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Sep
09
2017

Almost everyone everywhere wants to be happier and guess what? We have the power to do it! 

Whether you’re feeling down and are looking for a pick-me-up, or you simply want to be a happier person, changing your mood isn’t hard at all. Every day we experience at least one thing in our daily lives that can instantly lift us up and improve our happiness.

We’ve heard forever that money can’t buy happiness and it’s true.

If you don’t believe me then check out these seven small changes that will help your boost happiness in everyday life.

#1 Change Your Attitude

I’m sure you have heard on occasions that being negative only attracts more negativity which in turn brings down your mood.

Scientists have studied positive thinking and it simply attracts more of that happy bug to you. Try taking a look at the good things in everyday life and fully experience and focus on those. Or better yet, try to turn a negative into a positive.  (Source)

#2 Smile

Who doesn’t feel good when smiling? And I mean a real smile not a fake one! Smiling to make us happier is not a new thing. It was discovered by Charles Darwin in 1872 who found that facial expressions actively influence our mood.

Numerous studies have confirmed that when smiling, hormones called endorphins is are released into our bloodstream which tell the brain that we are happy. Something as simple as smiling becomes contagious and can certainly help us feel more joy throughout the day. (Source)

#3 Listen to Music

We all know how powerful music can be – music really does make us happy.
Have you ever noticed when you’re out and about, you tend to hear music a lot, whether you’re at the grocery store, shopping mall or the hair and beauty salons?

That’s because as a shopper listening to music, it lifts your mood – in turn, helping you spend more.

A study at the University of Missouri has confirmed that listening to music can make you happier.

So next time you feel a little down, crank up the volume and listen to that tune. (Source)

#4 Call a Friend

In all honesty, how many times have our friends brought joy in our lives?

Your best pal is your BFF for a reason, they make us burst into laughter. Chatting with your bestie can help to lower your stress levels resulting in an uplifted mood.

But it doesn’t have to be just your BFF, casual friends and relatives also help raising the level of happiness.  Studies have shown that one person’s happiness triggers a chain reaction.  (Source)

#5 Practice Gratitude

Did you know that counting your blessing each day actually boosts your mood and makes you a happier person!?

It’s been scientifically proven that gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions. Appreciating what you have actually leads a better, happier lifestyle, as gratitude has been associated with greater happiness. So why not wake up and spend a few minutes each day reminding yourself of all the things you are thankful for and start appreciating them now.

Remember, you don’t have to wait for Thanksgiving to express your gratitude, start giving thanks today and watch your happiness grow.   (Source)

#6 Sleep

We all know what a good night’s sleep can do for us, but what a lot of people don’t know is how much it can increase our happiness.

A study from the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School showed that sleep and mood are associated with one another. This means that a lack of sleep can cause stress and irritability, whereas a healthy night’s sleep can enhance your mood.

So go and get a good night’s rest and regulate your mood to happiness. (Source)

#7 Get Some Fresh Air

People tend to forget about this one, but it’s true, getting some fresh air can lift your spirits.

Sunlight and fresh air help you get your daily dosage of vitamin D which is needed to regulate your mood.

The Harvard Health Letter mentions that by venturing outside you can reap physical and mental health benefits. A breath of fresh air really is one of nature’s greatest medicines.  (Source)

Final Thoughts

So there you have it, not only is happiness one of the most positive emotions, but with a few small changes you can choose a better mood, with practice.

Become a happier soul, and take each opportunity and every moment of the day to boost your happiness.

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America’s Happyologist, Jackie Ruka, is a transformational leadership coach for professionals who crave freedom and are ready to discover living life on their terms.  Her mission is to provide a conscious community of inspiration and cooperation where all flourish based on what makes your soul happy. Her mindshifts and techniques are shared in her best selling book “Get Happy and Create a Kick-Butt Life” ! You can learn more about Jackie and what she has to offer by visiting her Facebook page, Twitter or engage in complimentary 15 min. introduction here.

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Guest Blog by: Helen Sanders is chief editor at HealthAmbition.com. Established in 2012, Health Ambition has grown rapidly in recent years. Our goal is to provide easy-to-understand health and nutrition advice that makes a real impact. We pride ourselves on making sure our actionable advice can be followed by regular people with busy lives.
Jun
06
2015

Are you ready to claim your happiness, no matter what?

Chapter 8 Happiness is an Action
Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

You can create a kick-butt life at any age. After all, age is just a number. No matter what stage in life you are in, whether you just graduated college, a new mom, in transition, re-building, reinventing, empty nesting , coming out of retirement, divorce or caregiving, you have the capacity to express your uniqueness no matter how old you are. It is inspiring to learn the endeavors of all ages and to realize that it’s never too late for your talent and offering to the world.

Just imagine how you can create an exceptional life and be happy, no matter how old you are. The possibilities are endless. However, more often than not, many stop themselves from creating their dream usually trumped by the  inner critic, not feeling worthy, pure exhaustion or just getting lost in the stress of life  preventing forward motion then giving up on your dream.

A no matter what, I CAN attitude to never, ever giving up on your dream is the mind set that , honestly, propels you forward.  GHZMENTAL WELL-BEING

Did you know that there are no walls between you and your dreams?

There is opportunity for you to get busy and create what you believe or be an ingredient toward a happy accident, as this is where creativity meets opportunity. You never know what life may throw your way , stuff happens and can lead you into a totally new direction, has that  ever happened to you? Well, it happened to me, when my company car reeled out of control one fateful day and slowly stopped in front of two eight -foot Buddha statues outside a furniture store. This was the Universe awakening and re-directing me to my hopes, dreams and inspirations which I put on hold for too long. In fact, had this not happened, I would not have written a bestseller book or mentally, spiritually and emotionally met up with my truth and claimed the burning desire that has led to my inner happiness. What may appear as a wall could actually be an invitation for you to gather your strength and jump over it! Inspiration is the fuel that ignites the fire within, once you tap into it, become unafraid of it, you become unstoppable. Just see how many people have done this and you can too!       ghzemotional well-being

Proof that Inspiration cannot be Ignored:

Age 102 – Australian Mini Munro marries a man younger than her, Dudley Reid, age 83.

Age 90 – Nelson Mandela is on the cover of Time magazine, featuring his “Eight Secrets of Leadership”.

Age 80 – Jessica Tandy wins her first Oscar for Best Actress for her role in “Driving Miss Daisy”.

Age 71 – Fashion icon Coco Chanel debuts the Chanel suit.

Age 64 – Louis Armstrong finishes his version of “Hello Dolly”.

Age 52 – Leonardo da Vinci completes the Mona Lisa.

Age 49 – Julia Child writes her book “Mastering the Art of French Cooking”.

Age 36 – Albert Einstein proclaims his general theory of relativity. The fields of astronomy and physics will never be the same

Age 25 – Charles Lindbergh becomes the first person to fly across the Atlantic Ocean in his famous plane, The Spirit of St. Louis.

Age 17 – Serena Williams is the first African-American tennis player to win a Grand Slam singles title since Arthur Ashe.

Age 13 – Bill Gates writes his first computer program.

Age 10 – Tatum O’ Neal wins the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in “Paper Moon”, co-starring her father, Ryan O’Neal

Get Happy at any Age Inspiration Challenge

Here we are 6 months into the year, time has flown by and it may be time to ask yourself; What do I want? And how I am going to do it? Let’s drill down a bit and really get into the heart of the matter. Write down what gives you meaning on one side of a piece of paper and on the other side what gives you pleasure. Circle the ones that really make you excited and what you yearn for, right now. On a second piece of paper write out all the circled words and notice all your desires sit at the corner of meaning and pleasure which is the pathway to your happiness. And guess what? It has nothing to do with how old you are!

My challenge to you, between now and October  is to mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually align with doing what makes your soul happy. And I invite you to join me on my happiness and well-being journey while I begin to celebrate turning the age of 50! I can hardly believe it, myself. However, I feel 27  and am just getting started on my dreams and inspirations.  Feeling young and having never felt better , I am often mistaken for age 37. So, why is that? Because I AM HAPPY and incorporate a no matter what attitude. Part of this invitation is to learn the top secrets to feeling young, feeling better and gaining energy, so don’t hesitate.

One of my secrets to happiness and success is to meditate and visualize that my dream has already occurred. You see, when you learn to place your happiness first, success is sure to follow!  GHZSpiritual Well-Being

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Work Every day on your emotional, physical, mental and spiritual wellness – And remember, your life matters! Read Get Happy and Create a Kick-Butt Life to  jumpstart your destiny!

GHZPHYSICALGet Happy and Create a Kick - Butt Life!

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Jackie Ruka , America’s Happyologist and Best Selling Author of Get Happy and Create a Kick-Butt Life! propels you to move forward with doing what is meaningful to you and making it count! As an award winning sales and marketing pro of $100M to $2B brands and trained Psychotherapist, she teaches you how to create your billion dollar mindset for happiness and success. Grab her happiness and self care kit and get started!

Jan
01
2015

Carolyn_Headshot_Feb_10_2013Today I have the great pleasure of being the host on Day 7 of the Virtual Blog Tour of author Carolyn A. Brent whose book The Caregiver’s Companion: Caring for Your Loved One Medically, Financially and Emotionally While Caring for Yourself is celebrating its big Amazon launch tomorrow January 27th2015.

 

Carolyn A. Brent is a nationally acclaimed author, speaker and caregiver advocate. She has dedicated her life to preparing caregivers and their loved ones to face end-of-life issues. Carolyn is the founder of Caregiver Story, a non-profit organization that provides free medical, legal and wellness resources to the public.

Yesterday, Carolyn visited Andrea Hylen at http://bit.ly/14z0Aeb, where she interviewed Carolyn on the subject of Caregiver preparation support for the loved ones who soon need it.

Today, I’d like to share with you a recent interview I had with Carolyn when I got to ask her on the subject of self-care. The reason why I focused on self- care is because I experienced a breakdown in my own health and wellness due to a lack of self-care. Some people feel self-care is selfish. This is untrue, self-care is an act of self- acceptance, and self-love. I learned this the hard way when i walked away from a six-figured career to save my own life by nearly crashing into two – eight foot Buddha’s when my company car became out of control, this was my rude awakening! I do not want this to happen to you, because you deserve happiness! I hope you enjoy it.

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Jackie Ruka: Often as women we tend to be natural caregivers, however, with all the caregiving that we are doing plus taking on a new caregiver role of a loved one, what gets you up in the morning?

Carolyn A. Brent: Yes, caregiving for a chronically ill loved one is a heart-breaking and a difficult situation many caregivers face. I highly recommend learning all you can about your loved ones illness. In my case, once I educated myself with the knowledge about my father’s illness – I found myself better equipped and more mentally prepared to face what may be lurking around the corner. When you know your loved one is depending on YOU for their care –that in its self will be the driving force that will get you up in the morning.

Jackie Ruka: How and where do you get your energy?

Carolyn A. Brent: Throughout my research with current and post-caregivers worldwide, I asked this question, “Where do you get your energy?” Their common tread was to; “Surround yourself with only positive supporting people. And run, run, run, from ALL negative people no matter who they are.” Negative energy only makes you feel bad, defeated, will steal your joy and is a robber of energy. As a caregiver, when you are taking care of yourself; mentally, spiritually, and emotionally — you can expect an energy increase.

Jackie Ruka: What does Self-Care mean to you?

Carolyn A. Brent: Taking care of yourself when you are a caregiver, and take charge of     your own health, and emotional well-being should be your top priority. I suggest discovering strategies to restore and maintain your health and sense of well-being. Have the AIM to become a resilient caregiver who practices self-care. Now, let’s create a self-wellness vision board or daily pop-up messenger reminder on your cell phone. These are examples:

  • Identify your sources of stress, and take the necessary action for change.
  • Today, I will take care of me.
  • Exercise; eat healthy foods, detox, and massages!
  • Practice meditation daily; listen to music that helps with relaxation.
  • Take a bubble bath, light a therapy candle.
  • Go out on a date, and don’t feel guilty.
  • Love yourself and feel good about who you are.
  • Always ask for HELP when you need too!
  • Remember you are not alone, and get the support you need.

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I hope you enjoyed this interview with Carolyn A. Brent and that you’ll check out her book on Amazon tomorrow January 27, 2015: BrentVBT-Banner

 

 

 

 Thanks for reading! Please share your comments and thoughts below. I love reading your feedback.

AND… be sure to follow Carolyn tomorrow when the next stop on the Virtual Blog Tour is Erica Pooler, who will be interviewing Carolyn on the subject of caregiving not just for the elderly, dealing with family disagreements and abuse. To visit that “stop” on the tour, go to http://bit.ly/1C06fqV

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“America’s Happyologist” Jackie Ruka , is a lifestyle strategist who founded the Get Happy Zone (http://www.gethappyzone.com) personal development organization. She is author of the #1 bestseller action guide “Get Happy and Create a Kick Butt Life, a Creative Toolbox for Rapidly Activating the Life You Desire,” available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble or your favorite book store. Opt-in for Optimism to receive 10 Strategies for how to be Happy, Stress- Free and Successful!

Apr
04
2014

They say the best way to deal with feeling overwhelmed and stressed is  changingOverwhelm your attitude. Well, easier said than done! Today I received a question about how to best handle feeling overwhelmed? Before I answer this question, let it be known that we are ALL under some type of stress  in our lives and you are not alone. Worry and fear can take over which can block the channel of solutions from opening up and allowing for clarity to enter. This is our ego pestering us with demon like thinking.  In order to snap out of this, one must retrain the brain by learning  not to go down this path to begin with. You are a capable and amazing person and whichever difficulty and stressor you are facing right now is to stretch you beyond your comfort zone.  In other words, everything you need is already within you, it may be hidden deep within you, but you carry the authentic power to overcome obstacles and realize that with every problem there is a solution.

The only constant during complex times is change. It is time for you to make a change, it’s that simple. When you do the same thing over and over and receive the same unwanted result then the definition of insanity becomes your constant and not your change. Therefore you must decide  to make a tweak in your formula as well as ask for help.

Let’s begin with the first stress reliever solution : Take a deep breathe in and then out. I ask that you think of the word SIMPLIFY. Simplify your life, become super organized and clear the clutter. By simplifying,  you open the flow of good energy to come in and allow for your work and personal life  to feel at ease. Simplifying is a form of being proactive versus reactive. Developing a proactive stance offers the preventive measure from stress arising in the future. Whatever you do have in your control, is an opportunity for you to be proactive. Think this through, make  a list of what you can control and seek help in the areas where you have questions and need guidance.

Secondly, on your big list of to do’s choose only two that are absolute musts to get done and place ALL of your energy and concentration on those two. Whichever, is left on the list try to delegate this out or schedule it on a timeline for after the two projects are under control. Stress can be a funny feeling as even the most exciting of news can cause stress, a wedding, a move , a promotion. Again, our ego plays this old recording of fear of failure, doom and gloom. STOP, breathe, focus with the greatest of intentions and you will hit your mark of success. Break things down into smaller bites and before you know it, your stress is no longer and you have plowed through what once was troubling you to begin with. Have patience with yourself, take your time and all will work out beautifully.

Remember the Universe did not bring you this far, for you to fail. Trust and believe in yourself, you are the creator of your life. And you can do whichever you want to do, just imagine your passion and dig into this. Be the Unstoppable creator that you are!

Quote: You’re off to great places! Today is your day! – Dr. Seuss

Share with us your best practices for relieving the overwhelm in your life? Comment below!

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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 new action guide, “Get Happy and Create a Kick Butt Life, a Toolbox for Rapidly Activating the Life You Desire.” Contact Jackie and take her Fearless Quiz online at www.tinyurl.com/HappinessQuiz. and receive a free report for Top 10 Ways to be Happy and Successful in a Complex World.

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Jan
01
2014

Greetings and Welcome to my first happiness journal of 2014 ! Todays lesson for happiness in 2014 is about following your truth.   Happiness

As we have endured complex times of 2013, the lessons have molded a resilience we never knew we had and survived with leading to moments of inner truth. Sometimes facing our truth requires a detox of negativity. I do not mean this as just cleaning out the clutter in your life but more of detoxing what is toxic in your life. This may include people, a stressful or unfulfilling job, a daily grind or changing toxic “feel good” patterns. This  leads to a happier 2014 in which the word for 2014 is SIMPLIFY.

It is your truth that will prevail! When you listen to your heart and act upon it, you come closer to what is known as your JOY. Or as I coin it, Just Owning Yourself. As you lead with your JOY what occurs is the alignment of your purpose, your passion and the harmony of your actions simultaneously. Mastering JOY , in my experience with mentoring professionals, creates sustainable happiness, not just an emotion of happiness but an inner peace with a bit of excitement that manifests. This does not mean obstacles will not occur, but what it best means is you have a positive way in which to overcome those obstacles. You see, there is no stress, worry, reactiveNESS because you are organized and clear about your vision. Becoming clear is where the word SIMPLIFY comes into play, the shiny objects are gone, the excess is eliminated and the feeling of “need” becomes invisible. You have everything you want in the simplicities of life. Without healthy self-love, healthy relationships and a strong foundation there is no morale. We require morale for self awareness, longevity and for feeling fulfilled. The same corresponds with in organizations, systems , government and families. I found this quote from Tony Robbins to be significant to today’s world in which we live:

“It’s important to remember that most people spend more time in their business than they do with their children, or with their spouse. For most business owners, the business is just an extension of their identity. So when we can help people make a shift or a dramatic change in their own psychology, that spills over to impact their business and every other area of their life.” 

It is your business to listen to your JOY, your TRUTH and simplify, as an accountable action, as you deserve to renew and live your dream out loud ! This is part of the amazing journey we are here to experience.

How you go about finding your path to happiness is through 3 factors: self awareness, mastery and action. We all require mentors to be our best self in both business, relationships, dating, marriage and relationship with self. In order to go to the next level of  a healthier and happier YOU, there is no need to do it alone, why re-create the wheel? My three gifts  to begin your path to happiness, abundance and wealth is located here, down load your free happiness assessment and the two meditations for wealth as well as banishing your fears, for good! Yes, you can do this and I am here to let you know, you are exuberant in every way, begin to shine your light and don’t forget your  Happiness Gift bag.

I wish you great health, wealth and abundance the rest of 2014 but most of all I wish you JOY!

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Jackie Ruka is an Author, Art Therapist and  America’sHappyologist who started Get Happy Zone, a personal development organization dedicated to crystallizing your passion and purpose and launch a personal happiness campaign through her VIP sessions and action guide Get Happy and Create a Kick Butt Life. NOW available, ORDER for 2 free powerful tools you receive TODAY with book order.

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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