Happiness really is a state of mind. I know this first hand. Most days I’m a bubble of positive energy and some days well, some days life takes over and I drown in negative energy. Last week was hard for me, I was facing so many emotional battles that I was convinced I was never going to get out of it. Thankfully it only lasted a while and I’m back to my happy self. Below are some of my favourite quotes.
Be fearless in pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.
Some days you just have to bring your own sunshine.
If you are tired learn to rest not quit!
Today will be F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S.
One of the simplest ways to stay happy is to let go of the things that make you sad.
Stress is caused by giving a fu*k
Chin up Queen, or the crown slips.
Being happy never goes out of style.
The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.
Today be the badas* girl you were too lazy to be yesterday!
I love Pinterest, it’s one of my many reliable sources when it comes to getting back on the happy wagon. You can follow me and check out my board, Positive Energy.
What keeps you going when you are facing trying times?
Spiderman Lunges, Long Lunges, Warrior 1 Lunges, Curtsy Lunges and Side Lunges. These are some of the different forms of lunge variations.
I will show you one of my favourite stretch routines; Spiderman Lunge. What I love about it is that:
You can do it from anywhere; indoors or outdoors
You do not need any equipment (just your sexy self)
You do not have to wear any shoes
It’s easy to do
The beauty of doing Spiderman Lunges is that you get to;
Improve the flexibility in the lower back area, hip and hamstrings
You get a solid groin stretch
You get some secondary benefits to your ankle mobility
You activate your hamstrings and glutes.
Working my left and right leg with a smile on my face 🙂
I hold my position for about 20 to 30 seconds and make sure I breathe and keep my core intact. I am a runner and this exercise really helps with keeping my muscles well stretched and when I go out for my run I hardly ever feel pain in my legs afterwards.
I hope you are working hard towards your fitness goals and you will be giving Spiderman Lunges a try; remember
Ever had things you wish people would do more of or maybe did differently? Well I do but to avoid going on and on I decided to cut the list down to just 5 things.
I wish people would say thank you after getting a compliment. The number of times I have told or heard someone compliment the next person only for the recipient to say “I Know”. You say THANK YOU not I know, what nonsense is that?
Say please when you ask for something.
Allow older people and pregnant women go ahead of the queue.
Do random acts of kindness for the next person. Even if it’s just to smile and listen attentively to what they have to say, there is no fee for being a good person.
Just be yourself. Too many times we are too busy trying to be what society expects us to be instead of living our lives and being happy with the way we are. Be you, be happy!
Happiness doesn’t come easy, it’s an everyday task. From the moment you wake up to the moment you lay your head down to rest you have to choose to be happy. I’ve tried for so many years to get happiness from other people not knowing that if those people left they would take their happiness with them. Then there was trying to get fulfillment from material things. I think trying to find happiness in material things is the worst kind of disappointment. Imagine spending so much money on a gadget hoping it will miraculously change your life and make you feel happy only for it to be just that, a new gadget in your life and less money in the bank for you; so much for that!
Years later, happiness comes to me naturally. Of course I have my bad days, I am only human after all and on a scale of 1-10 I am right there on 8. So here’s a list of some of the things I do to keep the good aura going in my life.
I speak to my daughter over the phone every single day. Hearing from her makes a good start to my morning and I tell her how much I love her each day.
Mondays used to be the worst but now I get up wear my favourite outfit and show up for work all glamourous. Bright colours on a Monday do the trick for me and I just breeze through the day with ease.
I exercise 4 to 5 times a week, the feel good hormones I get from that are priceless. I can face my day with positive vibes.
I dance myself silly when a song I like appears on my playlist, (when I am at home of course) we can’t be getting our groove on during working hours now can we…
I listen to all genres of music, at work, at home, when I work out, music is definitely good for my soul.
I go out with my friends occasionally and party on, you know what they say, all work and no play.
I blog, my new found hobby, I thoroughly enjoy it and I bump into interesting reads every day. It is a different and educative hobby, I still don’t know why I didn’t start on it earlier.
I make sure I smile and be very helpful at work no matter how my day is going, I make it a point that everyone I assist leaves our office with good things to say about our company and me obviously!
When a client gives me a hard time at work, I tell myself they probably have their own personal issues that they are going through and don’t take it to heart.
I surround myself with happy people, there is nothing as bad as having friends who are always complaining about something and never taking time to look at the positive things in life, no matter how small.
I try and do something nice for those close to me, a phonecall, a surprise visit, a small gift, anything to make someone else’s day.
I don’t let the father of my daughter steal my joy when we disagree on something, I just breathe in and out and say forgive him for he does not know any better (attempt to pray for him instead of the other insane options going through my head) and my day goes on.
I try to mind my own business as much as I can that way drama and gossip are not a part of my life for the sake of peace.
And most importantly I pray, I put all my burdens and worries to God because if i didn’t do so I know I would have probably lost my mind from worry by now.
Find out what makes you happy and do exactly that. Start one day a time and before you know it each day will be better than the last. Life is too short; make a list of things you need to do each day and make sure you make happiness an everyday goal!