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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Be Kind

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Watching adults sometimes makes me sad. Manners used to be important, but they seem a little scarce these days. The most painful thing to see? Negativity and intolerance! People often respond to a conversation with a negative comment as an attempt to be accepted. You’re an adult, so act like one. Come on, let’s be real.

Here are some observations that can help us be more tolerant.

  1. People typically like people who are nice.
  2. If you have not experienced something, don’t speak poorly of it. Especially to someone who has expressed interest or enjoyment in it.
  3. Negativity often appears rude and close minded.
  4. Negativity is considered to be bad manners and our everyday manners shape how people view us.
  5. As a role model, being negative sets a poor example to anyone watching. People will say “I don’t want to be a role model” but you don’t get to choose who looks up to you.

Life happens though, we have to roll with it. If someone offends you or is close minded don’t take it personally. Other people should not have a negative effect on you. Who knows, maybe your positivity will even rub off on them!

Have a Happy Week

So you had a less than ideal weekend. You dropped your phone, lost a shoe at the beach, and locked your keys in your car. How do you even go into work Monday and, with a smile on your face? FORGET ABOUT IT.

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Well, don’t let your weekend of horror ruin your whole week. Monday morning while you’re in the shower or brushing your teeth, think of three good things that happened EACH DAY. These things can be small, for example a delicious cup of coffee, time spent with a family member, you washed your sheets (clean sheets, the best feeling ever). I do this daily and when I have mac & cheese and hot dogs (no judging) it is always on my list. Small, simple and effective. Also, don’t let yourself think of the negative things that happened.

When you are walking up to your job, take a deep breath and think of something that you enjoy in your office. Maybe it’s your swivel chair, that one coworker that always smiles at you in the morning or who knows, maybe the complimentary coffee is the best part of your day!

Finally, smile. Smile to yourself, the first person you see and anyone who looks your way; a sincere smile. Soon enough, you will start to feel better.

Look at the small things, smile and think positive thoughts.

Why not do it now – list three things that were happy yesterday. I’ll do it too.

  1. I ate sushi at my favorite restaurant.
  2. My cat Alice has a new favorite cloth bag and it’s adorable to watch her play with it.
  3. I spent a while scrolling through funny Vine videos before bed.

The phone app Happier is a great way to do this as well. It encourages you to take note of three happy things from your day.

Happiness is a choice, so choose positive reactions and thoughts.

Happier App