Today i woke up feeling Happy, ready to start a new Blessed day... I came across this Article by Gabrielle Bernstein.. I really enjoyed it ;-) If anyone else has Tips for Happiness please add them. <3333

Tip 1: Let go of 2011 baggage. It's likely that 2011 brought many ups and downs. This year, resolve to focus on the good stuff. Choose to let go of what went wrong last year and commit to what will go right this year. Be grateful and appreciate all that you have. When you appreciate what you do have, you create more of what you want. Stop focusing on lack and let the energy of gratitude create a more abundant life.

Tip 2: Change the conversation. Make a resolution to change your dialogue about fear and negativity. When you think, talk and act from a negative place, you attract negativity into your life. Commit to a new conversation. Begin the new year talking and thinking about what you love about your life rather than replaying the same old negative story. You might just be surprised by the results.

Tip 3: Give. Being altruistic not only benefits the person you're helping but greatly enhances your own life, too. This year, commit to the mantra "How can I give?" rather than "How can I get?" There is even a theory that giving produces endorphins, which make you feel great! Plus, giving to others helps you get out of your own way. When you focus on giving you can stop focusing on what you're not getting.

Tip 4: Take a ME break! Commit to a ME break at least once a week. Take time out to focus on yourself. This is a powerful habit to create early in the year. Need some suggestions? Take a long yoga class, prepare a nice meal for yourself or create an evening ritual. One of my favorite ways to take a ME break in the evening is to give myself a facial. I've been rocking the Bliss Youth As We Know It Night Facial with a cup of tea.

Tip 5: Get naked! This year, make a commitment to be authentic. Get naked with your truth, offering the world your greatest gift: your authentic self. Begin a practice of being yourself on dates, in the office or even in your home. We all thrive on true connection -- so this year, get naked with your truth! Don't deprive the world of your authentic gifts. Even if it feels uncomfortable at first, go with it... You'll feel liberated in no time.

Tip 6: Get creative. This year, I commit to spending more time painting. This creative hobby takes me out of my daily patterns and ignites my inner spirit. Pledge to engage in a creative project as often as possible. You'll find that time spent in creativity heightens your happiness and gives you more energy for the other areas of your life.

Tip 7: Do innovative exercise. Each New Year's, millions resolve to hit the gym and lose weight. This year, make your physical resolutions fun! Rather than locking yourself up in the gym for days, find cool ways to shed the pounds. I am a huge fan of Hoopnotic, a rockin' workout with a hula hoop! When I hula-hooped as a kid, it was just a fun thing to do. I never would've imagined doing it as a killer (and totally addictive) workout!

Tip 8: Practice the "F" word. Carrying resentments into the New Year will only recreate the patterns from the years prior. This year, vow to let go of resentments by practicing the F word and forgive. Become conscious of whom you need to forgive (including yourself) and be willing to let go of your resentment and turn it over daily. Each morning when you wake up, set the intention to forgive. This daily intention will ignite a consciousness of forgiveness and provide you with the necessary tools to allow the F word process to set in.

Tip 9: Eat mindfully. To keep your Spirit Junkie mentality intact, you must feed your soul superfoods. This new year, I've committed to kicking the coffee. Rather than go nuts trying to eliminate everything bad in your diet, keep it simple and choose one thing to let go of. My spiritual running buddy Kris Carr offers amazing tips for cleaning up your palate in her book Crazy Sexy Diet. Let Kris's book inspire you to keep it simple and wholesome. There's no need to kick it all at once. Small shifts create powerful change.

Tip 10: Get romantic. Many people carry disastrous relationship experiences from the past into the present moment. Holding onto anger about your last date (the one who didn't call you back) inevitably transfers negative vibes to the next one. This anger sabotages the possibility of creating a healthy new relationship, keeping you rooted in your past instead of the now. Romantic love is an inside job that requires you to change your mental outlook if you want to let go of your fears and grab hold of the love you desire.

Tip 11: Sit back and receive. I work hard to balance my go-getter mentality with my "sit back and RECEIVE" approach to life. This year, welcome stillness and receptivity. Through a daily meditation practice you can begin to transform your need to control outcomes and learn to sit back and receive. Begin a meditation practice today. You'll come to understand that stillness is sometimes the greatest action. For my guided meditations, click here.

Tip 12: Expect miracles. Kick off the new year with a miracle mindset. Begin each day with a prayer for peace and happiness. Say out loud or to yourself: "Thank you, inner guide, for reminding me of all of the love and light in my life. I welcome positive support throughout this day. I expect miracles." This daily prayer will jumpstart your day with a miracle mindset and awaken your consciousness to the greatness around you.

Take these 12 steps into your daily practices and enjoy the positive results. Trust the universe has your back, expect miracles and be happy!

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I always remind myself to practice the things I love. Tin whiste, guitar, hula hooping, sketching, poetry. These things soothe me if I'm sad or express my happiness.

It's easy to put these things aside though when stuff is stressful. I remind myself that 15 minutes will do wonders. :)

I think everyone's happiness is a different balance but we all have one and we just have to find it. ^.^ Mine is equal parts art/dance/music/literature/friendship. If I let any of these go untended I ultimately am not as happy as I could be.

thanks for sharing this :)

Great post. Thanks for sharing.

Wow... Such familiar, yet wise words. Thanks for the reminder.

love this. Thanks for sharing! :)

"Free yourself from negative people. – Spend time with nice people who are smart, driven and likeminded. Relationships should help you, not hurt you. Surround yourself with people who reflect the person you want to be. Choose friends who you are proud to know, people you admire, who love and respect you – people who make your day a little brighter simply by being in it. Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you. When you free yourself from negative people, you free yourself to be YOU – and being YOU is the only way to truly live. "(Number 1 from "20 Things to do in Your Relationships")

Great post :) ...but most importantly, keep up the positive vibin'!!!

Thanks for sharing!! this is definitely something that could help me right now. I'm at a point in my life where love keeps failing me and its getting to be where I just don't even want to try anymore, men have just really let me down my whole life. I hate where I live, I hate my job, I hate the way people look at me here like I'm a failure (small town), trying really hard to move closer to my family and just start over. In the mean time its really easy to get depressed and dwell on where you are versus where you want to be. I'm completely new to hooping but am trying to really throw myself into it, use it as a way to create some fun and learning in my life, work on toning up which would raise my self esteem because Ive always loved dance, and meditate by just loosing myself in the music and rhythm. Its like one minute I'm up and one minute I'm down, trying not to think about how much my heart hurts and just focus on me, doing what makes me happy without relying on someone else to get me there, work in progress lol. Thanks again :)

Hey Summer, beautiful name, I was in a situation very similar to yours a couple years ago. you feel so alone and life feels so hurtful. I think you definitely need your family, i know I did. Whether you have a good relationship or not with them, they will help, family centers and grounds you. Second, things will get better, they will work out; they always do. It may just be when your at your lowest that someone/something comes around that changes everything for the better. Surround yourself with positive people, and get yourself out of things that make you is too short! Most importantly, don't give up; i believe everything happens for a reason and as shitty as some of those things are that happen, they will lead you to a better place as a stronger woman. I hope hooping helps you find what you are looking for inside yourself; that's my goal for hooping too; to bring that un-selfconsciousness (if thats a word lol) person out. Good luck, I'll be thinking of you.


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