Follow your Joy



                        “Life doesn’t happen to you, it happens for you

– Joel Olsteen

Happy Spring! This is my favorite time of year, the flowers are blooming, the days are longer and nature around us is singing with the new season. Woohoo!

Change, however, does not always feel good especially when life feels as if it is happening to us versus creating our destiny. We all experience both positive and negative incidences in our life and often the response is to react, this is human nature. As things don’t always come together as we plan, and this creates frustration and even, stress. So how can you take your lemons and turn them into lemonade?  Try these 4 mind shifts and tips, to learn to take on the CEO position of your destiny.

Mindshift One: One incident or change in your life does not define you, in fact, it shapes you toward an exciting new destiny, you  just don’t see it yet. Usually, the missing piece is what brings things all together. It may not make sense right now, however, what is in your future is greater than what’s in your past. Tip: Keep moving forward!

Mindshift Two: Strain means blame. By placing blame you create strain in your mind and your body which leads to negative energy in your life. Tip: Stop the blame game and think of solutions more and problems less.

Mindshift Three: Remember that a temporary setback to a temporary situation leads to a temporary feeling. Hit the pause button, breathe, relax and know all will be well. Stay in pause and take care of you first, this may mean go for a walk, declutter your mind and allow fresh new and positive thoughts to enter in. Tip: Say WELCOME! Welcome in originality to your life.
Mindshift Four: What might be the answer is just around the corner in the shadows of fear or denial. Raise your vibration as the depths of your past is the height and brightness of your future. Tip: Place radical intention and attention on your desires, not your fears.

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Jackie Ruka skyrockets busy professionals from breakdowns to breakthroughs, knowing the best opportunities are the ones we create consciously. As “America’s Happyologist” her mission is assisting clients to reach the vibrant life and business one has dreamed of. Jackie is an award-winning marketing professional, trained Art Psychotherapist, Well-Being expert, and Founder of Get Happy Zone.com. Grab her best-selling book, Get Happy and Create a Kick- Butt Life! She leads courses and lectures nationally to teach you how to live a happier life by design. Want a happier life? Reach into the happiness kit for positive tools to design your journey forward today!


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


Today the idea of  how to live your life with more meaning can sound overwhelming, as if it’s another task to add to your to do list. However, the opposite could be true, in which living a life with more meaning offers all of us the added balance that has been missing from our daily lives. Adding more meaning to your life can be as simple as investing in an activity that stimulates and exhilarates you. Read more about how to live your life with more meaning by guest blogger Marci Shimoff who shares her Formula for Happiness , here:

Last week, I started watching the new season of my favorite show-Dancing with the Stars. I’m completely mesmerized!

This show has a special place in my heart, as my dad and I watched it together during the last few months of his life. (My dad was a great dancer in his day, and I remember learning how to dance when I was 7 years old by standing on his feet.)

At 91, he was fading fast and not alert to most things, but when Dancing with the Stars would come on TV, he would sit up with a big smile on his face and his eyes would light up with joy. We’d watch it together laughing and feeling the love.

Clearly, we aren’t the only ones who get a big hit of joy watching the show. 24 million other viewers tune in on Monday nights for their fix, as well. Why?

Because this show is all about happiness. The music, the energy, the exhilarated expressions on the contestants’ faces-this energy is contagious, and we, as viewers, catch it.
When I look at the show’s phenomenon from the standpoint of what I know about happiness, it makes a lot of sense.  Dancing with the Stars incorporates what I call“The 4 M’s of Happiness.” Both the pros and the stars use these four main ingredients of happiness, and you and I feel them when we watch.

Here they are:

1. Mindset: The pros and the stars consciously and consistently choose thoughts and feelings of optimism, positivity, gratitude, and appreciation. They know that a high-energy mindset translates into a great performance.
2. Meaning: The dancers feel inspired by what they are doing. They’re focused on something that’s purposeful and meaningful to them. They always speak about the joy that they experience being on the show.
3. Movement: Moving the body is good medicine. It produces big doses of happiness chemicals, and counteracts the stress chemicals that produce doubt, fear, and insecurity.
4. Membership: All the dancers and all of us watching are part of a like-hearted group of people. Feeling connected to others, having good relationships, and experiencing a sense of belonging are all fundamental to living in a state of happiness.

You and I can use the exact same principles to expand our happiness no matter what’s going on in our lives.

Try the 4 Ms of Happiness on for size:
Mindset: Check out your mindset.  Are you staying optimistic and positive?  Are you bringing gratitude into your life regularly?  Try setting an alarm on your cell phone (a nice musical one) to schedule “thank you moments” into your day.
Meaning: What gives you meaning?  Are you doing something every day that inspires you, helps you feel on purpose?  Fill in this sentence:  “My life feels meaningful when I __________,” and incorporate that activity into your life on a regular basis.
Movement: Are you moving your body?  Stand up right now and stretch. Go outside and get some fresh air a few times during your day. Dance a little (or at least shake your body) while you’re out there.

Membership: Are you a member of something?  Connect with people who share your values. Consider joining a group of like-hearted people – perhaps volunteer at the animal shelter or take an improv class or join a hiking club.
Though you may not get called upon to kick up your heels in front of millions of weekly viewers, when you start minding your 4 Ms, you’ll definitely create more opportunities to smile, enjoy and be happy for no reason.

Marci Shimoff is a celebrated transformational leader

and #1 New York Times best-selling author. To learn
more of her powerful techniques for establishing deep
and authentic happiness and well-being, visit


GHZ Weekly Quote:
“The best things in life make you sweaty.” Edgar Allen Poe

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.


Are you feeling that holiday energy buzz where you realize it’s the end of the year and there’s so much left to do? The holidays encourage, ending business with a bang, making holiday travel plans, shopping for bargains, and getting the house ready for family and friends.  Here are a few practical holiday tips with how to be your happiest.

Let’s start with where the holidays might hurt and that’s your pocket book. Saving money and time makes everyone happy, here are a few creative ways to do both.

–  Buckle down and write your to do list now. Start crossing off what is most important two weeks before you celebrate your holidays. This saves you on time by organizing yourself ahead of the holiday rush.

– Cash in on credit card and banking points. Learn where you can use those points now for cash that you have already spent throughout the year. For example, did you know you can use your American Express points on Amazon by linking your account to them? Your accrued points can be utilized to buy and ship holiday gifts in time to be opened.

– Take advantage of the super sales, Groupon and Living Social specials. Small business’ are offering some fantastic deals right now with great prices on services. Buy now to gift those savings to your Mom, sister, friend or yourself with a gift certificate, yoga classes, facial, gift basket etc.

– Your trash is someone else’s treasure. Consign what you no longer require and use the cash or store credit for gifts. You might be surprised what you can sell or purchase via consignment shops. Old jewelry, vintage coats and holiday dresses and shoes are hot items now.

– Have fun creating your Holiday cards and save money by sending it via email. For those who prefer the postal route, utilize unused cards bought last year or craft a photo card of you, your pets, family or favorite trip you went on. Creating is fun and encourages the holiday spirit.

– Clear the clutter and renew your space. As you prepare your space for a new year why not toss out papers, magazines and the piles of stuff that accrues over the year. If you have not read it or utilized it by now, recycle it. A cluttered house is a cluttered mind. A feeling of freedom ushers in by detoxing your environment.

– Do a trade! Swap your service or product with someone who offers what you might be looking for. This is a great way to collaborate, build referrals for your business and save some cash.

– How about giving yourself a break in the kitchen and pot luck social meals ? Save your time and money and ask family and friends to contribute to future feasts.

– Enjoy yourself, take time out for you !

Quote of the day: “See the world as if for the first time; see it through the eyes of a child, and you will suddenly find that you are free.” Deepak Chopra

Jackie Ruka is an Author, Artist, Therapist and Self Development 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 the Life You Desire. Go here to read Jackie’s blog.

What would you like to change in your life’s canvas? If you are stuck and feeling uninspired Get Happy Zone is where we want to help you flesh out your desires and embark on a more positive course ! Should you or your business require inspiration please inquire at info@gethappyzone.com

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* 5 Lifestyle Steps for Reaching a New Balance

The 5 techniques in your pursuit of Happiness starts with mindfulness . Mindfulness encourages an inner shift and prompts awareness for alignment to take place. As you continue to practice mindfulness you will experience synchronistic occurrences, this is the Universe answering your souls intent. Below are a few techniques , perhaps a few you already incorporate into your daily practice;

Get out of your own way. Fear, greed , self centeredness and the “whats in it for me” point of reference is an unfashionable 20th century mindset and not what the Universe or your inner guide has in store. In fact, its just the opposite. Tapping into self, calming your mind and making sense of your feelings will encourage authenticity while putting your ego at bay.
Meditation is a powerful exercise for learning to calm the mind. Your most creative ideas and aha moments are stirred through meditation. Perhaps this is why long showers, a walk, or running/biking is so therapeutic. Alone time with resting everyday chatter can be released and the engine of your essence can kick into gear.
A belief Mantra is an essential and powerful affirmation of self and the world around you. One in which I often say to self is the following “ I am a powerful being and all my hopes and desires are happening in divine timing.” A little self assurance can go a long way, especially since patience is essential to permitting the change from within.
Being content with where you are in the moment. Are you feeling overall good about where you are at this moment? Check in with self. How are you feeling ? Are you paying attention to your intuition with what it is whispering to you.
Journaling is an excellent form of self expression. Exercising the right side of the brain opens the door to your unconscious thoughts. As you lower your defense mechanisms, your feelings ,brilliant ideas and leftover toxic emotions will surface. A gentle form of letting go while transforming toward those next life steps. A mind dump is so freeing to your soul !
Let go of resentments. Forgiveness is a form of acceptance. More importantly, forgive yourself.
Stop worrying. It is a useless energy zapper and increases stress. Take advantage of this energy and use it to make necessary changes for yourself. This will free you to blossom into your purpose and passion. Practice a mantra that counteracts your worry.
Pamper yourself. We live in a society of go,go,go and distractions that veer you away from your dreams. Treat yourself kindly a little bit everyday, it does not have to be expensive and encourages alignment . A few self – love examples: a bubble bath with some hawaiian music and candles, a cup of herbal tea, reading a good book , a massage, taking in some sun while listening to the waves lap against the shoreline, yoga and a good night’s rest.

I am curious how you successfully zone in on your happiness ? Leave a comment!

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.

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