I’m not always a bright ray of sunshine as much as I want to be. On some days (like yesterday), when I’m feeling under the weather, I just want to sit on the couch, and play video games. I’m sure that I am not the only person who has days like this, so when I encountered an article that lists “17 Things Happy People Say Every Day,” I thought it could pick me up and give me a couple of reminders that I can share with folks I care about, like you! :) First off, the article was fun and informative. But since it focused on happiness as a goal, and my blog is simply about making people smile, I chose the top five phrases that resonated with me, that are so easy to remember, and that could spread positive vibes instantly. And here they are, in no particular order: 1. “Thank You.” From a car stopping at the pedestrian sign to let you cross, a friend listening to you rant about an off day, or a stranger holding the door open for …
A good quote to start the week …
Sharing a cute notebook cover I saw while doing some Back to School shopping. :)
Although this video mentions a fitness program, Arthur’s story is true and utterly inspiring nonetheless. His journey is not just about weight loss — it shows a person’s inner strength, earnest perseverance, and having faith in one’s self against all odds. He demonstrated that the human spirit knows no bounds, and it motivates me in a way that only inspiration could. The clip is less than five minutes but if you’re anything like me, you’re in for an emotional ride. Don’t worry, it has a happy ending. Yay Arthur!!
This video highlights the potential for a positive effect in one’s life through (really) simple behavioral changes in our body language that I believe we can all learn. I’ve always been a fan of studies on nonverbal cues in human interactions as it reveals so much more behind what is being said. Amy Cuddy, the brilliant Ted speaker featured here, goes deeper than person-to-person communication, and encourages everyone to use body language on ourselves to help shape our disposition for that day, or for the rest of the year even! She also shares a personal story that was very touching, and that reminded me of the raw power each person has to improve one’s self. The video is 21 minutes but it is well worth your time. I promise. For more info on Amy Cuddy, please visit Ted.com
Recently, I came across Sara Bareilles’ Brave video and something about it made me pause. The fearless dancers, the lightness + brightness that each section was shot in, and of course, the earnest message of the song, simply struck a chord in me. I was smiling the whole way through. On a side note: Have you ever found yourself alone in the house with nothing to do? Turn the radio on and dance your heart out. It is so. much. fun. Don’t forget to crank up the volume.
Unlike other quotes with overarching reminders for life in general, I love how this can apply to anyone in any given situation. I strive hard to be positive, but on times when I am less-friendlier than usual, I have to recognize that how I approach the day with my energy could affect people — even if I try hard not to impose my world upon others. Whether it’s unbridled enthusiasm or lack thereof (especially on Mondays?), we have to remember that we are surrounded by sentient beings in the same space that we subconsciously influence for better or for worse. And we are responsible.