There Will Be Times When You Don't Feel Happy (and That's Okay!)

This article was originally published on April 5, 2014 on the blog "I Try: The Additive Property of Happiness". To see it in it's original habitat, click here....more

More About the Additive Property of Happiness

This article was originally published on the blog, "I Try: The Additive Property of Happiness" on April 2, 2014. You can see the original post here. ...more

I Try and The Additive Property Of Happiness

Note: This is the first post written on the blog "I Try: The Additive Property of Happiness". It was posted on April 1, 2014. The original post can be found here....more

RANDOM CONFESSION FRIDAY!

I’m not Catholic but I like the idea of confession…and absolution. So…I hereby declare today (and every Friday henceforth until I’m bored with it) – RANDOM CONFESSION FRIDAY!Now…I’m not asking you to share your deepest darkest secrets. PLEASE do not do that. I’m just saying those little things people may not know about you cuz it might be a bit embarrassing or silly. Take my confession for today…...more

Trading Contentment for Happiness

Sometimes, I think it's important to give yourself a little reminder of all the things you have to be happy about, like good friends and delicious tea.  Between the fear and monotony of job hunting, the exhaustion of a waitressing job five to seven days a week at two different restaurants, bills piling up, and broken window latches, it's easy to lose sight of happiness and settle for just content on most days....more

An ode to the robotic vacuum cleaner

In the field of happiness studies, also known as positive psychology, the general consensus is that greater happiness is obtained from pursuing experiences and social connections than obtaining material things. The reason being that although a pair of shoes upon puchase, for example, can make a person near euphoric it is only temporary due to our human ability for environmental adjustments.  Think first hot shower after a camping trip compared to the same hot shower several days later.  ...more

100% In or Out

Around a year ago, I was in a dark place. I wasn't happy on any kind of consistent basis. My marriage was struggling, with what felt like more downs than ups. I was having a tough time connecting with my kids, with some days feeling good and others feeling tedious and impossible. ...more

Six Traits of Happy Moms

I like to think I’m pretty happy. Well, most of the time.But sometimes I get tired and stressed and frazzled and frustrated and resentful and tired (did I say that twice?). I know, I am entitled to feel these emotions. I mean I have three busy kids, a husband with a big career, and my own blogging empire I’m trying to build. Of course I should be stressed sometimes, right?As women, we have more opportunities than ever before, so why are we so bummed? Why do we spend all our time complaining about how tough our lives are, while others go out and live it?...more

MOMS.........SNAP DECISIONS........NEW OPPORTUNITIES.....A NEW BEGINNING.....AFTER THE STORM HAS CLEARED.....

 AFTER THE STORM HAS ENDED…..WHEN A STORM HAS PASSED…..A BRAND NEW YOU……PICKING UP THE PIECES….BUILDING A BRAND NEW LIFE….After the storms of life have ended….and we have survived and got through it….we then open our eyes to a new reality around us……We see what is still intact and left to the world as we knew it prior to the storm…..We had to wait till “The Sky quit falling…” and now one can begin to pick up the pieces….and begin to build a beautiful brand new life…....more

Selfebration

We women are highly skilled at prioritizing everything and everybody before we prioritize ourselves, be it work, family or anything in between and then to top it off we generally downplay our accomplishments. Not surprising really as this behavior has been nurtured in us since… well the beginning of time. In fact, I think it is because it is so ingrained in our female identify that non-conforming women blatantly stand out and are often judged for that very reason.  ...more