International Day of Happiness

It’s Friday
It’s the first day of Spring
It’s International Day of Happiness

This is the biggest day of the year for me! In honor of all of this positive energy going around I want to share some of my favorite ways increase positive attitudes. These are in no particular order.

Have a Great Day (Playlist, Spotify)
If you’re on Spotify, check out this playlist. I love it and it really will help you to have a great day. All of the song are fun and you’ll know most of them.

TED Talks (Charming Talks for a Boost on a Bad Day)
People seem to be pushing against Happiness day. IDK but people refuse to be happy sometimes. Here are 5 TED Talks to boost you out of those grumpy pants.

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Gabby Bernstein (Inspiration)
One of my personal role models & inspirations in life. Everything she does is wonderful. Follow her on Instagram, try her Meditations, read her Books. I recommend all of it!

Kid President (Video Pep Talk)
ALWAYS a great pick-me-up. This kid is seriously inspiring! Seriously, if you haven’t already, or really even if you have, just take 4 minutes from your day and watch (or just listen) this 9 year old kid kick butt.

“We are all on the same team.” Something I say a lot, I don’t think people understand this still.

Happier (App & Website)
Happier was started by a woman with a seriously impressive background. She had achieved everything she thought she wanted and realized it’s experiences that matter. The App is a happiness journal where you keep track of things that make you happier every day, even as small as having a bathroom break when you’re a teacher and really had to pee.
Read about the science here.
Download the app on your phone or via their website.

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Happiness Project (Book & Podcast)
This book is perfect for anyone. Not all of the topics may apply to you but there is great information for everyone. Don’t think that just because you’re a guy this book doesn’t apply to you. The Happiness Project synthesizes the wisdom of the ages with current scientific research, as Rubin brings readers along on her year to greater happiness.
I love listening to her podcasts on the train in the morning. A great way to add happiness to the day.
Here’s Gretchen site.

Bliss List (Book)
Discover your true Bliss & land your dream job with this book. Don’t check out their website, it’s not the best & put me off in the beginning but I ordered it via Amazon & love it!

Happiness is… (Book)
This happy little book contains 500 things to be happy about. It’s a great coffee table or bathroom book and a really great gift.

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@SunshineSpreader (Instagram) 
Personal promo here. This is my Instagram account =) I post happy things here.

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AKA You Time

Who mediates? Raise your hand!
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If you are one of the many people who didn’t raise your hand, may I ask why? Is it intimidating? You don’t think you have time? It’s too new-agey? All of these reasons are real and legitimate. But I will say, I hope you find the strength to push those thoughts from your mind. Meditating can be as simple as turning off the TV and putting your phone down for 10 minutes. That’s it! OR it can be done on the drive to work, in a line or in class/work. Don’t believe me?

I present to you my two favorite meditation tools. These are what got me into meditation and I am so thankful.

Head Space. Created by Andy Puddicombe, their website has some information and help BUT the free app called Head Space (found on the website and in the App Store) challenges people to meditate 10 minutes a day, for 10 days. I promise it will help with stress, clear thinking and feeling over all refreshed. View his 10 minute Ted Talk HERE

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Also Gabby Bernstein. Her books are great but this specific meditation that I do when I start to get stressed or overwhelmed works wonders. In public or at home. Most recently I went to an over-crowded outdoor event in the humidity. Typically each one of those words stress me out, put them all together and you have one unhappy camper. Luckily, I watched this video by Gabby a couple of weeks ago. It cooled me down mentally, and in turn physically because I wasn’t worked up. You will learn it’s recommended for one minute but now that I have practiced it for a while once I start it the stress melts away. Check it out, try it out, and let me know what you think!

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