Are You Happy Now, at This Very Moment?

Are You Happy?

Are you happy?

Are you happy now, at this very moment?

If you are unhappy, what is keeping your from experiencing happiness?

How much happiness do you experience in your daily life, versus unhappiness?

Someone tells you a nasty thing, and this make you feel unhappy for the rest of the day, with thoughts and feelings of anger filling your mind all day long.

You wake up late, and therefore, have to hurry to work, skipping your breakfast and the morning paper. How do you feel, stressed and angry with yourself?

You want to do something, but it does not work out. Do you feel frustrated?

There are a lot of small and insignificant things happening every day. If you choose to take them personally, you invite unhappiness into your life.

Do all these small events, situations, and plans that don’t work out, really important? Will you still remember them next week?

Is it really important what this or that person said or did? Why take everything too personally, and become unhappy as a result?

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Smile – 6 Top Reasons Why You Should Smile More Often

It takes a lot less muscles to smile than to frown or scowl.

Ever seen one of those poor souls who is perpetually miserable? Everything about them screams how lousy everything in their life is. We all know people like this. Gosh, if they ever smiled you’d expect their face to crack.

It actually takes a lot less muscles to smile than to frown or scowl, so apart from creating misery for themselves they are also doing more work to achieve that result. Here then are five more top reasons why you should smile more often.

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How To Prepare Pumpkin Soup

PumpkinA few days ago, my wife cleaned the house, including our teenagers twins rooms, which require courage and patience to enter and to clean, and I did the cooking.

I like cooking, and therefore, I sometimes do the cooking. This time, among other things, I prepared pumpkin soup. I have already prepared pumpkin soup several times, and since we had the ingredients at home, I decided to prepare it gain.

The recipe for the pumpkin soup is very simple, and it is easy to prepare. It is an original recipe. Actually, anyone can cook or prepare any kind of dish, salad or cake, using the ingredients at home, some basic cooking know-how, some creativity, and a little common sense.

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A Vacation in Berlin, Germany

You might have wondered why I have not posted anything at the blog lately. The reason is that I have been away, on vacation.

I have spent a week in Berlin, Germany, with my wife and kids. We stayed in Abba hotel, at Lietzenburger Street, which is situated just 2 minutes walk from Kurfurstendamm, one of Berlin’s most famous streets, where you can find many shops and malls.

Berlin offers a lot of attractions for tourists, and one week is certainly not enough. There are many historical places, museums, parks, malls, beautiful streets, restaurants and coffee shops. You can find malls and shops in every city in the world, but it looks, as if in Berlin their number is greater, than in any other place. There are more expensive malls like KaDeWe and Galeria Kaufhof, or less expensive, like C&A. You can find in Berlin everything you want. It is a feast for people who love shopping.

It was more than just a trip to Berlin. It was a family vacation. You know how it is with adolescent children nowadays. They are busy with their friends, television, the computer and Facebook, and have no time for their parents. When you travel with them, it is a good time for bonding. They have no choice, but to be with their parents, talk, and spend time with them.

Brandenburg Gate

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10 Tips To Start Your Day With Happiness

Here are 10 tips to help you start your day with happiness:

1. Wake up 20 minutes earlier than usual. This will give you some free time in the morning, and reduce rush and stress.

2. After waking up, sit on your bed, and repeat in your mind several times the following sentences, “Today is a wonderful day. Today is a great day. There is a lot of happiness today”.

3. Begin your day with the expectation of a great and wonderful day.

For at least a little while, don’t focus on your problems. Just forget your problems, and enjoy the feeling of having a wonderful day, even if you cannot see how this can happen.

Most people let their circumstances dictate to them what to think, feel and expect. You can reverse this process. Choose your own thoughts and feelings, irrespective of what is happening in your life. Eventually, if you persevere, your life will change accordingly.

4. Find a few minutes in the morning to stretch and exercise your body.

5. Smile more often, even for no apparent reason. Smiling will make you feel better.

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Learning Happiness: Everyday Activities to Increase Your Happiness

Happy CloudWhile cleaning my bookshelf the other day, I found a book, 14,000 things to be happy about. It looked brand new, but the date inside was from years ago. This book sat beside my collection of self-help books, which in contrast were dog-eared, highlighted and clearly used. Holding the happiness book, I wondered why I hadn’t used it. Then I realized I always thought happiness was something fleeting and incapable of improving my life.

Recently, my beliefs have changed as a result of what I’ve learned. I’ve discovered that being happy, contented, and positive are skills, which can be learned with practice and determination. Therefore, I made the decision to start my own journey to learn happiness and have been happily rewarded. Here are a couple of things that I’ve learned on my journey as well activities that have helped teach me more about happiness:

Recognize the hidden happy moments in a day.

When something wonderful happens to us, we usually know we’re happy. It’s the common, everyday moments of happiness that often elude us. One way to change this is by becoming deliberately aware of when we’re feeling happy during the day. I found an activity that helped me, and it might also help you. It’s very simple: Get a notebook or a tape recorder and keep track of any happy moments you notice during your day. By writing them down or recording them, you become aware of these moments that might otherwise have passed by unnoticed.

One such moment occurred for me when I was very late for an appointment and frustrated at getting every red light. As I sat fuming at the latest stop, I noticed a little boy in the school bus next me making silly faces at people. Watching him made me feel happy. I wrote this moment down in my notebook. It became one of many. Now, I look forward to finding happy moments in my day. I even challenge myself to see how many I can find. How many happy moments are you missing in your day? Try noticing them and see if you find your day is better for it.

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History and Origin of Black Friday

Black Friday is the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, and is the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. On this day many U.S. retailers open very early, and offer promotional sales to start the shopping season.

History and Origin
The term Black Friday originated in Philadelphia, where it originally was used to describe the heavy pedestrian and vehicle traffic, which would occur on the day after Thanksgiving.

Use of the term began in Philadelphia, and then spread to other cities around 1975.

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The Social Network – The Movie About Facebook

Yesterday, I went to the cinema with my wife and kids to watch the movie The Social Network. It is a story about the creation of the social networking website Facebook, about the founders of Facebook, and about the lawsuits against its founder Mark Zuckerberg.

One night in 2003, Harvard student and computer programming Mark Zuckerberg, played by Jesse Eisenberg, begins working on a new idea. Between blogging and programming, he starts something soon to become known as Facebook. Starting with no money, except some small amounts invested by his friend Eduardo Saverin, played by Andrew Garfield, he created a website that had members only in Harvard university, but soon included other universities, and then the whole world.

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Finding ‘Me Time’

SeagullWhy a little selfishness is good for you – and for everyone else!
Have you invested any time on your own wellbeing lately?
Well, while I guess some will be able to say yes to that question, many others will be shaking their heads in disbelief. There always seems so much to do: work, partners, family and friends, and jobs around the home – all clamour for your attention, time and energy. And when it comes to deciding between yourself and others it’s no contest.
Negative generosity
Negative generosity? Can there really be such a thing? Well, while it’s brilliant to have a generous nature, only being able to say yes to requests for help, time or work is anything but. One consequence of only being able to say yes is a feeling of not being in control. Another is that we find it almost impossible to engineer time out for ourselves – and when we do something inevitably crops up that seems ‘more important’. If we continue this way, then over time we become stressed, anxious, worn out and eventually resentful to those around us.
Yes, strange as it may seem, generosity of this kind can actually damage relationships! And as the receivers seem to just take it all for granted the over-generous giver becomes more and more tetchy in their giving.
Saying No
When people in this frame of mind do finally say no, it’s usually done in a temper, and often blurted out at the ones who least deserve it.

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