How Much Happiness Can You Stand To Have?

I don't want a perfect life, I want a happy life.

I was recently listening in the car to a discussion on happiness by Dr. Robert Holden, as I was driving across the state. Because as happy as I am, I’m always interested in Leveling Up.

An interesting exercise he shared was to complete this sentence: “One way I’m making myself unhappy is __________.”

What was your initial response when you read that?  I was rocked by my own discovery.

One way I’m currently making myself unhappy is by pushing to get through some upcoming days, so that then I can relax and enjoy my time.

Can you relate? Is your schedule so full of events and to-do’s — some are fun, some are tasks — that you have relegated Enjoyment as just another calendar event? One that is placed afterward, off in the future? Continue reading “How Much Happiness Can You Stand To Have?”

Go, You!

I used to want to be liked. And I learned that pleasing others is exhausting.

Next I hoped to be accepted. And I learned that approval is insidious.

Then I desired to be understood. And I learned discernment is both a gift and a choice.

Now I validate myself. And I learn that authenticity is sacred.

If you have ever felt alienated when you are fully being you, remember this:
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Work at Play

adulting like a boss

You are really, really good at adulting.

You work your fabulous job. You put nourishing meals in your body. You’re connected with and contributing to others — whether it’s a partner, children, a pet, a darn good friend, or an online community.

When was the last time you truly let go, just for a moment, just for fun?

Think of yourself when you were little, and when fun just oozed out of your pores. Likely this is before you began school, when your days then turned more regimented by default. Find a memory of a moment when you were completely, totally, 100% in the present, having fun. That’s what play feels like.

Wine, crackers and cheese are just adult versions of apple juice, goldfish and cheese sticks. Continue reading “Work at Play”