While I haven’t posted here in a long time, I’ve been hanging out on other platforms lately and would love for you to join me for some of the fun things that are coming up!
As some of you know, I post happiness quotes daily on Instagram. You can find me at @happsters.
I’ve also been hanging out in the Happsters Facebook group! Though it’s only been about a month since the Facebook group has been active, we’ve already:
1) Sent holiday snail mail to Happsters across the world to spread a little holiday cheer.
2) Shared tons of uplifting happiness articles and LOTS of cute animal photos.
3) Started “Good News Wednesday“, where everyone shares all the good that’s happening in their world.
And now, starting in January we’re going to do weekly happiness challenges. At the beginning of each week, I’ll post the challenge of the week in the group and whoever wants to join in can do it with us! We’ll be updating each other on how it’s going and giving each other tips and tricks along the way in the Facebook group. Some challenges we might do are:
Put away your phone at 8pm every day for a week.
Write down 3 things you’re grateful for every day for a week.
Turn negative thoughts into positive thoughts for a week.
Snapchat is my new obsession. I cannot get enough of the behind-the-scenes looks at peoples’ lives. Unfortunately, I’ve discovered that it isn’t easy to find inspirational accounts to follow so I wanted to solve that problem! Here are 5 motivational and inspirational Snapchat accounts you should follow.
Katie is a southern California fitness professional and blogger who kills it on Snapchat. I love watching her days whether she’s filming a new YouTube video or just showing what her grocery haul is and chatting about her favorite products. Love her! Add her at: LoveSweatandFit
Michelle Obama recently just got her own Snapchat account. I love her personality and have found it incredibly inspirational to peek into her life and see all the good she’s accomplishing in the world on a daily basis. Add her at: MichelleObama
I’m a fan of Sophia Bush from her days on “One Tree Hill” and her Snapchat does not disappoint. She snaps lots of photos and videos on set of her TV show and highlights causes that she’s an activist for. Add her at: SophiaBushSnaps
Rachel Brathen is also known as “Yoga_Girl” on Instagram with 1.9 million followers. She gives a glimpse into her life being a yogini in Aruba with her husband and adorable dog. What you see is what you get with her and I love her down-to-earth real vibe. Add her at: Rachel_Brathen
This is my Happsters Snapchat account! I post happiness Snapchat challenges, happiness tips and a peek into my daily life (which lately has a lot of art, my fiancé, friends, beach time, and neighborhood walks). Add me at: KelliDav
P.S. I just realized all of these inspiring Snapchat accounts happen to be women – girl power!
It’s normal to be in a bad mood every now and then. You may even feel like you want to hide like this kitten at times:
But if you notice that you aren’t snapping out of your funk for a few days, try these 5 tips to shake your bad mood:
Writing down your thoughts is a great way to let go of something you’ve been holding onto. Another one of my favorite things to do is to write down 3 things I’m grateful for. If you don’t want to write them down, just think about them. It’s surprising how effective it can be!
2) Watch something that will make you laugh
Laughter reduces stress and releases endorphins into our body.
3) Hang out with a friend
Spend some quality time with a friend. Bonus: Give them a bear hug! Hugging someone releases oxytocin (also known as “the cuddle hormone”), making us feel better.
4) Go for a walk
Researchers at Cal State Long Beach found that there was a clear and strong relationship between the number of steps people took and their overall mood and energy level.
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
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
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
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
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.
Have some happy news to share? Leave a comment below!
Sorry I’ve been MIA lately! I hope you’ve been as happy as ever!
Today I wanted to share some fascinating meditation facts with you. If you’ve never tried before, I highly suggest giving it a shot. I used the free app “Headspace“, which was created for beginners, and I can’t say enough good things about it. I love it because it starts you out with meditating 10 minutes a day for 10 days. They talk you through the whole thing and make it very easy to get started.
I’ve found that meditation helped me significantly reduce my stress levels. Meditation actually “activates the ‘rest and digest’ part of our nervous system, helping with stress management. Our heart rate slows, our respiration slows and our blood pressure drops. This is often called the ‘relaxation response.'” (Source)
I’ve compiled some of the physical benefits, as well as the psychological benefits of meditation below:
The holidays are the most magical time of the year and I don’t know about you, but December is my favorite month :). But with all of the holiday parties and present buying, sometimes stress creeps up on us unexpectedly. Here are 5 ways to win the holidays and beat holiday stress: Continue reading “5 Ways to Win the Holidays & say no to Stress”→
Have you ever walked into a room and felt negativity in the air? Feeling another person’s energy is actually very common. If you give off positive energy, other people will feel better around you. In contrast, if you give off negative energy others are likely to feel tense and likely want to leave. Positive beliefs, thoughts and feelings turn into positive energy that you put into the universe. YOU control your energy. Whether it be positive or negative, your energy affects everyone you come in contact with. Continue reading “5 Ways to Give Off Positive Energy”→
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 ♥