7 Reasons Happiness Matters

Posted on Sep 2, 2013 under Happiness

Does happiness truly matter? Does your happiness really make a difference? I contend it does. As a matter of fact, there is little in life more important than how happy you are. I would even add that happiness is the very object and design of your existence. This is not as far-fetched as you may think. See why.

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50 Smiles Guaranteed to Make you Smile (get happy in less than 5 minutes)

Posted on Aug 26, 2013 under Happiness

A smile is a magical thing. It melts the grime of life off the skin and replaces darkened minds with light and softens hardened hearts with the genuineness of an honest smile. There is nothing more smile-inducing than another smile. Let these 50 smiles induce one from you, then go induce one from someone else!

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If not Now, When? (Challenge #5): How to Stop Your Dreams from becoming Regrets

Posted on Aug 19, 2013 under Inspiration & Motivation

I challenge you to do something you’ve always wanted to do. Or learn something you’ve wanted to learn. Or go somewhere you yearn to go. A talent you wish you had. A skill you want to develop. A hobby you want to pursue. But don’t wait. Start today. Not next year or next week or in a couple days. Tomorrow. At the latest.

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The Dangers of Pseudo Intimacy: Unplug and Reconnect (Challenge #4)

Posted on Aug 12, 2013 under Love & Relationships , Marriage and Family

Are you addicted to your smart phone? Do you spend a significant chunk of the day online? Or playing games? Or watching TV? How long can you go without checking status updates or text messages or your twitter feed? The more we rely on electronic media and electronic forms of interaction, ironically, the more disconnected we become. This challenge is to unplug and reconnect.

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Are You Finally Ready to Forgive? (Challenge #3)

Posted on Aug 5, 2013 under Character & Values

When you hold on to resentment or anger or hatred, letting it eat you up from the inside out, your mind gets stuck in a continuous loop. You replay the offense over and over again, unable to free yourself from the person you most want to get away from. Well, it’s time that ends. Learning to forgive your offender will finally free yourself of that mental loop and open yourself to a life filled with more love and more happiness.

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Is Honesty Really the Best Policy? (Challenge #2)

Posted on Jul 28, 2013 under Personal Development

Honesty, they say, is the best policy. It’s time we put it to the test. Have you ever gotten tangled up in your own web of lies? Are you in the habit of bending the truth? Do you fib and tell little white lies to get out of trouble or avoid drama or skirt confrontation or annoyances? Come take the honesty challenge and see how it affects your relationships, self-respect and life.

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What Do You Have to Complain About? (Challenge #1)

Posted on Jul 22, 2013 under Personal Development

Some people go through life complaining about the weather, complaining about the economy, complaining about the neighborhood, even complaining when there’s isn’t enough to complain about! They moan and groan about anything and everything and nothing at all. Their complaints quickly become the sound of nails on chalk boards, their voices shrill with the whine of helplessness. It can be raining gold coins in their backyard and they’ll complain about the flowers crushed by the falling wealth. Stop it!

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Don’t Read this Post! (unless you’re finally ready to take action)

Posted on Jul 15, 2013 under Inspiration & Motivation

Happiness is not about trying to make you feel good all the time. It doesn’t always feel good to climb mountains over rugged terrain. Legs burn. Arms ache. Shins bloody. Feet blister. Toes bruise. Shoulders knot and backs grow weary. But that’s how you get to mountaintops. Happiness is not always in the valley. Quite often, it’s at the summit after a long climb. This is a post meant to get you climbing again.

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The Happiness Movement Launch! (with a special invite to bloggers)

Posted on Jul 8, 2013 under Happiness

Something deep inside me yearns to reach millions, to extend the message of happiness to every corner of the globe. Not being one to sit around and wait for things to happen, I’m launching The Happiness Movement. Check it out and take a look at the special invite/offer to bloggers.

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How to Set Your Life on Fire (the key to living a meaningful life)

Posted on Jul 1, 2013 under Personal Development

Has life lost its spark? Does it feel hallow and empty? Has the meaning of your life been lost to the daily grind of living? Has the flame gone out? If you feel like something is missing, whether large and numbing or small and vaguely unsatisfying, it may be time to reevaluate the meaning of your life, or perhaps simply add more meaning to it.

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Who’s the CEO of Your Life? (6 traps and the ultimate secret to personal power)

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 under Personal Development

Who determines the vision that guides you, the goals that take you there, the standards that govern the goals you set, the tone and tenor of your brand, the personal culture of integrity and character you’re known by, the way you spend your time, energy and resources? The answer to this question may not be as obvious as you think. See if you can identify who most often operates as your chief decision-maker …

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The House-ness of your Happiness (three fundamental characteristics of happiness)

Posted on Jun 17, 2013 under Happiness

Have you ever remodeled, repaired and re-carpeted the living room of your life only to watch the whole house sink into the mud of frustration, disappointment and boredom? Learning where happiness resides is often the first step to developing more of it in your life. A house is a handy metaphor to help us understand just how to build an amazing mansion of happiness in your own life.

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3 Lessons Learned from an Impulsive Act of Anger

Posted on Jun 9, 2013 under Personal Development

A blow-up with my son led to some valuable life lessons about anger.

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Who Am I? (and what am I worth?)

Posted on Jun 3, 2013 under Identity

Have you ever wondered who you were, deep inside, in your heart and soul and the marrow of your bones? Do you ache to know? To get a glimpse into the mystery of your own worth and value? If so, you’re not alone. Every month, about 101 million searches (or over a billion annually) ask Google for insight into the perennial question: “Who am I?”

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The Secret to Setting Sticky Goals (how to turn your dreams into reality)

Posted on May 27, 2013 under Personal Development

Are your goals in harmony with your faith, beliefs and values? If not, you may find yourself fighting an internal battle that can’t be won, a bit like arm wrestling yourself. No matter who wins, you lose. Learn to set sticky goals instead, that become reflections of the deepest part of you, making them near inevitabilities.

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Goal Setting 101: how to join the 8% (a midyear checkup)

Posted on May 19, 2013 under Personal Development

What separates you from the realization of your goals is nothing more than a series of decisions made consistently over time. 92% of those who set goals fail to achieve them. Become the 8% by doing what the 8% do!

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You are Your Own Self-Fulfilling Prophesy (the crazy incredible power of thought)

Posted on May 12, 2013 under Personal Development

We are what we think about over time. We are the accumulation of all our attitudes, beliefs, fears, hopes and dreams, all the thoughts that fill our minds on a regular basis. We are our own self-fulfilling prophesy. Our thoughts are the prisons we condemn ourselves to or they are the keys we use to unlock possibility and potential. There are ways to unleash that potential and live a life of deeply rewarding happiness.

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How to Break up with the Nasty Parts of your Life (a breakup letter to yourself)

Posted on May 6, 2013 under Personal Development

Have you ever gotten just plain sick and tired of those repeating, annoying parts of yourself you wish would just pack up and leave town? It just may set the ball rolling in the right direction if you start with a break-up letter. To yourself. Read a sample break-up letter here.

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How to Cure Boredom Forever (four simple solutions)

Posted on Apr 29, 2013 under Personal Development

Are you bored? Has life lost some of its excitement and interest? Boredom is a pernicious thief of happiness, stealing joy from the moments a life is made of. It is a symptom of something misaligned in our lives. Learn how to end boredom forever with just a few simple changes and begin to enjoy a happier, more rewarding life.

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Are you Bored or just Boring? (the naked truth about boredom)

Posted on Apr 22, 2013 under Personal Development

Boredom doesn’t “set in.” It doesn’t settle on us like dust in the attic or strike us like lightening or wash over us like so much rain in a thunder storm, soaking us in waves of ennui. Boredom is the natural state of the passively uncurious, the unadventurous and indecisive.

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