Difficult People are in your Life for a Reason

In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.

~ The Dalai Lama


6 Happiness Movements Everyone Should Know About

Please read and join the movements ~ Be happy, people!

The Happsters

I’ve started noticing more and more happiness movements popping up recently, so I decided to compile a few of my favorites to share with you! Here are 6 happiness movements everyone should know about:

1. 365 Grateful Project – A documentary about the extraordinary power of gratitude has turned into a global movement. In an effort to fight depression, Hailey decided to take one Polaroid photo a day of something she felt grateful for. Hailey posted her project on flickr and gradually others began to do their own versions of the 365 Grateful project.

Learn more about the 365 Grateful Project here:

2. You Are Beautiful – Matthew Hoffman started the You Are Beautiful project by creating stickers that say “you are beautiful” on them. The movement has grown in the past decade from just 100 stickers to a half million stickers posted around the globe. He sends anyone…

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Living Simply: Meet Carrie

Amanda at The Live Simply Blog posted an article about what simplification means to me and the positive effect it has had in my life. 🙂

The Live Simply Blog

Name: Carrie Lange

Location: Seattle area

“Less things means less stress.”

About me:

I am a wife, mother of two children and three dogs, insurance agent, writer, and suicide prevention activist. I live in the Pacific Northwest where I try to raise happy, healthy children and contribute, even if only in the smallest way, to the betterment of the world around me. I do not carrieconsider myself a “minimalist”, but rather, a “simplifier”. I am still early on my journey to simplification. But I’m making it at a rather peaceful and comfortable pace.

How I view simplicity:

To me, living simply means letting go of heavy, cumbersome things which have weighed me down. I always think of it in just these terms, whether it’s something that is a financial burden like buying too many things, a health burden like eating too many complex, over processed foods, or a burden of…

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How To Be Happy – Say Happy Things

How To Be Happy – Say Happy Things

We’ve all heard the expression, “You are what you eat.” And it’s becoming fairly common now to hear the expression, “You are what you think.” I would like to introduce a new expression (though in this day and age where hardly ANYTHING is really new, it’s probably been said before): “You are what you think.”

When you stop to consider how integral “thinking” and “speaking” are to making us…well…US, it’s no wonder that they can, and definitely DO both reflect, and define our nature.

I mean, you know a person is happy by the things they say, right? It’s an outward expression of who they are. Their words are a reflection of their inner nature.

You think they say happy things BECAUSE they are happy people. And you think sad people say depressing things BECAUSE they are depressed. And that is more or less true.

But today, I ask you to consider an opposite, yet equally true reality: People are happy BECAUSE they say and think happy things. And people are sad BECAUSE they say and think sad things.

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How To Be Happy – Practice Being Happy

How To Be Happy – Practice Being Happy.

Practice being happy? What the heck, you ask? That sounds both illogical and impossible. You may think that you can’t practice an emotion, but you are wrong! I know what you’re thinking, though. I used to think the same way. Emotions just happen, we don’t fundamentally have control over them. Maybe we can control how we REACT to them, or how we EXPRESS them, but we can’t control HAVING them.


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How To Be Happy – Understand What Happiness Is – And Is Not

How To Be Happy – Understand What Happiness Is – And Is Not

I originally wrote a post called How To Be Happy which was a fairly bare bones list of things I have found add to my own happiness. Now, I would like to go more in depth with some of those topics.

The first thing you need to do is understand what happiness is – and is not.

Happiness does NOT just happen when you finally get your life to the place where you think it should be. There is NO thresh hold over which your life passes into happiness.

There are two totally separate, and completely unrelated “things” here.

One “thing” is getting the life you always dreamed of having. That is nothing more than a GOAL. A highly complex goal, sure. But still just a goal. Fundamentally, it’s no different than any other goal you have ever had in your life.

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How To Be Happy

How To Be Happy


How to be happy, you ask? You just “are” or “aren’t” happy, right?

Wrong. It’s a proven fact that happiness doesn’t just happen. Unfortunately, like losing that extra 10 or 20 pounds, you have to work for it. I know, it sounds counter intuitive. Happiness should be like love, either you’re in it, or you’re not.

Sorry, it doesn’t work that way, just as most of us know by now that true love doesn’t work that way either. It takes a conscious effort and lots of practice. And it’s quite easy to get so wrapped up in your busy, hectic life that you forget to practice. You forget that you are supposed to be working at being happy…or being in love, for that matter.

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