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!

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9 Extraordinary Acts of Kindness While on the Job

9 Extraordinary Acts of Kindness While on the Job

It’s not often that you see people go above and beyond the call of duty in their daily lives. Today, I wanted to put the spotlight on a few employees and companies who have taken it upon themselves to spread kindness to those around them. Here are 9 extraordinary acts of kindness that occurred while on the job:  Continue reading

Why a Road Trip Might be Exactly What You Need

Why a Road Trip Might Be Exactly What You Need

When I first started dating my boyfriend, he insisted upon going on a road trip together. But road trips didn’t make much sense to me; “What’s the point of a road trip when you can get there faster on a plane?”, I asked. Finally, he convinced me to take a road trip with him to Big Sur, California. I didn’t see it then, but the road trip was exactly what I needed. Now I understand the power of road trips and their ability to boost happiness and strengthen relationships. Continue reading

How to Avoid Road Rage & Drive Happy

How to Avoid Road Rage & Drive Happy

Collectively, Americans spend roughly 500,000 years stuck in traffic — nearly 4.2 billion hours. That’s a lot of time in the car! If you’re like most of us, you’ve found yourself frustrated while driving a time or two. Here are some tips to help you stay happy on your commute:

1. Leave a 5-10 minute cushion for yourself. Many people get anxious in the car because they get caught in traffic and end up being late for an appointment or meeting. Avoid feeling rushed by leaving yourself a little more time than you think is necessary.

2. Listen to great music. Turn on your favorite song and take time to enjoy it. You can even sing along if you want! I know I do.

3. Check the traffic. Avoid getting caught in traffic by looking at real-time traffic updates on a site like sigalert before you leave so you can plan your route accordingly.

4. Take another mode of transportation. Whenever you can, take another mode of transportation like the bus, train or your bike. Mixing it up will allow you to notice new things, decrease your stress and meet new people.

5. Practice an act of kindness. Help make someone else’s day a little smoother by practicing an act of kindness like letting a car merge into your lane. Even if you get to your destination 30 seconds later, you’ll feel better about your commute.

6. Take the scenic route. Stray away from your regular routine and go on a mountain road or drive along the beach. It’s hard to have road rage when you’re among beautiful scenery. Just to be sure to keep your eyes on the road :).

How much time do you think you spend in the car a day? What are your favorite songs to listen to?

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6 Thoughtful DIY Mother’s Day Gifts

diy mother's day gifts

Recently, I read that making something by hand is a good way to boost your happiness. You can read that article here: Tips To Feel Better About Yourself. This is great news because I LOVE DIY projects, which you probably know if you read this blog! So today I thought I’d share some Mother’s Day DIY gifts, just in case you needed some inspiration!

1. DIY Painted Flowerpot

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Perfect for spring, this DIY painted flowerpot has just the right amount of personal touch and love to make your mom smile. See details here.

2. We Love You Pillow

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This is such a wonderful idea to give your mother if you know how to do embroidery! See details here.

3. Tips From Mom Journal

Tips From Mom Journal

A few years ago, I filled a journal with tips my mom has given me over the years and cut out pictures from magazines to go with each one. I didn’t spend much time on the presentation of it, but I did take time to think about what my mom had taught me. She loved it! :)

4. DIY Flowers

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What mom wouldn’t want flowers for Mother’s Day? This craft is so easy that all you need are soda bottles, pretty scrap paper and twine! See details here.

5. A Fun Frame

DIY Frame

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Make an old frame come to life with some new paint, a bow, and a picture of you and your mom. See this frame here.

6. Jar of Happiness

Jar of Happiness

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I’ve shared the Jar of Happiness on my blog before, but wanted to bring it back because I think it’s such a great present! See my post about it here.

What are you planning on getting your mom for Mother’s  Day? Do you think you’ll make any of these presents for her?

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13 Ways to Bring a Smile to Someone’s Face

As Happsters, we’re always looking for new ways to spread happiness and bring a smile to someone’s face. Here are 13 ways to do just that:

1. Cook someone a nice meal.

2. Run a local fundraiser for someone struggling in your neighborhood.

3. Pick up the tab at dinner with a friend.

4. Give someone a note of appreciation! (If you don’t have one, get some free happy notes here)

5. Tell someone close to you how much they mean to you.

6. Add money to an expired meter.

7. Lend an ear to a friend who needs someone to talk to.

8. Remember someone’s name the first time you hear it.

9. Give a friend a hug.

10. Surprise someone!

11. Say I love you.

12. Leave flowers on someone’s front porch.

13. SMILE…It’s contagious!

How do you spread happiness? Let me know in the comments!

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/