Choose To Be You

Repeat after the puppy below: 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.♥

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6 Smile Facts in Honor of Power of a Smile Day

It’s finally here: Power of a Smile Day (June 15th)! Did you even know there was such a thing? While I know you all practice your smiling skills every day, today we should all be especially conscious of our smiles. Maybe take this day to hand out a happy note or two at the same time!

Here are a 6 fun smile facts:

6 Smile Facts

6 Smile Facts

#1 Smiling releases endorphins. These endorphins relieve stress and help you feel better.

#2 Smiling is known as an expression of happiness and acceptance across all cultures.

#3 Smiling is contagious. A Swedish study found that people had trouble frowning when they looked at other people who were smiling. Their muscles twitched into smiling on their own!

#4 Babies start smiling in their sleep as soon as they’re born. Smiling is something that comes naturally and isn’t learned.

#5 Smiling can reduce your blood pressure. Researchers found that when subjects smiled continuously for a minute, their blood pressure decreased.

#6 There are 19 types of smiles expressing different emotions. From heart-felt smiles to polite smiles, we can express ourselves in 19 different ways just by smiling.

Did you know any or all of these facts? Will you celebrate Power of a Smile Day with us? 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.

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

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9 Happy Facts That Will Make You Smile

9 Happy Facts That Will Make You Smile

1. A group of unicorns is called a blessing. (Source)

2. The average person laughs 13 times a day. (Source)

3. Blind people smile even though they’ve never seen anyone smile before. Smiling is a natural human reaction. (Source)

4. If you walk and talk with someone, eventually you will synchronize your steps with each other. (Source)

5. People who laugh a lot are healthier than those who don’t. (Source)

6. In Korea, there is a cat cafe where you can get coffee and hang out with cats and kittens. (Source)

7. Otters hold hands when sleeping so they don’t drift away from each other. (Source)

8. The kingdom of Bhutan use ‘gross national happiness’ as a key national indicator. (Source)

9. 2013 is the first year since 1987 that has four different digits.

Which one is your favorite fact? Have you heard any fun facts lately? Comment and let me know!

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