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Get Happy with Hygge

Get Happy with Hygge

A New Year is here, a New Dawn is blooming, and it feels like I should be writing something profound and significant. But after so many inspiring words given during the powerful inaugural speeches, what I really want to ask you is this:

Are you making time to hygge your life?

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Welcome, Depression

Welcome, Depression

When Happy People Get Depressed, Part Two This being human is a guest house.Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness,some momentary awareness comesas an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all!Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,who...

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Don’t Give Up

Don’t Give Up

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Your Love Matters

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The Inner Joy of Tidying Up

The Inner Joy of Tidying Up

I’m sitting in the middle of a clutter-clearing project with everything I own piled in a room waiting for me to decide what to keep and what to let go. Have you ever been in the middle of one of those clutter messes? Marie Kondo might invite me to go through the pile,...

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Set a New Year Evolution.

Set a New Year Evolution.

Every New Year brings a dialogue about why resolutions don't really work, and many (including me) prefer to simply choose a single word or short phrase, a mantra, to inspire us forward. I call these 'NY Evolutions' because I allow them to change as I grow. I also use...

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New Year. New Moment.

New Year. New Moment.

#Happy2020 I woke up in the wee hours feeling a bit discouraged that I wasn't feeling a bit more...well, different. Like the Promise of 2020 was being shouted out in so many ways, and here I am feeling it's just another day. Then I read my daily inspiration from...

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The Generosity Key

The Generosity Key

What if your happiest life depends entirely on how many seeds of kindness you plant for others? One thing I’ve noticed is that many people think generosity is about sharing what we already have, and that until we have “enough,” it really isn’t possible for us to be...

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Find Your Holiday Sparkle

Find Your Holiday Sparkle

Frost-covered branches, shimmering so bright. Fresh fallen snow, so powdery & light. Twinkling lights against dark night skies. Watching wonder light a child's eyes.  The crunch of boots on paths covered in snow.Singing holy music, watching yuletide candles glow....

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Simply Grateful

Simply Grateful

It’s the little things that melt my heart the most— an unexpected gift, baby laughter, a well-timed glance outside to see the sun casting glittering diamonds upon my favorite tree, the sound of your smile as it whispers my name across a crowded room. I know you’ll...

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Harvest Your Blessings

Harvest Your Blessings

Grapes have been called the fruit of the Gods, and as I turn clusters of this divine fruit into dozens of quarts of happy pink nectar, I might agree. But as I’ve cared for our 80 yards and 10 varieties of grapes over the past few years, I’ve discovered this God-fruit...

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Choose Amazement.

Choose Amazement.

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Savor the Beautiful

"Once there was a woman who wanted to change the world & at first, she thought it'd be easy, because if everyone could see how beautiful it'd be, it'd take about a minute...but all the people she talked to were too busy to stop & listen. So, she went off &...

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