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Ignore the Manual!

My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations. ~ Michael J. Fox Who can relate to this scenario? You rush home to assemble the latest gizmo you bought only to find that it doesn’t work. Someone in the family gently suggests that you read the owner’s manual. […]

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Spring Clean Your Mind

“The best way to find out what we really need is to get rid of what we don’t.” ~ Marie Kondo Spring officially arrives on March 20th. Anybody ready? I don’t even have to look at the calendar. I know the earth is warming up when I get “spring cleaning fever”. I applied my annual, […]

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New Year, New You!

“Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right.” ~ Oprah Winfrey  2015. A clean slate. A chance to assess, evaluate and make changes – to make this year better than the last one. Most of us approach January with at least one resolution towards self-improvement. Sadly, only 8% of folks […]

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Happy People Create Joyful Holidays On Purpose

The holidays are here! For most people, this time of year is eagerly anticipated and thoroughly enjoyed. It is a time of joy and celebration. It provides a chance to relish traditions and connect with family and friends. For many folks, however, it is anything but. Having the holiday blues can range from a mild […]

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Happy People Have Strong Social Connections

Thanksgiving is almost here, which means the holiday season is just around the corner. Everyone will have a different response to what makes the holidays special, but the common denominator for happiness, this time of year, is connection. Do you know anyone that cooks a complete turkey dinner, or creates holiday magic just for his […]

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Happy People Cultivate Gratitude

Gratitude is a term that is familiar to all of us. Most of us practice it on a random basis when things are going well – when we get the promotion, on a beautiful fall day, or when our skinny jeans fit. We practice gratitude when we say thank you to someone for his or […]

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Happy People Practice Forgiveness

Forgiveness. The mere word makes most of us feel tense. It is a difficult habit to employ, but is one that delivers maximum benefits to our happiness levels and even our health. We have all been on the receiving end of other people’s mean and cruel behavior. Forgiveness can seem out of the question. Unfortunately, […]

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Happy People Pursue Their Natural Gifts and Talents

Everyone has them. Even You! God given gifts and talents. It could be a scientific mind focused on finding the cure for cancer or the keen cooking skills to make an incredible meat loaf. There is no ranking system in the pursuit of passions. The world needs everyone’s contributions. This is where many of us […]

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Happy People Mind Their Own Business

One of my favorite authors in the self-help genre is Byron Katie. She suggests that there are only three kinds of business in the universe: ours, other people’s and God’s. She further proposes that the majority of our stress, and the ensuing unhappiness, comes from dabbling in anything outside of our own business. If we […]

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Happy People Align Their Actions With Their Values

When we mention values, most of us think of common, social values like honesty, integrity or loyalty, but there is a much larger list of values that we operate from, usually without conscious thought. Happy people know what their current values are and align their lives with these ideals. If life feels consistently stressful, disconnected […]

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