♥Dwell on the beauty ♥
Today’s Happy Quote
“I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.” – Anne Frank
It’s almost the new year. Have you made any New Year’s Resolutions for yourself? Below are a few of my resolutions for the year. What are your resolutions? Let me know in the comments!
I know it’s been awhile since I’ve updated the blog, but I wanted to pop back in and say hi! I’ve been posting daily inspirational happy quotes on Instagram and since I know many of you would prefer to see quotes in blog form instead, I’ve decided to also post them here. Pin these quotes to your Pinterest board, print them out, or send them to friends and spread the happiness!
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill
A few weeks ago I stumbled upon a website called “More Love Letters“. The title intrigued me and when I dug deeper into what it was, I was sold. The concept? To leave letters of encouragement throughout your community and mail letters to strangers who send in love letter requests. You can visit this page on their site to find requests from people who need a little cheering up. They give their story and an address where you can send them a note.
So I decided I had to send some out and called one of my favorite blogger babes, London to do it with me!
And we sent notes to Victor, whose friend wrote in asking for us to make his birthday extra special by sending in a fun card.
We had lots of fun writing these cards and I can’t wait to mail them out. Hopefully it brightens their days a little bit. My challenge for you this week: Grab a friend, pick up some stationary and write some love letters to strangers!
P.S. While I’ll be updating the Happsters blog a little less frequently, I’m still very active on Instagram, where you can get daily Happsters inspiration.
Are you up for a photo a day challenge this August? Join my #HappyAugust Challenge and get happy! All you have to do is:
2) Invite your friends to join you (optional, but recommended :-))
3) Post a photo to the challenge page each day for the month of August
4) Follow along on Twitter and/or Instagram by posting your photos there as well with #HappyAugust @happsters
Here’s a look at the photo prompts for each day:
Will you join me in making this August the happiest one yet?
Today I am thrilled to welcome Dr. Timothy Sharp, better known as Dr. Happy!
I was fortunate enough to be able to interview him on his thoughts regarding happiness and positive psychology. Below are his answers. Enjoy!
My background is in clinical psychology and specifically, in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. I completed an undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree with Honours in Psychology, then a Clinical Masters Degree and then finally, a PhD. So I started off specialising in stress, depression and misery before I’d even heard about happiness!
I worked in and thoroughly enjoyed my career as a therapist for many years but then when I discovered positive psychology (some time around 1999 or 2000), it was like a life changing epiphany; it was literally as though a light went on and I had to follow the light!
So for the last 15 years I’ve dedicated my life and my work to promoting the principles of positive psychology.
The simple answer is that Positive Psychology is “the science of happiness”. But more accurately, it’s the science of thriving and flourishing because living our best lives involves more than just experiencing positive emotions such as happiness. Positive emotions are very important and valuable but to thrive and flourish, to be our very best, the positive psychology research also points to the importance of engaging fully with our strengths and with the world, building and fostering positive relationships, creating meaning and purpose in all we do, and setting and working towards meaningful goals for us and those around us. In addition, it’s important to take care of our physical health by eating well, exercising and ensuring adequate sleep and rest.
Like most people it was always something I was interested in but as a clinical psychologist it just wasn’t, unfortunately, something we focused much on. Thankfully, positive psychology came along and set out to redress the imbalance. In some ways what Positive Psychology was saying is that for too long we’ve focused on what’s wrong with people and with life but what if we were to focus on what’s right? Accordingly, I began to focus much more on strengths and successes and happiness and gratitude rather than just faults and weaknesses and distress and problems.
For sure. At The Happiness Institute we advocate that happiness is something you choose; check out our core model here.
Consistent with this there’s much research to support the following happiness boosting behaviours. You can find those here.
The Happiness Institute is a positive psychology practice; that is, we deliver a range of services and produce a range of products all designed to enhance happiness and wellbeing in individuals, couples, families, organisations/businesses/teams and even schools. We do this via, for example, coaching, small group programs, workshops and seminars (as well as by giving away and selling self-help products based on empirically proven methods).
I’m always reluctant to say that there’s “one” answer; because there’s not. And even if there were one answer for me it would be different for you and every other person out there. Instead, I recommend people CHOOSE to be happy and then develop their own unique “recipe” that works for them. That being said, I very much encourage people to remember that happiness isn’t just feeling good, it’s also doing good so don’t ever forget that other people matter!
Achieving happiness requires nothing more than practising a few simple disciplines each and every day.
Question of the day: Have you ever heard of positive psychology? What do you think about it?
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!
Laughter reduces stress and releases endorphins into our body.
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.
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.
Help someone out or pay them a compliment. It’s helpful to take the focus off of yourself so you can get some perspective.
What do you normally do to get yourself out of a funk? Let me know in the comments!
i’ve known about Lorna Jane Active Living for a year or two and love not only their clothes, but also their inspiration. I’ve had this screen saver on my computer from them for awhile now and ♥ it.
When Sweat Pink asked if I’d like to come to the Lorna Jane store event in La Jolla to meet Lorna Jane herself, I was in. As I walked into the store, I was greeted by a smiley Lorna Jane employee who gave me a gift bag with some awesome Lorna Jane swag including some cool sweat bands and a visor.
I also got Natalie Jill’s (of Instagram fame) Rev4: Rev it up DVD. You do short segments of progressively intense exercise with only your body weight. Can’t wait to check it out!
I introduced myself to Natalie and she was so sweet. We actually live in the same area of town and chatted for awhile about fitness.
I made my way to the gorgeous Active Living Room where they host free classes every day. I’m hoping to go after work sometime! They look like so much fun, are free and offer a fridge full of juices from Juices Served Here. They were giving tasters at the party and are delicious.
In the Active Living Room, I got to meet Lorna Jane herself, who was so down to earth and great to chat with. I also got to meet more Lorna Jane employees. All of them were so welcoming. My kinda place!
I met up with my friend, Gina to shop and ended up getting myself a cute tank and some headbands.
I’m excited to go back and get some more clothes! I’m also kicking myself for not getting one of their yoga mats. I am in desperate need of a good one. I’ve decided that I just may clean their booth out at the IDEA World Fitness Convention :-).
As most of you know, I’m pretttttty obsessed with inspirational quotes and Lorna Jane is not lacking in that department. Here are a few of my favorites.
P.S. They also served Lorna Jane cupcakes and had a blowout station from Dry Bar. Loved all of the little touches they included to make it an incredible event!
Have you ever heard of Lorna Jane? What do you like to do to stay active?
Full disclosure: I was given this opportunity through Fit Approach and received a Lorna Jane gift card. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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