Independently Happy

I take happiness seriously. So you don't have to.

How to Have Perfect Holidays

Perfect Holidays

The holidays are upon us! We’re a good couple weeks into the joy and mayhem. In my neighborhood, some Halloween lights transformed into Christmas lights over night. As if by magic. As wonderful as holidays are–or could be–we tend to allow unwanted stress to find its way into them. What we all need is a […]

How Gratitude Boosts Your Power

gratitude boosts your power

Complaining is draining. Gratitude is power. When we focus on gratitude for what we have instead of dwelling on what we lack, we open and awaken our minds. Gratitude boosts your power, just like you had a soul gem. The Happiness Infinity Gauntlet This is an excerpt from my upcoming book The Happiness Infinity Gauntlet. […]

How Having Few Wants Leads to More Happiness

It’s tough being happy when you don’t have what you want. How do you not want what you want? How can you want to want less? There are two ways to be happier by having few wants. “Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.” ― Epictetus   First of all, […]

5 Sneaky Mindfulness Triggers for Surviving Work

mindfulness triggers

Does anything at work ever stress you? Work is the primary reason most of us meditate. And drink. How are you supposed to remember to focus on your breath in the place that is the cause of all your stress? I dwelled in the stress and anger for years, before I finally seized control of […]

Discounts and Distractions

This is a story I shared with my email list a few days after Christmas last year. I received great feedback on it and wanted to share it as a blog post, but who wants to hear a Christmas story in January? I mean other than me. Not everyone is on board with Christmas, but […]