What is Robbing You of Happiness?

There are many things out in life that can rob us of happiness and being satisfied with what we have. You usually only consider yourself lacking, if someone else tells you that you are. For example, in generations past, there was no such thing as a smart phone, yet ask any tween around who will tell you that he or she can’t survive without one. I’ve been guilting of unhappiness due to my perceived lack of stuff. It is insane really. My family has adequate food, clothing and shelter, and yet I would focus on the fact that another family … Continue reading

The Key to Happiness

Happiness, the thing everyone is searching for, but so often can’t find. We all want to feel joy in our lives, but there are times when it seems almost impossible to come by. After my divorce I was sure that I would never feel happiness again. I honestly didn’t think it was possible. I was too devastated. But I can truthfully say today, that I have found the key to happiness, and it really isn’t that hard to find. All you have to do is count your blessings. Sounds simple enough doesn’t it? Some days it is far easier to … Continue reading

Chasing Happiness

“Happiness is like a butterfly, the more you chase it the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.” –Thoreau After my divorce I was searching for anything that could bring some sort of happiness into my life. My identity had become so wrapped up in my marriage that without it I felt completely empty. I searched for anything that could alleviate the pain I was feeling. The harder I searched, the less I found, and the more frustrated I became. I felt like because … Continue reading

Single is not a Synonym for Unhappiness

This week I was talking to someone about becoming single. He said to me, “Well you’re already at rock bottom. Guess you can only go up from here.” I was a little taken aback by the comment. I do believe life will only continue to go up from here, but I’m certainly not at rock bottom. In fact, since getting divorced and becoming a single mother, my life is significantly more fulfilling. I am happier than I have been in my entire life. That’s not to say I don’t still have my bad days, but even those aren’t so bad … Continue reading

Happiness in the Moment

“Now and then it is good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.” -Guillaume Apollinaire Today as I was reading this quote I realized that I have become so caught up in searching for happiness, that I’ve forgotten to be happy with where I am today. I think most of us do this from time to time. We think, if this one thing were different then I would be happy. I’ve thought this countless times throughout my life. While I was in high school it was, “As soon as I turn 18, then I’ll be happy.” … Continue reading

Choosing Happiness

We are all faced with choices every day. What to wear, who to talk to, what to eat, but sometimes we forget that we can choose how to feel too. We can’t change the choices that people make. Everybody has their agency, but we can choose how to respond to them. Just because other people have made choices that have hurt you, doesn’t mean you have to feel miserable because of them. It is ok to feel hurt, it is ok to wish that things were different, but you can choose where your focus is. You can focus on the … Continue reading

Teaching Kids to Take Charge of Their Own Happiness

I know that there are many of us who read this title and wonder how on earth can we teach our kids to take charge of their own happiness when we may still be trying to learn how to do it for ourselves! It can be a joint lesson to learn how to stop blaming and interpreting that the happiness is something that comes at us from the outside. It can also take years to learn this valuable life lesson, but as parents we can start our children on the road to happiness… We can point out to our children … Continue reading

Be More Compassionate at Work

People who are under a great deal of stress tend to forget to be nice to their coworkers. This is a very human reaction to being tense, overwhelmed, or scared about the future. One way to make your workplace less awful is to be more compassionate at work. If you really don’t feel like it – then it is even more important that you rediscover your compassion. Times are tough. You and your coworkers might be struggling to finish a big project in the days before its deadline. There might be quotas that each worker must achieve. Someone calls in … Continue reading

Habits of Happy People Could Make You Happier

Have you got a case of the blues? Are you feeling frustrated and upset by stories in the news? Try adopting some of the habits of happy people. Doing so could make you feel more connected to your life, give you a sense of purpose, and make your overall outlook a happier one. An article at MindBodyGreen points out seven of the habits that are practiced by the happiest people. You might not be doing them. That isn’t really your fault, though, because few people talk about how they manage to stay so happy all the time. The main idea … Continue reading

Singles Appreciation Day

Most of the year I don’t mind being single, in fact, there are a lot of things I like about it. I like having time to myself, I like being able to make decisions on my own, and most of all I really like the one-on-one time I get with my son because of it. However, being alone on the holidays can get lonely, especially on ones like today that are so focused on a love that isn’t in your life anymore. While everyone else is getting spoiled with candle lit dinners, you’re at home alone or taking care of … Continue reading