All Blog Posts Tagged 'happiness' (60)

What's your retirement plan?

I'm only in my mid-30s. I love my job and my current life, but sometimes I like to fantasize about my retirement. My current plans include my husband and I living in a cabin in the mountains somewhere where our son can come and visit us when he wants his family to enjoy some snow.…


Added by Lauren Markman on April 1, 2016 at 6:33am — No Comments

Raising a kind child

Whenever my son doesn't get his way, he declares that my husband and I are being mean to him. Of course he does. In his world "mean" is the best word he has to describe the situation. It is horribly mean of us to ask him to follow the household rules, or for us to squash his fun by taking him on errands, or for us to encourage him to finish his morning tasks so we can get to school on time.…


Added by Lauren Markman on February 8, 2016 at 6:22am — No Comments

The secret to happiness (for men)

My son likes to tell me when he is not happy. If I take him to a store, I hear "But that doesn't make me happy." If I tell him to clean up his toys, I hear, "That makes me so sad." He is five: Happiness is getting to do whatever he wants when he wants.

I used to think that happiness depended on the person -…


Added by Lauren Markman on January 26, 2016 at 6:22am — No Comments

hello 2016

this year we need to be more gentle to ourselves.

make time for ourselves.

do you!

hello 2016

Added by Ericka on January 4, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Making positivity cool

I try very hard to stay a positive person. Yes, I have backup plans if things go wrong and like everyone I have off-kilter days, but generally speaking, I like to think that life will go my way. And I have noticed that I am the happiest when I am hanging out with like-minded positive people: Happiness spreads happiness.…


Added by Lauren Markman on December 15, 2015 at 6:21am — No Comments

How happy are you really?

As mentioned before, when I have a bad day I sometimes play a little game with myself called, "When Mom was my age." For example: When my Mom was my age she had a 16-year-old son and a 13-year-old daughter. She worked a physically and mentally demanding job with long hours and a long commute - often not getting home until…


Added by Lauren Markman on November 10, 2015 at 6:25am — 2 Comments

Give Your Child the Gift of Gratitude

Scientists only recently have begun to study the benefits of gratitude.  Vitamin G, as some like to call it, plays a critical role in happiness. Focusing on the positive boosts body, mind, and spirit. It gives us energy, inspires us, and transforms us. In a nutshell, it provides life with meaning by thinking of life as…


Added by Sandi Schwartz on November 8, 2015 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Nice is not a four-letter word

In a former job, I used to have a mean boss. The kind of boss who would tear you down in public, make you feel worthless and mock you if you went to your car during lunch to have a little cry. My coworkers and I became adept at figuring out her triggers and avoiding them wherever possible. Some days we spent more time at work analyzing how she would react to something than doing our jobs. That was the least productive I've ever…


Added by Lauren Markman on September 4, 2015 at 6:20am — No Comments

If you're happy and you know it, tell your Mom

There are certain questions that I ask my son frequently:

  • Did you know that you are very special to me?
  • What questions did you ask today?
  • Did you flush and wash your hands?…

Added by Lauren Markman on August 28, 2015 at 6:40am — No Comments

The worst parenting advice I ever heard

When you are pregnant, you become a magnate for unsolicited parenting advice. (This is one of those laws of nature like gravity or the inverse velocity equation of children and is unavoidable.)…


Added by Lauren Markman on August 19, 2015 at 6:14am — No Comments

Ramblings of a Crazy Woman

Ramblings of a Crazy Woman


Added by Stacie Anderson on May 20, 2015 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

God is WRONG

God is WRONG


Added by Stacie Anderson on May 12, 2015 at 1:42pm — 2 Comments

What Makes Your Heart Dance


  • "Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to yourself and others." - Buddha
  • "Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony." -…

Added by Rudey's Room on April 17, 2015 at 7:28am — No Comments

What's your family look like?

I love my son's drawings. He creates rocket ships with lots of windows so the astronauts can see into space, city buses that also act as street sweepers, and recently, he started drawing castles.

But he rarely draws pictures of his family (probably because we are not as exciting as his other subjects). And…


Added by Lauren Markman on December 19, 2014 at 6:36am — No Comments

How many children lead to happiness?

People love to ask me if I'll have another child. (I try to look at that as a compliment to my awesome parenting skills and not as an invasion of privacy.) My answer is very diplomatic and a little enigmatic, in that we would love a second child if one came along, but we are not currently planning to have one.…


Added by Lauren Markman on November 14, 2014 at 7:49am — No Comments

30 Things to Start Doing for Yourself

I saw this post over at The Unbounded Spirit.  It was originally posted at Marc and Angel (authors of 1000 Little Things Happy Successful People Do…


Added by Ingrid.O'Brien on September 22, 2014 at 4:17pm — No Comments

Easy Steps for Law of Attraction

That moment you realize that everything is going right, all that you need or want is coming into your life right when its suppose to be. Some call this luck, coincidence, or just plan chance, but I call this synchronicity or being in the vortex. This whole week I have been focusing my attention on what I do want. Everything you can imagine has gone wrong and I just didn't let it phase me. I just allowed the Universe to do what it must in order for me to get what I need. I have been reading…


Added by Victoria Sconion on September 2, 2014 at 10:25am — No Comments

Apparently, I've peaked

I went on a date with my son. For five hours we hung out together, I introduced him to the Lego store, we ate ice cream, he went on a carousel ride and we bought some books. He told me that he wanted to go on another date with me soon because he was "happiest with Mommy."

I love spending time with him - he…


Added by Lauren Markman on August 22, 2014 at 8:16am — No Comments

There is now a happiness equation

Whenever I used to ask my mother what she wanted for a birthday or Christmas, she would always answer the same thing: "Nothing." If pressed, she would tell me that all she wanted was for us to be happy.

It's the sort of non-answer that a lot of Moms give. Yes, parents want their children to be happy,…


Added by Lauren Markman on August 8, 2014 at 6:41am — No Comments

Make Wish, Trip of Dreams

excerpt taken from

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Make A Wish, trip of dreams

Have you ever felt so…

Added by Brittany Nielson Miller on August 1, 2014 at 12:09am — No Comments

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