April 18, 2014
Editing, Happiness, Publishing, Writing
challenge, intent, present, self-talk
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I’m over half way through my 30-day happiness challenge and still going strong. It has become a game I play each day as I seek out those things I can see or taste or touch or hear that make me happy. I also find I’m more present in every moment, savoring it as if it’s a favored piece of chocolate. The topic of happiness has been coming up wherever I turn, too. And whether it’s Pharrell Williams singing on my car stereo, or the media promising it holds the secret of happiness, there’s always the same disclaimer: happiness begins within ourselves. Which goes back to living with intent. With that said, one article I read shared a few thoughts we can start employing today toward happiness:
1. Whatever I’m going through will pass.
2. I am never alone.
3. Every dark (or slightly dirty) cloud has a silver lining (somewhere).
4. Slow down, breathe and tackle one thing at a time.
What is your self-talk mantra toward happiness?
March 28, 2014
Bikram Yoga, challenge, essential, habit, hope, lifetime, recipe, simple, volunteer
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Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are
Something to do, something to love,
And something to hope for. ~ Joseph Addison
With April 1 around the corner, so are two 30-day personal challenges I’ve set up for myself: make a different salad every day and do something [new] each day that makes me happy. I’ve been reflecting on the latter and drafted a quick list for starters. Although subject to change—depending on my mood and the circumstances—here’s what happiness looks like to me:
1. Iced green tea latte with soy.
2. Volunteer my time.
3. Practice Bikram yoga.
4. Read something for fun.
5. Plan a trip.
The beginnings of a simple list, really. One that makes me realize how easy it is for happiness to become a regular habit. As long as I have something to do, something to love and something to hope for, I’ve got my recipe for a lifetime of happiness.
What are your essentials to being happy every day?