Happiness Challenge: Day 21 (The finish line!)

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21 Day challenge - Day 21

 “We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.” ~Herman Melville

#ThoughtfulThursday Challenge: Connect to thrive! At every level there are invisible patterns of unity and oneness interconnecting everything. These have no power structures or hierarchies; they are not for sale. They pass freely from heart to heart along the web of oneness that connects us all. We can be present with someone whose language we don’t understand, who speaks about circumstances we have never experienced, or whose reactions are baffling to us. It’s an orientation and intentionality to simply be with another…
In the next 24 hours, adopt the orientation of oneness with something or someone(s). Hold hands with a loved one and be present to the currents of connectivity between you, share a meal with someone of a completely different background than your own, tune into the buzz of the natural world around you…You’ll soon find that in each of us, there is a little of all of us; one effects the whole!
CONGRATS ON FINISHING THE 21 DAY HAPPINESS CHALLENGE! Did you enjoy it?If so, you’re in luck because the fun continues with today’s launch of Circles, a supportive community to help you practice happiness habits like those featured over the past 21 days. Sign up and be one of the first to start a Circle today:

Happiness Challenge: Day 20

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“Your body’s ability to heal is greater than anyone has permitted you to believe.”
Trust your body – it contains all the wisdom you need to care for yourself properly, you just have to take the time to listen.
#WellnessWednesday Challenge: You are a miracle of nature. The human body has such powerful self-healing potential that the main way you can even prevent it from healing is to interfere with it. Do you have maladaptive habits that may be interfering with your body’s innate ability to heal itself? Simple lifestyle corrections and food can do wonders for your health and, therefore, happiness…
For the next 24 hours, think of movement and healthy eating as “happiness triggers” rather than thinking of them as exercise and dieting.  What is one “happiness trigger” you will commit to today?

Happiness Challenge: Day 19

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“Gratitude is the memory of the heart.” ~Jean Baptiste Massieu
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. Who are you grateful for? Tell them. Taking time to remember and then letting them know will fill two hearts- theirs and yours.
#GratiTuesday Challenge: Thank everyone and everything you encounter on your journey today as though you had chosen it…keep coming back to that thankful heart state as often as you can for the next 24 hours. Our days are happiest when we give people a bit of our heart rather than a piece of our mind.  Happy Journeying!

Happiness Challenge: Day 18

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“Our mind is a garden our thoughts are the weeds, you can grow flowers or you can grow weeds.” 

#MindfulMonday Challenge:  Monday is a chance to start anew, begin the week with your mindset primed to receive the best that life has to offer. Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality. For the next 24 hours think of yourself as a “thought farmer,” begin planting empowering thoughts early in the morning and don’t stop working till evening…seeds become the garden you live in, sow wisely.

Perhaps adopt this motto for the day: “I believe in the good things coming.” Focus on these good things as they show up in your day, week, and beyond! Whatever is going on in your mind is what you are attracting into your life…

Happiness Challenge: Day 17

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 “A bad day for your ego is a great day for your soul.” ~Jillian Michaels 

#SoulfulSunday Challenge: Make it a great soul day. Trust your soul to direct you today- it is always there and always rooting for you even when your mind may falter. (Hint: “When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”~Rumi)

For the next 24 hours,  free yourself from your ego armor. The ego is not bad, it wants to protect us, like armor, but it often manages to do so in a unhealthy, often painful and inauthentic way. The ego is your self-image; it is your social mask; it is a role you are playing and it thrives on approval. The ego, however, is not who you really are…You are a soul. Today, allow your true essence to break through the ego armor recognizing the deeper, soulful part of you.

Happiness Challenge: Day 16

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“Love and intimacy are at the root of what makes us sick and what makes us well…I am not aware of any other factor in medicine—not diet, not smoking, not exercise—that has a greater impact.” ~Dean Ornish 

#SocialSaturday Challenge: “Life is about finding people who are your kind of crazy.” One of the clearest research findings is that we are social creatures – how we relate to others is one of the strongest indicators of wellbeing! In fact, studies show that that not having close personal ties poses the same level of health risk as smoking or obesity. We are wired to love, to be loved, and to belong…so, in the next 24 hours, reflect on who are “your kind of crazy” and spend time “traveling with them” today :) Extend this challenge beyond this weekend by gathering your tribe and become a founding member of a Circle of Happiness: http://www.projecthappiness.org/happiness-circles/
“As I get older, I recognize just how important it is to be surrounded by people who deeply believe in our value and goodness even when we lose our footing. It took me years to rid myself of the lite-dimmers and it has been much clearer sailing since. Not that there isn’t value in having difficult people to overcome, but eventually it becomes essential to be surrounded by those who lift and wish us higher. If they don’t see you in your highest light, wish them well and cut the cord.” ~Jeff Brown

 

 

Happiness Challenge: Day 15

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 Can you remember who you were before the wold told you who you should be? 

The “WHAT IFS” and the “SHOULD HAVES” will eat your brain. Let them go, today.
#FridayFreedom Challenge: Much of the pain we are dealing with are really only critical thoughts. The “shoulds” are often positively intended, like messages from your parents about safety or success when we were children. Guess what – you have changed! These thoughts no longer serve you in your adult life. Let go of these outdated thoughts by recognizing they were originally intended to help you, and then gently send them on their way. Tell your “should,” ‘Thank you for wanting the best for me, I am so ready to find another way to be.’
What “shoulds” are getting in the way of your authentic happiness? In the next 24 hours, replace that inner critical voice with thoughts that feel more empowering, and freeing! Letting go is liberation.

Happiness Challenge: Day 14

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“The true measure of an individual is how they treat a person who can do them absolutely no good.” ~Ann Landers

Happiness and altruism are intimately linked in a positive feedback loop – doing good is an essential ingredient to being happy, and happiness spurs kindness and generosity.

#ThoughtfulThursday Challenge: In the next 24 hours, give back to the greater good without any strings attached. Perhaps do something for someone and don’t tell anyone, or, at least for the day, try to let no one come to you without leaving happier. Tip: If you don’t think you have anything to give back, think again…the greatest gift you can give someone is your presence!

Little by little, a little becomes a lot. As Desmond Tutu puts it, “Do your little bit of good where you are, it is those little bits of good put all together that overwhelm the world.”

Happiness Challenge: Day 13

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“I have a choice: Do I want to align with the GREATEST VISION OF MYSELF or Do I want to align with my EXCUSES?”  ~Debbie Ford

#WellnessWednesday Challenge: When you mentally rehearse new healthy habits, you strengthen your ability to create them in your life. Identify images that align with accomplishing your goals and spend time visualizing them daily! Are you living by design or by default? Design the highest grandest vision possible for your life today. For the next 24 hours, live  “AS IF” this grand vision has already come true. Extra Challenge: Practice this “AS IF” mentality for the rest of the week, living “out of your imagination, not your history.” You become what you believe…

Happiness Challenge: Day 12

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“Dear Past, thank you for all the lessons. Dear Future, I am ready.”

If you never tasted a bad apple, you would not appreciate a good apple. You have to experience life to understand life. Be grateful for the profound teachings contained within times of great difficulty. When you review your life, where have you learned more compassion? Where have you learned more about yourself? Where has your heart grown wise–in just having good times, or going through difficulties? In fact, in some buddhist traditions, there is actually a prayer asking, “May I be given the appropriate difficulties so that my heart can truly open with compassion.”
#GratiTuesday Challenge: For the next 24 hours, practice gratitude for EVERYTHING, even difficult emotions, because of their potential to wake you up. When life is sweet today, say THANK YOU and celebrate. When life is bitter today, say THANK YOU and grow…
It is said that the “stance of happiness” is a deep appreciation for what is and eager anticipation of what’s next. Try this stance on today by regularly repeating this mantra: “For all that has been, THANKS. For all that will be, YES.”

 

Happiness Challenge: Day 11

21 Day challenge - Day 113“Your mind is your instrument. Learn to be its master and not its slave.” ~ Remez Sasson

Mindfulness is not meant to remove us from the reality or responsibilities of everyday life, but rather places our feet firmly in the practical ground of experience. When we are under stress, the brain processes information through pathways that lead us to impulsive and reactive behavior. Mindfulness strengthens the brains resourceful pathways; it’s a way of traveling through our lives in peace.

#MindfulMonday Challenge: For the next 24 hours, PRACTICE PEACE. Try this exercise to strengthen your brains ‘peaceful pathways’ — Take a moment to step fully into this lion’s ‘shoes’ and connect with one word that describes your experience being the lion in the picture (i.e., strong, serene, peace, brave, still, etc.). For the rest of the day, if you begin to feel scattered or stressed or disconnected from the present, breathe deeply as you come back to this one empowering word. Let this mindful lion state expand within you, and invite it to grow forward into your week ahead, accompanying you through the inevitable stress that arises.

When you schedule a peace practice into your regular morning routine, the rest of your day’s to-do list (and overall well-being) will benefit as you approach each task mindfully!

Happiness Challenge: Day 10

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“You cannot think your way into your life purpose, it can only be felt with your heart.” 

#SoulfulSunday Challenge: What is one small shift you could make to live closer to your truth today? Set an intention to live closer to your truth for the next 24 hours. (Hint: If you’re not energized or excited by it, it’s not your souls true path)
Little by little one travels far. If you’re true to the small steps you take, your life will be truth ache free. And always remember, your path is beautiful and crooked, and just as it should be…

Happiness Challenge: Day 9

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“The natural world communicates its profound messages: things are okay as they are; you are okay just as you are; simply relax and be present.”

Native Hawaiians have a beautiful concept called “mana,” which means the power of the elemental forces of nature are embodied in each of us. We evolved in nature, and studies show that natural settings – the beach, the wilderness, sitting under a tree- are restorative. In fact, your brain on nature, is happier :)
Day 10 Challenge: For the next 24 hours, adopt the pace of nature. Tune in to the rhythm of the natural world – go outside, look around you and realize the earth is breathing with you – let that life force flow through you. Extra challenge: Just for today, go off the grid. Perhaps even, *gasp*, turn off or leave your phone at home! Our devices are meant to connect us, but the truth is that every moment we spend checking our phone is a moment of our life, right in front of us, that we’ve disconnected from. Today, disconnect from your devices and reconnect with natural world, and yourself! 

Happiness Challenge: Day 8

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“The greatest prison people live in is the fear of what other people think.” ~David Icke


 #FridayFreedom Motto: “What other people think of me is none of my business.”

Often our loudest internal voices have an external origin. Notice where the limiting voices in your head are coming from (i.e., a parent, a friend,a boss)…what might you be capable of if you could let go of the opinions of others?
CHANGE YOUR HABIT OF THOUGHT: Over the next 24 hours, notice any critical inner voices on loop in your mind (hint – often they become loudest in stressful situations). Take note of what they are saying and who is saying it, then change your inner narrative. What could you say to yourself instead that would feel freeing? Write it on a post-it and stick it in your regular line of sight, such as on your mirror, computer screen, dashboard, etc. – practice this new empowering story until it becomes the automatic voice in your head!

 

Happiness Challenge: Day 7

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“Remember the emphasis on the heart. The mind lives in doubt and the heart lives in trust. When you trust, suddenly you become centered.” ~Osho

#ThoughtfulThursday Challenge: For the next 24 hours, practice HEARTFULNESS by dwelling in your heart space as much as possible.
Try this heart opening exercise to fill yourself with love and send it out to the world: “Imagine that there is a light in your upper chest near your heart, growing brighter and brighter, radiating. Breathe slowly and deeply, filling your lungs with air. Now let the light have a nice steady glow, like the glow you see from a candle, only much larger. Let it become more radiant and begin to surround your whole body. That’s it, the sensation you’re getting in your chest is all right, that is your heart opening. Now imagine sending a beam from this glowing area to someone or something you want to share love with. There you go, that’s love.”    

 

Happiness Challenge: Day 6

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“When I loved myself enough, I began leaving whatever wasn’t healthy.This meant people, jobs, my own beliefs and habits…anything that kept me small.My judgement called it disloyal. Now I see it as self-loving.” ~Kim McMillen
#WellnessWednesday Challenge: Treat your body well, it’s the only place you have to live. In the next 24 hours, write a commitment letter to your body, telling it how you intend to love and accept it unconditionally, and practice self-care habits that support its thriving. Here’s an example-
My Dear Dedicated Body, 
From this moment forward, I vow to feed you with clean food and positive thoughts. I will water you religiously.I’ll seek nourishment for your physical form, but also for the spirit you so tirelessly protect. I will strive to understand you, in all your delicate complexities, so that I may serve you into your old age. 

From this moment on, I will hold in my heart that you are doing your best for me, and I will not expect more. From this moment on, we are a team and I will repay your best with my best: and we will be brave together. 

With Deepest Gratitude, 
Me

 

Shine Bright

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Let your soul shine bright, friends! #SoulfulSunday

Happiness Challenge: Day 3

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Place your hand over your heart. Feel that? That’s called purpose. You’re alive for a reason.

#SoulfulSunday: “That thing that you do, after your day job, in your free time, too early in the morning, too late at night. That thing you read about, write about, think about, in fact fantasize about. That thing you do when you’re all alone and there’s no one to impress, nothing to prove, no money to be made, simply a passion to pursue. That’s it. That’s your thing. That’s your heart, your guide. Thats the thing you must, must do.” What is your thing? The things that make you happiest are not random. They are your calling…placed inside every human being is a call to joy, and the purpose of your life is to answer that call.

CALL TO ACTION: In the next 24 hours, book a meeting with yourself and explore this question, “From 0 to 10, how alive do I feel?” Zero represents “the living dead,” and 10 represents “100 percent alive.” Notice how alive you feel in your life right now, and identify what would help you to feel even more alive. In particular, name specifically what inspires you and what motivates you to show up in your life each day. To live your purpose, you have to dare to be even more of who you really are.

Happiness Challenge: Day 2

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“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” ~Jim Rohn

 

#SocialSaturday: Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one. But not just any one. Energies are contagious so surround yourself with people that reflect who you want to be and how you want to feel. By choosing who you spend time with, you are literally shaping your own future. Who is in your core circle? Examine the people you spend the most time around. Consider if these people are enabling you toward your ideal self (Do they match who you want to become in the future?). If they are not, identify people who do embody qualities you desire and increase contact with them…soon your “friend average” will be a source of strength and positive vibes.

 

Call to Action: For the next 24 hours, choose to surround yourself with people who uplift you. Set an intention for how you want to feel at the end of your social interactions and notice who meets you in that elevated space. Hint: Those are your people!

Everyone Smiles in the Same Language

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Smiling is a universal language!

Celebrate International Day of Happiness by starting a smile contagion today – the smile of a stranger can change someone’s whole day :) #HappinessIsContagious

Create a life you don’t want to escape from

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“When you personalize your life, when you make your life a place where you can be yourself, when you do things the way you want to do them, your life feels like your home. And that is a tremendous source of emotional energy.” ~ Mira Kirshenbaum

#MondayMotivation: Create a life in which “escapism” need not exist. Reject the myth that you must step out of your daily life in order to step into feeling fully alive. What small steps might you take today to invigorate your everyday life with emotional wellness practices?

I found the divine within my heart

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I looked in temples, churches, and mosques. But I found the divine within my heart.” ~Rumi

nothing is more urgent than sitting still

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Weekend Challenge

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Weekend Challenge; I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, “If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.” ~Kurt Vonnegut

What “scars” of happiness do you have?

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What “scars” of happiness do you have?

It all fades away

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Happiness is not found in the things you possess, but in what you have the courage to release.

Don’t waste time…

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The best reciprocity: Giving without expecting anything in return. In giving before you get, you enter into a relationship without defining anything tranasctional. Try it for #ThoughtfulThursday today…

Increase the Dose

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Increase the dose. “All that we can control in this silly and wildly perfect life is the love we choose to give our without regard to ever get it back in return.” ~ Tyler Knott Gregson #ThoughtfulThursday

Key Club teams up with Project Happiness for International Day of Happiness

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A smile goes a long way

Monday, March 09, 2015
Key Club News

In honor of International Day of Happiness on March 20, we’re teaming up with Project Happiness again next week. Here are three ways to spread happiness in your community:

  1. Think of what makes you happy. Write what makes you happy on a plain piece of paper. Hold it up and take a picture with it. Post the picture on Instagram using the hashtag #happinessday. And don’t forget to tag @KeyClubInt in your picture!
  2. Make your friends happy. It doesn’t matter if your friends live 5 miles away or 500 miles. Make them happy by telling them how happy they make you! We’ll have cool graphics on our Facebook page on Friday, March 20.
  3. Make everyone happy. Spread some Key Club love by attaching customized messages on everyone’s lockers at school. Make cards with funny jokes or fun sayings. Remember to let everyone know that it’s International Day of Happiness, and include the #happinessday hashtag!

See original post here.

The body achieves…

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#WednesdayWellness reminder: Your body won’t go where your mind doesn’t push it. Your mind will quit a thousand times before your body will. Feel the fear and do it anyway.

Your attention please

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If you’re still looking for that one person who will change your life, take a look in the mirror. That person you’ve been waiting to save you, is you. You have everything you need within you, draw on those internal resources today. #HumpdayInspiration

Everyone is my teacher.

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#GratiTuesday Tip: There is no shortage of evidence linking gratitude to happiness, but the key is to feel it in your heart instead of keeping it in your mind. Do more than just “BE” grateful, take it a step further and “FEEL” gratitude each time you express it!

Who are your teachers? FEEL gratitude to them today.

Energy is contagious

Energy is contagious


#MindfulMonday: We don’t knowingly allow someone who is sick to get too close with their germs. The same could/should be said of negative energy – be responsible for the energy you bring into a space, and mindful of how you allow others to move through your space today. Energy effects everything.

Don’t quit your day dream

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“Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.” – Henry David Thoreau
As John F. Kennedy said, “The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were.” Be those men (and women) – dream loudly! #MondayMotivation

Internal conflict is not dark

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#SundaySoul: “The war you feel within – that restlessness, the unending uncertainty – is not to be dismissed, avoided, hated. That internal conflict is not dark, it is a beaming light trying to focus you, the rolling thunderous call of courage, the rays of greatness seeking to explode beyond your skin to touch once more the Spirit of Possibility. LISTEN to the restlessness. It is telling you to ready yourself, to let loose, to strive for the magic and meaning of life once more.”

Something wonderful is going to happen

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Start each day with the thought that something wonderful is going to happen.

The real test of friendship is silence.

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“The real test of friendship is: Can you literally do nothing with the other person? Can you enjoy those moments of life that are utterly simple?” ~Eugene Kennedy

True friendship is sitting together in silence and feeling like it was the best conversation. Who are your true friends? #SaturdaySocial

Live in the moment. Leave the phone.

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“Happiness is enjoying the moment for what it is, not what it could be or should be.” ~Unknown

The world today is full of distractions, pulling us from the moment in front of us. Cell phones are one of the biggest thieves of our presence. Today, put down your phone and choose to engage in the moment instead of thinking you should/could be somewhere else. Your life is in front of you, not in some email or Facebook newsfeed. Live it NOW. #SaturdaySoul

Let us illuminate one another!

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#ThoughtfulThursday: Just as gravity pulls the moon to the earth, so is our great pull to connect as beings. Why not become the one who lives with a full moon in each eye, that is always saying what every other eye in this world is dying to hear? Illuminate one another…

Start a Habit

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We are what we repeatedly do. Wellness, therefore is not an act but a habit…start a habit that your future self will thank you for, today!

‪#‎WednesdayWellness

A grateful life

No matter how hard life can get, go to bed grateful that you have one. #GratiTuesday

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Shifting the Energy

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“Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and cannot help but get that reality. This is not philosophy. This is physics.”~Einstein

#GratiTuesday: When we apply the principle of presence to gratitude, regardless of external circumstances, we are living the experience of infinite possibility.

Happy Weekend!

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#FridayFreedom activity: What do you feel, hear, and see that let’s you know you’re free? Notice how specifically you experience the state of freedom within. This is your personal internal structure of freedom, which you can re-access and practice under any external circumstances, such as a Monday morning :)

The Best Type of Fast Food

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“The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.” ~Ann Wigmore

‪#‎WednesdayWellness‬ tip: Let food be your medicine. The beauty of food as medicine is that the choice to heal and promote health and happiness can begin as soon as the next meal! In the words of Thoreau, “A man may esteem himself happy when that which is his food is also his medicine.”

Move This Way

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“Don’t move the way fear makes you move. Move the way love makes you move. Move the way joy makes you move.”
~Osho

Whenever possible, move from a place of love.

#MindfulMonday

Peace Within

Peace Within

“Come from a space of peace and you’ll find that you can deal with anything.” ~Michael Singer

If you are not happy and peaceful within, then nothing from outside can make you happy or peaceful. Practice peace in the today.

#SundayStillness

Limits of the Possible

Limits of the Possible

“The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.” ~Arthur C. Clarke

#MondayMotivation

Breathing Practice

Breathing Practice

Do this breathing practice before bed tonight, connecting to your heart center as you drift off to sleep. Research shows that repeating a simple gratitude exercise such as this one every day for 21 days hardwires you for happiness. TRY IT!

#GratiTuesday

Healthy Lifestyle

Healthy Lifestyle

“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” ~John C Maxwell

Health is the groundwork for happiness. Integrate health practices into your daily routine as access points to greater happiness. Starting today, let healthy be your way of life!

#WednesdayWellness

Defining Love

Defining Love

New definition: “Love is that micro-moment of warmth and connection that you share with another living being.” ~Barbara L. Fredrickson

If you redefine love today, how many micro-moments might you have in the next 24 hours? These moments are just as possible with a casual acquaintance or stranger (I.e., your barista this morning or a person you share a smile with on your commute home from work) as they are with family and friends…love is present in every moment, the only thing missing is your attention to it!

#ThoughtfulThursday

Giving Up vs. Letting Go

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“There is a big difference between giving up and letting go. Giving up means selling yourself short. It means allowing fear and struggle to limit your opportunities and keep you stuck. Letting go means freeing yourself from something that is no longer serving you. It means removing toxic people and belief systems from your life so that you can make room for relationships and ideas that are conducive to your wellbeing and happiness. Giving up reduces your life. Letting go expands it. Giving up is imprisoning. Letting go is liberation. Giving up is self-defeat. Letting go is self-care.

So the next time you make the decision to release something or someone that is stifling your happiness and growth, and a person has the audacity to accuse you of giving up or being weak, remind yourself of the difference. Remind yourself that you don’t need anyone’s permission or approval to live your life in the way that feels right. No one has the authority to tell you who to be or how to live. No one gets to decide what your life should look like or who should be a part of it. No one, but you.”
Daniell Koepke

#FridayFreedom

Rhythm of your heart

Rhythm of Your Heart

Dance to the song in your head,
Speak with the rhythm of your heart,
And love from the depths of your soul.

#SaturdaySoul

Quietude

Quietude

“Ask the world to reveal its quietude— not the silence of machines when they are still, but the true quiet by which birdsongs, trees, bellworts, snails, clouds, storms become what they are, and are nothing else.” ~Wendell Berry
Surrender…Be…Unknow…in the ‪#‎SundayStillness‬ today!

#SundayStillness

Birth of a Rainbow

Birth of a Rainbow

“Hang on when the winds are blowing…storms are the birthplace of rainbows.” ~ Jane Lee Logan

Count your rainbows not your thunderstorms today. A rainbow is always brewing above those Monday blues – all you have to do is look up from your screens!

#MondayMotivation

Thanks to our friends at NLPCA for this beautiful photo!

Mind and Body

Mind and Body

How might your beliefs be holding you back? Investigate the stories you tell yourself about your body and health. Practice new stories that align with your goals of thriving.

Healthy mind, healthy body.
#WednesdayWellness

Meditate to Reboot

Meditate to Reboot

Our minds can get overloaded each day with the streams of info that constantly bombard us from all sides.

Meditation is a way of rebooting your system and shutting down unnecessary programs – a bit like going to the Genius Bar with a broken laptop, and coming back with a brand new one!

#MindfulMonday

Beauty of the Moment

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“If you are not living with a whole heart now, the end of the world poses no threat; your life is already gone. Life is only as valuable as our presence to enjoy it. To miss the beauty of the moment because you are preparing to protect yourself from the next one, is to trade a precious gem for a cheap trinket.”
~Alan Cohen

Gratitude and presence grow hand in hand. Curate both, starting today!
#GratiTuesday

Happy Alone

Happy Alone

The best way to be happy with someone is to learn how to be happy alone. That way the company will be a matter of choice and not necessity.

#GratiTuesday

A Golden Place

A Golden Place

The first step to happiness, is noticing it…

Believing in a Thought

Believing in a Thought
“A thought is harmless unless we believe it. It’s not our thoughts, but our attachment to our thoughts, that causes suffering. Attaching to a thought means believing that it’s true, without inquiring. A belief is a thought that we’ve been attaching to, often for years.” ~Byron Katie

What thoughts are you attached to? Inquire within: are they limiting or expanding your life?
#ThoughtfulThursday

Live the Questions

Live the Questions
“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. LIVE THE QUESTIONS NOW. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” ~Rainer Maria Rilke

Have a #MindfulMonday, live “the middle” today!

#MindfulMonday

Self-Discovery

Self Discovery
Self-Discovery = Realizing who you are at the deepest level. Step into your depth, peace resides there.
#SundaySelf #SoulfulSunday

Blueprints of Wellness

Blueprint of Wellness
Are you following blueprints of wellness or stress?

Internalize positive experiences to create lasting neurostructure. Most of the inputs into your brain originate within your own body. These signals are like night watchmen calling, “All is well. All is well. All is well . . .” Feeling into your breathing, sensing into your innards, and noticing that you are alright right now are endlessly renewing opportunities to settle into the physical center, which is where blueprints for thriving originate!

#WednesdayWellness

Keep It Simple

Keep it Simple
The simpler we make life the more room we create for what matters most…keep it simple today!
#WhatMattersMost #SimpleSaturday

Dancing Shoes

Dancing Shoes
Wear your dancing shoes, everyday. Life happens to those already on the dance floor.
#SaturdaySoul

Center of Stillness

Center of Stillness
Balance is created and restored within. Be calm in the midst of chaos. Find your own center of stillness and go back to it. Go back to it, often. Make a habit of going back to it every Sunday and launch into your work week with a balanced stance, like this rad duck.
#SundayStillness

Life Changes in Proportion to Courage

Life Changes in Proportion
Whatever is occurring in you, use it. It takes a lot of courage to relate directly with your experience, but the pay off is worth it. Seize those moments and instead of letting life shut you down and make you more afraid, use those very same moments of time to soften and to open and to become more…

Will you shrink or expand through your experience today?
#SeizeTheMoment #MondayMotivation #MindfulMonday

Living in your Heart

Living in Your Heart
“Get out of your head and get into your heart more.”~Osho
Gratitude is one of the quickest ways to establish a connection to your heart – the greater your capacity for sincere appreciation, the deeper the connection to your heart. Practice living in your heart more, it will not lead you astray…

#GratiTuesday

Go Find Yourself

Go Find Yourself
Soulmates aren’t just discovered. There is no formula to “finding” those who enrich your life. There is no need to go looking for them, because they are already part of you. The only thing you need do is find yourself, for our soulmates are standing on our soul’s path…
#SaturdaySoul

Conscious of the moment

Conscious of the Moment
“Stop measuring days by degree of productivity and start experiencing them by degree of presence.”
#MindfulMonday: How often do catch yourself thinking, “I will be happier when…”? Your life is NOW, not “when…” Practice a steady presence with your immediate experience, this is the essence of a happy life.

Step Into the Light

STEP 1: No matter what shadows may fall behind you, keep stepping into the light, until you remember that you are light. (Hint – “If you don’t have any shadows you’re not in the light.”)

STEP 2: Let your light shine so brightly that others can see their way out of the dark.
(Picture by Rebecca Kannett, rebeccakannett.com )

#ThoughtfulThursday

Feel the Rain

Feel the Rain
Some people feel the rain…others just get wet.

We’re feeling the truth of Maya Angelou’s wisdom on this rainy day here at Project Happiness HQ in Palo Alto, CA. Stay dry this season folks! If not physically, then mentally and emotionally.
#ThoughtfulThursday #StayDry

Room In Your Heart

Room in Your Heart
Thought for the weekend: Be open to whatever comes next…

Breathe, trust, and hold the space open for the unimaginable to flow into your experience. Stop trying to plan your life and let life live through you.

Step into the Light

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Photo by Rebecca Kannett (rebeccakannett.com)
STEP 1: No matter what shadows may fall behind you, keep stepping into the light, until you remember that you are light. (Hint – “If you don’t have any shadows you’re not in the light.”)

STEP 2: Let your light shine so brightly that others can see their way out of the dark.

#ThoughtfulThursday

Live What You Love

Live What you Love
“Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart” ~Confucius
#Heart #HappinessHabits

Be Grateful to Everyone

Be Greateful to Everyone
Pema Chodron
Be grateful to everyone. Others will show you exactly where you are stuck…the next time something provokes you, thank it and then use it, let it be a teacher.
#GratiTuesday