What does happiness look like to you?

Happiness.  Happiness is something we all talk about, we all want, we all strive for, but what exactly is it?  The definition of happiness is the ‘state of being happy.’ The definition of happy is ‘feeling or showing pleasure or contentment.’  But, what exactly does that mean, what does happiness look like, and how do we achieve it? Happiness to you might look different than happiness to me, but at the end of the day, I bet it’s the thing we all want in our lives.

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How to make the world a kind & happy place

February 17th was Random Act of Kindness Day. Now don’t get me wrong, I am a huge supporter of random acts of kindness. I love the idea that we have devoted an entire day to doing random acts of kindness for complete strangers. But, one day? Why just one day? Imagine if we spent an entire week,  month, or even year doing random kind acts for others? Talk about raising the vibe!! Or even better, what if everyone, every day did one small thing to make someone’s day brighter? Think of the love, positivity, and happiness we could spread all around the world. One simple act of kindness every day, by everyone, could change the world!

Random acts of kindness do not have to be anything elaborate, time-consuming, or even expensive. Random acts of kindness are quick and simple things to do for someone else that will put a smile on their face or make their day a little easier or brighter.

Not sure how to get started or need some ideas? These random acts are free (or very inexpensive) ways to spread the love for the next month or so.  Now, go out there and be randomly kind, raise the vibe, spread the love, shower the world with kindness…because, you know, we can never have too much of that!

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10 ways to raise your vibe when you’re feeling low

Recently I was in a slump. My thoughts were negative, my anxiety level was high, and my motivation level was low. My mood was bad and getting worse. I needed a quick fix. I had to raise my vibes, stat!

Wouldn’t it be great to live in a world where the sun is always shining, the news is always good, everybody always feels like dancing (is that just me?!) and our moods and vibes are always high? As hard as we try to keep our vibrational levels up, everybody hits a low sometimes. When those lows hit, here are ten surefire, bad-mood-killing, vibe-raising, quick fixes!

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10 ways to practice gratitude

Gratitude is the act of taking time to appreciate all of the things you have in your life. Practicing gratitude does not have to be anything complicated or time-consuming. Gratitude is a simple act that can pack a powerful positivity punch into your life. Gratitude not only makes us feel good, but it is also the greatest (and easiest) way to attract more abundance, love, peace, success, health, and connection to your life. The more we are grateful for what we already have, the more we end up having to be grateful for. It’s so simple!

Below is a list of ways that you can cultivate the attitude of gratitude into your life. Remember, there is no ‘right’ way to practice gratitude…find what works best for you and do it!

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5 science-based reasons why Gratitude is good for everyone

Gratitude. Such a simple word with so much power. Gratitude is the act of giving thanks and having an appreciation for the things in your life, either tangible or intangible. Research has shown that gratitude increases happiness, helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. Below is a list of five science-based reasons why gratitude is good for everyone in all settings.

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Three simple daily tasks to live a happier life

With the hustle of the world today, it is so easy to get lost in the busyness of everyday life. Unfortunately, the busier we are, the less we actually pay attention to ourselves, our health, and enjoying the world around us.   Below are three simple tasks to incorporate into your day to be happier, healthier and more satisfied.

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Self-doubt, self-consciousness and my debut at the Ryman

My husband and I just returned from an amazing trip to Nashville with two other couples. (Sidebar, if you have never been to Nashville I highly recommend! There was something for new country lovers, Honky Tonk lovers, and non-country lovers. Nashville was awesome!)

One of the things my husband and I did when we were there was tour the Ryman Auditorium. For those of you who know nothing about the Ryman, it is pretty much the Holy Grail of live music venues. It is the ultimate place to perform if you are a country music singer (or really just a singer in general.)

For the last part of the Ryman tour, people could go up on the stage and have their picture taken.  A couple guitars and a microphone could be used as props. I begged my husband to go up there and take a picture with me, but he wouldn’t. I was not about to miss out on the chance to step on the same stage that has graced the likes of music legends such as Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Garth Brooks, and The Wiggles…wait, what?! Anyway, I grabbed a guitar, walked up on the stage and stood there and smiled for the camera. So, what does this have to do with positivity and finding your Highest Self? I’ll tell you.

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Saving the world with Love

I live in Minnesota. Today I was at the Mall of America with my two daughters. We were walking around the mall, along with thousands of other people, enjoying a carefree afternoon. Before we left, we decided to grab a quick bite to eat at the food court. It took us awhile, but we finally found an open table and sat down. As we were eating, I was looking around at the greatness of this mall. I was in the largest mall in the world. Over 40 million people visit this mall each year.  Many of those people travel a great distance to get here, many even from other countries.  Some of these visitors actually plan their entire vacations around this magnificent mall.  I sat in the food court and noticed all of the people surrounding me, families with small children and strollers, teenagers hanging out with their friends, parents, grandparents, tourists walking around with their suitcases, every age, color, and nationality coming together at this great place…the largest mall in the entire world. That is when sadness overcame me.

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How to control your fear & anxiety

 

I am a worrier. I have always been a worrier, it was a trait that I was born with. I feel if I know what the worst case scenario could be, then I can be more prepared in case it happens. Now that I understand more about the idea of manifesting, thoughts become things, and all of that good stuff this has definitely been a trait that I am trying to change.

Anxiety and fear are often words that are used interchangeably, but in reality fear and anxiety are two completely different things.  The definition of fear is “a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger.” Let me stress that last part, impending danger. Think about the whole fight or flight and caveman scenario. A caveman goes out hunting and a giant, hungry saber-tooth tiger jumps out at him. The caveman is now in a situation where he is experiencing a distressing emotion caused by impending danger. That, my friend, is true Fear! His body then does all kinds of amazing things, things he doesn’t even think about and in a split second the caveman makes the subconscious decision to fight or take flight. The caveman’s body responded to fear of impending danger. Fear is a productive emotion, based on the danger that is actually happening. Fear is needed for survival.

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Three simple steps to creating a successful exercise program

 

The other day I went for a run and it started to rain. It was not raining very hard, so I decided to finish my run instead of heading home. As I ran past my neighbor’s house I heard my neighbor’s young son ask his mom why I was running in the rain. His mom replied “I have no idea! It doesn’t look like anyone is chasing her!” I had to smile at this comment as I am sure it seemed silly to them that I would be running in the rain while they were running into the house to get out of the rain. For the duration of my run, I was thinking about the boy’s comment. Why was I running in the rain?

I run because it makes me feel good both physically and mentally. I run because I get stressed out at work. I run because my kids drive me crazy sometimes. I run because it is a beautiful day and I need to get outside and feel the sun. I run because I have to clear my mind and stay sane.  I run because I promised myself that I would.

Whether you are a marathon runner or watching marathons of Netflix shows, we all need motivation to get moving.  If you are just starting out with an exercise program, or if you are trying to talk yourself into doing your daily workout, you need to find some motivation.  Your motivation might be different than mine, but we all have our own motivation and our own reasons why. The key to a successful workout program is to figure out your ‘why’ and come up with a plan. Are you are trying to lose weight? Maybe you want to get stronger, faster, leaner, healthier physically or mentally? So, how do you figure out your motivation and develop a plan? Start with the end in mind and follow these steps.

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