Finding Happiness – At what cost

"Everyone searches desperately for happiness but the price that we must pay for it is generosity."
– Frederic Back

Ways to Keep Yourself Motivated Each Day


No matter how passionate, or optimistic a person is, there will always be a time when he or she will lose motivation; and it may happen because of varying
reasons, such as a recent loss, an uncontrollable mishap, or a simple strike of boredom or laziness. To keep yourself inspired and perked up, here are a
few simple things that you can do on a daily basis:

Make a “vision board ” and put it in your room.

vision board

A vision board is a collage of the things that you
want to accomplish or buy. It could be a cutout of a brochure of your dream car, a “ photoshopped “picture of you wearing a
wedding dress made by your favorite designer, a printout of a place where you’ve always wanted to go, or a photo of the house that you want to buy
for your family. The more visual it is the better. Put it on a prominent part of your room and make the design as eye-catching as possible. Seeing your
vision board first thing in the morning will remind you of your dreams and will give you the boost to start the day right.

Put a trigger near your door.

A trigger is something that would encourage or remind you of your activity for the day. If you’ve made the commitment to jog every morning, put your running shoes near your door. That way, you will feel the urge to follow through on your schedule.

Keep a picture of your loved ones at your desk.
Whenever you feel like things aren’t going your way, that photo will remind you that there are people who believe in you and are counting on
you. A simple thing as that can help you catch your second wind and carry on.

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Stick post-its of encouragement on your computer monitor.
Whenever you feel like slacking off or procrastinating, seeing those notes would be like hearing your own voice reprimanding you. Choose the neon
ones and write on them in bold letters of contrasting color, for maximum impact.

Treat yourself to some quality relaxation at the end of the day.
You can put some ambient music, light scented candles and just soak yourself on your bathtub, or take a warm shower, drink some chamomile tea or warm
milk and just meditate on your bed until you fall asleep. Do whatever it takes to seal the day serenely, just clearing whatever that bothered you or made
you feel bad and going for a good night’s sleep. Doing so will make you feel invigorated the next morning.

Amy C. Fountain is a blogger who likes to inspire people to be more passionate and dedicated with their craft. She also maintains a couple of websites
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"Do what makes you happy and believe in the wisdom of your heart."

Its a Beautiful Day… Go outside! Chances of feeling Awesome – 97%

Its a Beautiful Day… Go outside! Chances of feeling Awesome – 97%

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Beautiful outside..Great day to get a nice tan.. I’m trying to get to @RobertMathis98 skin tone, so I’m lathering myself w/ butter #BakingPat McAfee
It’s so nice outside<3 just relaxin with baby !(: Jautaikis
Pretty nice wheater outside ‘ I’m enjoying it" ;)Carlo
it feels so nice outside.chink.
The days are getting longer.
The kids are out of school.
The weather is amazing…
And yet, you are still in the house!
What is your problem?
I know I know.  Your super busy and there is hardly anytime to just hang out and take it all in.
Well if you knew what I know you would make catching some rays the most important part of your day…
Such a beautiful day >>الشيلة ماري
Sun is the bodies primary source for production of Vitamin D. Vitamin D is important for many crucial functions in the body including proper bone health, cognition and mood.  When the sun hits your skin, vitamin D creation is started. A complex process where several parts of the body are needed to ultimately produce useable vitamin D including your kidneys and skin.  Vitamin D helps elevate your mood, both if you are severely depressed or mildly depressed. The effects have been comparable to anti-depressant drugs in the few studies that have been conducted.  This benefit of the sun for depression is probably the most underutilized “anti-depressant” in practice today-it is free, easy and EFFECTIVE!
The sun benefits us in a number of ways. The sun delivers heat, raising core body temperature. Higher core body temperatures facilitate increased cell function and higher energy. This increases our detoxification and purification systems. Sun also regulates our natural biorhythm cycles. Boosted core temperatures increase cortisol levels during the day, ushering more relaxation and deeper sleep during the night.
Your mental state can also be influenced by sun exposure. Sensible amounts of sunlight can help you improve your mental health and contribute to your feelings of emotional well being.Reduce stress: You can reduce your stress level with the help of proper exposure to sunlight. Taking some time to enjoy the sun can help you sleep better as you decrease your stress level.Reduce anxiety: If you are feeling anxious, sensible sun exposure on a regular basis can help soothe you. Sunlight is one of the natural remedies to anxiety.Fight depression: There is evidence that sunlight is a natural way to improve your mood. If you suffer from depression, adding a little moderate sun exposure might help you combat the symptoms.Fight Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): If you suffer from SAD during the winter, you can combat the feelings with the help of natural light. Look for ways to introduce more sunlight into your environment, with the help of open windows. You can also use sun lamps that mimic the sun’s healthful rays.Better relationships: More sunlight can help your relationships because it offers a mood enhancement. Not only that, but you can knit closer family relationships by using good weather and fun in the sun as an excuse for inexpensive, quality family activities.
How do you do it?
Make it fun.  Find simple ways to make it fun.
You can try working outside.  Take your laptop out to the back porch for 15 minutes or so while you check your email.
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Get Outside for Breaks, Phone Calls, and LunchesFull sizeYou probably don’t have meetings that will work outside every day and you likely can’t convince your boss to let you sit underneath a big tree in the park five days a week. So what about the rest of your days? Your best bet is to keep it simple and leave the office every chance you get.Instead of sticking around the office and waiting for phone calls try and take those calls outside. This is especially good for conference calls where a little peace and quiet is better than sitting in front of your computer. It’s really that simple. Other options might be to take your lunch outside to a park or at least eat out on a patio if you’re at a restaurant.
We’re lucky here in B.C. to have so many opportunities to get out into nature. And for those of us living in more urban areas who may not be so lucky to be close to mountains, lakes, and forests, not to worry! Researchers have shown that nature can be found anywhere – a nearby park by your house, a patch of trees outside your work or school – and even the smallest exposure to nature has been found to be beneficial.  If you’re stuck inside and just don’t have the time to get out – or if the rainy weather puts a damper on your motivation to get outside – there are still some things you can do. For example, in addition to actually being in nature, studies show that viewing images of nature also helps to relieve stress and improve well-being. So whether it involves getting out to a lake or mountain, visiting a nearby park or patch of trees, or even downloading a nature-inspired screen saver, getting a regular dose of nature will positively impact your health and wellbeing. 

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The good thing about bad things, is that they always make way for even better things

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5 Superfoods Packed With Goodness

5 Superfoods Packed With Goodness

The term ‘superfood’ is often thrown around when speaking of nutrition. While it sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, it simply refers to foods
that are naturally packed with nutrients. Superfoods are full of good stuff that can improve your health and may help fight off disease. Here’s the scoop
on five common superfoods that should be implemented into your eating routine.


Don’t underestimate these tiny, tart morsels. Not only are they bursting with antioxidants, but they are low in calories and high in flavor. Blueberries,
for instance, have a high dose of anthocyanins, which give blueberries their color and may improve various areas of health. Anthocyanins are thought to
protect against glaucoma and cataracts and slow down aging in the brain. They may also improve circulation, strengthen capillaries, and improve memory. All
berries are full of good stuff like vitamin C and antioxidants and they can be eaten in a variety of ways. Try them as a topping to your yogurt or add them
to your cereal for an extra punch.


Many people aren’t excited when they hear the word “lentil,” but lentils can be spiced up in a variety of ways. Add lentils to meats to balance portions,
mix them into soups and stews, or try them as a yummy salad topper. Aside from being tasty, lentils are high in fiber and protein and can serve as a meat
substitute. They contain other nutrients such as iron, folate, and vitamin B1. They also have a low Glycaemic index rating, which makes lentils ideal for


Try oats for a healthy breakfast that will help you feel fuller longer. Oats have a low Glycaemic index, are high in fiber, and a good source of B
vitamins, vitamin E, magnesium and potassium. Oats are also high in beta glucan which has been show to decrease cholesterol absorption in the body.

Oily fish

A word like “fatty acid” might sound like something you want to avoid at first. However, omega 3 fatty acids are great for your health and may benefit
brain health, help eyesight, and improve the appearance of nails, hair, and skin. Oily fish such as salmon are full of omega 3’s and are packed with other
good things such as iodine, zinc, and potassium. Oily fish should be consumed 2-3 times a week in order to take advantage of these benefits.


The word “fat” often has negative connotations, but there are certain good fats that the body needs, such as the fats in nuts. Nuts are also packed with
fiber and protein to help you feel full longer. Additionally, nuts contain vitamins and minerals such as vitamin E, zinc, magnesium, and potassium. It’s
best to include a variety of nuts in your diet, as each has different nutritional benefits. Eat raw nuts if possible, as many processed nuts are high in
salts and saturated fats.

There are many other superfoods out there aside from the five listed. If you are uncertain of whether or not a food is a superfood, check the label. Look
for foods that are not processed but have high nutritional content. For fruits or vegetables, choose colorful produce with vibrant juices.

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Dr Ritu is a doctor and nutritionist, with over thirteen years working in private clinics. In her spare time she provides expert advice at the
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men and women improve their diets the healthy way.

Amazing and Useful Benefits of Positive Thinking

Amazing and Useful Benefits of Positive Thinking

picture of Amazing benefits of positive thinkingPositive attitude and thinking has a great role in controlling outcomes of the life as your action depends upon your thinking. Every person has the power to change the situation. Positive thinking can empower your life and can make it happy; however, negative thinking can destroy the life and your ambitions.

Positive thinking means you are looking for good in every situation. In this way, you can get control on life. A strong optimistic attitude makes a person to achieve all their goals and promote self growth. It gives you strength and power to face the challenges. However, low testosterone levels affect your thinking power and memory. Low testosterone causes are aging, disease of testicles or due to any injury to them. Consult an expert doctor if you have any low testosterone symptoms.

A strong optimistic attitude has a huge role in promoting self-growth. It makes your day wonderful. Positive thinking gives you strength and gives a new experience each day. Positive thinking is a way to success that gives control over the lives and provides huge potential. Positive thinking give you power to visualize and with the conscious effort, it can make a better life and develop your personality. Positive thinking brings wonderful outcomes in your life.

Positive thinking is all about self talk. You can take it positive or negative. Negative talk can lead towards destruction. However, you can bring it towards positive attitude.

Role of positive thinking in making you live longer and happier:

Researchers find the benefits of positive thinking and concluded that it can lead to a longer and happier life.

  1. It decreases negative stress.

  2. It improves health and well being of a person.

  3. It reduces risks of coronary artery disease.

  4. It makes breathing easier in case of lung disease such as emphysema

  5. It increases coping ability for women who have high risk pregnancies.

  6. It improves skills during hardships.

Positive thinking demands action rather than a wishful thinking:

People face many obstacles in everyday life. Some handle them easily while some find great difficulty in dealing them and show a negative attitude. However, positive thinking requires positive action. All this depends upon the power to control your thoughts. The one who has control over their thoughts is able to face the challenges of life with ease.

A positive attitude improves every aspect of life:

Having a strong positive attitude improves your life in every aspect. It may happen that your positive attitude is for the time being not giving much benefits but it will have for sure much positive and beneficial impacts in your life.

Positive thinking is shown through our behaviors and attitude. Attitudes are the ways of responding to people and situations. All these based on beliefs, values, and assumptions. A positive thinking can lead you easily towards a positive attitude. Attitudes are responsible for our behavior. It can make you optimistic and you start focus on positive and good things.

Positive thinking gives inner peace, success, better relationships, improved health, happiness, and satisfaction. It makes the life smooth, promising, and ensure your success.


Positive thinking brings healthy changes in your life with prosperity and success while negative thinking leads to negative attitude and destruction. Bring changes in your life by positive thinking and stay in peace as positive thinking keep you away from stress.

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How Brushing Your Teeth Can Change Your Life

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Brush your teeth - Save your life

I bet you brush your teeth every day… but not like this!

I bet you never would have thought something so simple could have such a profound impact on your life.

Everything matters if you choose to see….


Make every minute count
“There was a lot of waking up at 3 am with thoughts” he had to write down, Justus said. Justus’ advice is that each of us try to spend the 1440 minutes in each day in meaningful ways. It’s good advice. Don’t just get through the day; live it.


To find happiness, the doctor says, mind your minutes.

Peter Justus discovered he could find happiness just cleaning his teeth.


how to manage your time photoThe experience affected him so deeply he wrote a book about it. I read it because I’d been immersing myself in news so discouraging that any respite looked welcome, especially a road map to happiness.
It’s his take on a very old subject. My take on his take: Time is short; don’t just get through what you are doing now, but focus on it and do it well. It gives us pleasure to learn new things and to get better at doing whatever we are doing. Connections to
other people are paramount. Being a good person is important; having more stuff isn’t.

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living in the moment
This weekend was picture perfect. From the weather to the company, it was all around fantastic. On Saturday, I went to yoga (for the second time in a week – woo!) and then spent the poolside with one of the.

Gisele Bundchen: ‘Enjoy the Little Things in Life’
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75 Simple Pleasures – Enjoy the Little Things
The road to happiness is paved with simple pleasures; the best way to have a great life is to learn to enjoy the little things.

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Why Being Unreasonable Is Food For Your Soul

how being unreasonable is good for the soul pictureYou have been “safe” your whole life!

You have been playing by the rules.  You have been doing everything you have been told you are “supposed” to be doing.

You have made friends with the right people.  You have gone to the right schools.  You even got the “right” job.

Yet, you yearn for something more.

If you have been following all the rules, why do you feel like something is still missing?

Maybe it is time to shake things up!

Why being unreasonable will open your soul



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Unreasonable action leads to being remarkable. ~ Owen Marcus

If this were my last chance to share something with the world, I would encourage everyone to be unreasonable – be instigators of change!

You’ve been a good person, you’ve given of yourself, and you’ve done the right thing – most of the time. You have lived your life by others’ rules, those rules that you were taught as a child, those rules you taught to others.

But what one rule have you always wanted to break? I’m not talking about laws, or morality. I don’t mean robbing a bank or cheating on your spouse. What is that thing that you wanted to do that you were told you shouldn’t?

Like quitting a job you hate that “has great benefits”. Starting your own company in a field that everyone says is “too risky”. Deciding to perform the songs you wrote LIVE in front of an open-mic audience. Selling your house and moving to the Bahamas because it sounds like fun. What rule would not hurt anyone – but would be “wrong” to do?



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Top 10 Ways To Piss Everybody Off

Most people are aware of the term “Hater”.  But if you are not here are a few definitions from  the URBAN DICTIONARY   pissed off hater pic

1.A person that simply cannot be happy for another person’s success. So rather than be happy they make a point of exposing a flaw in that person.Hating, the result of being a hater, is not exactly jealousy. The hater doesnt really want to be the person he or she hates, rather the hater wants to knock somelse down a notch.
Susan: You know, Kevin from accounting is doing very well. He just bought a house in a very nice part of town.Jane (hater): If he is doing so well why does he drive that ’89
2.  A person who feels anger and/or jealousy for someone who has succeeded in something they have worked hard for. A being who speaks badly,and/or takes negative actions in attempt to create problems for a successful person.
3.A label applied to people who are more negative than positive when discussing another person. It most commonly refers to individuals whose negativity is so extreme that it is all-consuming. However, there are various levels and forms of being a hater, ranging from completely dismissing any positive traits or actions, to merely painting a less than flattering picture by using words with negative connotations. Hating is often attributed to jealousy, but just as often, it seems to stem from some other source.
Person A: Ben Gordon is one of the best clutch scorers in the league! Person B: Gordon is an impressive scorer, but he’s still a role player.
Still not clear?  Maybe Katt Williams can explain it to you.

WARNING: Contains Explicit Language – Totally necessary though

Katt Williams on Haters – Who are they and how do we piss them off?


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Summary:  Basically someone who is angered by your success.
How can this apply to you?
The strategy I am about to teach you should be used if you are:
  • Angry and looking to get revenge on anyone
  • In the mood to piss someone off
  • Looking to prove nay-sayers wrong
  • About to go to some sort of reunion
  • Currently unemployed from being fired
  • Having your home foreclosed
  • and so much more

The best way to achieve any of these things or something similar is simply become successful. Traditional “methods” of getting back at someone may feel good at first but once it is all over, you realize you actually do not feel any better about the whole situation. The main goal is just to feel better, right? Well if you are a success not only will you get the self gratification of anything from the above list but you will also have improved your life and hopefully made a lasting change. Here is the short version of the well thought out list from A Daring Adventure

10 Things Successful People Do That Make Them Successful

1. They Don’t Fear Fear

2. They Reframe

3. They Align With Their Core Values

4. They Ask Good Questions And Listen Well

5. They Delegate Well & Focus On What They Are Best At

6. They Are Tenacious

7. They Put Off Immediate Gratification

8. They Don’t Worry About Work/Life Balance

9. The Are Cool With Failing

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10. They Put Themselves First

When you are ready to really take positive action to improve yourself in order to piss everybody I would suggest you read Tim Brownson entire list with in depth explanations here… and just stand back and look at the expressions on you new found “Hater” fan club

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Want the shortcut to happiness? Buy it!

People who say that you cannot buy happiness are either clinically depressed or they are trying to keep all the goodness to themselves.


When you have lots of money you will still have problems…. they are just the types of problems most of us would be glad to have  like:laying by the pool to buy happiness

  • Trying decide between Boca Raton or Europe for a weekend getaway
  • Whether to drive the Jag or the Ferrari because of parking at the restuarant
  • If you should send your kids to Harvard business school or Princeton


I, for one, would love to have these kinds of problems.

The problem is we are shopping in the wrong places when attempt to “buy” happiness:

The Rich Know How to Buy Happiness (Do You?)

In the modern $1.4-trillion luxury economy, bling is out, and high-priced adventures are in.

So says a new report from the consultants at BCG, which explores the lifestyle habits of the world’s wealthy based on interviews with roughly 1,000 affluent individuals. Cartier jewelry, Hermes handbags, and Tourneau watches are being eclipsed by exclusive getaways to the Maldives and helicopter skiing vacations in Alaska (which, in case you’re interested, you can book for about$5,750-a-person, all inclusive). Spending on those sorts of mind-bendingly expensive experiences now accounts for more than half of the luxury market and is growing more than 50 percent faster than sales of luxury goods.

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What that means is, the soul does not crave “things”.


Next time you want to celebrate an achievement look for different ways to buy memories instead of toys.

You will find that overall it has more of a lasting effect on your overall happiness


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Mood Food – 15 Proven Food That Eliminate Stress

There is nothing better than “comfort food” when you are having a bad day.

You go to the fridge and pull out that tupperware care package your mom sent over stuffed to the top with your favorite childhood delights.

You can’t help yourself but to also run to these when you are trying to feel better. Then you blame it on the meal when you start to gain weight and the term “comfort food” has now become TABU.

Well it is not the food that is the problem!

Turns out, when selected correctly, certain foods CAN, in fact, be used (in moderation, of course) to remove the stress of a long day or a fight with a spouse.


Slash Your Stress Using Your Diet

Do you know the warm, tingling you feel when you’re in a good mood? That’s the rush of the hormone serotonin being released from your brain. Serotonin is the “feel good hormone” and is crucial to battling stress. Your serotonin levels are directly related to your mood. The higher your levels of serotonin, the better you’ll be able to handle stress.

Serotonin is produced from the amino acid, tryptophan. Tryptophan is found in a variety of foods; the foods with the highest levels are:

  • Shrimp
  • Turkey
  • Cod
  • Tuna
  • Chicken
  • Halibut
  • Calf Liver
  • Spinach
  • Venison
  • Asparagus
  • Salmon
  • Mustard greens
  • Cheese
  • Kelp
  • Eggs


10 Tips To Increase Self-Confidence That Require NO Work

Let’s face it, most all of us could benefit from being more self-confident in one area of our lives or another.

The biggest one that most of us have trouble with is our appearance.

But you are not alone!

A recent studies has shown that a lack of confidence in the way we look actually starts at a very young age.


One in four females aged between 11 and 17 are weighed down by pressure to conform to an ‘ideal notion’ of how they should look, a survey suggests.

Almost half of the girls described themselves as ‘average’ and ‘ordinary’ with a further 10 per cent feeling ‘plain’, ‘unattractive’ and ‘ugly’, according to the research

The widespread lack of physical confidence has led to girls spending an average of 42 minutes a day working on their appearance, choosing outfits and applying make-up – almost as much time as they spend doing homework.

More than half of the girls studied said they would be happier if they were more physically attractive.
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So what can you do about it?

I am glad that you asked!

It really is not that hard.  Some of these things you may already be doing and not realizing the positive effect it is having on your confidence levels.

Most of these tips will increase your self-confidence without any real extra effort at all.

Tips to improve self-confidence

Just make them a habit.  Keep the list near you.  Put it in a place where you can read it every morning and it will stay in your awareness.

You will find that you start to do these things automatically.

That is when you should really start getting excited – when positive change is effortless!


10 tips to increase self-confidence

1. Dress Sharp

Although clothes don’t make the man, they certainly affect the way he feels about himself. No one is more conscious of your physical appearance than you are. When you don’t look good, it changes the way you carry yourself and interact with other people. Use this to your advantage by taking care of your personal appearance. In most cases, significant improvements can be made by bathing and shaving frequently, wearing clean clothes, and being cognizant of the latest styles.

This doesn’t mean you need to spend a lot on clothes. One great rule to follow is “spend twice as much, buy half as much”. Rather than buying a bunch of cheap clothes, buy half as many select, high quality items. In long run this decreases spending because expensive clothes wear out less easily and stay in style longer than cheap clothes. Buying less also helps reduce the clutter in your closet.

2. Walk Faster

One of the easiest ways to tell how a person feels about herself is to examine her walk. Is it slow? tired? painful? Or is it energetic and purposeful? People with confidence walk quickly. They have places to go, people to see, and important work to do. Even if you aren’t in a hurry, you can increase your self confidence by putting some pep in your step. Walking 25% faster will make to you look and feel more important.

3. Good Posture

Similarly, the way a person carries herself tells a story. People with slumped shoulders and lethargic movements display a lack of self confidence. They aren’t enthusiastic about what they’re doing and they don’t consider themselves important. By practicing good posture, you’ll automatically feel more confident. Stand up straight, keep your head up, and make eye contact. You’ll make a positive impression on others and instantly feel more alert and empowered.

…continue to entire list


You should start to feel the difference and a very noticeable difference in you self-confidence within days and some . . . within minutes!



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Quote of the day – Freedom and Fear


Quote of the day - freedom and fear


Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, an the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free. Jim Morrison

What Abraham Lincoln Can Teach You About Happiness

It’s a spiritual truth that true happiness requires honest

How To Find Happiness Through Abraham Lincoln Honesty self-reflection. The more honest you are with yourself, the greater happiness you will experience. Being truthful brings about an inner ease and happiness flourishes when as John O’Donohue writes, “We feel at home in our life.

Honest Abe was on to something!

Not only does being honest increase your own inner peace,  when you are honest with yourself you will find it quite a bit easier to be completely happy with everything else in life.

Continue reading to learn the 5 ways honesty can make you happy.

{Just Say YES} How Saying Yes To Your Child Can Make Them More Happy and Confident.

Just say yes to your childredAs parents the word “No” fills our daily conversations with our children. “No” You can’t stay up late. “No” You can’t have cookies as a snack. Sometimes we say “No” because it’s just our natural reaction or for selfish reasons. Saying “Yes”to your child as often as possible relieves tension, makes them feel more confident, and encourages communication as they grow.

Why should say YES?

Being a parent can be stressful especially if you have more than one child coming at you with request. Learning creative ways to say “Yes” to your child will decrease chances of melt downs or arguments.

When is the right time to say YES?

If your little one asks to go for a walk right before naptime, instead of telling him/her “No” it is your naptime kindly tell them “Yes” we can go for a walk after you wake up from your nap.
When your older child begs you to have a friend over don’t instantly say “No” response with “Yes you may on Wednesday”. Giving an alternative “Yes” answer from a straight “No” will release the tension caused by sometimes badly timed request.


Understanding the power of YES


Knowing they are being heard and their feelings are being considered will make a child more confident. Imagine if you went to work and every project you submitted to your boss he/she said “No” to without even considering it. Eventually your confidence level would drop.

The same is true with children.

The more we tell our children “No” without even considering their request the less likely they are to come to their parent with a request. Consistently turning down a child may bring on bad behaviors such as lying, being sneaky or becoming disrespectful.

Raising confident children is by finding a balance between creative Yes’s VS straight No’s.

If all you do as a parent is tell your child No No No, they are less likely to come to you with request or problems. Closing the door to communication with your child is an easy one with “No not right now” being all they hear.

Opening the door back up is a long hard battle of earning trust back. Feeling loved and understood comes from open lines of communication even when it disturbs your wants as a parent.

If you have had a long day at work and your children ask you to play a game of catch consider saying “Yes I would love to just let me change my clothes and sit for 10 minutes can you set a timer for me?”

Finding ways to replace our most common response of “No” to a “Yes” will help ensure we raise happy, confident children who feel open to sharing even the toughest of choices with their parents.


This is a Guest Post by Nicole

Nicole blogs at Seamlessly Savvy. There she shares her love of couponing, staying organized, freezer cooking and trials of raising five rambunctious boys. Her passion to give her boys a less chaotic childhood than her own is what inspires her to be Seamlessly Savvy.

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Are You Exercising For All The Wrong Reasons? Find out why you may be wasting your time

Why do you exercise?  I mean really?

Think about what is your main focus when you head off to the gym?instant benefits of exercise

Do you find that some days you are more motivated than others?

Some days not at all?

It is possible that you may have to rethink your goals.

Sure, we all want to look good in our swimsuits but is that enough to really enjoy the process?

Missed Motivation: Instant Exercise Gratification

“I run each day so that I may stay healthy.” Also hear: “So I can live long.” This works well if the Grimm Reaper, with sickle in hand, is chasing you down the street. Yet it is not so successful if death’s doorstep is a bit further away. Fortunately, the end of days is well in the future for most people. This reality makes striving for health a bit of a weak motivator. It is not within our headlights, so remains out of sight and un-motivating on a daily basis.


In this world instant gratification you can easily see we are all motivated by speed.

  • We have convenient stores with drive-thru’s
  • We record our TV shows so we can fast forward the commercials
  • You can buy pre-made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at the grocery store (we all know how sooooo inconvenient it is to spread jam on bread)
  • Drive thru car washes
  •  We microwave steak
  • We pay extra at amusement parks so we don’t have to wait in line (because the prices haven’t gone up enough)

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    You can't even PARK for this amount now!
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A beach bod is not enough to guarantee you will not cheat on your workout.
What you need is what you can get immediately!

We often neglect the motivation that lies right in front of us. In his article, Maddux grabs onto Eastern philosophies and suggests paying attention to each moment, embracing each step – being mindful. This can be a bit abstract, so an easy first step could be to remain non-judgmental while doing. Plainly put, save the analysis – the labeling of good or bad until the workout is completed. Go with the flow and determine the quality of the workout a while after all the sweat and self-imposed suffering has concluded. As the sneaker company says, “Just do it.” Analyze it later.

This leads to the reward that lies right in front of us…. good feelings and energy follow physical activity. There is no need to wait weeks until the scale cooperates. There is no need to trust that you have assured yourself one more day on this earth with each successful pull-up. The reward of good feelings is immediate and quite regular.


The moral?


Take time to really notice how fantastic you feel after a good workout!

Don’t you notice an instant rush?

Do you pay attention to how you mental state has been altered?

Well you should!


Besides just feeling absolutely awesome, which should be enough, try to find more ways you can find to feel motivated about each workout.

I ask you….

What other instant benefits can you get RIGHT after your done exercising?




5 Steps To Becoming A Better You Later In Life

5 steps to becoming a better person

Life can be stressful, but too much stress can control your life. Psychologists state that when under stress, people are more vulnerable to depression and the loss of love for former passions. Conditioning the five most important aspects of your life can help you avoid feelings of stress and negativity, and also help you create a more fulfilling lifestyle.


Building your confidence and taking the time to realize who you are will help you feel secure in the other aspects of your life. However, your ideas can only go so far in social and business-oriented situations. Being confident in public is the key to persuading others to consider your point of view and needs. Knowing what you want and confidently expressing it will help you get further in life more quickly. Take some time every day to talk to yourself in the mirror. Be aware of your accomplishments and what you’re proud of. Wear clothes that you feel most comfortable and attractive in.


Hobbies make people who they are. Some hobbies, such as art, writing, and craftsmanship can develop into successful careers. The intensity and quality of your hobby all depend on how much effort and time you are willing to put in. The most important thing about having a hobby you’re dedicated to is the fact that it gives you something to do that you enjoy. If you’re having a stressful day and it’s beginning to wear too deeply into you, take a breather and work on something you love. It will turn your whole day around.


Your career is very important to your happiness, and it can exist in many different ways. Careers are about being proud and happy because of the work you do, and the impact you make on the world. Your career will also bring other opportunities to you in the future. It can take a lot of time to realize what you want to do; many people go back to school when they’re middle aged because of that fact. However, if you’re passionate about a career early on in life, do everything you can in your power to make it happen as quickly as possible. If you are set up early, you will be more comfortable later.


Finances shouldn’t drive you to be the person you are, but you should save your money as much as possible. If you control your finances and bills early on in life, you will save yourself a lot of stress in the future. Try to schedule an appointment with an accountant, and ask them for financial advice. Look for tips that will help you save. Take advantage of shopping deals and coupons. Open up a savings account and start saving immediately, even if it’s not a lot.


People hate being alone. We are naturally attracted to relationships. One way to fulfill your life is to create and sustain healthy relationships. Relationships with others can be very profound and therapeutic. However, they can also create very negative and traumatizing experiences. If you feel someone is using or abusing you, drop the relationship immediately. If you’re experiencing a positive relationship, continue being a kind and caring person. Spend time with your family. Don’t treat others as you wouldn’t want to be treated. Remember, how we treat other people is a mirror of how we feel about ourselves.

These are the most important aspects of your life that you should work on to become a better person. They define and determine the situations that occur in your life and the choices you will make. Be patient with your life, career, and the people around you. A happy life and good character need to be built with great effort and time.

[box type=”info”]This is a Guest Post by Jim Parrot

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Tomorrow's Happiness Begins Today – Best ways to being happy instantly

The future starts today, not tomorrow.
Pope John Paul II

You can be happy!

Right now.

In this moment.

You can make the choice.

But, if you are like most of us, it is not always that easy.

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Compassion for others has the power to totally transform what you are feeling and immediately give you an inner sense of well being through the thoughtfulness you are giving to others.

When you are “feeling” for someone else you can’t help but to raise your own vibration.

How do you practice compassion?


  • Put yourself in the other person’s position. It can be difficult to feel compassionate during an argument. Try to take the other person’s perspective. Look beyond any feelings of hostility. Seek common ground and opportunities for compromise.
  • Listen respectfully to others. Even if we hold different views, we can listen with an open mind to what others are saying. It’s easier to sustain compassion when people feel like they’ve been treated fairly.
  • Be considerate of others’ wishes. Being flexible goes hand in hand with being compassionate. If your top priority is to create a better situation for everybody, you’ll be willing to consider alternative approaches instead of sticking to your familiar habits.
  • Focus on other people’s good qualities. Often, we naturally feel compassion for people we love. By noticing others’ positive attributes, you can extend affectionate feelings toward more people than just your “inner circle.” You’ll also be able to respond constructively in less comfortable situations.    ….. see full list


The main goal is to shift your mind from “you” thinking to more of a “how can I help” position.  When you do, notice how it makes you feel.  When you try to make someone else feel better… YOU FEEL BETTER!

Start Today!

Right now!

Who is in need of some extra compassion right now?

What are some of the best ways you can show it?


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How an indoor water fountain can revitalize you and your home.


In today’s culture, it can be hard to find ways to relax. Most of us have busy lifestyles, and encounter many stress factors throughout the day. When you come home, you want to come back to a soothing environment that will replenish you after a stressful day. An effective way to create this environment is by using indoor water fountains.

Soothing Sounds

indoor zen water fountainFew things are more relaxing than the sound of running water. In fact, humans are conditioned to like this noise – our ancient ancestors relied on bodies of water to live, and early settlements were developed alongside them. The sound of water flowing is the reassuring sound of natural life. Many of us today, however, do not live close enough to a body of water to get this calming benefit. For those who don’t, indoor water features are a great substitute.

Even if your work continues when you get home, the sound of your indoor fountain lets you imagine you are floating along a river, walking on a beach, or standing next to a waterfall. The sound of your fountain is not only soothing, it can help cover up sounds that may be distracting or annoying, such as outside traffic or noisy neighbors.

Humidified Air

Indoor fountains have additional stress-relieving benefits besides their sound. They also work as humidifiers, but without the mechanical noise and aesthetics that commercial humidifiers bring. Fountains add natural moisture to the room, which helps you breathe freer and easier. Having moisture in your indoor environment also prevents dry skin and eyes, fights fatigue, and strengthens your immune system against colds. Indoor plants and pets will be healthier in a moister environment, too. All of these factors help keep you calm and relaxed when you’re at home.

Ionic Balance

Another reason indoor fountains reduce stress is because they release negative ions. Negative ions are molecules that are found in the humid air you breathe when you’re out in nature, such as on a mountaintop, in a forest, or near bodies of water. Most indoor environments have very low concentrations of negative ions, not only because the air is drier than outdoors, but because electronic devices emit positive ions, changing the atmosphere’s molecular balance. The televisions, microwaves, stereos, and other equipment in our homes are creating an ionic balance that decreases energy, lowers immune system function, and promotes depression.

Negative ions, on the other hand, reduce stress and depression and decrease fatigue. They also improve breathing and respiratory system function, which strengthens the immune system. Introducing indoor water features will add these much-needed negative ions to your home, creating a healthier and happier environment for you and your family.

Aesthetic Appeal

Finally, indoor fountains can reduce stress by improving the aesthetic quality of your home. We’re all happier when our surroundings are visually appealing, and whatever your home’s style, there is a fountain to fit it. Indoor wall fountains, tabletop fountains, floor fountains, and water walls can be used in any room of your house, or even in combination with each other. Styles range from sleek and modern to rustic and pastoral, and they enhance the beauty of any room. You can even incorporate lights, stones, and other features to create a display that is not only soothing, but also visually stunning. Introducing a natural element to an indoor environment is a unique interior design feature. Indoor fountains can both captivate and soothe you and your guests.

We all want our homes to be sanctuaries of relaxation, free from the stress of the outside world. Try an indoor water feature today, and discover how it can benefit your health and happiness.

This is a guest post by Polly Godwin

Polly Godwin is the owner of, a company specializing in indoor wall fountains as well as home and business décor.

What you did wrong is none of YOUR business


“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”

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It happened!


Let it go!

We have all done things that we probably wish we didn’t.

There are times when I want to smack myself the very second after I have blurted something out before my mind actually caught up to what I was saying.

But there is nothing you can do about it!

Every single time you find yourself using the word “should” you will find that your inner dialogue is basically making you feel worse through blame.

When you say you SHOULD HAVE done something, that translates to saying that what you actually did was wrong… so you start to feel bad.

Then, you realize it is in the past so you cannot correct what you have done so you feel even worse!


The only power you truly have is in the present moment.

This moment is the only moment you can control.  Why not use that power by keeping all of your focus on being present


The Power Of Being Fully Present In The Moment

Power of the Present: We all suffer personal losses and struggle at times to heal. Most of the humanity is in constant pain and grief. You can heal yourself by living in the present.

In the present moment, there is no hurt or pain, as ego digs into the past memories to bring suffering into the present. We are pure joy. In the present moment, there is no anxiety or stress as there is no anticipation or expectation of future. In the present moment, our actions and thoughts come from our highest self, which is divine. Miracles happen in present as the divine works through us. Being in the present moment is a practice and it requires discipline.

Make this practice your daily mantra to heal and discover your divinity for a blissful life.

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When you stop focusing on the present and continue to dwell on the past you might even begin to feel lonely.  Like you are facing all your troubles by yourself.

Think about it….

No one can travel back to the past in your head with you.  So you end up not even noticing who may be sitting right in front of you to give you a hand.

When there is something “back there” that you just cant help but to think about try these few tricks to help get you back centered.

Steps for bringing your focus back to the present

  • Get Wet:  Water has Getting wet to focus on the presentmysterious powers. Something about it always has a way of instantly bringing you into a place of peace.  Take a shower. Run a bath.  Jump in a pool… If all else fails, drink a giant glass of ice cold water.
  • Make Some Noise: This may go against the more appropriate opposite of meditation, but I find when I really have something heavy on my mind it seems like the quieter it gets on the outside, the louder that negative voice gets on the inside. BANG A DRUM. Break a dish (not your own, preferable) Crank up your favorite song and belt along with it.
  • Get Primitive:  Write!  You would be surprised at how much focus it takes to actually put pencil to paper and journal out some of those profound thoughts you writing with pen on paperhave.  Not texting. No typing.  Actual paper and pencil!

One of these methods may work great.  Maybe you have some of your own ways of keeping your mind in the present moment.

Just know that you are at your most powerful right now.  Only right now.

This moment is fresh and brand new.  Will you spend it creating a beautiful lasting memory, or let it be dashed away by yesterday’s debris?




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