I’m sure you’ve heard it before: Pick the things that are most important, and let the rest go. Forget about the cleaning, or the homemade food, or the Pinterest crafts. Focus on what’s important. The implication is that prioritizing will make you happy. By ignoring the baskets of unfolded laundry and reading stories to your toddler, you will feel better. Except it’s a myth.
"If you have fear of some pain or suffering, you should examine if there is anything you can do about it. If you can, there is no need to worry about it.; if you cannot do anything, then there is also no need to worry." -Dalai Lama Recently someone said to me that he realized he does not have a right to not be uncomfortable....more
Who has the power to take away your "happy"? Anyone? Is it a power given away during a moment of weakness and then so hard to take back? Does it have to be? Is there anyone in your life who has that ability, that power over you, that they can completely revert you to childlike self defense? I didn't think anyone could take my happy away. But I lost it somewhere in Germany....more
My name is Hannah. I'm 25 (just shy of 26), a college graduate, full time employeed in a managerial type job, happy boyfriend of almost 2 years... and a victim of life. Yes, I said it, I'm a victim of life. Or that's what I have been thinking for the past 3 or so years. It really hurts to say that. I'm the girl that bemoans the fact that I've gained 15 pounds while eating a candy bar, the girl that cries when her boyfriend isn't perfect (even though he is!!!), I'm the girl that hates my job while not doing anything to change it....more
All summer and into the first day of school, I saw more pictures on Facebook and Instagram of smiling kids and fun vacations and cute moments. Pinterest perfect pictures. They seemed to be almost shouting at me, "Look at how fun and perfect my family is!"...more
Man’s search for happiness is part of life. We not only want it but we have an inner need to spread joy to others. I notice that when I tell a funny story and make someone laugh, I wish I could tell another one. Laughter and smiles are contagious and spread from person to person.I’ve always heard that laughter is the best medicine. Is it really true? The Reader’s Digest wrote, “Scientific evidence has shown that laughter helps people breathe easier and it massages the heart and other vital organs.” (The Healing Power of Laughter, Reader’s Digest, 2010)...more
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