Awesome Things Thursday

Hi Happsters! How’s your week going? It has been crazy hot here with 8 fires breaking out in San Diego yesterday. I’m hoping things will improve soon! On a brighter note…Here are some things I’m finding awesome this week.

1. 7 Ways to be Good to Yourself Even When You’re Stressed & Overworked

2. Smoothies for these hot days we’re having in San Diego.

Smoothies on hot days

3. Lifehack’s 16 Inspirational Instagram Accounts You Should Start Following Now (So cool to be included!) I found @junantoherdiawan in the list and love his photos. His photographs are of people levitating!

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10 Quotes That Will Help You Stop Worrying

Worrying. We all do it to some extent. While I think some of us are wired to worry more than others, all of us need a reminder every now and then to stop our monkey mind and not be so concerned about a potential outcome.

Worrying actually has negative physical effects on the body. If we excessively worry, our bodies release stress hormones which can cause us to have headaches, muscle tension, shortness of breath, and nausea. (source) Those reactions are definitely not helping us solve our problems!

Here are 10 quotes that will help you stop worrying:

1. Think Less. Live More.

Think Less. Live More.

Worry Quote #1: Think Less. Live More.

 

2. Things have a way of working out.

Things have a way of working out

Worry Quote #2: Things have a way of working out

 

3. Don’t fill your head with worries. There won’t be any room for anything else!

Don't fill your head with worries

Worry Quote #3: Don’t fill your head with worries. There won’t be any room for anything else!

 

4. It’s gonna be OK.

It's gonna be OK.

Worry Quote #4: It’s gonna be OK.

 

5. Worrying is stupid. It’s like walking around with an umbrella waiting for it to rain.

Worrying is stupid.

Worry Quote #5: Worrying is stupid. It’s like walking around with an umbrella waiting for it to rain.

 

6.  The biggest mistake you could ever make is being too afraid to make one.

The biggest mistake you could ever make is being too afraid to make one

Worry Quote #6: The biggest mistake you could ever make is being too afraid to make one

 

7. Worrying won’t stop the bad stuff from happening. It just stops you from enjoying the good.

Worrying won't stop the bad stuff from happening. It just stops you from enjoying the good

Worry Quote #7: Worrying won’t stop the bad stuff from happening. It just stops you from enjoying the good.

 

8. Worry is a misuse of your imagination.

Worry is a misuse of your imagination

Worry Quote #8: Worry is a misuse of your imagination

 

9.  Stop being afraid of what could do wrong and think of what could go right.

Stop being afraid of what could do wrong and think of what could go right.

Worry Quote #9: Stop being afraid of what could do wrong and think of what could go right.

 

10. Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles. It empties today of its strength.

Worry Quote #10: Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles. It empties today of its strength

Worry Quote #10: Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles. It empties today of its strength

 

What do you catch yourself worrying about? Which quote do you relate to the most? What do you do to calm your mind? Let me know in the comments!

 

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5 Unique Ways to Show Gratitude on Thanksgiving

5 Unique Ways to Show Gratitude on Thanksgiving

Happy Sunday!  Today I want to talk about Thanksgiving – a time to take a step back and really think of all the blessings in our lives. While many families go around the table and say what they are thankful for each Thanksgiving, it’s often hard to preserve those words because they come and go so quickly. Here are 5 unique ways to show gratitude on Thanksgiving that make it easy for you to look back on all the gratitude that was shared. Continue reading

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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Special Gratitude Sunday

Gratitude Sunday

When is the last time you thought about someone you were grateful for? Have you gone a step further and told that person why you were grateful for him? This week, I wanted to share an amazing video about the power of gratitude and the impact it has on happiness.

First, subjects were given a test and asked to rate their current level of happiness. Then they were asked to think of someone who was really influential in their lives and write down as much as they could about why this person was so important. What they didn’t know was that they would have to call that person and read what they wrote. Take a look at what happens…

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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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Gratitude Sunday



Gratitude Sunday

Happy Gratitude Sunday! I hope you’re all having a great week so far. Have you been enjoying the little things lately? Are you focusing on the positive events in your life? When you feel grateful and happy, you aren’t able to feel negative emotions like anger or envy. Let go of any stress that you’ve ben holding onto this week right now and remind yourself of all of the great things are going on.

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Huge Announcement: The Beginning of Paper Nostalgia

Have you ever heard of PostSecret where you mail in your secrets? Announcing something similar called Paper Nostalgia, where you'll send in a postcard of one of your happiest memories.

You have been doing an incredible job spreading happiness through happy notes. 10,000 happy notes have been mailed out so far!

Now it’s YOUR turn to send me a note. This note will be different from the normal happy notes. Wouldn’t it be great if we could all connect through our happiest memories?

I want you to send me homemade postcards with one of your happiest memories. Similar to PostSecret (my inspiration for this project!), you’ll send me a postcard to the mailing address below with an artistic representation (can be a photo, drawing, painting, etc.) and a sentence or two about your happy memory. The memory can be big or small – anything from a life-changing event to a realization you came to. We (hopefully) have thousands of happy memories, so feel free to send as many as you’d like. One Happster may send a postcard about seeing her child’s first steps, while another may send one about seeing a beautiful sunset.  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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Welcome to Gratitude Sundays

Gratitude Sunday

When is the last time you thought of something you were grateful for? Often times we get caught up in what isn’t exactly perfect in our lives and forget to be thankful for what is going right.

Since it’s so easy to fall into that pattern, I decided to start a series of posts about gratitude. In the TED Talk I recently watched, Shawn Anchor suggests that you think of 3 things you’re grateful for each day. I usually do this when I wake up in the morning, but I want to take it a step further and share my gratitude with you all every Sunday. I would love for you to join me and tell me what you’re grateful for in the comments as well!
Showing gratitude is one of the most effective ways to reduce anxiety, depression, anger, and many more negative or “below the line” emotions.

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