6 Simple Ways to Feel Happier in 10 Minutes

By | Food for thought, happiness, how-to guide, self, Self-Improvement

Being in a great mood isn’t just beneficial for your productivity but for your overall health. As career expert, producer, and co-writer of The Portal, Tom Cronin explains, boosting our happiness is a practice is beneficial for everyone. In fact, he says when we feel fulfilled, our immune, digestive, and sexual systems flourish, our brain works more strategically from the frontal lobe of creativity and intuition, and our stress levels are lower, thanks to oxytocin and serotonin.

In addition to our biology, our level of satisfaction is illustrated in everything we do — even if we aren’t aware of it. As Cronin puts it, our body is like a WiFi modem and our emotions are the frequency we omit.

“When we are angry or anxious we are sending out a signal and people are receiving that. Vice versa when we are happy we are sending out that energy, which will be affecting people around us in a positive way,” he continues. “Our greatest gift we can give the world is one more happy person, and one less stressed unhappy person. If we had 7 billion people in that state then things might start looking up on the planet.”

There’s no need to wait to feel happier — do these things, right now!

How can you improve your mood in less than 10 minutes?

1. Spend time in nature

Though you probably won’t be over the moon sitting in the pouring rain or in triple-digit heat, when the weather is favorable, your mood will match it. No matter if you sit on your front porch and listen to the trees blowing in the wind or spend a hot second on your patio overlooking the bustling city below and meditate, fresh air does incredible wonders for your spirit and your state of being.

The point, of course, is to just be with Mother Nature, according to Cronin.

“This doesn’t sound exciting or dramatic, but the effect of it after a period of time is absolutely astounding,” he continues. “This immersion into nature is so good for the nervous system as it moves the body out of sympathetic nervous system state, and into a calm state that naturally increases the levels of serotonin and decreases cortisol which in the end results in high levels of happiness.”

2. Exercise vigorously for 10 minutes

If you’re on deadline at the office, you probably can’t sneak out to a boxing class. But if you happen to wake up on the wrong side of the bed, licensed psychologist Dr. Sarah Schewitz recommends taking your bad mood — and running with it.

Quite literally, actually. Even ten minutes of intense working out will produce the body’s feel good hormones: endorphins.

Not much for heart-race inducing movements? That’s okay — any sort of activity will do your body (and brain) good.

“Even a quick walk around the block can do wonders for your mood. If you’re going for a walk, try to be mindful of the beauty around you. Stop and notice the flowers planted in your neighbor’s yard. Notice the beauty of the trees along your street. Tune into your surroundings and just let yourself get lost in them,” she suggests. “Or, listen to an uplifting and motivating podcast to give your body and your mind a workout at the same time.”

3. See someone you love

Close your eyes and think of someone you love. Maybe it’s a parent who has supported you every-which-way, or the incredible partner you’re still pinching yourself you were lucky enough to meet. Perhaps a best friend who makes you laugh, without fail.

If you can get ‘em on the phone, shoot them a text or even stop by and see them for ten minutes, Cronin says you’ll feel much, much better. “It’s been proven that when we have deeper connections with people we are generally happier,” he explains.

While many people turn to technology when they’re bored, it’s better to connect with a friend (yep, even via the culprit, your phone), than to scroll through social media.

“It’s this human connection that we we are distancing ourselves from with technology and it’s been proven in a recent Gallup poll that as technology increases in our lives, so to does the level of unhappiness, anger and anxiety,” Cronin adds.


4. Write down fun and happy memories

When you need to take a break from a demanding client or an overbearing boss, sneak into a break room and try this recommended activity from Dr. Schewitz. The mere act of putting pen to paper and remembering the good ol’ times will recenter your mood and alleviate the tension you’ve been harboring in your body and mental capacity.

“Put each memory on a different piece of paper and put them all in a jar,” she explains. “Anytime you’re feeling down, take 10 minutes to write down more happy and fun memories to add to the jar or take 10 minutes and read some to remind you of good times.”

5. Plan your week

One of the reasons you could be struggling with happiness is because you aren’t managing your thoughts or priorities. We’re all guilty of this during hectic, busy seasons and sometimes, an instant mood-lift can be found in working.

Yep, that’s right: planning ahead will allow those buzzing waves to relax, and will give you something to focus your attention on. As psychotherapist and author Dr. Jane Greer explains, setting aside ten minutes before your week begins to plan a daily activity that brings you joy will temper your frustrations.

“Allow yourself the pleasure of looking forward to each one. What you choose should be something that gives you a tremendous amount of pleasure. This could be going for a walk, reading a magazine, watching a TV show, or grabbing coffee with a friend or your significant other,” she says.

The point is: you carve out time — and you hold yourself accountable.

6. Get jiggy with it

There’s a reason why there’s a whole song about afternoon delight. Or why so many people fall into a friends-with-benefit setup while they’re waiting for the right person. It’s also why the happiest of couples have an active sex life.

In addition to feeling good, intimate touch and orgasms make you feel connected to yourself and to your partner. And hey, if you don’t want to go all the way, any type of human contact means something.

“Oxytocin is released if you hug someone for thirty seconds, kiss for six seconds, or have an orgasm. With oxytocin flowing and cortisol being pushed out of your system, you’re bound to feel happy,” Dr. Schewitz explains.

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The Daily Habits of Supremely Happy People — and How to Implement Them

By | Food for thought, happiness, Self-Improvement

Happiness — as a concept, you may find it laughable; elusive to the point of hilarity. But what if we have it all wrong? What if we regularly confuse perceived perfection with happiness, rendering it inherently unattainable? That would explain a lot about perceived unhappiness, wouldn’t it? So, if happiness is attainable after all, what’s the secret? 

Martin Seligman, the originator of positive psychology, posits that 60% of the happiness equation is determined by genetics and environment, and 40% by our personal attitudes and approaches. Sounds like a solid theory to me.

Here are 6 daily habits of the supremely happy among us:

1. Spending time with other happy people

As human animals, we possess the rare ability to seek and find hell or heaven in other people. The many types of toxic relationships that drag us down into the depths are oh-so-easy to come by, so it follows that the best antidote to a whole lot of potential unhappiness is surrounding oneself with positive people. Doing so has been linked to higher confidence, creativity, and straight-up fun. Joy is contagious, after all.

Researchers who studied the proliferation of happiness over 20 years found those surrounded by happy people more likely to be happy in the future. Think of it as an investment in yourself, then— a retirement fund of sorts.

2. Taking time to celebrate the good stuff

The importance of celebrating victories, particularly small ones, is often understated in the pursuit of always-greater ambitions. Unsurprisingly, many happy people take time to appreciate everything that goes well, which can be very rewarding and mood-boosting.

Choosing to see the silver lining offers health benefits too, like reduced stress, less pain, and longevity among those with heart disease. Happy people know how important it is to be present, appreciating a good meal, a deep connection, or a sunny day. Just as negative thoughts are often self-fulfilling, so too are positive ones!

3. Exercising the power to give

Even the smallest of good deeds — like buying a friend an art piece or book — can do wonders for your happiness. Helping others not only makes them happy, but also triggers a surge of oxytocin, serotonin, and dopamine in the giver, all of which instigate decidedly happy feelings.

Research project Americans’ Changing Lives found people of all ages who volunteered were happier and healthier physically, experiencing what is known as the “helper’s high,” a euphoric state often experienced by people who give of their time, energy, or money.

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4. Taking time to listen — in person, when possible

According to David Mezzapelle, author of Contagious Optimism, “When you listen you open up your ability to take in more knowledge versus blocking the world with your words or your distracting thoughts.” 

A person who knows how to listen often leaves a conversation feeling purposeful. In this vein, one study found those who take part in more substantive conversation (as opposed to small talk) feel more satisfied.

Additionally, having in-person interactions with friends — rather than online ones — cultivates pleasant feelings and reduces anxiety.

5. Smiling shamelessly

No one, and I mean no one, wakes up feeling happy every day. But some people really work at it. Even if you’re not feeling positive, seeking a happy thought within yourself, and then summoning a genuine smile in response to it can boost your happiness levels and make you more productive.

It’s as shockingly simple as it seems: the mere act of trying to be happy is tantamount to choosing to be happy, and it very often works.

6. Cultivating resilience

According to psychologist Peter Kramer, resilience — rather than happiness — is the opposite of depression. Developing a thick skin and knowing how to recover and bounce back after a failure is key to succeeding at life, and therefore integral to happiness, which should be our chief success indicator.

As the great Johnny Cash once said, “You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone… You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.”

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25 Nathaniel Hawthorne Quotes That Are Universal Life Lessons

By | Food for thought, happiness, inspirational, Quotes

Nathaniel Hawthorne (July 4. 1804 — May 19, 1864) was an American novelist and short story writer, best known for his novels The Scarlet Letter and The House of the Seven Gables.

His ancestors had been involved in the famous Salem witchcraft trials, where many people were accused of and executed for being “witches.” In order to distance himself from his family’s actions, the author added a “w” to his name (his original name being Hathorne).

At an early age, Hawthorne suffered from a leg injury that left him immobile for several months. During this period, he became an avid reader and developed an appetite for writing. Later, with the help of his wealthy uncles, he attended college, then came back home to pursue his dream.

Slowly, Hawthorne gained fame while writing short stories, as they were very well received by his audience. However, his talent was truly recognized after publishing The Scarlet Letter.

The author is a well-known exponent of the genre of dark romance. The use of allegory and symbolism turned Hawthorne into of the most noted authors of his time.

Here are 25 Nathaniel Hawthorne quotes that are universal life lessons.

Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.

A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.

Let men tremble to win the hand of woman, unless they win along with it the utmost passion of her heart!

Love, whether newly born or aroused from a deathlike slumber, must always create sunshine, filling the heart so full of radiance that it overflows upon the outward world.

No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true.

To do nothing is the way to be nothing.

No summer ever came back, and no two summers ever were alike. Times change, and people change; and if our hearts do not change as readily, so much the worse for us.

What other dungeon is so dark as one’s own heart! What jailer so in exorable as one’s self!

The world owes all its onward impulses to men ill at ease. The happy man inevitably confines himself within ancient limits.

We men of study, whose heads are in our books, have need to be straightly looked after! We dream in our waking moments, and walk in our sleep.

A forced smile is uglier than a frown.

Human nature will not flourish, any more than a potato, if it be planted and replanted, for too long a series of generations, in the same worn-out soil. 

Happiness is not found in things you possess, but in what you have the courage to release…

There is something truer and more real, than what we can see with the eyes, and touch with the finger.

All merely graceful attributes are usually the most evanescent.

Words – so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.

It is very queer, but not the less true, that people are generally quite as vain, or even more so, of their deficiencies than of their available gifts.

I have laughed, in bitterness and agony of heart, at the contrast between what I seem and what I am!

It is a curious subject of observation and inquiry, whether hatred and love be not the same thing at bottom. 

It is a good lesson – though it may often be a hard one – for a man… to step aside out of the narrow circle in which his claims are recognized, and to find how utterly devoid of significance, beyond that circle, is all that he achieves, and all he aims at.

It is to the credit of human nature, that, except where its selfishness is brought into play, it loves more readily than it hates.

Be true! Be true! Be true! Show freely to the world, if not your worst, yet some trait whereby the worst may be inferred!

Providence had mediated better things for me than I could possibly imagine for myself.

It contributes greatly towards a man’s moral and intellectual health, to be brought into habits of companionship with individuals unlike himself, who care little for his pursuits, and whose sphere and abilities he must go out of himself to appreciate.

I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.

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21 Anthony Hopkins Quotes on Living a Happy and Worry-Free Life

By | Celebrities, Food for thought, happiness, life lessons, moving on, Quotes

Born on December 31, 1937, Sir Anthony Hopkins is one of Hollywood’s most distinguished actors and a living legend.

Hopkins started working in the film industry in the late 60’s. Before that, he pursued a stage career, which he hated. He felt like he was working without a point and he knew he could do so much more.

There are so many movie titles linked to Hopkins’ remarkable acting style, but the actor gained critical acclaim due to his game-changing performance as Hannibal Lector in Silence of The Lambs. In fact, he was so convincing that he kind of scared his co-star Jodie Foster. She later admitted that she avoided Hopkins as much as she could during the filming of the thriller.

Hopkins has consistently proven his immense versatility and due to such a lengthy list of achievements and awards, he was knighted in 1993.

His skills and talent are undeniable, but the actor owes his success to hard work. He still rehearses every line more than 200 times – that’s how first-class portrayals are delivered.

Here are 21 Anthony Hopkins quotes on living a happy and worry-free life.

My philosophy is: It’s none of my business what people say of me and think of me. I am what I am and I do what I do. I expect nothing and accept everything. And it makes life so much easier.

I don’t care: if they don’t like it they don’t like it, but I do it for the fun of it.

Life is tough, but you just have to just get out of bed, get out and do it

I’m fascinated by the dream world we live in, in our dreaming sleep dreaming and that moment of pre sleep when the subconscious mind whirls up.

Today is the tomorrow I was worried about yesterday.

In certain moments of our lives we get little signals, little flashes that say ‘it’s yours if you want it’   


There is no shortcut to happiness, you have to live your life.

We all sell ourselves to some degree, I think.

I was bullied as a boy – lots of kids are, but hopefully most of us get on with our lives and grow up.

Beware the tyranny of the weak. They just suck you dry.

You mellow out and you just don’t take things too seriously.

Life’s so short and such glorious – images in the world and such horror as well, but I want to see it all. So I moved out of my comfort zone.

We all dream. We dream vividly, depending on our nature. Our existence is beyond our explanation, whether we believe in God or we have religion or we’re atheist.

Everything is random and there are no guarantees.

I love life because what more is there?

I’m fascinated by the fact that we can’t grasp anything about time.

I am a bit of a solitude person – a solitary personality. I like being on my own. I don’t have any major friendships or relationships with people.

If people don’t want to bother with me, fine. You know, God bless them, and move on.

The magical, supernatural force that is with us every second is time. We can’t even comprehend it. It’s such an illusion, it’s such a strange thing.

I am able to play monsters well. I understand monsters. I understand madmen.

We get questions in our head and little voices that put us down when we were kids, so get over that. That’s all I’ve had to do.

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6 Surprising Benefits of Laughter, the Timeless Cure-All

By | Food for thought, happiness, health and wellness, Life, wellness

Laughter transcends all the crap that we, human inhabitants of the earth, must endure by virtue of, well, being human. Indeed, a good, strong sense of humour can turn almost any situation around. A good chortle happens to be free of charge, and the glaring bonus is that it’s an in-built capacity, so no special equipment is required! Having a rough go of it this week/month/year? Chances are you need a hilarious change of perspective. The seriousness of life has its limits, after all.

So consider the following 6 benefits of laughter.

1. It stops stress and anxiety in its tracks.

In today’s nonstop modern world, stress hormones run amuck. Naturally, reducing your stress hormones sends anxiety and stress a running, lessening their impact on your body. So even though you had a fight with your significant other, stubbed your toe getting out of bed, and burned the bake sale cookies, your coworker’s sudden yet ultra on-point joke quickly altered your chemistry and made you feel better by sending you into an explosive giggle fit.

2. It’s part of your daily fitness plan.

This just in: laughter can help you tone your abs. When you laugh, the muscles in your stomach expand and contract, similar to what happens when you sweat through a set of crunches. Most would agree that laughing > ab exercises, but hey, they’re not mutually exclusive now are they? Laughing also raises your heart rate and you’ll burn anywhere from 10-40 calories over 15 minutes of laughter, according to the International Journal of Obesity.

3. It’s good for your heart.

Laughter is great cardio, particularly for people incapable of withstanding other physical activity due to injury or illness. When you get your heart pumping you burn a similar amount of calories per hour as walking at a slow or moderate pace. It also lowers your blood pressure and improves blood flow, reducing your odds of having a stroke or heart attack.

4. It’ll grant you immunity.

Feel like you’re coming down with something? It might be time to hit a comedy show. When you laugh, you activate T-cells in your body designed to help you ward off illness. While chronic stress and anxiety causes chemical reactions in your body that can send your immunity plummeting, a nice ol’ laugh supercharges you with disease-fighting prowess, helping you stay healthy and energized.

5. It’s a natural painkiller

Endorphins are your body’s natural painkiller hormones, and when we laugh, we release them, which can help ease chronic pain and/or make us feel all warm and fuzzy, increasing overall wellbeing. Doctors have found that people with a generally positive outlook tend to fight off diseases more effectively than people who dwell on the negative. So yuk it up — it may just extend your life! Not to mention, it’ll most definitely make said life more fun.

6. It facilitates bonding

Going on a hot first date? Or entering into a social situation with new people? Doing something that will elicit a laugh is an epic way to take the edge off, relieve your nerves, and increase your likelihood of bonding. Inspiring ideas include but are not limited to: funny movies, amusement parks, and good old-fashioned clowning around.

Bottom line: being able to laugh at ourselves in particular is nothing short of a superpower capable of overriding the sometimes terrible decisions we make or the less than glamorous moments of life. Why not keep stress and sickness at bay by choosing to get happy?

What is Intuitive Eating and Can It Help You Become Fitter and Healthier?

By | Food for thought, happiness, health and wellness, healthy eating, Self-Improvement


Does it seem like every diet you’ve ever tried just…doesn’t work?

Maybe you’ve had some results in the past. But quickly they wear off because the diet is completely unsustainable (I’m looking at you, lemonade diet) or it just doesn’t work for you like it, apparently, worked for others.

The truth is, dieting often doesn’t work. In fact, it’s been shown more often in studies to lead to weight gain. “Study after study, shows that dieting and food restriction for the purpose of weight loss leads to more weight gain,” say intuitive eating founders Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch.

So then, what’s the alternative? If jumping on every next diet fad has got you tired and frustrated, intuitive eating might just be a breath of fresh air.

What is intuitive eating?

According to Tribole and Resch, intuitive eating is “an evidenced-based, mind-body health approach.”

“Intuitive eating is a dynamic integration between mind and body. The principles work by either cultivating or removing obstacles to body awareness, a process known as interoceptive awareness.,” continue Tribole and Resch. “Intuitive Eating is a personal process of honoring health by listening and responding to the direct messages of the body in order to meet your physical and psychological needs.”

Tribole and Resch are quick to mention that intuitive eating is not a diet or food plan but an approach to health, both physical and psychological.

It’s a journey of discovering your body as well as your mind, learning about your relationship with food and your behavior in connection with it.

“Ultimately, you are the expert of your body. Only you know what hunger, fullness, and satisfaction feels like. Only you know your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Intuitive Eating is an empowerment tool–it’s time to unleash it and liberate yourself from the prison of diet culture and weight obsession.”

The 10 principles of intuitive eating

As we talked about earlier, intuitive eating isn’t a diet plan or nutritional framework.

That’s great, but how do you follow an intuitive eating approach with only vague guidelines?

That’s where Tribole and Resch’s ‘10 principles of intuitive eating’ come in. The duo created ten principles which offer clear guidelines for applying the principles of intuitive eating.

The ten principles are:

1. Reject the diet mentality

“Throw out the diet books and magazine articles that offer you false hope of losing weight quickly, easily, and permanently,” say Tribole and Resch.

By buying into the hope of a new diet fad, you lose touch with intuitive eating. You need to trust yourself — your body and your mind.

2. Honor your hunger

“Keep your body biologically fed with adequate energy and carbohydrates. Otherwise, you can trigger a primal drive to overeat,” say Tribole and Resch. In other words, eat when you’re hungry and never starve yourself.

If you let yourself get to the point of starving, your brain and body go into a state that loses all sense of moderation and overheating happens.

3. Make peace with food

Similar to the previous point, but more centered around fatty or unhealthy cravings, if you attempt to withhold a craving for the sake of sticking to a diet, you’re much more likely to binge on that food and end up overdoing it.

Instead, if you allow yourself to have that craving periodically, you’ll stay in better control of your body.

4. Challenge the food police

Challenge your preconceived notions about how you should and should not be eating, especially those born from society or the “Food Police” as Tribole and Resch refer to it.

“The police station is housed deep in your psyche, and its loud speaker shouts negative barbs, hopeless phrases, and guilt-provoking indictments.”

5. Respect your fullness

Learn to observe closely to the feeling of fullness and respect that feeling. When your body is telling you that it doesn’t want any more, stop.

Many of us keep eating after we feel a bit of fullness because the food in front of us either isn’t all eaten or it still looks tasty. Instead, listen to your body to become better aware of your fullness level throughout each meal and listen to what your body is telling you.

6. Discover the satisfaction factor

Learn to connect with the feeling of being satisfied to reduce overeating and improve your relationship with food.

To do this, allow yourself to eat more of the foods you enjoy in an environment that is most enjoyable.

“By providing this experience for yourself, you will find that it takes much less food to decide you’ve had ‘enough’.”

7. Honor your feelings without using food

Many of us turn to food to cope with difficult emotions such as sadness, loneliness, anger, or anxiety.

Instead, find practices and habits you can adopt that allow you to work through emotional challenges without needing to resort to food.

Practices include:

8. Respect your body

Despite what magazines and Instagram might seem to be telling you, there is no ideal body size, shape, or weight.

It’s unrealistic and damaging for someone with a larger body size to think that they’re “supposed” to be smaller and that there’s something wrong with them if they aren’t.

Instead of focusing on getting small, focus on getting healthy and learning to respect your body.

9. Exercise

“Forget militant exercise,” say Tribole and Resch. “Just get active and feel the difference. Shift your focus to how it feels to move your body, rather than the calorie burning effect of exercise.”

By shifting your focus to simply getting active and enjoying it– not only being active but how it makes you feel afterwards– you’ll find yourself making exercise a way of life with much less effort.

10. Honor your health

It’s not about a single snack, meal, or even a day of eating. None of those things will change your health or body in the long run.

Instead, it’s about your habits and consistent choices over a long period of time, so focus on honoring your health by making food choices that are both more nutrient-dense and taste great.


If you’ve made it this far and you’re craving a transformation of your own, we can help you get there.
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30 Beautiful Love Quotes to Share With Your Loved One on Valentine’s Day

By | celebration, Food for thought, happiness, love, Quotes, valentine's day

Every year on February 14th, people honor their love for one another by spending time together, having a lovely dinner, sending flowers and sharing love messages.

Of course, showing our love and appreciation is something we should do as often as possible, not just once a year. Let’s just say that Valentine’s Day is yet another opportunity to make things better and celebrate this crazy little thing called love.

Love – the feeling that shows us someone at their most raw form; the feeling that exalts and brings out the best in us…

There are a few legends behind St. Valentine’s Day. According to the most popular one, Valentine was a roman priest. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers, he outlawed marriage for young men.

The priest defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret, fact that led to his death once his actions were discovered.

Another one says that Valentine was a prisoner who fell in love with his jailor’s daughter. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression we still use today.

For this special day, we decided to spare you the effort to search for the perfect quote and prepared a list of 30 love quotes that you can share with your significant one. Pick your favorite and spread the love!

Valentine, just a few words to tell you how I love you. I have loved you since the first day I saw you. Whenever that was. 

Charles M. Schulz

Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.


For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.

Judy Garland

Maya Angelou quotes on loving yourself - Never make someoone a priority

In all the world, there is no heart for me like yours. In all the world, there is no love for you like mine.

Maya Angelou

I love your feet because they have wandered over the earth and through the wind and water until they brought you to me.

Pablo Neruda

I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone.

J. R. R. Tolkien

If I had a flower for every time I thought of you … I could walk through my garden forever.

Alfred Tennyson


You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.

Dr. Seuss

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.

Lao Tzu

They invented hugs to let people know you love them without saying anything.

Bil Keane

If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.

A. A. Milne

I may not say much when I am with you, but all of me loves you all the time.

Richard Nixon

There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.

Friedrich Nietzsche

There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.

George Sand

Come live in my heart and pay no rent.

Samuel Lover

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.


We simply can’t abandon ship every time we encounter a storm. Real love is about weathering the terms of life together.

Seth Adam Smith

Love is just a word until someone comes along and gives it meaning.

Paulo Coelho

You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.

Oscar Wilde

Do I love you? My God, if your love were a grain of sand, mine would be a universe of beaches.

William Goldman

It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them.

Agatha Christie

Nobody has ever measured, even poets, how much a heart can hold.

Zelda Fitzgerald

When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.

Nora Ephron

You have bewitched me body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you. And wish from this day forth never to be parted from you.

Jane Austen

Love shall be our token; love be yours and love be mine.

Christina Rossetti

Love is old, love is new, love is all, love is you.

The Beatles

In case you ever foolishly forget: I am never not thinking about you.

Virginia Woolf

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24 Norman Vincent Peale Quotes on the Power of Positive Thinking

By | Food for thought, happiness, inspirational, life lessons, positive thinking, Quotes, self-confidence

Norman Vincent Peale (May 31, 1898 – Dec. 24, 1993) was an American clergyman and author, best known for his work in popularising the concept of positive thinking.

Back in the day, people used to love Peale’s preaching style. With his sermons, broadcasts, books and newspaper columns, he has helped millions of people to develop increased quality of life and happiness.

Today, Peale is still one of the most widely read inspirational authors and his book, The Power of Positive Thinking, remains one of the highest-selling spiritual books in history.

By tackling the day to day problems that anyone can relate to and presenting dynamic formulas for dealing with them, the book inspired so many to believe in themselves and achieve success.

Norman Vincent Peale also established a nonprofit clinic named American Foundation of Religion and Psychiatry, in order to help parishioners deal with complex psychological problems.

Among Peale’s other successful publications, that also had a major impact on readers, are The Art of Living (1937), You Can Win (1938), A Guide for Confident Living (1948), and This Incredible Century (1991).

Here are 24 Norman Vincent Peale quotes that will help you develop positive thinking.

Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them you’ll find they haven’t half the strength you think they have.

Repetition of the same thought or physical action develops into a habit which, repeated frequently enough, becomes an automatic reflex.

When you expect the best you release a magnetic force in your mind which by a law of attraction tends to bring the best to you.

Our happiness depends on the habit of mind we cultivate. So practice happy thinking every day. Cultivate the merry heart, develop the happiness habit, and life will become a continual feast.

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.

Change your thoughts and you change your world.

Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.

Imagination is the true magic carpet.

The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism,

The cyclone derives its power from a calm center. So does a person.

The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have.

Don’t take tomorrow to bed with you.

In every difficult situation is potential value. Believe this, then begin looking for it.

The person who sends out positive thoughts activates the world around him positively and draws back to himself positive results.

There is a real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.

Even people who have a long record of NOT succeeding can be turned into tremendous achievers if they will discard their images of themselves as failures.

Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure.

When every physical and mental resources is focused, one’s power to solve a problem multiplies tremendously.

No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see the possibilities, always see them, for they’re always there.

Live your life and forget your age.

Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all.

We struggle with complexities and avoid the simplicities.

If you put off everything till you’re sure of it, you’ll get nothing done.

The way to happiness; keep your heart free from hate, your mind free from worry, live simply, expect little, give much, scatter sunshine, forget self, and think of others.

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25 Inspirational Helen Keller Quotes on Happiness, Vision and Purpose

By | adversity, Food for thought, happiness, inspirational, optimism, Quotes, success


Helen Keller was born on June 27, 1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabama. She was an American author, political activist, lecturer and the first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree.

Keller was born a healthy child but at the age of 19 months, she became deaf and blind as a result of an unknown illness, perhaps meningitis or scarlet fever. As she grew up into childhood, Helen and her friend, Martha Washington, invented a limited sign language in order to communicate with each other. However, Keller became an uncontrollable child and many family relatives felt she should be institutionalized.

Her mother never gave up on her and constantly tried to find solutions that would better her daughter’s condition. Thus, Helen’s life changed when Anne Sullivan came to Tuscumbia to be her teacher. Sullivan’s success with Helen remains an extraordinary and remarkable story and is best known to people because of the movie The Miracle Worker.

After college, Keller became a well-known lecturer by sharing her experiences with audiences, and working on behalf of others living with disabilities. She brought inspiration by being a powerful example of how determination and hard work can allow anyone to overcome life’s most terrible obstacles.

Here are 25 inspirational Helen Keller quotes on happiness, vision and purpose.

Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.

We can do anything we want to if we stick to it long enough.

Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.

I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.

Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.

No one has a right to consume happiness without producing it.


The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.

Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.

All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming.

When one door closes, another opens. But we often look so regretfully upon the closed door that we don’t see the one that has opened for us.

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.

The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.

Instead of comparing our lot with that of those who are more fortunate than we are, we should compare it with the lot of the great majority of our fellow men. It then appears that we are among the privileged.

Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in this world.

Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.

Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind; it requires the same effort of the brain that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle.

No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.

We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.

While they were saying among themselves it cannot be done, it was done.

There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his.

Knowledge is love and light and vision.

People do not like to think. If one thinks, one must reach conclusions. Conclusions are not always pleasant.

Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.


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Super-Fulfilled People Never Waste Time on These 9 Things

By | Food for thought, fulfillment, happiness, meaning, Self-Improvement, time management


Sometimes, it feels like we spend most of our time chasing things which we believe will make us feel better only to realize that we’ve wasted that time on trivial things that actually did nothing for us.

Fear, regret, perfectionism, these are all shades of the same thing. They’re what happens when we live believing we don’t have enough, that we’re not enough.

But the truly fulfilled person operates on a completely different level. They have no mind for these dark forces which hold so many of us back. They have a clear mind, an open heart, and a keen eye that keeps them focused on what is most important and their time free of those things which would seek to sap precious moments away from them.

Obviously, this person is a symbol as opposed to a real person. They’re something, or someone, to aspire to. We each have things we need to work on but by cultivating gratitude and pursuing our muse relentlessly we can come to a place of fulfillment and begin to realize these qualities in our own life.

Don’t waste time on what’s not important. Don’t get sucked into the drama. Get on with it: don’t dwell on the past. Be a big person; be generous of spirit; be the person you’d admire.

– Allegra Huston

It’s a lofty achievement, one that I am still working on each day, but it’s one which is worth pursuing as much as anything.

What does this super-fulfilled person look like? They’re perhaps easier to define by what they don’t do than what they do do.

Super-fulfilled people never waste their time on these nine things.

1. The cult of busyness

To become fulfilled we must first realize how to find meaning. And that requires we eventually realize what the cult of busyness really is: the feeding of positive signals to the brain by maintaining perpetual movement to deceive us when we aren’t doing what we really should be doing.

Super-fulfilled people know that busyness doesn’t equate to meaning or value. They seek to fulfill their purpose and cultivate meaningful interactions as opposed to doing things to take the edge off when they’re disappointed for not doing what it takes to pursue their potential.

2. Pursuing other’s definition of success

Super fulfilled people realize that fulfillment and meaning are found by knowing ourselves, not following society’s definition of success.

They understand that most people in the world do what they do because of societal pressure and refuse to drink the Kool-Aid, instead carving their own path based on a keen knowledge of their own passions and desires.

3. Regretting the past

By definition, to be fulfilled requires one not regret the past. Those who are uniquely fulfilled aren’t necessarily perfectly content with their past but they have come to terms with it and made up for it in the present.

When I was younger, no one taught me what it meant to work hard at something. It wasn’t until I got older that I learned what a true hard work ethic looked like and I’m grateful for that discovery.

However, for some time that lesson made me look back on my past with disgust at the years and opportunities I had wasted. But now, having made up for it with years of hard work, I’m more fulfilled in the effort I’ve put forth in my life than ever before and the past doesn’t bear down on me like it once did.

Your actions now can allow you to create fulfillment and stop regretting the past even if you’re not perfectly happy with it.

4. Small distractions that keep you from what is most important

Nowadays, more than ever, distractions abound. Smartphones and devices of all kinds allow us to access catalogs of distractions: social media, games, endless websites from news to gossip, and any other poison you prefer.

It’s incredibly easy to rationalize these distractions throughout each day, convincing yourself that they’re either not taking much of your time or that they’re somehow productive (“they reduce my stress”, for instance).

But all these small distractions add up over time and rob you of your most precious resource: time.

On your deathbed, the person you are will meet the person you could have been. Do you want to die knowing you wasted hundreds of hours perusing social posts or clicking through pointless games? The super-fulfilled person knows what is at stake and doesn’t waste their time on small distractions.

5. Worrying about what others think about you

The very effort to realize fulfillment requires a complete turning away from the thoughts and opinions of others. Without first doing that, fulfillment isn’t possible.

But super-fulfilled people know something else: that we do things for ourselves and aren’t typically concerned with what others are doing, especially those outside our family and close friend circles. We worry so much about what others will think not realizing that most everyone else is thinking this very same thing, not bothering with what others are doing.

To worry about what others think of you is a pointless exercise and the super-fulfilled realized this a long time ago.

6. Worrying about current events

Super fulfilled people understand how special each day of life is, so while they’re perfectly aware of what’s going on in their own life and in the world at large, they don’t allow it to bring them down.

Worrying is anything but productive, and super fulfilled people don’t fall for the trap of believing that the world is falling down around them. They know that life sometimes feels that way but it rarely actually pans out so bad and keep a positive outlook despite it, knowing how much they have to be grateful for.

7. Drama

Most people love to waste their time on useless drama. The super fulfilled person knows this, accepts it, and keeps on moving. They’re beyond it because they don’t need it. They’re not looking for something outside themselves to make them feel whole and can see straight through the petty squabbles of the average person.

8. Perfectionism

Those who are incredibly fulfilled have mastered gratitude and gratitude is in contrast to perfectionism: the idea that things are never enough.

Often, the perfect time never comes, the perfect circumstances never come together, and the perfect opportunity never presents itself. Perfection is simply a front we use to keep ourselves from acting when we believe that we’re not enough. Super-fulfilled people know this and don’t let perfection hold them back.

9. Hate

Those who are afraid use use hate in response to the triggering of that fear. But when someone is truly fulfilled they do not feel threatened by the outside world because their happiness comes from within.

They know how fortunate they are to live the life they have and therefore have compassion for others who aren’t as lucky, as opposed to hate believing that a person or group of persons may threaten their position.



If you’ve made it this far and you’re craving a transformation of your own, we can help you get there.
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Transformation doesn’t just happen. It takes a plan and a support system. This how-to guide is full of the top wisdom, tips, exercises, and success stories to inspire an old dream or create a new one.
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