Posts tagged happiness
Seasonal goals

The school year is here! How in the world did that happen? Every summer seems to go faster than the one before it.

Sunrise. Sunset
I remember at the beginning of the summer, the sun came up really early in the morning. It would be completely bright out at 6:00am. And the sun wouldn’t set until after 9:00pm. I knew it was the best gift in the world to have the long days.

Summer bucket list
My goal this summer was to spend more time outside.

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When joy isn't the answer

In a world where we have instant access to people, on-demand access to food delivery, and virtual assistance we aren’t happy. Stop throughout the day and ask yourself, am I happy? What more do I need to be happy? What am I doing today to lead to happiness?

Because I’m happy
My son’s choir sang a great song this month called “I Sing Because I’m Happy”. On stage, he had a grin from ear to ear. Other kids were focused, as if they were singing because they were singing. If I’m feeling drained or sad and I make myself sing, it is hard to stay sad. One could say I sing because I’m sad.

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Fear of being lazy (FOBL)

Taking time for yourself is not lazy

What is holding you back from taking time for yourself? This time of year, preparation for the holidays can be the reason you don’t do things you enjoy. In all honesty, isn’t it like this all year long? A list of tasks and goals to be achieved for someone other than yourself. I’m not saying that you don’t benefit as well. There is usually a sense of satisfaction when you do something for someonse else and there is often a mutual benefit.

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Happy mom voice

Scrapbooking is one of my hobbies.  I love looking at a still moment in time. Photographs are of happy occasions and happy people. 

Facebook has an app called “On This Day” (OTD).  It shows pictures and videos of that calendar day last year and every year on that day since I joined Facebook.  To me, it is like an automatic scrapbook of my life. 

I rarely post videos to Facebook so when they show up in OTD, I watch and re-watch them. Recently, I was watching a video of my son at two- years old (he is now 8).  He was singing the theme song from Thomas the Train.  As I write this, I can still picture him working hard to say “Edward”.  In acapella fashion, I sang the main part and he sung the names of the train at the appropriate time.

As the video played, I hardly recognized myself.  Who was this person with the happy, easy-going voice?  She sounds really happy.  I don’t sound like that anymore. 

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Hope Woodchildren, dogs, happiness
Recipe for work happiness

You don't have to look hard to find a motivational quote. 

"The only way to do great work is to love what you do" - Steve Jobs

How about a do this/get that work strategy.

"Sharpen the saw" by Steven Covey.  Preserve and enhance the greatest asset - you!

There are rows and rows of books in the stores on ways to find happiness in your work -- thousands if you go online.  

The issue I have with these quotes is they address work happiness at the macro-level.   If you love what you do, you will do great work.  Let's be serious, there are always parts of work that you don't want to do.

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