Little by little, a little becomes a lot. #ThoughtfulThursday: We’re curious, how have you “stepped forward” in the days following the Orlando tragedy? Always remember, “Thousands of candles can be lit from the flame of one candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened.” #WeAreOrlando

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#ThoughtfulThursday: We’re curious, how have you “stepped forward” in the days following the Orlando tragedy? Always remember, “Thousands of candles can be lit from the flame of one candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened.” #WeAreOrlando

“If there were one word that could act as a standard of conduct for one’s entire life, perhaps it would be ‘thoughtfulness.’ ” ~Confucius What we practice daily is what we build a life on. Consider what you are practicing this #ThoughtfulThursday…

061620161“If there were one word that could act as a standard of conduct for one’s entire life, perhaps it would be ‘thoughtfulness.’ ” ~Confucius

What we practice daily is what we build a life on. Consider what you are practicing this #ThoughtfulThursday…

#ThoughtfulThursday: What are you rippling out? The ripple effect of even the simplest act can be profound, both for you AND everyone in your wake. Start ripples of positive change today…

060920163#ThoughtfulThursday: What are you rippling out? The ripple effect of even the simplest act can be profound, both for you AND everyone in your wake. Start ripples of positive change today…

“If you love a flower, don’t pick it. Because if you pick it up it dies and it ceases to be what you love. So if you love a flower, let it be. Love is not about possession. Love is about appreciation.” ~Osho #ThoughtfulThursday: Do you know the difference between “I LIKE you” and “I LOVE you”?

060920162“If you love a flower, don’t pick it. Because if you pick it up it dies and it ceases to be what you love. So if you love a flower, let it be. Love is not about possession. Love is about appreciation.” ~Osho

#ThoughtfulThursday: Do you know the difference between “I LIKE you” and “I LOVE you”?

“If you love a flower, don’t pick it. Because if you pick it up it dies and it ceases to be what you love. So if you love a flower, let it be. Love is not about possession. Love is about appreciation.” ~Osho #ThoughtfulThursday: Do you know the difference between “I LIKE you” and “I LOVE you”?

06092016“If you love a flower, don’t pick it. Because if you pick it up it dies and it ceases to be what you love. So if you love a flower, let it be. Love is not about possession. Love is about appreciation.” ~Osho

#ThoughtfulThursday: Do you know the difference between “I LIKE you” and “I LOVE you”?

“You can’t expect to receive all that is beautiful and good in life with a closed heart.” ~Joe Duncan Be brave with your heart. Keep it open. This is the only life you get to use it in.


“You can’t expect to receive all that is beautiful and good in life with a closed heart.” ~Joe Duncan

Be brave with your heart. Keep it open. This is the only life
you get to use it in. #ThoughtfulThursday

What matters most is the spirit of the work. How are you spending your time? Is the way you’re living your days in line with what’s most important to you in your life? “Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good.” ~Minor Myer


#ThoughtfulThursday: What matters most is the spirit of the work. How are you spending your time? Is the way you’re living your days in line with what’s most important to you in your life? “Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good.” ~Minor Myer

Challenge: Radical acceptance is an active process, one that must be practiced consciously and regularly to quiet your inner critic. Try repeating this self-compassion meditation throughout your day and notice how it correlates with the happiness in your life…


#ThoughtfulThursday Challenge: Radical acceptance is an active process, one that must be practiced consciously and regularly to quiet your inner critic. Try repeating this self-compassion meditation throughout your day and notice how it correlates with the happiness in your life…

#MayYouBe CHALLENGE DAY 26

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#MayYouBe Accepting! CHALLENGE DAY 26: Ask yourself,  “What would it be like if I could accept life–accept this moment–exactly as it is?”  This is what author Tara Brach calls ‘radical acceptance,’ or a  willingness to experience ourselves and our lives as it is.

 

A moment of radical acceptance is a moment of genuine happiness. Challenge yourself to see how many moments of radical acceptance you can bring in to your day! Acceptance can be practiced in all areas of your life: toward your experience, other people, your appearance, your thoughts and emotions, others’ beliefs or ideas, your health, your past, etc…Remember, accepting means not asking anyone or situation to be anything other than the way they are right now.

 

COMMIT TO ACT: Radical acceptance is an active process, one that must be practiced consciously. A pivotal part of this practice is compassion to yourself alongside the acceptance. When you create a compassionate space for your entire spectrum of experience, your inner critic quietens. What’s more, self-compassion is the first step to embracing others’ differences in a truly accepting manner. Try this self-compassion meditation today and notice how it correlates with the happiness in your life:

“May I be kind to myself in this moment.

May I accept this moment exactly as it is.

May I accept myself in this moment exactly as I am.

May I give myself the compassion I need to respond to this moment wisely.”

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#MayYouBe CHALLENGE DAY 19

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#MayYouBe Kind! CHALLENGE DAY 19: In a world where you can be anything, be kind.

Too often kindness is written off as ineffectual or even a superficial nicety. But it is neither. Dr. Martin Seligman, the “father of Positive Psychology,” says that in all his research no one single factor has made more difference to increasing well-being than that of kindness. Doing good changes our brains. The “happy” neurochemicals of serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin (to name a few) all increase when we extend kindness to others.

What’s more, kindness is contagious. Like rays of the sun, your kindness radiates farther than you’ll ever be able to see…but it will be felt. May you be kind this #ThougthfulThursday, you will never regret choosing kindness!

 

COMMIT TO ACT:  How many random acts of kindness can you commit today? Start immediately by giving a kind word to a friend you TAG below or offering a kind gesture to the very next person you encounter (i.e., hold the door open or give an unsolicited compliment). The power of any act of kindness is that it effects the way you and/or other’s feel IN THE VERY NEXT MOMENT. Make sure to notice this immediacy as you spread kindness today.

Key reminders about kindness: 1) Be kind to unkind people, they need it the most. 2) Don’t forget to extend kindness to yourself. We’re often less kind to ourselves than we are to others, even strangers! The shocking secret of lasting positive change is to practice unconditional loving-kindness for yourself, as you would a dear friend.

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#MayYouBe CHALLENGE DAY 12

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#MayYouBe Of Service! CHALLENGE DAY 12: “The best way to find ourselves is to lose ourselves in the service of others.”~Ghandhi 

It’s no accident that the most impactful teachers throughout time, like Ghandi, all spoke of finding life’s meaning and joy through service. Modern research overwhelmingly agrees. A key pillar in the Science of Happiness are the findings that doing good is just as important as feeling good. How we contribute to others and the world plays a huge part in our well-being. In short, we rise by lifting others!

COMMIT TO ACT:  Jane Goodall said , “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
What kind of impact will you make today? Start small (i.e., pick up a piece of trash on the street, let someone go ahead of you in line, tip your cashier). Little by little, a little becomes a lot. The ripple effect of even the simplest act of service is often profound, and always more powerful than you think.  “Do your little bit of good where you are; it is those little bits of good put all together that overwhelm the world.” ~ Desmond Tutu  

 

If you look for the light in another, you are guaranteed to find it.

If you look for the light in another, you are guaranteed to find it. #ThoughtfulThursday

#MayYouBe CHALLENGE DAY 5: “Imagine how our world could change if we begin valuing GO-GIVERS as much as we value go-getters.” ~ @ariannahuff Make generosity part of your happiness strategy today. We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give. Generosity is the habit of giving freely without expecting anything in return. But it is one of the beautiful paradoxes of life that “the heart that gives, gathers.” Happiness and altruism are intimately linked – doing good is an essential ingredient to being happy, and happiness helps spur kindness and generosity. In her book Thrive, Arianna Huffington asserts that the architecture of how we live our lives is in need of major renovation – the need is urgent for some new blueprints that emphasize valuing “go-givers” and a general generosity of spirit. TAG a thought-partner and discuss what you think it would take for our society to redefine role models to be those who impact billions of lives rather than those that have billions of dollars? How might you make generosity part of your growth strategy today? Brainstorm as a group practices that could integrate altruism into your core values or into practices that you do with friends. (Note: You do not have to be rich to be generous. It can be as simple as giving a smile to a stranger or a compliment to a friend). COMMIT TO ACT: This dare to draw some new blueprints for yourself. Take some time to rethink your definition of success and do one small act that generates the go-giver attitude. Extra Challenge: Embrace this go-giver side for the rest of the week. __________________________________ IT’S NOT TO LATE TO JOIN THE CHALLENGE! #ProjectHappiness daily challenge prompts will be posted on our Instagram and Facebook page every day in May. But to assure you don’t miss a day, click the link in our profile to sign up for FREE to get them sent directly to your inbox??@projecthappiness24_7


#MayYouBe CHALLENGE DAY 5: “Imagine how our world could change if we begin valuing GO-GIVERS as much as we value go-getters.” ~ @ariannahuff
Make generosity part of your happiness strategy today. We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give.

Generosity is the habit of giving freely without expecting anything in return. But it is one of the beautiful paradoxes of life that “the heart that gives, gathers.” Happiness and altruism are intimately linked – doing good is an essential ingredient to being happy, and happiness helps spur kindness and generosity. In her book Thrive, Arianna Huffington asserts that the architecture of how we live our lives is in need of major renovation – the need is urgent for some new blueprints that emphasize valuing “go-givers” and a general generosity of spirit.

TAG a thought-partner and discuss what you think it would take for our society to redefine role models to be those who impact billions of lives rather than those that have billions of dollars? How might you make generosity part of your growth strategy today? Brainstorm as a group practices that could integrate altruism into your core values or into practices that you do with friends. (Note: You do not have to be rich to be generous. It can be as simple as giving a smile to a stranger or a compliment to a friend). COMMIT TO ACT: This #ThoughtfulThursday, dare to draw some new blueprints for yourself. Take some time to rethink your definition of success and do one small act that generates the go-giver attitude. Extra Challenge: Embrace this go-giver side for the rest of the week.

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IT’S NOT TO LATE TO JOIN THE CHALLENGE! #ProjectHappiness daily challenge prompts will be posted on our Instagram and Facebook page every day in May. But to assure you don’t miss a day, click the link in our profile to sign up for FREE to get them sent directly to your inbox??@projecthappiness24_7

#MayYouBe CHALLENGE DAY 5:

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#MayYouBe CHALLENGE DAY 5:

“Imagine how our world could change if we begin valuing GO-GIVERS as much as we value go-getters.” ~ Arianna Huffington

Make generosity part of your happiness strategy today. We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give.

Generosity is the habit of giving freely without expecting anything in return. But it is one of the beautiful paradoxes of life that “the heart that gives, gathers.” Happiness and altruism are intimately linked – doing good is an essential ingredient to being happy, and happiness helps spur kindness and generosity. In her book Thrive, Arianna Huffington asserts that the architecture of how we live our lives is in need of major renovation – the need is urgent for some new blueprints that emphasize valuing “go-givers” and a general generosity of spirit.

TAG a thought-partner and discuss what you think it would take for our society to redefine role models to be those who impact billions of lives rather than those that have billions of dollars? How might you make generosity part of your growth strategy today? Brainstorm as a group practices that could integrate altruism into your core values or into practices that you do with friends. (Note: You do not have to be rich to be generous. It can be as simple as giving a smile to a stranger or a compliment to a friend).

COMMIT TO ACT: In the next 24 hours, dare to draw some new blueprints for yourself. Take some time to rethink your definition of success and do one small act that generates the go-giver attitude. Extra Challenge: Embrace this go-giver side for the rest of the week.

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“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” – Rabindranath Tagore It is said that the greatest joy comes from giving and serving. Focus on supporting others in your life without expecting anything in return, you’ll think less about what you want and find joy in the act of giving and serving. This giving, loving, serving person is the real you.


“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” – Rabindranath Tagore

#ThoughtfulThursday: It is said that the greatest joy comes from giving and serving. Focus on supporting others in your life without expecting anything in return, you’ll think less about what you want and find joy in the act of giving and serving. This giving, loving, serving person is the real you.

“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” ~Jack Kormfield Many of us would never be as critical of others as we are of ourselves. Bring the kindness you afford to others to your inner gaze today…


“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” ~Jack Kormfield

#ThoughtfulThursday: Many of us would never be as critical of others as we are of ourselves. Bring the kindness you afford to others to your inner gaze today…

Compassion is a verb… RIP Prince.

Compassion is a verb… RIP Prince.#ThoughtfulThursday

Try a little kindness today -don’t forget to extend it to yourself as well as to others!

Try a little kindness today -don’t forget to extend it to yourself as well as to others! #ThoughtfulThursday

True kindness is…


True kindness is… #ThoughtfulThursday

“Of ONE essence is the human race.” All the violence and conflict in the world seed from an emphasis on secondary level differences, such as “my nation” and “their nation”, “my religion” and “their religion,” creating a strong concept of “we” and “they”…but these secondary differences neglect the basic oneness of humanity. Imagine if education focused on teaching children that, at our core, we all want the same things, such as to be loved, to belong, to feel peace, to be happy…


“Of ONE essence is the human race.” #ThoughtfulThursday: All the violence and conflict in the world seed from an emphasis on secondary level differences, such as “my nation” and “their nation”, “my religion” and “their religion,” creating a strong concept of “we” and “they”…but these secondary differences neglect the basic oneness of humanity. Imagine if education focused on teaching children that, at our core, we all want the same things, such as to be loved, to belong, to feel peace, to be happy…

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” -Rabindranath Tagore It is said that the greatest joy comes from giving and serving. Focus on supporting others in your life without expecting anything in return, you’ll think less about what you want and find joy in the act of giving and serving. This giving, loving, serving person is the real you.


“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” -Rabindranath Tagore

#ThoughtfulThursday: It is said that the greatest joy comes from giving and serving. Focus on supporting others in your life without expecting anything in return, you’ll think less about what you want and find joy in the act of giving and serving. This giving, loving, serving person is the real you.

…Let your light shine so bright that others may see their way out of the dark.


…Let your light shine so bright that others may see their way out of the dark. #ThoughtfulThursday

Food for thought this .. Do you agree?


Food for thought this #ThoughtfulThursday… Do you agree?

Challenge: “Go and love someone exactly as they are. And then watch how quickly they transform into the greatest, truest version of themselves. When one feels seen and appreciated in their own essence, one is instantly empowered.” -Wes Angelozzi ______________________________________________ ? by @facebrook _______________________________________________ ? Click the link in our bio for #ProjectHappiness FREE daily habit tips sent directly to your inbox ?? @projecthappiness24_7


#ThoughtfulThursday Challenge: “Go and love someone exactly as they are. And then watch how quickly they transform into the greatest, truest version of themselves. When one feels seen and appreciated in their own essence, one is instantly empowered.” -Wes Angelozzi

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Happiness held is a seed. Happiness shared is a flower…

Happiness held is a seed. Happiness shared is a flower… #ThoughtfulThursday

Shine bright and remember: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

Shine bright and remember: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt#ThoughtfulThursday

“We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us so that we become increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us, and make us kinder. You always have the choice.” -Dalai Lama Have a choose kindness today.

“We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us so that we become increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us, and make us kinder. You always have the choice.” -Dalai LamaHave a #ThoughtfulThursday, choose kindness today.

Who deserves this place in your heart?

Who deserves this place in your heart?#ThoughtfulThursday

The heart that gives, gathers… Thanks for this inspiration @happihabits!

The heart that gives, gathers… Thanks for this #ThoughtfulThursday inspiration @happihabits!

“The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.” ~Benjamin Disraeli


“The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.” ~Benjamin Disraeli
#ThoughtfulThursday

“If you want to change the world, you have to change the metaphor.” ~Joseph Campbell What would your metaphor be for a happy, healthier world? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

“If you want to change the world, you have to change the metaphor.” ~Joseph Campbell
What would your metaphor be for a happy, healthier world? We’d love to hear your thoughts!#ThoughtfulThursday

Be the reason someone laughs today. Your shared laughs, your encouraging words, your willingness to just be “present” with another, has touched people in more ways than you may ever realize. Remember this as you move through your day interacting with others, strangers and friends alike. Your simple presence has more impact than you know…

Be the reason someone laughs today. Your shared laughs, your encouraging words, your willingness to just be “present” with another, has touched people in more ways than you may ever realize. Remember this as you move through your day interacting with others, strangers and friends alike. Your simple presence has more impact than you know… #ThoughtfulThursday

Be radiant like the sun, it does not discriminate on it’s recipients… Be receptive like the earth, open your heart and let light rush in. Try this heart opening exercise to fill yourself with light 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, like the sun. 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 light with. Imagine them being blanketed by this warmth, sparking their own light within.”


Be radiant like the sun, it does not discriminate on it’s recipients…
Be receptive like the earth, open your heart and let light rush in.
#ThoughtfulThursday: Try this heart opening exercise to fill yourself with light 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, like the sun. 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 light with. Imagine them being blanketed by this warmth, sparking their own light within.”

…Emphasis on *Be Kind* Are you up for this Challenge?


…Emphasis on *Be Kind*

Are you up for this #ThoughtfulThursday Challenge?

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Happiness is daily practice! Project Happiness bridges the science of happiness into strategies for everyday life with 7 daily themed habits: #MindfulMonday #GratiTuesday #WednesdayWellness #ThoughtfulThursday #FridayFreedom #SaturdaySocial #SundaySoul
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…Or as Confucius put it, “If there were one word that could act as a standard of conduct for one’s entire life, perhaps it would be ‘thoughtfulness.'” _______________________________________________________? Click the link in our bio for #ProjectHappiness free daily habit tips sent directly to your inbox ?? @projecthappiness24_7

…Or as Confucius put it, “If there were one word that could act as a standard of conduct for one’s entire life, perhaps it would be ‘thoughtfulness.'” #ThoughtfulThursday_______________________________________________________? Click the link in our bio for #ProjectHappiness free daily habit tips sent directly to your inbox ?? @projecthappiness24_7

“…The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but WARMTH is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of a child.” ~Carl Jung

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“…The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but WARMTH is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of a child.” ~Carl Jung

#ThoughtfulThursday: Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. Imagine a world that gives equal weight to developing the intelligence of the heart as it does to book smarts.

Check out Project Happiness’ curriculum “for the heart”: http://www.projecthappiness.org/educational-resources/

Listening is a gift we give others, and ourselves. Listen and learn today.

Listening is a gift we give others, and ourselves. Listen and learn today. #ThoughtfulThursday

How are you filling up your empty page? Live the story you want to tell…

How are you filling up your empty page? Live the story you want to tell… #projecthappiness

How are you going to cast your net today? Your daily net impact is inevitable, so make it intentional!

How are you going to cast your net today? Your daily net impact is inevitable, so make it intentional! #ThoughtfulThursday

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… Challenge: Adopt the orientation of ‘oneness’ with something or someone(s) today. 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 affects the whole!

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…#ThoughtfulThursday Challenge: Adopt the orientation of ‘oneness’ with something or someone(s) today. 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 affects the whole!

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“When you parent, it’s crucial you realize you aren’t raising a “mini me,” but a spirit throbbing with its own signature. For this reason, it’s important to separate who you are from who each of your children is. Children aren’t ours to possess or own in any way. When we know this in the depths of our soul, we tailor our raising of them to their needs, rather than molding them to fit our needs.” ― Shefali Tsabary, The Conscious Parent How do you separate who you are from who your child is?

“When you parent, it’s crucial you realize you aren’t raising a “mini me,” but a spirit throbbing with its own signature. For this reason, it’s important to separate who you are from who each of your children is. Children aren’t ours to possess or own in any way. When we know this in the depths of our soul, we tailor our raising of them to their needs, rather than molding them to fit our needs.” ― Shefali Tsabary, The Conscious ParentHow do you separate who you are from who your child is? #ThoughtfulThursday

CELEBRATING 50k on Instagram and sending big GRATITUDE to the 2 Million followers across all our social media platforms for choosing to be part of this intentional global community!

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CELEBRATING 50k on Instagram and sending big GRATITUDE to the 2 Million followers across all our social media platforms for choosing to be part of this intentional global community!

Project Happiness is on a mission to use social media as a tool for positive impact, instead of as a breeding ground of fear and insecurity. With every daily post we ask ourselves how might this support our follower’s well-being and, therefore, celebrate every new person who chooses to digest our positive messages in place of all the negativity that fills newsfeeds/minds. THANK YOU for helping us tilt the world more and more toward the positive…#proJECThappinessforward

“I believe in living life the way you want everyday, and if you do that, you don’t really need to have new year’s resolutions.” ~Tom Ford It’s never too late to start fresh…

“I believe in living life the way you want everyday, and if you do that, you don’t really need to have new year’s resolutions.” ~Tom FordIt’s never too late to start fresh… #ThoughtfulThursday

Give some warmth this Like the rays of the sun, your kindness radiates farther than you’ll ever be able see…but it will be felt.

Give some warmth this #ThoughtfulThursday! Like the rays of the sun, your kindness radiates farther than you’ll ever be able see…but it will be felt.

Seasons change and so do you. Trust the rhythms of your life. ?✨?

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Seasons change and so do you. Trust the rhythms of your life. ??

“Everything changes when you start to focus on omitting your own energy frequency rather than absorbing the frequencies around you.” The things you say, the things you think, the things you do all produce energy that impacts you and the people around you. If you work on creating more positive energy, you’ll see improvements in your life and you’ll touch more lives than you thought possible. Read more on creating positive energy for positive change from our friends @TinyBuddha: http://ift.tt/1OtBAFQ

“Everything changes when you start to focus on omitting your own energy frequency rather than absorbing the frequencies around you.” #ThoughtfulThursday: The things you say, the things you think, the things you do all produce energy that impacts you and the people around you. If you work on creating more positive energy, you’ll see improvements in your life and you’ll touch more lives than you thought possible. Read more on creating positive energy for positive change from our friends @TinyBuddha: http://ift.tt/1OtBAFQ

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 today…

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…

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.

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. #projecthappiness

Happy New Year from the Project Happiness team! Today is the first blank page of a 365 page book. How are you starting your 2016 story? Live the story you want to tell. Your life speaks for you…

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Happy New Year from the Project Happiness team! Today is the first blank page of a 365 page book. How are you starting your 2016 story?

Live the story you want to tell. Your life speaks for you…

Have a ..#projecthappiness


Have a #ThoughtfulThursday…#projecthappiness

“The world is changed by your example, not your opinion.”

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“The world is changed by your example, not your opinion.”~Paulo Coelho

#ThoughtfulThursday: The ripple effect of even the simplest act of thoughtfulness is often profound, sometimes unexpectedly life-changing and always, always more powerful than you think. Lead by example…

New definition: “Love is that micro-moment of warmth and connection that you share with another living being.” ~Barbara L. Fredrickson For just today, redefine love. How many micro-moments can you have in the next 24hours? Love is present in every moment, the only thing missing is your attention to it. 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. #projecthappiness #Love #Quotes #Happiness #Connection

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

For just today, redefine love. How many micro-moments can you have in the next 24hours? Love is present in every moment, the only thing missing is your attention to it. 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.

Sometimes it’s ok if all you did in a day was breathe. #projecthappiness

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Sometimes it’s ok if all you did in a day was breathe.

Challenge: Do you Believe in the Benevolent Universe Premise or the Malevolent Universe Premise? For the next 24 hours, operate on a premise of benevolence – view the universe as a place where you can EXPECT TO BE HAPPY. This does not mean that you’ll never be sad or never experience fear or failure, but rather that you inherently trust that happiness is your natural state of being, and choose to make this your default assumption. #projecthappiness

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#ThoughtfulThursday Challenge: Do you Believe in the Benevolent Universe Premise or the Malevolent Universe Premise? For the next 24 hours, operate on a premise of benevolence – view the universe as a place where you can EXPECT TO BE HAPPY. This does not mean that you’ll never be sad or never experience fear or failure, but rather that you inherently trust that happiness is your natural state of being, and choose to make this your default assumption.

What is the difference Between “I like you” and “I love you”? When you LIKE a flower, you just pluck it. But when you LOVE a flower, you water daily. One who understands this, understands life… ?????? #projecthappiness

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What is the difference Between “I like you” and “I love you”?

When you LIKE a flower, you just pluck it.
But when you LOVE a flower,  you water daily.
One who understands this, understands life…

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If you look for the light in another, you are guaranteed to find it. #Projecthappiness

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If you look for the light in another, you are guaranteed to find it.

“Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good.” ~Minor Myer How are you spending your time? Is the way you’re living your days in line with what’s most important to you in your life? #projecthappiness #dogood

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“Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good.” ~Minor Myer

How are you spending your time? Is the way you’re living your days in line with what’s most important to you in your life?

“When you have more than you need, build a longer table not a higher fence.” How long is your table? How might the world change if we all did this? Share more and consume less today…it will grow everyone’s happiness, including your own. #projecthappiness

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“When you have more than you need, build a longer table not a higher fence.”

How long is your table? How might the world change if we all did this? Share more and consume less today…it will grow everyone’s happiness, including your own.

“You are water. I’m water. We’re all water in different containers. That’s why it’s so easy to meet. Someday we’ll evaporate together.” ~Yoko Ono Though we may move about in different containers, don’t be fooled by this illusion of separateness. How do you practice #oneness in your daily life? #projecthappiness #interdependence #weareone #108world

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#ThoughtfulThursday:   “You are water. I’m water. We’re all water in different containers. That’s why it’s so easy to meet. Someday we’ll evaporate together.” ~Yoko Ono

Though we may move about in different containers, don’t be fooled by this illusion of separateness. How do you practice #oneness in your daily life?

Have a SHOW someone you love them today. And everyday. #projecthappiness

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Have a #ThoughtfulThursday, SHOW someone you love them today. And everyday.

Motto: “My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.” ~Desmond Tutu #projecthappiness

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“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” – Rabindranath Tagore It is said that the greatest joy comes from giving and serving. Focus on supporting others in your life without expecting anything in return, you’ll think less about what you want and find joy in the act of giving and serving. This giving, loving, serving person is the real you. #projecthappiness

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I awoke and saw that life was service.
I acted and behold, service was joy.” – Rabindranath Tagore
#ThoughtfulThursday: It is said that the greatest joy comes from giving and serving. Focus on supporting others in your life without expecting anything in return, you’ll think less about what you want and find joy in the act of giving and serving. This giving, loving, serving person is the real you.

motto: “The life I live is created by the story I tell.” If we own the story then we can write the ending. Be your own author today, step into the plot line of your making. (Protip: Don’t just think about your story, embody it! An empowering story will feel good in the body – it compels us to take responsibility for the energy we bring to each moment, and to trust that if we move from our truth center the story will unfold as we desire!) #projecthappiness

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#ThoughtfulThursday motto: “The life I live is created by the story I tell.” If we own the story then we can write the ending. Be your own author today, step into the plot line of your making. (Protip: Don’t just think about your story, embody it! An empowering story will feel good in the body – it compels us to take responsibility for the energy we bring to each moment, and to trust that if we move from our truth center the story will unfold as we desire!)

A beautiful day begins with a beautiful mindset. Design your day first thing upon waking. What will you make of today? #projecthappiness #sunrise #newday #happy #quotes

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#ThoughtfulThursday: A beautiful day begins with a beautiful mindset. Design your day first thing upon waking.
What will you make of today?

Gaze toward the whole ocean

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#ThoughtfulThursday   “If we’re all waves in one giant ocean, the more you focus on your own little wave, the less you see the whole ocean. Gaze toward the whole ocean and away from the wave you’re riding, and notice how your feelings change.” ~Dr. Amy Johnson

 #projecthappiness

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries

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#ThoughtfulThursday “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” – Dalai Lama quote

How much love and compassion can you bring into your day? #projecthappiness

All the flowers of all tomorrows are in the seeds of today.

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#ThoughtfulThursday  “All the flowers of all tomorrows are in the seeds of today.” If you have the power to make someone happy, do it. Today!  #projecthappiness

Put your heart, mind and soul into even your smallest acts.

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“Put your heart, mind and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.” ~Swami Sivananda

#ThoughtfulThursday: No act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted. The world is transformed by small acts, multiplied by millions. What is one little thing you can do today? #projecthappiness

Paying Happiness Forward, one “Art Drop” at a time

Lindsay DeAlba believes what she is getting from her art is worth more than money. Follow Lindsay’s project on Instagram @Lindsaydotart. (Story originally published on NBC Bay Area, 7/21/15)

 

My life has always been a project to find happiness. I’ve always been on the pursuit of cultivating positive emotions through sports and art. It’s a day-to-day challenge and it’s definitely not easy – I work at it! Recently, this world has seemed sad, and excuse me if I say “ugly.” With that being said, it’s hard to work on your own positivity when your surroundings feel unearthed. How do we rectify the world’s state of being? What can we do? And, will it matter?

 

Michelle Obama said, “You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.” Happiness is defined as, the state of being happy. Through my life, and Paint The World Pretty I have defined my own happiness. It has taken me 31 years to understand, and finally I can say I comprehend this elusive emotion, my happiness is, making other people happy.

 

One night, as I was sitting in my art studio, surrounded by my pieces, my colors, my compositions, my….what I thought was my main source of bliss, I thought to myself, “This art makes me happy, it could make other people happy too!” This is when Project Happiness: Paint the World Pretty was born. It’s simple idea that turned into a small social movement. FREE art, created by myself is dropped in different communities. The recipient’s only payment is to “pay it forward” and do something nice for someone else.Flash-forward a few weeks, a small project started by one, has spread to 15 states and 5 countries with people enthusiastically expressing their interest in making a change. So I have packed up, and shipped out art and instructions to share the love.

 

Not one person, or a small social movement will solve the world’s problems at once, but courage can be contagious. I’d like to acknowledge, that I didn’t invent the wheel. (Darn it!)  Artists have been dropping and hiding “found art” for years with different motives and desires for doing so. Admittedly, mine, started off in the pursuit of my own happiness.

 

San Carlos, California, my hometown, was the first site to have art dropped. I hid over 20 paintings all around town, on benches, in bushes, anywhere I wanted. It was like an Easter egg hunt but with paintings. I dreamt I was painting the world a better place, one free painting at a time. I had no idea that my fantasy could be a reality.

 

Shortly after, I received pictures, text messages, and overall gratitude from the community. I opened my email to a gracious letter, from a recipient of my work. She wrote, “At 63, I had never had such a wonderful thing happen to me in my whole life.” She carried on to say that she still couldn’t believe it. Staring at the email, I couldn’t believe it. I was painting the world a prettier place, one free painting at a time. I made one person feel happy and it mattered. And in return I realized I had found my own happiness. I know that the other people involved in the project feel the same way, it feels good to help others.

 

Project Happiness: Paint the World Pretty is not going to rectify the worlds state of being, but we can make small gestures of love and in the end, it will matter, because we tried and we had hope.

 

 

The greatest good you can do for another

#ThoughtfulThursday”: The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.” – Benjamin Disraeli
(Photo by our wonderful intern Siggi Bengston, http://ift.tt/1KbJeHr)

What type of world are you voting for?

#ThoughtfulThursday: What type of world are you voting for? Just for today, practice having a conscious impact every time you spend money.

…Let your light shine bright so that others can see

 

#ThoughtfulThursday: …Let your light shine bright so that others can see their way out of the dark.  #projecthappiness

6 Reasons Kindness Matters in Work and in Life

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I’m sitting in my study on a glorious almost-summer morning. The coastal fog is still swirling in its morning dance with the sun. “Who will win today?”, they seem to say as they challenge each other daily (I’m rooting for the sun!). My heart is full from the beauty I see from this hillside home perched high above the San Francisco Bay. I am so grateful for my life, and now I want to be kind today. I want to be compassionate. With myself. With friends. With the woman three thousand miles away who has become so important in my life and my heart. And with total strangers.

 

I reflect a lot on the importance of love in our lives, and all the offshoots of love like compassion, empathy, gratitude, hope, inspiration, faith, joy, and indeed kindness. My father was a very kind man. A friend to so many. It was only a tough, hardened stranger who was not melted by my Dad’s warmth and kind heart.

 

I want to be kind today, kinder than yesterday. I want to help people who are struggling in their lives — with a moment or two of lightness, of care, of sensitivity. I want to be kind today. Because kindness matters. Here are 6 reasons to be kind today: 

1. Kindness is a powerful emotion to uplift our mood.  A simple act of care can switch our perspective from dark to light, from hopeless to hopeful, from reactive to creative.

2. Sincere kindness from the heart triggers a cascade of vitality and health-inducing biochemicals in our body, at least 1400, which re-energizes both giver and receiver. Now research has shown that at least 600 genes that are designed to protect our health and longevity are actually triggered to express when we are feeling kind and compassionate. Kindness makes us healthier.

3. Kindness can interrupt a stress cycle so both giver and receiver can reset and move forward. Sometimes we get locked in patterns of reactivity, fear or upset. A kind act can not only defuse the negative emotions, but in that process a window opens for more positive solutions.

4. Kindness slows aging, especially on your face :) Let’s get down to the bottom line here: worry, fear, anxiety, and self-centeredness are all accelerators of aging. Those worry lines that can become deep grooves on someones’ forehead or around the eyes don’t have to be there! It’s in our power to change it. The stressful emotions we all experience separate us from the kindness and love of others. They create walls of a prison we are now the inhabitant of. No one wins. A simple act of kindness can dissolve the worry so instead of aging needlessly we can feel the forward momentum of hope come alive.

5. Kindness creates loyalty. Whether you’re dealing with a negative customer, an irate client, a colleague having a very bad day, or a boss who is overwhelmed, kindness can be that special gift the other person is not expecting, so they never forget. Companies that teach genuine kindness to their frontline staff have happier customers, who want to talk about what a great company you are. Who come back for more of what you have. I love going in any Apple store anywhere in the world as I know without any doubt that my problems and my ignorance of techy stuff will be treated with kindness and helpfulness, bringing me relief, satisfaction, and the desire to go back and tell others. Kindness matters, to the bottom line.

6. Kindness just feels better. Ever faced with a choice to ignore a person in need, like a homeless person with their cardboard sign and a hand out, or someone struggling to solve a problem at work, or a fellow passenger struggling to lift their heavy carry-on into the overhead compartment on the plane. So you stretch out of your comfort zone to lend a helping hand, and the joy and relief on the face of the recipient of your kind gesture just made your day!

 

I want to be kind today. How about you?

 

The Sky is Not the Limit

#ThoughtfulThursday: “Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.” ~Jamie Paolinetti

As the Buddha put it, “The mind that perceives limitation is the limitation.” #ThoughtfulThursday

Happiness Challenge: Day 21 (The finish line!)

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 “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 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 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.”    

 

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

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…

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

Believing in a Thought

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“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

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

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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

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

Mindfulness

Mindfulness

#ThoughtfulThursday: Be a selective sifter of your thoughts, only allow “clean feet” to walk through the doorway to your mind. As Aristotle put it, “It’s the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”

Live What You Love

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