Gratitude Sunday

Gratitude Sunday

Happy Gratitude Sunday everyone! I hope you’ve all had a fantastic week.

First, I want to let you know how grateful I am for all of YOU. I love seeing all of your comments each week and getting to know you. You are truly the most amazing, genuine and HAPPIEST people, and I am so lucky to have met you!

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Gratitude Sunday

Gratitude Sunday

Happy Gratitude Sunday, everyone! I hope you’ve all had a happy week. I saw this quote the other day and think it encompasses the reason that Gratitude is so important.

“Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy — because we will always want to have something else or something more.” — Brother David Steindl-Rast

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9 Reasons to Be Happy Right Now

Need a reason to smile today? Here are 9 reasons to be happy right now:

1. Puppies exist.

Puppies ExistSource

2. Someone created the internet.

Someone Created the InternetSource

3. Random acts of happiness and kindness are happening all around you.

Random Act of KindnessSource

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Inspiring Happy Notes

There are just 2 days left in the Happy Note a Day Challenge. Thank you to everyone who participated!! You all rocked it! Here are some notable happy notes from Happsters in the challenge. Maybe it will inspire you to write a happy note or two…

1. Idol Happy Note

Idol Happy Note

Via Renae: To Princess Penny :)

2. Escalator Happiness

Escalator Happiness

Via Jolanda: this for the guys that fixed the escalator at my job

3. Iced Coffee=Happiness

Iced Coffee=Happiness

Via Eat Nap Play: A happy note and an iced coffee for my hubby! #imahappster #spreadthehappiness
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Happy Days of the Year

happy days, national days

Happy Days of the Year

Have you ever wondered “what national day is it today”? Well I’ve compiled a calendar of national and notable days of the year involving happiness, appreciation, kindness, and fun. Consider writing a few down in your calendar so you remember them when the time comes!

January

National Hugging Day – January 21

Squirrel Appreciation Day – January 21

Inspire Your Heart with Art Day – January 31

February

Thank a Mailman Day – February 4

Send a Card to a Friend Day – February 7

Make a Friend Day – February 11

Random Acts of Kindness Day – February 17

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Happy Art For Your Home

Etsy is one of my favorite websites. I love supporting artists and Etsy is such a great place to do that. Here is some of my favorite art from Etsy artists that would look great in any home:

1. You Make Me Happy When Skies Are Gray. Get it here.

happy art

You Make Me Happy When Skies Are Gray.

2. Do More Of What Makes You Happy. Get it here.

Happy Art

Do More Of What Makes You Happy

3. Today I Will Choose Joy. Get it here.

Happy Art

Today I Will Choose Joy


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Spreading Happiness Through Active Listening

Spreading Happiness Through Active Listening

There are thousands of ways we can spread happiness. Often times we can make others happy by doing something we rarely give a second thought to. Do you ever have conversations where a friend is telling you a story and all the sudden you realize you are thinking about something else entirely? Maybe you started thinking about everything on your to-do list, how hungry you are, or how you forgot to call your mom this morning. Other times you might be in a conversation and thinking about what you’re going to say next without listening to what the other person is saying at that moment.

Very few master the art of active listening, but the more you focus on giving your full attention to others, the more appreciated and respected they’ll feel. You’ll realize that your connections and communication skills become stronger when you take steps towards being a better listener.

Here are some tips on how to be an active listener:

1. Look at the person talking. It sounds pretty straight forward, but turning your eyes and body to face the person will show them that you are engaged in the conversation.

2. React accordingly. Give verbal feedback when appropriate like asking them questions relevant to what they’re saying.

3. Reduce distractions. Turn down or off the radio or TV, put down your magazine, and focus on the conversation.

4. Give positive non-verbal cues. Be aware of  positive non-verbal cues you can include such as nodding your head, maintaining eye contact, or raising your eyebrows. You should also think about negative non-verbal cues you might be inadvertently sending like crossing your arms over your chest.

Do you feel like you’re an active listener? Are any of these tips helpful? Let me know in the comments!

P.S. It’s the first day of the Happy Note a Day Challenge on ChallengeLoop! It’s not too late to join! There are over 90 people in it spreading happiness already. Make some new friends and join the fun here: http://www.challengeloop.com/challenge/happy-note-a-day

Announcing The Happy Note a Day Challenge – Win $50 to Amazon.com!

Happy Note a Day ChallengeWhat’s better than spreading happiness and brightening someone else’s day? For the month of June, I am challenging you to write a note to someone every day letting that person know how much you appreciate him or her. You can write the note to the same people or you can mix it up. The notes can be given to friends, family members, co-workers, acquaintances, strangers, etc. Post a picture or write a comment on the challenge page on ChallengeLoop every time you write a note. This is a great way for us all to connect, share ideas and spread the happiness! If you miss a few days, no big deal. The winner only has to post 8 times to be eligible to win. Sign up here: http://www.challengeloop.com/challenge/happy-note-a-day.

Happy Notes

You can use any notes you want, but if you want some “official” happy notes, sign up to be a Happster here and I’ll mail them to you ASAP: tinyurl.com/imahappster

The best part is: A randomly selected winner will receive a $50 gift card to Amazon.com!

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All you have to do is accept the challenge here: http://www.challengeloop.com/challenge/happy-note-a-day. There is also an iPhone app if you want to post on the go: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/challengeloop/id527824600?ls=1&mt=8

I really hope you’ll join me in making others happier this month! Email me at happsters@gmail.com if you have any questions!

* Full Disclosure – I work for ChallengeLoop, but would be doing this challenge even if I didn’t!

 

Show Appreciation

Show Appreciation

Take a moment to appreciate somebody else. Here’s a great example of one Happster appreciating another. P.S. Don’t forget to make a “Do me a favor…and smile” note this weekend and leave it somewhere around your neighborhood! http://happsters.wordpress.com/2013/01/31/do-me-a-favor-and-smile/