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

Spend money on THIS to be HappierSource

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.

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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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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!

A Beautiful Life Begins with a Beautiful Mind

A beautiful life begins with a beautiful mindSource

 Today, challenge yourself to:

Encourage rather than discourage
Be open rather than closed
Live in the moment rather than live in the past
Be peaceful rather than right
Grow flowers rather than cut flowers
Support others’ success rather than resent it
Be courageous rather than fearful
Make your life a beautiful one ♥

7 Morning Mantras You’ll Love

7 Morning Mantras You'll Love

What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? Look at your phone? Think about everything you have to do that day? Why not start your day off on the right foot by centering yourself with a morning mantra.  Just a few moments of thinking positively can transform your day.

A mantra, according to the dictionary is:

“Any sacred word or syllable used as an object of concentration and embodying some aspect of spiritual power.”

Below are 7 positive morning mantras. If any of these resonate with you,  print them out, write them down, or pin them on your Pinterest board so you can easily remember them.  Continue reading

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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Choose To Be You

Repeat after the puppy below: I am who I am. Your approval is not needed. 

I Am Who I Am. Your Approval Is Not Needed.Don’t waste time trying to impress others.
The right people will love the real you.
Stay silly.
You were born an individual.
You are fabulous exactly the way you are.
Don’t be afraid to be you.♥

I am FabulousSource

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10 Happiness Quotes to Live By

10 happiness quotes to live by

Inspirational quotes and sayings have the power to make us think about the world differently, motivate us to change, and even put us in a good mood. I find it helpful to put happiness quotes I find impactful on my bathroom mirror, on my office bulletin board and on my Pinterest board as constant reminders to not sweat the small stuff. Here are 10 happiness quotes I love:

1. “Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.”

meaningful happiness quotesSource

2. “You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.”

meaningful happiness quotesSource

 

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Top 20 Happiness Quotes

Best Happiness Quotes

Hi Happsters,

I hope you’re having an awesome day! I decided to pull together my favorite happiness quotes for this post. It was hard to choose just 20! Enjoy :)

1. “When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” – Helen Keller

2. “Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr. 

3. “Three things in human life are important:  The first is to be kind.  The second is to be kind.  And the third is to be kind.” – Henry James

4. “Success is not the key to happiness; happiness is the key to success.”  – Albert Zweiter

5. “Happiness is the secret to all beauty. There is no beauty without happiness.” – Christian Dior

6. “If you aren’t happy single, you won’t be happy taken. Happiness comes from within. Not from others.” – Unknown

7. “There’s no better feeling than making somebody smile.” – Unknown 

8. “When within yourself you find the road, the right road will open.” – Dejan Stojanovic 

9. “It is our own thoughts that hold the key to miraculous transformation.” – Marianne Williamson

10. “Someday you’ll realize that every time you thought you were being rejected from something good, you were just being pointed toward something better.” – Unknown

11. “A moment of gratitude makes a difference in your attitude.” – Bruce Wilkinson

12. “Always be a little kinder than necessary.” – James M. Barrie

13. “Some days, you just have to create your own sunshine.” – Unknown

14. Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. - Mahatma Gandhi  

15. True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery 

16. Remember that being a success without happiness is meaningless. - Richard Denny

17. “Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.” – Unknown

18. Those who are the happiest, never did have everything. But rather, they are thankful for what they have.” – Unknown

19. “You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage – pleasantly, smilingly, non apologetically – to say ‘no’ to other things. And the way to do that is by having a bigger ‘yes’ burning inside.” – Stephen R. Covey

20. “Always laugh and smile when you can. It’s the cheapest medicine.” – Unknown

Which one is your favorite happiness quote? Do you have a favorite that isn’t on the list? Let me know in the comments below!

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Top 5 Happy Songs

Hi Happsters! This is one of my favorite happiness quotes: “Most people are about as happy as they make their minds up to be.” – Abraham Lincoln.

Music can have an effect on your mood and happiness, so I asked the Happster community to tell me their favorite happy songs. Here are the top 5 happy songs:

top 5 happy songs

1. Don’t Worry Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin

2. You Are My Sunshine by  Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell

3. You’re All The World To Me by Tony Bennett

4. 93 Million Miles by Jason Mraz

5. Top Of The World by The Carpenters

If you had to choose one song that makes you happy, what would it be?

Hope you have a happy weekend!