Your Happiness News for the Week

Happy Saturday, friends! I thought it would be fun to do a round-up of all the best articles about happiness that were published in the last week. Enjoy!

1) 12 Ways To Be Happier At Work In Less Than 10 Minutes

In this article, Sharon Salzberg breaks down the key to workplace happiness. One of my favorite suggestions is to find ways to “break down the momentum” of the day. Read more here.

2) 43 Of The Happiest Little Kids In The Whole Wide World

Happiest KidsSource

The cutest and happiest kids you’ll ever see. You are guaranteed to smile while browsing through these photos. See them here.

3) 9 Ridiculously Simple Ways To Feel Happier Today


9 Simple Ways to Feel Happier Today

Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at the University of California Riverside, suggests simple things to do to increase your happiness. A few recommendations including smiling, expressing gratitude, and walking outside. Read more here.

4) Spend Your Money on THIS to Be Happier

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A new study found that while Americans tend to believe that material goods provide better value, buying “life experiences” actually makes Americans happier than buying material possessions. Read more here.

5) Discover a kingdom where happiness rules

Bhutan- Happiest Place on EarthSource

A look inside Bhutan, where “Gross National Happiness is more important than “Gross National Product”. I especially enjoyed this excerpt from the article: “The concept is evident in the day-to-day life of the people, from the regular meditation and reflective gardening that’s built into the school curriculum, to the charming road signs that line the main roads. These run the gamut from encouraging (“Life is a journey! Complete it!”) to paternal (“This is a highway, not a runway!”). Even the graffiti is upbeat: In Thimpu, I read a white scrawl that read, ‘Life is not a race.’” Read more here.

Have some happy news to share? Leave a comment below!

P.S. Get daily inspiration at http://www.instagram.com/happsters.

Top 14 Physical and Psychological Benefits of Meditation

Hi Happsters!

Sorry I’ve been MIA lately! I hope you’ve been as happy as ever!

Today I wanted to share some fascinating meditation facts with you. If you’ve never tried before, I highly suggest giving it a shot. I used the free app “Headspace“, which was created for beginners, and I can’t say enough good things about it. I love it because it starts you out with meditating 10 minutes a day for 10 days. They talk you through the whole thing and make it very easy to get started.

I’ve found that meditation helped me significantly reduce my stress levels. Meditation actually “activates the ‘rest and digest’ part of our nervous system, helping with stress management. Our heart rate slows, our respiration slows and our blood pressure drops. This is often called the ‘relaxation response.’” (Source)

I’ve compiled some of the physical benefits, as well as the psychological benefits of meditation below:

Physical Benefits of Meditation(Source) Photo by Jack Bates Photography

Psychological Benefits of Meditation(Source) Photo by Jack Bates Photography

Do you meditate? If not, are you up for giving it a go?

P.S. Get daily inspiration at http://www.instagram.com/happsters.

#MyHappyBoard Project

My Happy Board Project

Ever since I was little, I’ve loved making inspiration boards. With the rise of Pinterest, I have been on creative overload with so much virtual inspiration that I don’t know what to do with it all. Unfortunately, I find that I rarely go back to the boards I’ve created even though I spend hours trying to find the perfect images to pin. So, I’ve decided to go back to the old-fashioned real-life inspiration boards of my youth and I want you to join me!

What do you think about making an inspiration board based around our favorite topic? Happiness! I’m going to make a different Happy Board every month, starting with February.  Continue reading

15 Random Acts of Kindness That Take Less Than 5 Minutes

I hope everyone is having a wonderful 2014 so far! I wanted to share with you some simple random acts of kindness that everyone has time for. All of the suggestions below take less than 5 minutes! I hope to knock these all out in less than a week. Are you with me?

15 Random acts of kindness

Are you going to do any of these random acts of kindness? Do you have another random act of kindness that isn’t on the list? Let me know in the comments!

P.S. Receive an email each Friday featuring something to make you smile as you go into the weekend here: http://tinyurl.com/heyheyfriday

Announcement: Hey Hey It’s Friday!

Hey Hey It's Friday!

I thought it would be fun to start out 2014 with a new project called “Hey Hey It’s Friday“. Each Friday, I’ll email you with something to celebrate the day.

It could be a funny picture, a happy phrase, or a fun idea. Each week will be a new email featuring something to make you smile as you go into the weekend. Sign up here. 

Here’s are a few examples of what could be included in a Hey Hey It’s Friday email:

Five Simple Rules for Happiness

Five Simple Rules for Happiness

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Happy Quotes to Live by in 2014

Are you making any New Year’s Resolutions this year? One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to live in the moment and just be happy. If your goals are similar to mine, I think you’ll relate to these 10 happy quotes. They keep me motivated and make me stop and think about what’s really important in life. I hope you like them too!

Happy Quote #1: If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking.

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4 Yummy Recipes to Make You Happy Going into 2014

A few months ago I posted about the “Top Foods That Make You Happy” and highlighted mood-boosting foods like salmon, chocolate, bananas, eggs, beans, mushrooms, asparagus, and nuts. I thought a great follow-up to that post would be to highlight a few recipes that include some of these happy foods! Here are 4 delicious recipes from my friend and fellow blogger, Lindsay from Weeknight Bite.

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Holiday Gifts & Happiness

We spend hours trying to find the perfect gifts for people during the holidays, but sometimes it’s impossible to find the right gift for the right person. Either way, if you wrap the gift in a happy, unique way, it almost doesn’t even matter what’s inside. Spread happiness by getting your creative juices flowing and wrapping like a pro! Here’s some of the happiest ways to wrap gifts this holiday season:

 1) Include smiley faces wherever possible

Happy Gift Wrap

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Top 5 Happy Events in November

Happy almost Thanksgiving! With so much violence and negativity in the news, I thought it would be fun to point out all of the happy events that have gone on in the past few weeks. Here are my top 5 happy events in November:

1) Pharrell’s New Song “Happy”.

Happy - World's First 24 Hour Music Video

Pharrell just came out with the first 24 hour music video consisting of images and people dancing to the happy song for a full 24 hours! Check it out here: http://24hoursofhappy.com/

2. Strangers Making Friends with Each Other

When a ball pit was set up in the middle of the sidewalk with a sign that read “Take a Seat & Make a Friend”, strangers found themselves hanging out in it together and making beautiful connections. Check it out here. Continue reading

11,000 Volunteers Gather to Make Batkid’s Wish Come True

Make-a-Wish foundation made a miracle happen today. Here’s how: They turned San Francisco into Batman’s Gotham City for Miles, a 5-year old boy who was diagnosed with leukemia at 18-months-old (he is now thankfully in remission). His wish was to be Batman for a day and they pulled out all the stops to make it happen! Continue reading