A life best lived is a life by design. When you start giving your life dimension, color, objectives, purpose and strategies the results can be absolutely epic. Today I share this with you knowing we have choices. The choice to be happy, the choice to share our gifts and the choice to live in freedom based on the thoughts we think, the feelings we feel and the actions prompted by the process of choice.

Several years ago I walked away from a six-figure career to save my own life. The work schedule and goals in my corporate career was literally killing me. Between no sleep, driving or flying constantly, never home to enjoy family or community events, working 60 -hour workweeks and meeting huge million dollar goals quarterly. One fateful day when my company car malfunctioned on the freeway in LA, with no power steering or brakes, life was literally falling apart in seconds. It was this life altering experience that everything came into focus. I call this my rude-awakening. This jolted me out of my denial of feeling unfulfilled, uninspired and fatigued into feeling alive, courageous and motivated. Those split seconds I realized that I wanted to live a deeper more authentic and joyful life and create a life around a career versus the old wage slave paradigm that I believed looked like happiness and success.

The beautiful sacred truth, – that I have a choice about how I experience my life – filled my heart with hope and forever changed the trajectory of my life. Today it fuels my life as an Author, Lifestyle and Business Strategist and Motivational Speaker, where I am dedicated to inspiring professionals, especially women, toward redefining her happiness and success and make the most powerful choices for the greatest impact in freedom, income and passion for life. Everyday at every moment we have the ability to be our own happiness hero. Even in the midst of darkness, when everything is falling apart, you have the power of choice. Every so often we each require a nudge or reminder that we are powerful, talented, amazing, worthy and loveable enough to create our life and ourselves based on what your soul is calling.

At some point or another a pivotal turn will take place in your life or career, which will forever change your life and your role in it. In order to strive for a remarkable life, you have to decide that you want one. So are your ready to launch your big, beautiful, creative and juicy life?

Implement these key actionable steps: Your starting point is the answer to the one question you must ask and listen to: What is your heart’s true desire? Write your heart’s true desire here:___________________________.

When you’re feeling ready, follow the steps of deliberate creation and enjoy the power of the process in which you are immersed. There are no weird coincidences. What is meant to be always happens — and you have the power to deliberately create an ideal outcome. Your success is indicated by the power of your will to overcome obstacles with the narrowing down of the areas of interest. Based on focused intention, we often lose focus on less important areas so as to focus intently on the one.

The more we recognize that we are each responsible for our own happiness, the closer we are to seeing that our happiness powers the path to improved relationships, careers, finances, and health, as well as assists with other issues and areas of life.


To recognize how powerful your happiness can be, we simply need to adopt a new mindset by activating the following steps:

Follow Your JOY – It may not feel like it, but your joy exists within you and it is a clear path to what your heart truly desires. When you are listening and acting upon your joy, your ego does not communicate “I can’t, shoulda, woulda,” thoughts and destructive self-talk excuses behind your feelings of unworthiness. These feelings become non-existent when you place zero energy behind your ego thoughts. When you “Just Own Yourself (JOY),” you become the CEO of YOU and fall in love with expressing your MOXIE.

Ignite Imagination – Give yourself permission to imagine what your life looks and feels like beyond what it is now. It’s ok — even great — to daydream. Just BE and ALLOW yourself to have some fun with your own psyche. By doing so, you unlock the keys to the treasure within and let go of any obstacles standing in your way. Imagine the emotional or physical pain you have been suffering with is now part of your past, and no longer exists. Even if this is just a brief respite that lasts a few minutes, it is a relief to your mind and body that you can feel good and pain free, one step at a time. You are being guided by your imagination when you begin to feel and recognize the endless possibilities within and around your world.

Deliberate Creation – This is the conscious, intentional focus of marrying your desired intention with vision, and strategically acting in your external world where you co-create with Spirit to manifest an outcome. As you collaborate with your inner creator by putting action behind positive intent and matching your positive feeling with positive action, you become an unstoppable magnet for the continuous flow of positive change.

Creativity: is a component of the life force for all that we do. Your ability to create remains infinite through choice. From the moment you rise in the morning, you create your thoughts, your day, how you present yourself to the world and the quality of your life. Decision making is the number-one trait that supports being the champion of your life. When you choose to tap into the positive life forces within, you intensify your vibration and become a force of power beyond your imagination.

Have a Cup of Courage – Your dream is usually outside of your comfort zone. It takes courage to walk a new path you have not navigated before. Have a cup of courage a day. Sip-by-sip, your vision is sharper and your dream becomes attainable. Courage is a more productive avenue when you reverse the energies of your fear.

Practice a Growth Mindset – This is the ability to deliberately change an old perspective with a new, positive action. Action creates change, movement creates truth. Choosing happiness every day in today’s complex world is not just a choice; it’s a lifestyle. By re- training the brain, you can develop this new power practice. Decades of research relate the choice toward happiness to improving your health, increasing blood flow to the brain, and encouraging an enhanced ability to make decisions. When your mind and body feel good, you become spiritually in sync with your divine purpose, and your life becomes more meaningful and authentic.

Employ Creative Tools – These tools become the catalyst for making change here and now. Many people believe that change occurs with our thoughts alone. However, change may not happen even after years of psychotherapy and insightful epiphanies — although you may end up with more clarity and focus about where you are today in relation to your past. What encourages change, here and now, are tools that propel you into your future rather than analyze your past. A tool may be meditation, hiring a coach or researching a topic that piques your interest.

Reinvent an Authentic Self – The path to reinvention is a straight one from head to heart although it may be long and arduous. As you become your ultimate other or higher self, the spiritual spark that keeps you on track with your life’s purpose and in touch with your joy and passion – listening to our truth while simultaneously acting upon it may seem like peeling an onion while holding back the tears. Saying good-bye to your ego is a process of letting go of superficial attachments or illusions. Most will only dig when they know there is pure gold; you must be willing to do the work since that gold lies within your heart. Through thoughtful diligence, you can then continue on the route to happiness because the gold has revealed your authentic power. When we live in our truth, we can change the world in fascinating and magnanimous ways.


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America’s Happyologist, Jackie Ruka, is a transformational leadership strategist for professionals who crave freedom and are ready to discover living life on their terms. Her mind shifts and techniques are shared in her best-selling book “Get Happy and Create a Kick-Butt Life!” Learn more about Jackie and what she has to offer by visiting her Facebook pageTwitter or engage in complimentary 15-minute introduction here.









Welcome to the first week of Spring! Spring brings new growth. A chance to weed out the bad and make room for something beautiful. Can you visualize what that would be for you?

With this fresh new energy, where would you like to be in your health, career, finances, home life, relationships and flow of everyday life? Write it down.

Think about what makes you unique. Your wisdom, personality, life experience, strengths, background, even major life transformations are key ingredients that comprise your natural abilities, namely your gifts. I call this your genius zone.

Imagine taking your genius zone and packaging it in such a way that the life you truly desire: freedom, fulfillment, time to travel , relax and enjoy free time with family and friends is based on your terms. You can turn your genius zone into a life you not only imagine, but into reality.

Take John for example. John switched gears from being a restaurant owner for 30 years in snowy, cold Minneapolis and he and his wife moved to Florida to live a more relaxed, sunny lifestyle. John wanted to take all of his restaurant knowledge to consult with new restauranteurs and prevent them from making mistakes he experienced over the years. But he was not sure how to do this and lacked confidence in expressing his genius zone. When I worked with John, it was astounding as to how much knowledge he had in business and the value he could offer to solve the problems of current restaurant owners. Once we packaged his genius zone, he was up and running!

Here’s what John had to say ; :“I was having difficulty with my confidence as I was changing careers, and then I had the opportunity to work with Jackie Ruka. With Jackie I was able to find the self-confidence and direction to reach my full potential as I embarked on a new and exciting career. I found Jackie to be professional and extremely proficient in her coaching abilities. Jackie held me accountable and with her insightful and meaningful guidance. I am now on a path to very exciting and prosperous new career. Thank you Jackie, I will always reach out to you if my journey becomes clouded and in need of direction.” -John E Anderson, Restaurant Consultant, Author of; 101 Tips for Restaurant Success

So, what is your biggest challenge with getting your genius zone, known and heard?
And where do you want to be 6 months, 12 months or 2 years from now?

There is only one YOU, don’t let another year go by feeling the “shoulda, coulda, woulda” mindset. It’s time to place your dream front and center into a life you love!

Here’s how:

I am offering a complimentary 30 minute Conquer your Genius Zone for More Income in Less Time. Schedule a time with me today!  Slots are limited so grab yours NOW!

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Jackie Ruka, Certified Action Success Coach and America’s Happyologist™, teaches professionals how to get unstuck and express their greatness to the world through conscious systems and mindshifts to live a happier life. Learn more about creating an Exceptional Life with your Signature Program here and connect with Jackie online, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.


happier lifeThe Economics of Your Self Worth

These days, it is hard not to focus our attention on the need for money and the perceived lack of opportunity to improve our situations. Will I make enough money to go on vacation, to support my family, or even to send my children to school? These issues are relevant to most Americans’ lives, yet most also do not realize that they may be focusing on the wrong questions. What we need now is a change of mindset, so we can stop thinking of money as the ultimate product of our hard work. We must instead focus on owning our personal development and self worth in order to achieve true satisfaction in our lives. Point being, you are ENOUGH, in spite of an economic downturn. So the question remains, what does your self worth mean to you exactly? To me it means unlearning what is stopping me and waking up to what I can create in my life with meaning, integrity and fulfillment toward helping others with my gifts and abilities. Are you doing this now or is something missing in this area of your personal development?

If you don’t respect yourself, how do you expect others to respect you? If you know you are better than purpose you are doing now, what’s stopping you from making a change? Be the boss of your own life! We have become so good at making excuses: there are no opportunities; I don’t have time to look for a new job; I’m getting by with what I’m doing now. Many of us would not like to admit that money is an issue and therefore a priority in our lives. If money is an issue in your life, what’s stopping your from making a change for the better?

Changing yourself is the first step to your own success. It takes time and considerable patience, but it WILL pay off (literally), and it will make you more satisfied with yourself and your life. Stop asking yourself why something isn’t going the way you want it to, and start asking yourself what you can do or change to get to where you want to be. Take control, make a change, and improve your life!

Don’t settle for a job or existence where you aren’t appreciated or only make enough to live paycheck to paycheck. This does not mean you should quit your job or current purpose tomorrow. But don’t ever convince yourself you’re your current state is the best it will ever be, everything is temporary. Now is the time to take a risk and define your SELF worth! If you don’t, someone else will. Being confident of your abilities and self-worth takes courage, I say, drink a cup of courage each day and step out of your comfort zone. When you live for yourself and love yourself, you will live a happier, more successful, more fulfilling life!

Quote: “ You are the Universe, but society teaches limitation.” – Billy Finger

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“America’s Happyologist” Jackie Ruka is a lifestyle expert who founded the Get Happy Zone (www.gethappyzone.com) personal development organization. She is also the author of the soon-to-be-released book, “Get Happy and Create a Kick Butt Life, a Toolbox for Rapidly Activating the Life You Desire.” Contact Jackie and take her Become Fearless Quiz online at www.tinyurl.com/HappinessQuiz.




To become empowered, you must own yourself completely . Digging deep and gaining the courage and confidence with knowing how powerful you truly are is an exercise to learning what is unconsciously holding you back. I have learned ,over the years, what opens up your life and your business often entails relentless self – improvement, embracing paradigm changes and moving through obstacles. For example, one of my clients was so sick and tired of being sick and tired , he finally did something and turned his occupation and his life on the upswing. Here are 4 steps in which to begin:

Step one is  to get out of your own way and be careful how you might be projecting self to clients, co – workers , prospects and those closest to you. As the quality of our thoughts could lean in the other direction such as :

The Blame Game, The Victim Role, the Enabler, the Resister, the Not good enough, the I Can’t afford it,

and lastly, the Martyr.

Step two: The negative thought process can become  personality  traits where no accountability  for harnessing your power is in sight. When we choose to be void of the ego, our fear fades as do old default modes. This is when we become clear of our vision and recognize that our passion and purpose has more meaning when it is shared with others, from the heart. Imagine your business, home and life is exactly in sync, mentally, emotionally and financially. Capture that vision  as if it already happened , then work backwards. Visualization is a powerful technique and it works in miraculous ways, try it! It has worked for me and manifesting occurs in a much quicker manner.

Step Three: When business is slow take inventory of what is not working then  determine if your communication, target market or brand needs tweaking. Being the leader of your destiny is choosing to be a champion. Champions feel good about change. If your business is slow right now,  you are not selling or promoting enough , time to pick it up and be out there with your new, feel good offers.

Step four: Change your flow , you can leverage your flow by completing your to do list, finishing projects, getting rid of clutter in your mind and in your life, this includes; clutter in the home, people pulling you down and debt. Get rid of it and simplify! This action alone is a cleansing that your life requires from time to time   but most often hit the delay button. Set those new and improved boundries and take charge of creating a new flow into your life, where you are no longer paddling up stream.

Quote: If you can dream it, then you can achieve it. You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want. – Zig Zigler

Join me on a free teleseminar March 14th at 7 pm est: Hit the HAPPY Button on Your Business ! Market and Profit from the new strategies of happiness and well – being for financial success. Sign up and take a listen, this will also be recorded for those who are unable to attend.

Your call in link and information is HERE. Looking forward to imparting new and impactful information to boost you and your brand, to work less and earn more.

“America’s Happyologist” Jackie Ruka is a lifestyle expert and inspiration coach for women, who founded the Get Happy Zone (www.gethappyzone.com) personal development organization. She is also the author of the soon-to-be-released book, “Get Happy and Create a Kick Butt Life, a Toolbox for Rapidly Activating the Life You Desire.” Contact Jackie and take her Become Fearless Quiz online at www.tinyurl.com/HappinessQuiz.



Most of us view happiness as the feel good emotion, however the scientists of positive psychology also define happiness with relation to achieving a goal. John Locke wrote, “the business of man is to be happy,” so it would be fair to say that the business of companies is to  improve the happiness of their  internal and external customers. The happiness strategies related to those exceptional flourishing companies is the recognition of the consumer-oriented, experience-related economy of today, where customers happiness is crucial for successful organizations. What separates the exceptional from the average organization is the happiness mindset mimicked from what consumers standards are; which is a happy consumer finds meaning in what they buy. The flourishing companies have figured this out and as the cream always rises to the top, so do the strategies that have gotten them there. Here are a few happiness strategies that organizations can implement for the long term, from the inside out:

1. Authentic Leadership : Taking an interest in your employees and the meaning behind their job not only is an appreciative gesture it is an authentic one. People are better focused with clear and intentional goals from transparent leaders. Employees want to feel connected, as engaged staff is a happy staff and a happy staff is a productive one. A 2011 Gallup poll found that 71 percent of American employees are disengaged from their workplace. What this means is that employees are void of the many benefits related to an engaged staff, at it’s worst this means they are contaminating the surrounding environment and giving customers a bad experience.

2. Making a Difference: A company culture who is making a difference is empowering to it’s employees as well as their customers. Everyone wants to be part of a story. Those who are feeling fulfilled by an experience is a person who embraces a meaningfulness in their purpose. When you feel good, the chances of repeating the behavior is more likely.  Robust brands have benefited from the “feel good” psychology and expanded their product line because of it, brands such as, McDonald’s”happy meal”, Apples iphone and the ultimate driving experience of BMW. However, Tom’s shoes, “One for One”, offers impactful meaning to the buyer, knowing their purchase of  shoes offers a pair of shoes to another less fortunate, now that is authentic, smart and sustainable!

3. Employee Autonomy: Gone are the days of micromanagement, people want to feel they have control over their personal and professional destinies. Importance is placed on what we do and why we do it rather than hours worked.

4. Work Integration: Is the new life balance; working effectively so one can have more time for yourself, family, friends and life.

5. Customer Engagement: The best business for any organization is repeat business. Customer engagement is crucial to the sustainability of a products life cycle and to the “happynomics” of  the organization. Getting customers to engage in your brand is more likely to convert them as a buyer and a repeat customer.

The question remains what can you do to go from good to great in your workplace?

“America’s Happyologist” Jackie Ruka is a lifestyle expert who founded the Get Happy Zone (www.gethappyzone.com) personal development organization. She is also the author of the soon-to-be-released book, “Get Happy and Create a Kick Butt Life, a Toolbox for Rapidly Activating the Life You Desire.” Contact Jackie and take her Become Fearless Quiz online at www.tinyurl.com/HappinessQuiz.




We all have experienced rejection, some events more hurtful or painful than others. The bottom line is rejection does not define you, but rather is an invitation to a new life destiny or perhaps a higher calling .

What rejection really means is redirection. For some this may entail a new coping mechanism or way of thinking about self. For others, a self defeating existence where you  feel you are not good enough and seem to believe you have to constantly configure, argue or challenge your way through life . This is a defense to control and steer away from further rejection which unfortunately seems to attract rather than deter rejection . The process of perceiving rejection appears and sounds like a  circle of cerebral point/counter point chatter that is a battle of ego , where you seem to get in your own way . The discontent you feel about yourself has been taken over by the power in which you need to be in constant control. This lends to a callous and lonely way of life, where your heart is completely closed off and love has no possible way of entering in nor does anything else.

Rejection is love Upside down , try these turn it around tips!

1.  Claim Your self worth: The Universe does not define your self worth, nor does your job, friends, spouse, parents , clients or co – workers. It is up to you to claim it ! When you claim your power , you define your authenticity. This is no time to be shy, what you are seeking is also seeking you. Redirection often leads you to a new and much more fulfilling outcome that you may not have thought of otherwise.

2. Recognize what you Do Control: When crap happens , we often react via flight or fight mode. Instead try the two A’s,  to allow and to accept. This gives you the opportunity to process your feelings and ponder your desires proactively. We do not control others decisions, emotions or personalities, let that go and place focus on taking care of  Y-O-U and your own decisions.

3. Detach : Often we place too much power upon others and give our power away. Ask yourself,  Am I enabling a situation or being enabled ? Enabling is disabling yourself. In most cases, the problem or issue becomes larger due to enabling . The art of detachment is a whole other blog post in itself, however, the down and dirty way is to void  your attachment of a feeling to the love object at hand . This does not mean you’re being selfish, instead you are replenishing your own soul. In essence,  this allows you to go about being a fully productive person in your own life. Often, it’s when we detach that miraculous occurrences  take place.

What appears as rejection is actually an invitation for you to start a new dream. Dreams change, my question is are you dreaming big enough ? Leave a comment and share your thoughts.

Jackie Ruka is an Authentic Lifestyle Expert who started Get Happy Zone, a personal development organization dedicated to launching your unique happiness campaign through her training classes and upcoming book “Get Happy and Create a Kick Butt Life, a Toolbox for Rapidly Activating the Life You Desire.” Go here, www.gethappyzone.com, to read Jackie’s blog. To receive the free Report: Surprising News about Happiness that Successful People Practice  please opt – in here.


 Becoming happier in your professional life is about your personal story, you know, the one that you believe in your head and perhaps share in a 30 second elevator speech, cocktail party or social event, your about me bio. Nowadays, your hook is not enough, it’s all in your story which resonates and captures people’s attention. So perhaps it’s time to change your story?

Simply put, you can begin to lead a happier life by changing your story of the old YOU, transformed into the new you through the process of  self reflection. Discovering your relationship to your story may need refreshing through an awareness of organizing your inner story. It is our external or outer story which communicates a verbal existence of your inner experience. Oral storytelling is how we link to others, especially when shared in a practiced authentic cadence.

In todays world where past, present and future seem to have collided and the speed of change is faster than we can keep up with, it will take more than a minute to determine what no longer serves you. A more mindful and meaningful approach to self reflection are questions such as; What can I do to improve my well being ? How can I  improve the way I present myself to the world? What do I need to do differently in order to make this happen?  What have I learned ? And do I believe it enough that my passion exudes and attracts a feeling of; inspiration, relief, or laughter within myself and others ?

We are all constantly sharing or telling stories, look at Facebook for example. Posts and snippets about moments in time that capture a feeling, a visual , an event from a bigger story. So many stories floating around about different people and places at points of time  in life. It’s not that we don’t know how to construct a story , it’s a matter of how to convey a believable story that captures you and  your essence qualities. A good place to start that Brendon Burchard, Author of Milllionaire Messenger, shares is here:

X + Y = Z

I teach X (topic) to Y (audience) so they can Z (benefit), or you can use a metaphor for example I might describe myself as the Queen of Self Reinvention , you may be the Martha Stewart of Marketing etc.,  you get my point. Position yourself for accelerated growth  by aligning your About ME: your personal strengths, personality and talents with your mojo.  If you are serious about changing your story, I suggest reading Michael Margolis’ blog GetStoried.com .

Life Enhancement Tip : To move forward and beyond where you are now you must be willing to ELEVATE and go beyond where you have been. Write a paragraph that describes you, but write it in such a way where there is no ego involved, write it as a story that comes from the heart not the head. Step back and think of what gripped you at a time that created a  change in you and  your truth, this is a story to tell and share in your Bio, About ME or presentation to share with your audience.  Exercise flow writing, this is what rises in your mind, tap in , write out the space of awareness and then stop. Begin again til you have a few vignettes. Circle the themes. You flow into the influence of what makes you unique.

Quote: “It’s not the events of our lives that shape us, but our beliefs as to what those events mean.” Tony Robbins

Jackie Ruka is an author, artist, therapist and lifestyle expert who started Get Happy Zone, a personal development organization dedicated to launching your unique happiness campaign through her training classes and upcoming book “Get Happy and Create a Kick Butt Life, a Toolbox for Rapidly Activating the Life You Desire.” Go here, www.gethappyzone.com, to read Jackie’s blog. To receive the free Report; Surprising News about Happiness that Successful People Practice  please opt – in here.


Today I had the distinct pleasure of sharing the importance of how to Up Your Happiness in a Down economy. Happiness plays  a significant role with improving the quality of our lives while in a down economy, especially related to health and longevity.  You will learn the key behind being the CEO of Your Life with unlocking the code to activating Conscious Happiness. To learn more please listen in to the Why Wait radio show by clicking on this link: Up Your Happiness in a Down Economy with Guest Jackie Ruka

Jackie Ruka is an author, artist, therapist and lifestyle expert who started Get Happy Zone, a personal development organization dedicated to launching your unique happiness campaign through her training classes and upcoming book “Get Happy and Create a Kick Butt Life, a Toolbox for Rapidly Activating the Life You Desire.” Go here, www.gethappyzone.com, to read Jackie’s blog.

Weekly Quote: “If all you focus on is money you will have a hard time getting any. Focusing on the money only is like focusing on the apple, but forgetting the seed. The seed of TRUE abundance is not money, but doing what you love. Love is the strongest energy in the Universe and if you step away from the life that you know and begin to step towards a life of doing what you love, you will be planting very powerful seeds. After enough time and care the seeds you plant will begin to blossom and bare amazing fruit. Money and many other forms of abundance will literally chase you. Focus on what makes you happy, take risks in that direction and don’t let anyone tell you it isn’t possible. Look to those who inspire you and ask yourself what would they do? These folks know about true abundance, take note.” Jackson Kiddard


Do you ever wonder why things just are not going your way toward happiness? You’re making changes, or trying to, yet you keep hitting the same walls and obstacles. We have all been there and sometimes this calls for an awakening. But first we need to recognize that the tail we are chasing continues to lead to the same place, I term this as a life rut. A life rut can go on for months or even years. Often we choose to be in this life rut or perhaps on a subconscious level you are fearful of change.  I say, No More Excuses, it’s time to get off the life rut bus and onto the speedway to happiness.

When my Dad passed away, I was heartbroken but kept a strong front. Inside I was hurting and found it difficult to look at a photograph of him without feeling completely crushed inside. A couple of years passed before I realized how unfulfilled my life felt. Sometimes, we start to think , “oh well, guess this is the way it is supposed to be”. Uh, no, I don’t think so, not if you are the CEO of your life ! The question is, have you been ACTING like the CEO of your life or have you been putting off the feelings of yesterday that you choose not to address with the same fears that are holding you back? At that time in my life,  I was choosing to squash my feelings. As Dr. Phil would say, how’s that working for you?  Afterall, recognizing and dealing with your feelings/fears is an act of loving yourself, yes?

Get Happy Tips:

1. Unlock your feelings :Recognize your feelings, feel them, express them out loud to a support person, or seek a therapist, counselor, mentor as a sounding board.

2. Find your catharsis: Determine what makes you feel in a groove of insightfulness. Is it drawing, running, surfing, blogging,  journaling, yoga, dancing, cleaning, building, creating ? Choose to move your body and your mind into a state of fluidity. Get your juices flowing !  Exertion of your self  and your brain is the physical act of moving your life in a forward position instead of keeping it in neutral.

3. Do the opposite of what you have been doing. Set new boundries with your self and others and start acting like the CEO. Take back your power and choose to live in your freedom. This is a process of letting go of your old paradigm to begin anew.

4. Practice JOY. What I mean by JOY is to Just Own Yourself. Accept all of you, the good bad and the ugly. You are not perfect yet everything in life is just temporary. We live in a society of constant change. If your not in your JOY, you will be run down, burnt out and fried. When you practice JOY, you become the decision maker, you set the shots and you also live by them.

5. Delegate. The art of being a consistent leader is delegating. The trait of a good leader is asking for help. You cannot do it all. So, go to the professionals who can help you make sense of the road your on and help sort out the  trail you intend to blaze.

6. Take a cup of courage and no this does not mean experimenting with new flavored vodkas, although tempting. The rut bus might seem safe compared to the speedway to happiness of going outside of your comfort zone. When you travel outside of your comfort zone, you will begin to realize that you are not only way more capable than you give yourself credit but you will begin to have way more fun, even if that means making a few mistakes. Mistakes are lessons and stepping stones that get you one step closer to redefining your happiness and success.

Daily Quote: The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you’re in control of your life. If you don’t, life controls you. Tony Robbins

Jackie Ruka is an author, artist, therapist and lifestyle expert who started Get Happy Zone, a personal development organization dedicated to launching your personal happiness campaign through her training classes and upcoming book “Get Happy and Create a Kick Butt Life, a Toolbox for Rapidly Activating the Life You Desire.” Go here, www.gethappyzone.com, to read Jackie’s blog.


If you are ready to change your course, you need to first embrace the notion that you are in charge.
Second, you must learn how the power of positive psychology should be a new foundation in which to learn and live from. No one teaches this to you in school or even in life unless you were surrounded by this school of thinking growing up or through mentors.
To truly create a new paradigm and proactively shift from your old model, let’s explore what positive psychology is and how it can help you get closer to your aspirations.
Positive psychology, according to the author of the book, “Flourish,” Dr. Martin Seligman explains, “The goal of positive psychology in well-being theory, it is to increase the amount of flourishing in your own life and on the planet.” This is in contrast to authentic happiness, more of which is related to increase the amount of happiness in your own life and the planet.
These are two seemingly similar yet very different perspectives: that of authentic happiness and positive psychology. What this tells me is that in order to practice well-being, you also must determine what your flow in life is and align this with that of our planet. For the greater good type of outlook, rather than what is good for me, is therefore good for you mindset.
Thinking in a bigger and higher self manner can determine a more positive vibration and therefore encourage a positive attraction in return, which causes a domino effect, not just for self, but for all that may take on a new mindset.
For example, look at TOMS Shoes, the brand that set a social trend in shoes as well as capital commerce. Buy a pair of shoes and a second pair goes to a child in need. TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie’s tagline is “One for One.” Almost like all for one and one for all, you cannot go wrong with this altruistic and positive approach.
The key then is to remove ego and take on the positive psychology challenge.
Let’s try it and use these three simple steps:
1. Do what matters. In today’s world, doing for the sake of doing is, well, boring. Let’s get original about our time and its use and do something that matters each day. Drop off some clothes at a mission; offer a coffee to a thirsty person in need; volunteer your time, home or knowledge to a student. Doing what matters is important because you matter.
2. An attitude of gratitude. We as a nation have so much excess, not to mention our freedom. When you are in charge of your life, be thankful and share the love and positivism that we all want and desire. Remember, even those who are unhappy or miserable don’t seem to be able to get out of their own way, but still want a nice life. There is nothing wrong with that. Your gesture may not seem like much, but all it takes is one person to show another that their existence is not invisible. We are all put on this earth for a purpose and a specific reason as are the people who show up in your life. Learning the lessons – even the painful ones – teaches us our own strengths.
3. Trust. Trust that everything happens in divine timing. Practice patience with knowing that whatever you desire, the plan is not always up to us, but may actually morph into something even better than what you anticipated. Open your heart to the possibilities and remain open to receive as the Universe usually delivers when you are open and in turn allows you to give.
Your flow – or as I call it your creative groove – is a feeling that is natural and true. In most cases something that you have mastered a skill at and simply love the process so much that you are in your zone, aka happy zone. This is not to say that you are not practicing this, but perhaps there are untapped areas of your self yet to transform and you are holding yourself back.
Perhaps doing what you perceive to be increasing your happiness is actually denying your potential. This may be difficult then to wrap your head around the practice of positive psychology when you are complacent. This is no time to be shy or scared of what you have to offer to the world because you matter and the world needs your talent, abilities and all the lessons you have learned can indeed help others.


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TODAYS QUOTE: “Life can either be accepted or changed. If it is not accepted, it must be changed. If it cannot be changed, then it must be accepted. anonymous

Jackie Ruka is an Author, Artist, Therapist and Inspiration Coach who started Get Happy Zone, a unique organization dedicated to launching your personal happiness campaign through her training classes , VIP sessions, and upcoming e-book “Am I Living in my Right Mind ? How to Hit the Reset Button to Create the Life You Deserve to Live.” To learn more about Get Happy Zone and receive the Get Happy blog in your inbox please go to http://www.gethappyzone.com

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