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.

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happinessdomainsThis past week has been a little wonky to say the least, a government shutdown, people forced out of work and families scrambling to make ends meet! My question is, What happened to the America we know and love?  Where we are proud of who we are as a nation and not bitching about what political party is undermining our country. This is usually about the moment I turn off the news and get down or up to the business of happiness, both mine and yours. My feeling is, the truth always surfaces, in some cases it may be so heavily guarded that one goes to extremes to hide the truth.

To paraphrase Einstein, We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. You have the power to turn dysfunction into function. It all starts with you!  Happy people make up happier communities and happier communities are the ones who thrive. The happiest countries in the world have universal medical systems and focus on the quality of their people’s lives not the quantity of  our output and consumption of what is not healthy for us. This is what is known as “happynomics” and it is on the rise.  As an Ambassador for changing the economic paradigm, it is my calling to alert you to a better way of life, one where collaboration, sustainability and wellness are paramount. This is not to say universal healthcare is the answer but functional medicine within a functional system is a large cog in the wheel of improving quality of life, for all. With that, we have a ways to go yet.

Leaders may describe happiness as achievement, a single Mom may describe happiness as an hour undisturbed in her day, Ghandi describes happiness when your thoughts, your feelings and your actions are in harmony.  How would you define your happiness? Happiness is not just an emotion, it is your self preservation. Let’s not stoop down to passive-aggressive levels but embrace what is meaningful and fulfilling to you, in your life.

The more you resist the idea that YOU are the creator and Chief Life Officer of  a new coming of economic age, the less you will depend on former ways of thinking and believing in the old paradigm to fix , solve and live in the flow of denial. Perhaps I am utterly aware of the economic shift , having walked away from a six figure career to save my own life, and faced with the reality of my own dependency upon good healthcare coverage, paid vacations and a corporate structure to keep me comfort. Despite this, working 60 hour weeks and  my lack of living a healthier life, due to the golden handcuffs of a job that was killing me, manifested in my body screaming in pain. Walking away from what appeared as security into the unknown has led to my truth and my calling, to serve others. It is time to be honest, walk in our truth and be authentic in all domains of our life. This may take on a new revolution,  to live beyond power and money and get down to the business of a new economic paradigm based on not just the pursuit of happiness but also the quality of our thoughts, feelings and actions.

When a major structure shuts down, do not go down with it. Shine your light, express you’re calling, be your purpose, live your truth.

For a previous and related read go to Why living Your Dreams Out Loud is the Answer and share your thoughts in the comment section!


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“America’s Happyologist” Jackie Ruka is a lifestyle strategist and inspiration coach , who founded the Get Happy Zone ( 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

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