Wednesday, May 15, 2013

How to be happy


During the A to Z challenge Annalisa Crawford discovered Rebecca Bradley's  list of five ways to be happy. Rebecca decided to make it a meme to spread the happiness around the blogosphere and I decided to join them. I'm so excited about this meme because I have discovered that being happy is much more rewarding than being unhappy.

How it works: Simply list your five ways to be happy, tag five people, and remember to tag back to the person who tagged you like I did in my first sentence. Below are my five ways to be happy.

1. Smile, giggle, laugh out loud.
2. Do what you love. Love what you do.
3. Believe that something wonderful will happen to you everyday.
4. Learn to love and laugh at yourself.
5. Take more naps.

Here are some happy people I know: Stina Lindenblatt, Tara Tyler,  Laura EnoMagical Mimi, and S.P. Bowers.

Don't take my word for what being happy can do for you, check out this article on Smiles from the Huffington Post.
Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won't have to hunt for happiness. ~ William E. Gladstone


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'd take a nap right now but I doubt my boss would like it!
Being happy and positive is always better that the alternative.

The Happy Whisk said...

Woohoo to more nappy naps.


What makes me happy is going down children's slides in the park, I get funny looks but who cares?


S.P. Bowers said...

Thanks for thinking of me!

I'm a total fan of taking naps. In fact, I think I need one right now. My little four year old was up for 2 hours last night.

Annalisa Crawford said...

I love all of these, but #3 is truly fantastic. Rebecca is going to be so thrilled when she sees how far this meme has gone already!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I can tell when hubby needs a nap. He's grouchier than a tired toddler. :P

Jo said...

I settle for general contentment.


Magical Mystical MiMi said...

Aw. Thank you for putting me in your happy circle. :) I truly do believe something wonderful is going to happen to me every day and I would love more naps but I'm so afraid I'm gonna' miss something amazing! :D

Laura Eno said...

Thanks for putting a smile on my face! Is it nap time yet? :)

Tara Tyler said...

hey! you tagged me!
your 5 happy thoughts are essentials!! how can add to that!?
thanks! you make me =)

Arlee Bird said...

I much rather be happy than the alternative. Being happy makes me...well..happy!

I like your list. Especially naps. I must be one of the happiest guys around if that's one of the ways! Just woke up from a half hour nap a little while ago. Don't know how happy it made me, but I sure felt disoriented. I'm okay now that I've been up a while.

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jaybird said...

I love that Gladstone quote. Words to live by for sure!

Gina Gao said...

"Take more naps" -- words of wisdom. Great post!

Marcia said...

#1 on my list is GRATITUDE. Happiness is so linked to being grateful.

Belle said...

I like the list. Something wonderful does happen every day! Even hot, buttered toast is wonderful!

michelle said...

Three cheers to spreading more happiness around the blogosphere!! Hip-hip-hooray!

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Scribbles From Jenn said...

Alex, bosses do tend to frown on naps. Don't ask me how I know this...

The Happy Whisk, naps rock!

Hahahaha, Yvonne. Thanks for the belly laugh and the new idea. I might go slide down a slide today.

Anytime, S.P.. I remember those sleepless toddler nights. They will end all too soon.

Annalisa, I love #3, too. This is a great meme.

Stina, I get grouchy when I need a nap, too.

Jo, being content leads to a longer life.

Mimi, it is a toss up between naps and excitement. I usually choose the nap :)

Laura, you're welcome. Nap time never comes soon enough.

Tara, glad to make you smile :-)

Arlee, waking up from a nap has a way of doing that. Yes, you are one of the happiest guys around!

Jaybird, I love the quote, too.

Thanks, Gina,

Marcia, you are so right!

Belle, Hip-hip-hooray! Hip-hip-hooray! Hip-hip-hooray!

randi lee said...

I love this post so much that I'm going to tweet and facebook it. Great energy, Jenn! Keep it up :D

DiscConnected said...

Just seeing this post...I think Gladstone nails the secret in the first eight words of your quote...

So many people are waiting for a thing or a situation to make them happy instead of just deciding to be happy.

I think each day is a gift, and life is a ride....and we're meant to enjoy it.

And now is a good time to start if you have not already.

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