Be Happier Now: A Book for a Happy, Healthy, More Spiritual You!

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Transform from a discouraged mom or dad, to an enthusiastic agent 0f joy, who uses their new-found happiness to parent at a higher level! Download my e-book:  I believe in that your happiness matters so strongly, that this book is my gift to you! Every month the question “What is happiness?” is googled by thousands of people looking for more…

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Give Your Family the Gift of a Happy You

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Happiness has gotten a bad rap. Some worry that focusing on happiness waters down our church sermons and keeps people away from the deep treasures of God’s word. In psychology classes, student’s have expressed concern that being happy is selfish. Nevertheless, I am convinced that focusing on our own happiness is the best gift that we can give to others, and that being…

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101 Reasons to Be Thankful

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In college, I purchased a book entitled 14,000 Things to Be Happy About, as a birthday gift for a friend. I enjoyed browsing thought the pages before giving it away. This isn’t the type of book that is read strait thought. There is no story, only a list–14,ooo things happy about and thankful for, in bullet-point format. It’s a powerful tool for…

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How to Help Our Kids Bust Boredom and Flex Their Creativity

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“Daddy, I’m boooaaard.” Brooklyn drawls out these words with a mischievous smile, and I know exactly what she is doing. Brooklyn is attempting to activate the boredom-jar. The boredom-jar–a brightly colored container, holding nearly 100 Popsicle-sticks–sits strategically on top of our refrigerator. Written on each stick, is an activity that encourages our children to flex their creativity. The boredom-jar is activated whenever the words, “I’m…

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How to Celebrate an Unfair Christmas

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On Christmas morning, Jenny and I try to keep thing fair. We are blended family, so Jenny and I are hyper-vigilant about keeping things even among all of the children. Jenny meticulously counts the number of presents, each child will receive, before setting them under the tree. She has a common step-mommy concern. Jenny doesn’t want her stepdaughters to find things unfair, and think…

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Merry Christmas: Conversations on Creating Holiday Joy–Part 2

Merry Christmas

Welcome to part two, of our Happy Holidays post. I asked some of the wisest, happiest, and most engaging bloggers I know, what they are doing to fill this Christmas season with joy. My hope is that this will be a joy-filled way to celebrate this season with others, and be a fun way of discovering…

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Happy Holidays: Conversations on Increasing Holiday Joy–Part 1

Happy Holidays

“Happy Holidays!” It’s more than just a greeting–it’s also a wish and a goal. Everyone longs for more joy in their life. But how do we make the holidays truly happy? If we asked a hundred different people, we would get a multitude of answers, because happiness–like many things–is an ongoing conversation. Today, I’m excited to take our conversation to a new level.…

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High-Conflict Worldviews: Avoid Trouble Before it Starts

Have you ever noticed that some people view the world in a way that invites high-conflict and chaos? Recently, I was typing out a blog-post, when my cell phone rang. Although the call was from a blocked number, I decided to answer it anyways. A man with a heavy accent introduced himself and provided a professional sounding title. He explained…

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Reminder: Don’t Only Learn, Practice What You Know

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Finding fresh ideas to write about, is a common challenge for bloggers. This weekend, while pondering topics for future posts, I came across an inspiring quote by Samuel Johnson on the power of a reminder. Samuel states, “People need to be reminded more often than they need to be instructed.” Pure genius! I thought to myself. After finding…

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Your Holiday Happiness Checklist

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I love this time of year! Delicious food, holiday lights, family, friends, and celebration, all come together to make this my favorite time of year. If you also cherish the holiday season, then you will want to review this holiday happiness checklist, in order to make the most out of this incredible time of year! Eight Strategies for Increasing Your…

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