How to Be Happier in One Minute

Happiness in just one minute!? Sounds impossible. Especially those times when you think to yourself, "really, what else can happen today?" But sometimes, most often, a small shift in thinking really can be that simple. Read on to see how just one minute can turn your day around. 

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9 Tips for a Happy 2015

Can you believe it's February? Usually the summer months are the ones that fly by, but in seemingly a blink of an eye, January is over and the calendar page has turned.  The first month of the year is always filled with changes, renewals and goals, and in an effort to keep that momentum moving, we've created a list of 9 ways you too can keep that excitement charged as we roll into 2015.

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Childhood Friends

There are different kinds of love.  And happiness.  There are different kinds of love and different kinds of happiness.  Would you agree? I love Doug differently than I've ever loved anyone.  But, I love my niece and nephew differently than I love Doug. And my sister and brother? There's a whole other kind of love.  Each one is different, special and real in it's own right.

And happiness... How different happiness can feel! At the end of the Ironman, I was happy.  I was also very tired and relived that I made it through without falling off the bike at least once during the 112 miles.  At the birth of my nephew, it was a body-filling warmth and overwhelming joy of happiness.  And then there's the happiness that is seen by way of a smile when I see a Boston Terrier walking down the street.  Or an English Bulldog.  Well, let's be honest, anything that has fur, walks on four legs and barks can elicit a smile.  But, then there's the happiness of seeing someone who you haven't seen in years, and for whom you have such fond memories you are taken back to those childhood years, those when you last saw them.

I attended a dinner event last night.  The keynote speaker was preparing to take the stage when a girl came up to me who looked familiar.  I knew she wasn't from high school or college, but I couldn't quite fit from where I knew her.  Then, she told me her maiden name and I was instantly smiling from ear-to-ear.  She had two sisters, with whom Whitney and I would play with often.  Her mom baked our birthday cakes... the kind that were molded into a certain character and then made distinctive with the different color icing.  I remember the Strawberry Shortcake and Kermit the Frog cakes well.  The memory made me smile.  I also remembered laughing in their play house, the five girls, and hemming and hauling over piercing our ears.  See, they had a hole punch that was smaller than the standard sized hole punch, which we thought was just the right size we needed to give ourselves a nice piercing in the ears.   Luckily "T", who I saw last night and who was the oldest (and clearly the wisest of the group) talked us out of it.  I will always be eternally grateful for her wisdom on that day, many years ago!

The happiness I felt upon seeing her and briefly catching up, was genuine and real.  It's moments such as last night's and friends such as "T" that have stood the test of time, even when I haven't seen her in 20 years, that make me smile from the inside out.  Another example of it being the little things in life that truly bring the greatest, and most authentic kinds, of happiness...

Motivational Monday: Happy People

"The happiest people in the world are those who feel absolutely terrific about themselves, and this is the natural outgrowth of accepting total responsibility for every part of their life." ~Brian Tracy

  • I've learned that I am in charge of my own happiness and that I can't blame other people for my circumstances.
  • I control what my mind thinks, my body language conveys and what my voice says.
  • If there's something that I don't like, only I have the power to change it.
  • If there is a toxic, mean spirited person in my life, I have the option of allowing them to poison my well-being or simply spending less time with them.

There are circumstances that are out of my control, we all have them, but I can choose to do something about them and change or complain that "things aren't fair."  Ultimately, how I live my life is up to me, and choosing action and welcoming positivity is how I choose to live mine...

What about you?

No Secret Ingredient

Doug was traveling, it was the end to a relatively quiet, cold day and we had Kung Fu Panda, unopened on the coffee table, which had been sitting there for a few weeks now.  I popped it into the DVD player and for the next 90 minutes, I was not only entertained, but dare I say somewhat moved by a movie that also captivates my 4 year old niece.

Have you ever seen Kung Fu Panda?   If not,  I highly recommend checking it out.  No matter your age, no matter your gender, it's a movie that has a meaning in which I believe each one of us has searched high and low for at some point, if not often, in our lives: what is the secret ingredient to happiness, success, achievement?

The answer, which is so wonderfully depicted in the movie, is that there is no single answer.  There is no secret ingredient to any of the adjectives mentioned above.  The answer is found inside of you and the way in which you choose to see achievement, define success and find happiness lies within each of us.

Recently, it was shared with me that Dr. Suess was turned away from twenty-nine publishing companies before his first book, To Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street, was published in 1937.  He wasn't published because he was a great poet or an award winning illustrator, but because he enjoyed what he was doing, believed in his product, and ultimately in himself enough to get up the next morning after hearing "no" yet again from another publishing house and go onto the next one.

Each one of us has our own unique gifts and our own spirit, bringing something positive to the world.  Listen to that inner voice and believe it when it says "you're worth it!"