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3 Steps and 1 Rule for a Successful Pity Party

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Grab a chance and you won’t be sorry for a might-have-been.

— Arthur Ransome

Why do we find it so hard to be happy?

Maybe we know more about what we don’t want rather than knowing what we do want.  If that’s the case, being happy is really about not being unhappy.

How do we know when we’re unhappy?  Seems like a silly question, doesn’t it?  But, it actually can help if we can identify the feeling underneath.  Is it sadness, loneliness, boredom, fear, hopelessness, confusion, fatigue, or something else entirely?  When we can Continue reading » 3 Steps and 1 Rule for a Successful Pity Party

Which Path

The Happy Path

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I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.

— Martha Washington

Most of us say that we want to be happy, and to some extent we do.  Getting to happy requires that we consciously choose the “happy path.”  To do that, we have to figure out what happy looks like to us.  Then, when we come to a fork in the road, we need to consciously choose the path that heads toward our version of happy.

I believe that we all have the potential to be happy.  For some of us, our view of happy looks like our family life when we were kids.

One of the things that we absorbed when we lived at home was Continue reading » The Happy Path

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Make Someone Happy

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Make someone happy.
Make just one someone happy.
And you will be happy too.

— Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Music by Jule Styne

One of the blessings of having some time off is the opportunity to see a movie – or two.  During the holiday season, I saw Arthur Christmas.  This is truly a Christmas classic to be.  Created by the makers of Chicken Run, Arthur Christmas imagines how the Claus family now uses technology to make sure that no child is disappointed on Christmas morning.  Unfortunately, like many technical solutions, this one has Continue reading » Make Someone Happy

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Happily Flourishing

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What is the meaning of life? To be happy and useful.

— Tenzin Gyatso
14th Dalai Lama

As wonderful as the holidays can be, they can also be exhausting.  By the time I get through Christmas, I’m so worn out that I have a very hard time even considering making resolutions.  I have to rest up or I feel completely unable to do anything but put my head down and just keep moving.

This year, as I head for my big X0th birthday (I’m not telling), I’ve decided to try something different.  I want to be happier with my life.  I’m getting way too old to wait for someday, so this is the year of building a healthier and happier me.

I’m inviting you to join me on this journey.  I’m not sure where it’s going to take me but I’m beginning today.  Would you like to join me?  I’d love to have you come along.  I’m starting with my whine list – by defining what works for me and what doesn’t.

What stops us from being happy?

I know that part of what stops me is that at certain times, I whine – to myself, of course – about all the things that aren’t exactly to my liking.  You probably have a “whine list” too –reasons that you are unhappy – or at least, not as happy as you want to be.  It’s probably not a huge feeling, just something that weighs you down – telling you that you’re not really happy.  So, before we go any further with this post, do me a favor and make a list of the things that are making you unhappy today. Continue reading » Happily Flourishing

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Building Your Happiness Momentum

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Sometimes thinking too much can destroy your momentum.

— Tom Watson

There’s something about Americans’ expectations of life that seems to set us up for dissatisfaction.  Don’t get me wrong, a little dissatisfaction is good for the soul, it motivates us to stretch – to accomplish more, for ourselves and others.  But, as a culture, we seem to have trouble finding a Continue reading » Building Your Happiness Momentum