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Free, Non-Fat Happiness Boost in Two Minutes

Thank you for all of the book recommendations!  I’m so excited to try new authors.  All the recommendations made me think of one of my favorite authors, Gretchen Rubin.  She has written three books about HAPPINESS, “The Happiness Project”, “Happier at Home”, and soon to be released “Better Than Before.”  But what I most enjoy are her 2-minute YouTube videos on happiness.  Whenever I’m roaming on the internet, I almost always navigate to a new video of hers.  And she has so many that I’m never bored.  It’s a quick pick-me-up without calories or caffeine.  They make me motivated to reach out and hug some happiness.  It’s not touchy-feely.  They are stories, resolutions, and things that you can do in five minutes or less to make yourself happier.  Here are a few of my favorites…

Now I’m Free from French Fries

What am I Really Complaining About?

Guess: Who Never Confuses Identical Twins? – this one brought tears to my eyes!

I Can’t Organize my Mail

I wanted to share these with you because YOU deserve a free, non-fat, two-minute happiness boost too!

Do you have a secret source of happiness?  A favorite author?  Watching your child sleep?  Looking at photos?  Chai lattes?


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Resolve Resolutions

Happy New Year!  I LOVE New Year’s!  Well, I love crafting New Year’s resolutions.  I don’t know why I get such a kick out of resolutions!  Resolutions to me are fascinating and powerful.  It’s amazing what can be accomplished if you work at it everyday.  Consistency is the key and also the biggest challenge.  I love slow and steady change so making yearly resolutions is right up my alley.  For the other half of the population, resolutions may not be your thing.  It’s not how you are motivated.  Before you give up too quickly or decide not even to try thinking of a resolution, check out one of my favorite author’s suggestions about keeping resolutions.  Gretchen Rubin wrote The Happiness Project and Happier at Home.  She is basically the closest thing to an expert on keeping resolutions!  Her conclusion – you can be happier through small changes in your life!  Check out two of her vlogs about New Year’s resolutions for inspiration on creating and keeping your resolutions this year: 1.) Hold Yourself Accountable and 2.) Preparation is Essential.

A few of my resolutions for 2014 are 1.) not to lose patience or raise my voice at my dogs (ever since B was born they drive me nuts), 2.) read three books a month (1 for book club, 1 for church, and 1 for work), 3.) dress for success (my nemesis – I’m completely void of style), 4.) post gratitude stickies in the bathroom and around the house, 5.) read a Bible verse to B everyday, and 6.) kiss and hug my spouse everyday (it’s surprising how many days I miss).  My plan for keeping my resolutions this year is to write them down and keeping on my computer, check them daily, and put reminders on my calendar to check my progress.  I live by my calendar so reminders will be helpful.  What are your resolutions for 2014?  How do you plan to keep them?

The best of 2013!

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Book Review: The Happiness Project

I just finished reading “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin.  Anyone else read it?  I’m really interested to hear what other people think!

I liked it but there was something missing.  I’m glad I read it and I recommend it to everyone.  But…  I must admit that I skimmed that last three chapters.  By that point in the book, I understood her message and didn’t feel like I was reading anything new.

Gretchen is obviously Ms. Super-Smarty-Pants.  She clerked at the U.S. Supreme Court for gosh sakes.  She is clearly well-read and clearly way smarter than me.  I definitely felt intellectually inferior; however, I’m sure this was not her intention.  In fact, I think she tried very hard to sound causal about her very serious research project.  Anyone who links “happiness” with “project”, however, is not causal about anything.  In that way, I felt like we were kindred spirits.  Heck, I read her book about how to be happy.

The book has some really great ideas about doing what makes you happy.  You first need to figure out what makes you happy.  You then need a process to actually do it.  Gretchen used a resolution chart method.  She made several resolutions each month geared towards one overall goal, such as money, career, or attitude.  One goal for each month.  Each day she marked down whether she had, in fact, followed her resolutions.  Seems simple but I tried it for a few days and fell off the wagon pretty quickly.  The book was inspiring enough for me to keep trying her method and many of her suggestions about what made her happy.  Just read it.  You’ll enjoy it.

Gretchen also has a pretty cool blog (  Naturally.