attitude of gratitude works the best. If ever I feel a bit down I make a list of all that I am grateful for. Gratitude brings me right back up.
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When Your Happiness Takes a Slap in the Face

What happens when your happiness takes a slap in the face? Happiness is not a constant state and is affected by many circumstances. I woke up Monday morning, October 7th, in my usual frame of thankfulness. As I got up and sat on the edge of my bed I remember saying, “thank you,” for another new day. In that very moment as my slumber lifted tears began to fill my eyes and I just did not want to go forward into this day. I felt so tired and weary. Continue reading

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Happiness is…

Today I feature Aimee Halpin who shares her thoughts on happiness. Thank you, Aimee!

 

Ahhh. Cooler nights. Chatting with friends outside. Strange and funny topics. Cider beverages for me. Nice. I was sitting here remembering a book I used to read as a child. It was actually written by Charles Schultz. Happiness is a Warm Puppy
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The Heart and Soul of Happiness

What is the heart and soul of happiness? According to many experts it is believed that the Soul attaches to the body by way of the heart. The heart is the first organ of the body to develop and when the heart stops beating the Soul departs the body and causes death. So all makes perfect scientific sense. Continue reading

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The Magic of Happiness

As seen on The Global Conversation.

 

Once the state of being happy becomes our natural state ‘the Magic of Happiness’ appears. As human beings we usually make our decisions and choices based upon either gaining pleasure or avoiding pain. We are all striving to get to that happy state the easiest possible way. What if I told you that you need to walk through the pain to get to happiness?  Would you believe me? Are you ready to do just that?

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The Positive Side of Pain; Happiness

How can there be a positive side to pain? Pain is a part of life but suffering is our own creation. We get physical and emotional pain during a growth period. Pain can act as a catalyst to let us know we need to grow, evolve even. When we lose someone we love, we hurt, no matter the cause. But with acceptance we feel the pain but do not suffer.

Our human nature wants to avoid pain at all costs. As parents we want to protect our children from the pain of life. Continue reading

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Gratitude: The Main Ingredient for Happiness

The recipe for a happy life calls for gratitude as the main ingredient for happiness. Gratitude is the staple everyone needs to gain happiness. Ingredients for happiness vary from person to person but the one common basic necessity for all is gratitude. When one lives in a state of gratitude happiness flows.

Many people who have painful circumstances in their past or present lives cannot conceive of living in a state of gratitude but if they only realized that gratitude paves the way to move out from the pain! As  I said before, “Gratitude is the main ingredient for a happy life.” Only gratitude can change our view. Continue reading

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Put Happiness First

What does ‘put happiness first’ mean? How do you do that? Most of us are too busy to even think about that. The reality is if we did take time for our own happiness first, all else would be better.
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Make Room for Happiness

Do you have room for happiness? Do you have piled up trash blocking your happiness?Where I live the trash gets picked up twice a week. How about in your neighborhood? Have you ever missed a day? It is amazing how fast trash can pile up. The trash I am speaking of here however is your own personal trash.
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Happiness is a Decision. Make the Choice.

How is it possible to be happy when you hate the circumstances of your life? I asked myself the very same question back years ago. I found myself living in a nightmare where nothing made sense. How did this horror story become my life, I thought, and how can I be happy? I knew if I were to survive this hell I needed to find something to be happy about.
My two young sons moved two hours away with their father, a consequence to a decision I had made four years earlier during my divorce. As if the divorce was not painful enough, now I had to face a long distance relationship with my 7- and 9-year-old boys. They were my life.

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Shift into Happiness

Is it possible to shift into happiness? This is an area where I have become an expert. What you look for in life definitely affects what you see. Are you conscious of what you look for in your day? Are you conscious of your thoughts? My mother taught me a great lesson as a child and I learned to look for all the things that make me happy in my day, and not to focus on what was missing. The lesson my mother taught me as a child, to be optimistic, has shaped my life.

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