I feel for men. We women want them to listen not just try to problem-solve everything. But sometimes problem-solving has it’s place.
Whether from circumstances that are forced upon you or – as is often the case – from saying ‘yes’ to too many things, being in overwhelm feels like drowning in the ocean. In fact the official test for overwhelm is to take a deep breath. If you swallow water, you’re in it. Continue reading
“One of us is wrong…
and it’s not me.”
That’s the way every single conflict begins. Of course it does, because if it didn’t, it wouldn’t be a conflict, would it?
…[But] The thing that’s worth addressing has nothing much to do with the matter at hand…We cure disagreements by building a bridge of mutual respect first, a bridge that permits education or dialogue or learning. When you burn that bridge, you’ve ensured nothing but conflict. Continue reading
I bought it.
But when it arrived, it wasn’t just the size that threw me, but that there were no quick tips on how to do those quick shifts. Disappointed that I didn’t get the book I had expected, I thought, maybe I should write it then.
My intention was to create a very simple little instruction guide with a little wisdom and a few tips on how to catch and change one’s thoughts and shift them so we could become less stressed, less angry, more relaxed, calmer and happier. Continue reading
What are the best things to do to overcome a recent separation from a married man. I was deceived by all his promises and one day he just left. Only to find out that he is with a second mistress.
It’s been 6 months now and I am still sending him messages and asking him to give me a second chance because I am still longing for his presence and company. How can I get over him and move on?
Your insight on this would be highly appreciated. Continue reading
I believe this is true with bullying. Taking on a situation where someone is trying to take you down can make you feel stronger. Unfortunately when you aren’t successful – whether due to skill, wit, strength or being up against too sophisticated a foe – it can kill you. It can kill your spirit, your sense of self worth or in extreme cases make you think that killing yourself is the only answer. That is why we all need to take this issue seriously.
We have this little cousin 7 years old that has brain cancer and she is getting chemotheraphy every week. She is starting to lose her hair and we do not know what to do or say to make her feel better. She says that she does not want to lose her hair and cries. Please help us and let us know what to do.
~ At a loss over child’s hair loss
Dear At a Loss, Continue reading
Money can buy things that give temporary pleasure but because we are adaptive creatures by nature, things only bring fleeting joy.
However when money is used to help you survive – food, shelter, safety – or when you are using it for experiences or to help others, it effects your happiness levels more deeply. Continue reading
If you are lucky enough to have seen Happy: The Documentary by director Roko Belic, you’ve already learned some powerful – and surprising – findings about what truly contributes to happiness. (If you haven’t seen the movie, I hope you do. Its strength lies in finding happiness even when the world does not cooperate.)
The movie has so many inspiring ideas that you might not know where to start. So here is a list of ideas to help you on your journey. But don’t get overwhelmed – just pick one that you can see fitting into your life and get started. (You are always welcomed back for another): Continue reading
Not only that but the happiness of your friends’ friends (people you may not even know) increases your happiness potential by 10%. And perhaps most surprising, the friends of your friends’ friends still impacts your happiness by 6%! In contrast increasing your income by $10,000, according to author Nicholas Christakis only increases your chance of being happy by 2%.
These findings are some of the most compelling (though possibly selfish) reasons to bring Happy: The Movie to your town – on February 11, 2012 – World Happy Day. By increasing the happiness of those around you, you increase your own.
It’s what I’m doing in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Why? Because having seen the movie I already know that it is filled with extremely powerful insights for people seeking happier lives. And the way it presents this information, switching between the science behind life satisfaction and poignant stories from places like Japan, Bhutan, Brazil and the Louisiana Bayou makes this a truly memorable film.
How happy is your state, county, town, neighborhood, street, next door neighbor, home, family? How happy are your friends? How happy are you? You all have a ripple effect outward. I hope you take that to heart and doing something about it such as:
- Join thousands of people across the globe on February 11, 2012 and watch Happy: The Movie. Find a screening near you at www.worldhappyday.com/map. (For Ann Arbor’s show info go to www.practicehow.com)
- Not playing in your area? Host it yourself! World Happy Day made this extremely easy. Go to www.worldhappyday.com/screening/ to make this happen.
- Invite your friends, family, co-workers, even your nextdoor neighbor. They will be happier, and so will you!
Here’s to your happiness and to the happiness of those around you! ~ Annie