Independently Happy

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

Look Beyond Imperfections

look beyond imperfections

Struggling with perfection is difficult. Bombarded with images of perfection, we feel inadequate when we don’t measure up. You could hire an airbrush artist to follow you around, or you could take Gerard Way’s advice and look beyond imperfections. Since we all love quotes (and since I’m curating hundreds of them for my Inspiring Happiness […]

My Best Medium Stories of 2019

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Exuberate These 3 Qualities to Be Happier!


Happiness isn’t something that can be achieved for its own sake. It’s a result of other attributes and actions. It can be frustrating trying to chase happiness only find it constantly just out of reach. Here are the best ways to exuberate happiness! What Does Exuberate Mean? I love finding powerful, new words. I recently […]

You Can’t Rollerskate in a Buffalo Herd

rollerskate in a buffalo herd

Rollerskating and buffalos may not be the stuff dreams are made of. You can’t rollerskate in a buffalo herd “You can’t rollerskate in a buffalo herd, but you can be happy if you’ve a mind to.” – Roger Miller   Roger Miller meant his song to be silly, but it has a deeper meaning for […]

Burst Into Song to Boost Happiness

Sometimes you just need a boost, something to boost your own mood and maybe others’ moods. A great way to boost your mood is to burst into song. Photo by bruce mars on Unsplash I often write about action, how just doing something–anything–can lift your spirits. You’ve probably heard someone recommend ten jumping jacks when […]

5 Powerful Benefits of Uncomfortability


Although seeking comfort seems ideal, embracing discomfort is key to creating happiness. This post takes a deep-dive into uncomfortability and best reasons to boost yours. What is Uncomfortability I found a few different definitions of uncomfortability, none of which were in dictionaries. Not finding it in dictionaries would indicate that it isn’t technically a real […]

Encourageable Meaning and Mastering

encourageable meaning

Encourageable is a wonderful word, but many claim that it isn’t a word at all. You can benefit enormously with the understanding of encourageable meaning that you can become happier. Encourageable Meaning Many will try to tell you that encourageable isn’t a word, that you are misspelling incorrigible. “You can’t just add ‘able’ to ‘encourage […]

Be More Encourageable With 3 Fun Activities


A little encouragement always feels great! However, when life gets hard enough being encourageable can seem impossible. Below are inspiring ways you can be more encourageable. Encouraged doesn’t mean life is all rosy and pleasant. Encouraged means you can handle it. 1. Get Sufficient Sleep Discouragement and sleep deprivation spin in a vicious circle. Feeling […]

Stop Trying to Be Happy So You Can Be Happy

It’s easy to confuse happiness with pleasure and wreck your happiness by pursuing pleasure. You end up constantly chasing and never finding. A key to happiness is to stop trying to be happy.   “If only we’d stop trying to be happy, we could have a pretty good time.” ― Edith Wharton   Err. wait. […]

Take the Power to Control Your Own Life

take the power to control your own life

It’s easy to give your life away. Do you feel like you constantly live for everyone else and never take time for yourself? The ways to take the power to control your own life are quite simple. Doing it? That’s a whole nutter butter sammich. “This life is yours. Take the power to choose what […]