3 Easy Ways to Be Happy

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1. Surround yourself with positivity. Be around positive and happy people, have positive conversations and focus on remaining positive! How?

Do your best to avoid and ignore negative conservations, comments or words about your life and others. Read an uplifting book, read a positive quote, write down a positive affirmation. Make being happy and being positive a habit. Remember, you are affected by both your internal and external environment. Why not transform the both of them into a breeding ground for positivity? Gain positivity from the world, and give some to the world.

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I personally love reading self-growth books since they’re filled profound wisdom, encouragement and ways to keep yourself positive in your day to day life. One of the best books I’ve had the pleasure of reading was: How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie. It taught me a lot about remaining positive, expressing gratitude, and learning to gain compassion for other people.

I also love reading quotes and writing affirmations on a daily basis. It’s a great start to the day, and they give me the boost of energy, and positivity — even on the days when things may seem difficult. Why not download an app on your phone or tablet that will let you read quotes or affirmations whenever you get a chance.


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2. Express gratitude. Count your blessings and be thankful for what you have! You can start a gratitude journal and write down the things you are grateful for each day before going to bed, or take the time out of your day to simply notice the things you are grateful for. You can express your gratitude through actions, words, and thoughts.

Notice that the happiest people in life are the ones that are grateful and thankful for what they have. You will begin to find yourself becoming more happy, positive and enjoying what life has to offer when you start see the the many opportunities, people, experiences, and lessons you have come across in your life!

Happiness and gratitude go hand in hand. Give it a try, you have nothing to lose!

3. Meditate. Try to meditate or pray daily, even if it’s for 5 or 10 minutes. Give yourself the opportunity to cleanse your mind and spirit from any negativities or stress. Simply enjoy being.

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You can meditate in silence, meditate with music, or use guided meditations to help guide you through meditation if you are new. You can easily find meditation music, or a guided meditation with a quick search. If you’d like to give it a go, be sure to check out the post: Practice Being Present: Guided Meditation.

I am slowly transitioning into making meditation a daily habit, and I can feel the difference on the days I meditate and the days I don’t. Meditation has taught me to become conscious and aware of my body, thoughts, and emotions  without any judgement. And it will too, allow you to do the same. Learn to enjoy living and being in your own body with every breath and give yourself the opportunity to be.


Inspirational Quotes That Will Change Your Life

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I am in love with quotes. Who would’ve thought that a few simple words could have such a profound effect to change how you feel, think… and even turn your life around?

Quotes are timeless and they each share a powerful message.  Words lift us, and these words help us lift ourselves. Try reading one out loud, or writing one down somewhere where you can see it — you will see it’s effects manifest within yourself.

Here are some of my favourite quotes:

“Sow a thought, and you reap an act;
Sow an act, and you reap a habit;
Sow a habit, and you reap a character;
Sow a character, and you reap a destiny.”
– Samuel Smiles

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, ‘‘I’m possible!”
– Audrey Hepburn

“You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with.”
– Wayne Dyer

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter
and those that matter don’t mind
– Dr. Suess

“The purpose of life is to live life with a purpose.
Richard Leider

“Not everything that counts can be counted; and not everything
that can be counted counts.
– Albert Einstein

“Take care of your body. It is the only place you have to live.
– Jim Rohn

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
– Maya Angelou

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.’
– Oscar Wilde

“I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.
– Mahatma Gandhi

What are some of yours?

Practice Being Present: Guided Meditation

Have you been practicing living in the present?

I know it may seem hard at first, but as I said before, practice makes perfect! Remember, learning to live in the present is one of the best decisions you will make for yourself in life. You will be happier when you are conscious, aware and taking in each moment of your life with all your senses — to the fullest!

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It’s not easy to change your habit and focus on the now — but it is possible! I know, because I have done it and it is a continuing journey. For me, the biggest thing that has been helping me to live in the present moment is through guided meditation.

If you’re not used to sitting in stillness, or used to meditating and you find yourself constantly bombarded with thoughts — then guided meditation may just be a thing for you. It is exactly what it sounds like: you are being guided throughout the entire meditation. I can go into detail and explain how it works, but why not just let you experience it for yourself?

Check out this wonderful guided meditation on learning to be present. I downloaded this meditation as an audio for my phone so I can have it with me wherever I go and listen to it when I get the chance! You’ll feel incredible when you do. Don’t take my word for it though, experience it for yourself.

It may feel a little strange at first, as with anything new, but you will learn to love to meditate! How do you feel after meditating? Share your thoughts.

Learn to be Present

Would you like to have peace of mind and a feeling of bliss every day, no matter how chaotic or stressful your day may be?

The answer is simple: learn to be present.

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You see, there are only three time frames: the past, the present and the future. Once you start becoming aware of your thoughts and the things you think about, you will notice that most of the time your thoughts and feelings are focused on the past or future. You will also notice that these thoughts are clouded with judgements that revolve around all the things that they may have happened in the past or the worries that may await you ahead in your future.

Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Most of us go throughout our lives in such a way; always living in the past or the future. We have become so accustomed to thinking in such a way that it has become a habit, which we mistake as second nature. Sometimes, you may even think and feel that your own mind is out of your control!

What Does it Mean to Be Present?

Being present is a frame of time you choose to focus on. It means you are choosing to focus on the here, and the now. It means abandoning the thoughts of the past, and future – which do not exist. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to have goals for the future. But you can’t accomplish the goals if you don’t do what you need to do today, and what you need to do now.

Practice Being Present

Just as I said earlier, the way you think becomes a habit. You can change the way you think by changing your habit. Make your habit to living in the present instead of the past or future.  It may seem strange at first but the more your practice, and the more you do it, the more naturally it will come to you.

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So what can you do now to become present?

Whatever you are doing right now; reading this blog post, doing the laundry, anything! – learn to focus on doing only that one thing. Pay attention and observe what you are doing, your body, your thoughts, the feelings and sensations you feel.

You may notice your thoughts drifting, and that’s okay. Becoming aware of your thoughts is the first step of bringing them back to your present task at hand. Do this again, and do it often. You will find yourself living more and more into the present moment!

If you want to read more on what it means to be present, check out, ZenHabits: The Amazing Power of Being Present. And stay tuned for the next blog post that will help you on your journey to living in the present.

Take a Cold Shower


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When was the last time you took a cold shower? Seriously.

I personally rarely ever take cold showers, save for a hot summer’s day. However, I think I just might turn into a daily staple! If you’ve never had a cold shower before, it may sound dreadful, and you’d probably think I’m crazy! You may probably see it as one of those god awful things no sane person would willingly go through. That is… until you hear the amazing health benefits that cold showers offer. You might just be persuaded to take one.

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The Benefits Of Cold Showers

Better Immune System. Being immersed in cold water increases metabolic rates due to shivering and stimulates our immune system as it becomes activated.

Improves Circulation Cold water causes our veins to contract and our blood flow to be directed to our vital organs. This makes our body’s blood circulation more efficient.

Healthy Skin & Hair Cold water does not dry out skin and hair as hot water does. It also helps to close pores, which makes your skin looking healthy and smooth.

There are many more benefits to taking cold showers. If you’d like to know more, be sure to check out the many benefits at: The Health Benefits of Taking Cold Showers.

Maybe it’s time to start adding them on, and shower yourself to good health!

Top 5 Reasons to Drink Smoothies

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You’ve heard about the latest craze: Smoothies. Why are more and more people choosing to ditch their morning cup of coffee in exchange for a smoothie?

Here’s a clue: one of the simplest ways you can improve your health, feel better, and jump start your day is by drinking a smoothie! They taste good, take only a few minutes, and will do wonders for you – both inside and out.  Smoothies are made from raw fruits and/or vegetables and so they are naturally packed with nutrients, vitamins and anti-oxidants.

While there are more than 5 reasons, these definitely make the top of the list.

Top 5 Reasons to Drink Smoothies[2]

  1. Strengthen your immune system. No one likes to get sick, but with a weak immune system, it is inevitable. Luckily, smoothies are made from raw fruits and/or vegetables. They are naturally packed with nutrients, vitamins, and anti-oxidants that build and strengthen the immune system.

2. Energy. Caffeine is not the fuel your body needs and will eventually cause havoc in your body. Try driving a car with the wrong fuel, it will ruin the engine. Supply your body with the right fuel, so you can have energy throughout the whole day!

3. Detox. We’re exposed to thousands of chemicals on a daily basis that are invading and slowly intoxicating our bodies’ systems.  Give your body a chance to detoxify and remove the junk that has been building up throughout the years. Try a green smoothie or squeeze half a lemon or lime in your smoothies.

4. Beauty. Imagine a glowing complexion with beautiful skin, hair and nails. If you supply your body with the nutrients and vitamins it needs – you will not only be healthier, but you will look better!

5. Happiness. Experience peace and empowerment knowing you are in control on the journey to better health. Remember you are what you eat, and drink. Yes, you can eat and drink your way to happiness. [3]

Well, what are you waiting for? It’s time to drink a smoothie!

[1]  Smoothies — Why not sneak in a vegetable or two? (2012, November 21). Retrieved March 9, 2014, from My Easy Cookies: http://www.my-easy-cooking.com/2012/11/21/smoothies/
[2]  Carmody, R. (n.d.). 21 Reasons to Consume Healthy Smoothies. Retrieved March 9, 2014, from Healthy Smoothie HQ: http://www.healthysmoothiehq.com/21-reasons-consume-healthy-smoothies

[3]  The Healthline Editorial Team. (2013, June 18). Mood Food: Can What You Eat Affect Your Happiness? . Retrieved March 9, 2014, from Healthline: http://www.healthline.com/health/mood-food-can-what-you-eat-affect-your-happiness