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Category: Happy

Choosing to be Unhappy

Yesterday was a miserable day.  I woke up determined to have an awful day and did everything in my power to make it so.  I succeeded. Wait a minute?  Did I read that correctly?  I chose to have a miserable day?  Yep, that’s right.  If happiness is a choice, which I firmly believe, unhappiness is also a choice.  Let me be honest though … it wasn’t a miserable day … it just wasn’t one of…

Dissecting an Earworm

Many of us remember the dreaded school year where we learned we must complete that one course. You know, the course that makes girls squeamish and boys apprehensively excited.  No, not sex education… the class I speak of is the middle school biology class where each student dissects a creature to understand it’s anatomy. For me, the victim err…specimen was a frog. Even many years later, I clearly remember the vinegar-like smell of the preservative…

Five Ways to Unlock the Mystery of Happiness

We live in a society filled with emotion. Happiness, sadness, fear, embarrassment, anxiety, and shyness are just a few examples of these emotions. As humans, we cannot interact with people exhibiting these emotions without them affecting us. In a nutshell, psychologists refer to this phenomenon as transference. Transference introduces a risk to the helpers of others experiencing negative emotions. Subsequently, it is imperative that we take the necessary steps to ensure our continued emotional well-being.…

How to Make A Happy Life Story

According to a life theory by a psychologist and researcher Dan McAdams, we each have a life story. This life story is our perspective of the events that detail our experiences, hopes, and dreams that make up our life. Our life stories will have areas of happiness, sadness, hope, and fear. We share bits of our life stories every day … whether it be describing the events of a stressful day with a friend or…