Let’s Not Try to Figure Out Everything at Once

Lately I feel like I’ve been rushing from one thing to the next. I have a tendency to try to multi-task and get everything done as fast as I can. That’s why I love this quote:

Let's not try to figure out everything at once Let’s not try to figure out everything at once. (Source)

Here’s my mantra for today. Hopefully it will remind you to be more present as well.

Today I will:

Go with the flow
Breathe deeply
Live in the moment
Focus on the task at hand
Take my time
Notice the little things
Accept what is
Relax♥

Do you multi-task a lot or are you good at focusing on one thing at a time? Let me know in the comments!

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

Gratitude Sunday

Gratitude Sunday

It’s time again for Gratitude Sunday! A few weeks ago I introduced this tradition because I think gratitude is so important to our happiness.

There are so many benefits of practicing gratitude, but I wanted to specifically share this one with you today: In a series of experiments in the the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, listing off all the things you are thankful for were linked with a brighter outlook on life and a greater sense of positivity.

Here are 3 things I’m grateful for today:
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The Formula for Happiness & Success

The other day, Happster Danette introduced me to a TED Talk by Shawn Achor called “The Happy Secret to Better Work“. It is the best TED talk I’ve heard about happiness and I’m so excited to share it with you. I’ve included the video below and a recap below. Enjoy!
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Happiness Tip: Find Your Passion

Find Your Passion

Happiness tip: Find Your Passion

I know, I know…Finding your passion is easier said than done. Some lucky people know what their passion is from an early age, but most have to work to figure it out. When you find your passion, you are not just happier yourself, but your passion becomes contagious and inspires others to find their own passion. One of my favorite quotes about passion is “When we focus on leading a passionate, meaningful life, we are also inadvertently creating a spectacular ripple effect of inspiration in the lives around us.  When one person follows a dream, tries something new, or takes a daring leap, everyone nearby feels their passionate energy; and before too long, they are making their own daring leaps while simultaneously inspiring others.”

Not sure yet what your passion is? Here are some questions to ask yourself:

1. Are there certain activities that come easy to me?

2. Are there certain subjects that I gravitate towards when reading books, watching movies, etc.?

3. Do I enjoy certain activities enough to do them for extended periods of time?

4. What topics do I love to talk about and learn about?

5. What are my strengths?

Hopefully some of these questions will help guide you in finding your passion. Have you found something you’re passionate about or are you still looking? Let me know in the comments!

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5 Happy Websites You’ll Love

Happy Websites You'll Love

I’m always looking for websites that will make me smile or teach me new things about happiness. Below are 5 of my favorite happy websites that I think you’ll enjoy too.

1. BuzzFeed: BuzzFeed is “the leading media company for the social age, intensely focused on delivering high-quality original reporting, insight, and viral content.” Reading BuzzFeed makes me happy in general, but the happiness section of BuzzFeed takes it up a notch.

My favorite happiness article on BuzzFeed right now30 Things That Will Test If Your Smile Still Works

2. HuffPost Happiness: I can always count on great articles from the Huffington Post. Their content is quality and engaging. They also recently came out with a fun app called GPS For The Soul.

My favorite happiness article on HuffPost right nowHow To Be An Optimist: 10 Habits That’ll Help You Look On The Bright Side 

3. IDEA Health & Fitness Association: IDEA Health & Fitness Association has award-winning content for the wellness & fitness industry. They strive to help millions of people around the world live healthier, happier lives.

My favorite happiness article on ideafit.com right nowCome On Get Happy

4. The Daily Love: The Daily Love is a blog started by Mastin Kipp. Their mission is to help bring healing to the planet by helping people connect to what makes them happy.

My favorite happiness article on The Daily Love right nowYou are More Powerful Than The Jerks in Your Life

5. Greatist: Greatist is focused on improving your health, happiness, and fitness. Every fact is cited by a PubMed study and expert approved.

My favorite happiness article on Greatist right now15 Ways to Beat Anxiety Now

BONUS – The Daily Puppy: Each day The Daily Puppy features a new puppy. Here is Patton – a recently featured puppy.

 Happy Puppy

Enough said.

Do you read any of these websites? Are there any that I’ve missed? Let me know in the comments!

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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/