“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.

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“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…

?? This is certainly our idea of a happy Anything you would add to make it even happier? ? via @mindbodygreen!

?? This is certainly our idea of a happy #ThoughtfulThursday! Anything you would add to make it even happier? ? via @mindbodygreen!

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

“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?

Happiness is daily practice! Project Happiness bridges the science of happiness into strategies for everyday life with 7 daily themed habits: #MindfulMonday #GratiTuesday #WednesdayWellness #FridayFreedom #SaturdaySocial #SundaySoul ________________________________ ?Click the link in our bio to receive #ProjectHappiness habit tips directly to your inbox ??@projecthappiness24_7


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

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 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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Want Project Happiness’ daily habit tips and inspiration sent directly to your inbox? Click on the link in our bio to subscribe! ✨http://ift.tt/1Qw63pz ✨ #projecthappiness #MindfulMonday #GratiTuesday #WednesdayWellness #ThoughtfulThursday #FridayFreedom #SaturdaySocial #SundaySoul #dowhatmakesyouawesome

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Want Project Happiness’ daily habit tips and inspiration sent directly to your inbox? Click on the link in our bio to subscribe! ✨http://ift.tt/1Qw63pz ✨ #projecthappiness #MindfulMonday #GratiTuesday #WednesdayWellness #ThoughtfulThursday #FridayFreedom #SaturdaySocial #SundaySoul #dowhatmakesyouawesome

“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

“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.

“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…

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.

What Stops Us From Being Happy?

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It’s the one thing everyone wants and we spend our lives pursuing it, but in this day and age it seems to be becoming more elusive. The word ‘happiness’ is bandied about a lot these days, it appears in advertising campaigns around the world in a bid to sell us more of what we so desperately seek. In an age when we have all the conditions to be happy why does it feel like we are actually becoming more unhappy?

 

There are many barriers that prevent us from being happy but the good news is they are all within our control. Here’s a look at what could be holding us back from happiness and what to do about it:

1. Fear

So often we can remain stuck where we are due to the fear of change. This can be fear of the unknown, of failure, of what people may think, of risking our security and what is comfortable and ‘safe’.

 

Over the last year I have made massive changes in my life including a career change,leaving a long term relationship and moving to the other side of the world. This was made tougher due to my fear.

 

I was scared I wouldn’t have enough money, fearful I wouldn’t be good enough to do something so different and scared I might fail. I was worried what others would think of me, about being on my own but most of all I was scared of the unknown and getting outside my comfort zone.

 

It takes courage to step outside our comfort zone and do things that are different and unfamiliar. But unless we take the first step we’ll never grow to become the people we’re capable of being.

 

2. “I’ll be happy when….”

We postpone our happiness until a time in the future when everything is perfect. We think that we have to struggle now to enjoy happiness later. Maybe when we retire or win lotto, marry our fearsoul mate or have done all our jobs!

 

Our annual holiday is a fine example; we look forward to it all year and almost postpone our happiness until such a time we have idyllic conditions; no work, a nice hotel, warm weather, the beach. But imagine if there was joy in every day we’d no longer need a holiday to ‘get away from it all’. If we’re not careful we end up waiting all week for Friday, all year for summer and all life for happiness.

 

We put off our happiness until conditions are perfect but what we don’t realize is that conditions never will be perfect, there will always be something happening, but along the way there will be lots of perfection sprinkled into our lives and that’s what we should learn to appreciate.

 

Dr Alfred D’Souze said, “For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life. But there was always an obstacle in the way. Something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life”.

 

3. Comparison

Do you ever look at ‘successful’ people and think; “They have it all figured out. They are better than me, why can’t I be more like that?”

 

We live in a world where we are surrounded by ideals, the media presents us with better versions of just about everything and a mind-set that we should be striving for more, so there’s no wonder so many of us feel like we’re not enough.

 

I have become a published writer and achieved many goals this year but I still catch myself looking at best-selling authors with their thousands of followers and feel inadequate. I fail to appreciate my successes because I’m wanting more when I compare it to those who are more successful.

 

Unfortunately there will always be someone more beautiful, clever, talented or stronger than you. But the reverse is also true: there will always be people less than you in all of these areas. So instead of comparing yourself to others, look to see if you’re fulfilling your own potential to the best of your ability.

 

4. Accountability; believing happiness can be found outside of ourselves

In our consumer-driven world we have been seduced into an external search for happiness when really it’s an inside job. Happiness cannot be bought and often our pursuit actually takes us further away from the goal.

 

It is too easy to fall into the trap of putting our happiness in the hands of others, believing they will make us happy. The same applies to material things; our jobs, house, car. None of these things will bring us the happiness we seek because the best things in life are not really things at all.

 

Sometimes we lack accountability for our own happiness and can blame our unhappiness on external circumstances when tough times arise. You may not always be able to control what happens to you, but you can control how you react to it.

 

5. Expectations

Sometimes we can be too hard on ourselves. We forget that we are all human and no-one is perfect.

 

For a long time I felt like I should have it all figured out and know what I wanted. I expected to have all the answers and was frustrated with myself during those moments when I felt lost.

 

These unrealistic expectations put unnecessary pressure on us. Don’t expect perfection; from yourself or from life and know that we don’t always have to have it all figured out.

 

6. Negative thoughts

Our mind is our world and what we think becomes how we feel and then how we act. If we are filling our mind with negative thoughts, this is what will manifest in our lives. Henry Ford said “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re probably right”. Think positive and believe in yourself.

 

The happiness in your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.

 

7. Not living in the present

Today is a gift, that’s why it’s called the present yet if we spend today going over the past or worrying about the future we rob ourselves of the present and we do not experience the now.

 

Be in the moment, enjoy doing what you love rather than always chasing future dreams and the next big thing. If you are connected with the present moment you’ll experience more joy, contentment and happiness. Through mindfulness you can cultivate the circumstances to see the joy in every moment. This is how we learn to love life.

 

8. Busyness

In todays world we are driven by the need to succeed to prove our self worth. We like to be needed, to feel valued and if we’re not busy then we’re not successful. We feel useful when we’re busy and as such we’ve moved to get rid of all the downtime and pauses from our life. By doing this we’ve lost the opportunity to rest and recharge and have no space left in our lives to live. It seems like we live on fast forward and as a result we’re living a fast life not a good life, where we can do more things in less hours of the day but spend less time doing the things that really matter.

 

In my previous job in the corporate world I was so busy striving for success that I never really noticed if I was happy or not, I didn’t really have the time. Nor did I have the space left in my life to do the things that I really enjoyed.

 

“Don’t be so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.”

 

9. Not being grateful for what we have

We take so much for granted we sometimes forget how lucky we are. We tend to focus on what we haven’t got instead of all the things we’re lucky to have (and others do not). By constantly pursuing the bits that are not quite there yet we run the risk of forgetting about the majority of the things in our life that are good.

 

gratefulThere’s this feeling that the grass might just be greener on the other side, but it always is. Even when we get there. This leads to a never ending quest that is never fulfilled. Try thinking of three things each day that you’re grateful for or keep a gratitude diary. I have found this is a very small thing that can make a big difference.

 

“Happiness is not about getting what you want, it’s about loving what you have.”

 

10. It’s the journey not the destination

Most importantly we need to realize that happiness is not some far off destination we arrive at. It’s more about the journey that happens along the way and this is the everyday moments that are in fact our lives. We need to let go of our limiting beliefs and what is holding us back and embrace our own power within. This is how we create a life we love and cultivate our own happiness.

 

 

 

“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

082720152“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.

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

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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

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 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!

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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

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 )

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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