Category Archives for Happiness

Volunteer

Today is Day 4 of my Happiness Hacks series. About a year ago, I toured an amazing women and children’s shelter where they help moms retain (or get back) custody of their children. The program provides training and education in parenting, life, and vocational skills for the participants. I was so impressed with the program and facility…

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A Clean Desk

Today is Day 3 of my 31 Days of Happiness Hacks! Today’s a quick one, friends. I’ve learned through my research, reading, and personal experience that cleaning up one counter, drawer or shelf is a great little happiness boost. Gretchen Rubin (of The Happiness Project and Better Than Before – two of my favorite happiness books)…

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Run Happy

Today is Day 2 of my Happiness Hacks series. Today’s Happiness Hack may sound strange to non-runners. I decided to “Run Happy.” A lot of research has shown that exercise can help us feel better – all those endorphins and what not. But for me, exercise, specifically running, became yet another place to strive and achieve.…

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Hop on The Energy Bus!

One of our treasured camp traditions is reading to campers each evening at bedtime. We adopted the tradition more than a decade ago, because we realized how calming it is and how much even our oldest campers enjoy it. I also know from my own experience how a love of reading comes from being read to…

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The Perils of Perfectionism

When we can let go of what other people think and own our story, we gain access to our worthiness — the feeling that we are enough just as we are and that we are worthy of love and belonging. -Brene Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection Several months ago I was having coffee with a…

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Surviving and Thriving (in High School and Life)

Many kids struggle with their sense of worth and forget who they really are during high school. For high achieving kids, some get so caught up in the tests and grades that they start believing that they are not good enough if they don’t get accolades from their teachers. Many adults. I would argue, get caught up…

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5 Ways to Teach Kids to Live Life Well

As I started writing this, I realized that my title is inaccurate: “5 Ways to Live Life Well” would be more appropriate. As an adult, I still need these reminders to help me live my own life better. And, as with all things parenting-related, our kids do not learn from what we tell them or…

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3 Simple Year-End Reflection Activities

The end of one year and beginning of the next offers a unique opportunity to both reflect back and plan ahead. Because I’ve been a journaler and list-maker since I was very young, I’ve always loved this time of transition and chance to start fresh. If you read about my life-changing books, then you know…

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Finding Flow

“The hallmark of flow is a feeling of spontaneous joy, even rapture, while performing a task…” -Wikipedia definition of flow While searching for a Minecraft video on YouTube, my nine-year-old stumbled upon a video about making a stove out of a tin can.  I’ll save the problem of “stumbling upon” videos on YouTube for another post. …

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