Independently Happy

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

You Can’t Rollerskate in a Buffalo Herd

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

Finding Beauty in the Simple Things

Does happiness seem impossible sometimes? Maybe you’re making happiness too difficult. Focus attention on the simple things to get happier. Happiness can seem elusive when you chase it. It’s like a bunny. Chase it in a field, and it runs a little to fast for you. Try to grab it from the hat and you […]

Happiness is a Byproduct of a Life Well Lived

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Chasing happiness can be frustrating. It’s a great reason to not chase it. Happiness isn’t something you can simply get. As Eleanor Roosevelt said, happiness is a byproduct of a life well lived. “Happiness is not a goal…it’s a by-product of a life well lived.” – Eleanor Roosevelt   Pursuing Happiness Doesn’t Work It’s like: […]

Time Flies So Fast! How We Can Slow it Down

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Do you ever feel like Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway in Interstellar? You think you’ve just dropped on and off Miller’s planet for a few minutes and realize you were gone 23 years? When you’re drifting through life and not paying attention, time flies so fast. Not only does time fly, but it seems to […]