Celebrate Your Greatness

Hello wonderful friends,

Today I feel that it is time that we took stock and actually took the time to appreciate ourselves, in all our amazing individuality and greatness!

If we are honest, we don’t appreciate ourselves as much as we should! Take time to care for ourselves and shower ourselves with compliments – we are incredible, wonderful, beautiful, individual, unique people filled with the joy and love we need to be happy!

There is no one alive that is youer than you quote

We all have times where our self-confidence and self-appreciation feel a little depleted but there are some simple things that we can do to refill our wells of self-love!

One thing that I like to do is to find my funnest, most colourful, most me(!) top and wear it with my favourite jeans and to look into the mirror and say ‘Hey there, beautiful! Looking good there!’ It might feel a bit weird if you are not used to speaking to yourself, let alone in the mirror, but with practice you will actually start to enjoy it.  By speaking your affirmations aloud, you are getting the message into your subconscious where is can become a reality and be much easier to draw on the next time you need a boost.

Once you have it nicely tucked into your subconscious, you can just shoot yourself a wink in a shop window (or anywhere sending you a reflection) when you need a little top up – even doing that can bring some cheeky confidence inside you!

Grab yourself some nice pens and some paper and write down everything that makes you individual, amazing and spectacular! When I say everything, I mean everything!  If you are having trouble (which you shouldn’t as you are INCREDIBLE and GORGEOUS!) you can begin by thinking about the excellent qualities other people say about you and then develop this to be what you love about yourself.  For example, for me, I am weird, I love my paddle shaped thumbs, I have bendy ears, I make people laugh and smile, I look great in rainbow coloured clothes!  There, perhaps you share some of my fantastic qualities?  ;-)

By noting down all your qualities, you can keep it folded secretly into a book, your bag or wallet. When you feel your supplies of self-love dwindling you can whip out the paper and have a read about the super person that is you! :-)

Being able to appreciate who we are in all that we are is important in making sure that we can have a happy life.  Yes, people might say things to or about you, may stare or make judgement and you know what? It is judgement – THEIR judgement.

I understand that it can be hard not to take things personally, but it is possible to develop in order to not be affected by others’ actions. Another quote that I absolutely love and live by is:

‘Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how I react to it”

Don’t let someone take over that ten percent and draw out your energy! Save your energy for positive thoughts and reactions, for reading your list of qualities and for winking at yourself in the mirror!

I like to think that anyone who stares at me is just jealous of my wonderful personality, dress sense and of course stunning beauty! :-)  In my world, people only see the best qualities in me and others around them! Join me!

Your mantra for today, and everyday, is…

what others think of me is none of my business…unless it is highly complimentary and lovely! ;-)

New Week Resolutions

If you really want something sky image

Hello friends!

I hope you have all had a wonderful weekend and are fresh and positive about the week ahead!

What is it that you really, really, want?  Taking the time to work out all the things that you want in life can be the most incredibly empowering exercise that you can carry out for yourself.  It usually creates a sudden urge to make changes and create actions to make steps towards your goal!

As the quote above says, if you really want something….GO FOR IT!

Mondays (as much as any other day) is a perfect time to make resolutions!  It is an opportunity to take steps to change something, anything!  For me, I am making a New Week Resolution to dress like I was going to a posh office (as I work from home) so I have a professional air about me and I have a definite feel of being in work.  The reason I am doing this is to help with the separation between home time and work time when I get changed into ‘chilling clothes’ for the evening.

What one thing could you make a resolution about for this week?  Going to bed before 12? Eating breakfast? Saving £1 per week? Think about the small things that will make a big difference in your life!

Let me know how you get on over at Facebook or Tweeting @YourHappyLifeUK with the hash tag #newweekresolution

Enjoy your day and here’s to New Week Resolutions!  Much love, Sarah xXx

Holding Grudges

Happy Saturday my beautiful friends!  I hope you have a fabulous day and have time to spring clean your mind a bit!

Holding Grudges

Take the time to forgive those who have made you feel bad or that you have made to deel bad – this holds just as much pain!

The only one to hurt in these situations is you!  The person with who you hold a grudge is living a blissfully unaware one!

Don’t let others control YOUR thoughts, feelings and mind space! :-)

Happy Friday!

Hello my dear friends,

Wow, what an exciting week I have had, it has been such an incredible start to my adventure with Your Happy Life and I have been absolutely overwhelmed with the love and support that has been shown to me!

It is totally amazing how we can connect around the world and share such similar stories, loves, aspirations and dreams! Thank goodness for the internet, that’s what I say!

I have so much more to share with you all and look forward to it!  And, of course getting to know you all much better too!

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Sharing the Happy

“What the heck is she going to share with us now!” you might be asking yourselves having seen the picture below! ;-)

Smiley face Fruit

Now that we have thought about starting the day on a positive, happy, note how can we keep that going and what can we do to spread it to everyone around us?

I am a little (others would say A LOT!!!!) crazy and I love speaking to anyone and everyone sending out smiles as often as I possibly can and making people laugh.  My purpose in life is to bring cheer and joy into the world and to share the happy! (pretty much why I am here, writing this blog and sharing my hints, tips and ideas to help you along the way – I know you can do it!

So what are some of the things that I do to share the happy? Here is a top five for bringing cheer in my household even before we have left for work!

1. Positive Thoughts

Share your positive thought with your other half, child, pet or even favourite cuddly toy! Saying it out loud makes it even more real and true and sharing it can help someone else create their own positive though (or they might just share yours, which is great!)

2. Small things! 

Do small things that make you happy and that share the love, such as a sneaky snuggle with your pet, send a text message to your best friend or other important person in your life – make it a bit sillier by sending them a ‘just woken up’ selfie to give them a giggle!

3. Smiley Faces

I know for a 30-something this sounds a bit daft, but you know what? It works!  Every morning, I prepare my boyfriend’s bento box (Japanese style lunch box) and place all the added extras onto the top in the shape of a smiley face, which changes daily depending on the snacks I give him!  Each morning he looks forward to coming down to the kitchen to see the new creation!

4. Love Notes

These don’t necessarily need to be to other people!  I write little notes to hide underneath the fruit on my boyfriend’s lunchbox, but I sometimes write little notes to myself find in my bag/pocket during the day to remind myself about how great I am! (not mad!! It is nice!!) Just a little post-it in my book saying ‘Your are great’ or ‘Hello pretty lady’ etc can just brighten my day when I am getting on with my tasks!  Telling yourself and others about how much you love and appreciate them is a HUGE boost to their self-esteem and happiness and one compliment leads to another and so the happy spreads!

5. Smiling

Simply smiling boosts both your mood and that of the people who see you smiling!  Starting the day with a smile, even when walking around the house getting ready to go to work will help you to have a good mood!  Smiling is infectious so when you share it with others you are essentially being a part of a smiling epidemic! (the best epidemic, if you ask me!)

There are just a few things that I do to bring cheer to my household in the mornings and I hope that you have some ideas that you will give a try too! Don’t worry if the people in your life think you are a bit odd for a while…once they realise how happy it makes you and that it brings them cheer too, they will look forward to your unusual ways! ;-)

Sometimes being weird can be the best way to lighten the mood and to get a smile…that’s what I believe and I am sticking to it! :-)

 

 

Morning Time

Good Morning, lovely friends! (wherever you may be around the world!)

Over on Facebook I shared this picture…

Positive thoughts

…and was thinking about how true it is!

It is all too easy to wake in the morning and to think about all the things you have to do in that day, remember any things that you forgot to do yesterday or to think ‘ugh, I really don’t want to go to work today!’ and you know what? These thoughts and feelings are NOT positive and will set you up for a NOT positive day!

Why? Well, like attracts like and if we think negatively, we will see and feel the negative in everything we come into contact during the day.  We essentially project bad feelings which cast a shadow on everything that could be lovely and positive and happy!

Try thinking of a day when you woke up in a grumpy mood, your first thought being something along the lines of ‘ugh…..’ – was the sun shining or were there rain clouds that were obviously going to release the rain just as you had to walk to the bus stop?  Did you enjoy playing with the cat/dog/kid or did they just get under your feet every time you tried to get the breakfast ready causing you to spill things?  I bet you can remember those days where EVERYTHING is going wrong and because of a ‘yuck’ outlook it all seemed magnificently worse and increasing through the day leaving you counting down the hours and minutes until you could go home to bed to start the day again! Am I right?

So, if it is true for negative things how about for positive things?  Put simply, the positive thoughts and feelings are a lot stronger as they are contagious and like a high interest savings account!  The more you put in the more it increases! :-)

When you wake up in the morning, before your mind has time to think of what you have to do that day, think of something positive, ‘Today is going to be a GREAT day!’, ‘I am going to be SO productive today!’, ‘The sun is shining, how gorgeous!’, ‘I have a wonderful husband who makes me feel wonderful!’ anything that is POSITIVE and true for you. You will find that once you have the positive thought, a smile will come to our lips, softening the muscles feelings around your face and eyes and making it a lot easier to get out of bed and on with your day!

From then, you will see the good in everything throughout your day!  You will get to the bus stop just as the bus pulls in, your colleague will have the kettle on just as you arrive in the office, your cat will be extra cuddly on your return home, your evening meal will taste even more fabulous than it usually does! Trust me, it works!

Be grateful for the wonderful stuff that happens to you and let those grumpy negative thoughts stay out of your life!

You CAN choose between them – so what’s stopping you from living YOUR HAPPY LIFE?!

 

Creating your own Happiness

Crate your own happiness with pretty hillside view

Hello dear friends!

I hope today is treating you well and you are taking time to be mindful and enjoy what you are doing and what is happening around you – taking time to smell he roses as they say!

Today I am musing about how happiness comes from within. We cannot be happy unless we wholeheartedly feel and believe it from the inside out.

I was wondering that makes YOU happy? I am presently working on some workbooks and activities to give away to you all (for FREE!) on this site and it would be great to know the types of things that make you smile, feel joy, happiness and cheer!

Hope you are having a lovely one and I will see you tomorrow!

Love and hugs, Sarah xXx

Your Happy Life is now on Twitter and Facebook!

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Hello my amazing friends! Thank you for your love and support so far and in advance for spreading the love around the wonderous wideness that is the internet!

If you like this, please help me to get some more attention by sharing my work and pictures on here, Twitter and Facebook – it’ll mean the world to me and the more people I can help, the more workbooks and freebies I can create and provide!

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and over on that there Facebook you can find me HERE!

Love and hugs, Sarah xXx