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Be Happy

  Way back in 1988, a recording artist
 named Bobby McFerrin took the music
 industry by surprise with a very simple
 song that was handily walked away as
        Grammy Award Winner for 
               Song of the Year.

 Medically we know there are multiple
 benefits to being happy. Whether you
 are in a Career Transition, having a
 challenging day at work, in a bad place
 or just need a little "pick me up", think
       about choosing to be happy.

    6 Secrets to a Happier Life  |  Time, Emma Seppala                                                                                        08/07/2017
     The following story is excerpted from TIME's special edition, The Science of Happiness,
    which is available at Amazon.
    Whether you’re a web designer, teacher, fire-fighter or Army officer, you are encouraged to
    keep checking things off the to-do list, amassing accomplishments and focusing your efforts
    on the future. There’s always something more you can do to further yourself at work: an
    extra project or responsibility you can take on, more schooling you can complete to ensure
    a promotion, or an additional investment to wager on just in case. There’s always that
    co-worker who is putting in longer hours, showing you that you too can and should do more.
    And so you strive nonstop to exceed your goals, constantly playing catch-up with your
    ambitious to-do list.

    7 Small & Simple Habits for a Happy Marriage  |  PsychCentral.com, Margarita Tartakovsky, MS
    Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW, a psychotherapist who specializes in couples therapy, believes
    that relationships don’t require hard work. They do require “attention and intention.”
    She likens a relationship to a plant. In order to stay healthy, a plant requires daily attention
    and care, such as water and sunlight. Taking care of a plant isn’t difficult, but “it does
    require nourishment.”

    Barbara Fredrickson, Psychology Researcher at the University of North Carolina, found that
    when people experience positive emotions like joy, contentment, and love, they also see
    more possibilities in their lives.
Sounds great, but you’re probably wondering…
How can I start thinking more positively to ultimately live a happier life?

    11 Ways To Make Your Long-Term Marriage Happier, Starting Today ...
     |  HuffingtonPost.com, Ann Brenoff                                                                                                                                        03/11/2014
    The honeymoon period in most marriages has a shelf life. But does that mean you can’t
    bring back those fluttery butterfly feelings of excitement and anticipation everyone
    experiences at the beginning of a relationship? Absolutely not. All marriages maneuver
    through rough patches. Some don’t survive long enough to come out the other side
    unscathed. But many do. Here are 11 ways to keep your marriage fresh.

    103 Ways to Live a Happier Life  |  ChisWinfield.com, Chris Winfield
     For the first 34 years of my life I was a pretty unhappy person. I didn’t realize it at the time
    because I just thought this is who I was. Don’t get me wrong, I had a lot of happiness
    throughout my life but I would always default back to the negative. That’s just the way my
    mind wants to work. It wants me to focus on the negative.
    Throughout my life I have had times where I have had nothing and also times where I have
    had everything (or at least what I had thought was everything). It didn’t matter. Stuff doesn’t
    matter. It’s all about what’s inside.
    Today, at age 37, I am a happy and content person (most of the time). So what changed? Did
    I win the lottery? Did I become a monk? Nope. I just became willing to change and every day I
    make a conscious decision to seek happiness and serenity in my life. I want to become a better
    person each day. I want to be happier. The happier I am, the more useful I am to myself and
    everyone around me. The more I can (and actually want to) help other people.
    I’m far from perfect at any of this. Most of these things were learned by doing the opposite
    or by going through a lot of pain. I still go through times when I revert back to being negative
    and thus become unhappy. But I keep trying and work to become just a little bit better each
    day. Do you want to be happier? Do you want more serenity (peace in between your ears)?
    Here are some of these things that have worked for me.