Independently Happy

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

3 Surprising Reasons Pollyannaism is the Best Mindset

It’s difficult to know how to respond to these trying times, to be optimistic or realistic. 3 surprising reasons why Pollyannaism is the best mindset are…

Why is Pollyanna Defined So Harshly?

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Have you ever been called a Pollyanna? Did you take it as a compliment? As defined in dictionaries, Pollyanna is an insult. Here’s why the definition inaccurately depicts the novel’s character. Is Pollyanna Defined Correctly? One day at work, I mentioned something about annoyingly positive people. One of my coworkers overheard and turned around to […]

105 Inspiring Happiness Quotes

Everyone loves quotes. Inspiring quotes adorn shirts, mugs, posters and email signatures. You know you want to be the one who shares the best quotes with your friends. This page is the ultimate source of inspiring and easily-shareable happiness quotes! Jump to the Quotes Click a link to skip my wise words to go the […]

Gift Bags Vs. Gift-Wrapping

Gift Bags

Holiday shopping is stressful enough, and now you’ve got to wrap the gifts?! Let’s unwrap the wrangling of gift bags vs. gift-wrapping. It’s November, the beginning of the holidays! Gifts start taking a higher priority now. Perhaps you’ve participated in the biggest shopping weekend of the year, and now you’ve got piles of presents that […]

How to Cure Your Pinky and Ring Finger Numb and Tingling

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A common ailment for those who spend significant time on computers is your pinky and ring finger numb and tingling. Whether you’re a travel agent, writer or IT professional, spending too much time on devices can lead to chronic discomfort. In this post, I’ll explain a likely cause of this discomfort and the best ways to remedy it.

Don’t Take Happiness Too Seriously

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Taking happiness too seriously leads to chasing happiness, and chasing happiness can lead to bad habits. Bad habits lead to misery. Don’t take happiness too seriously. I take happiness seriously so you don’t have to. Don’t Chase Happiness I frequently mention small things that I sprinkle throughout my days to add novelty and diversion. They’re […]

Busywork and How to Survive It


Are you busy? Have you had a busy week? Do you have more to do than you’d like or that you can even handle? Why are we so busy and how can we cope with it? Who’s Busy? It seems that “I’ve just been so busy” is the new, “I’m doing well, how are you?” […]

Not All Jobs Suck

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I know some do. Too many people talk about hating their jobs. I see friends posting on Facebook telling of outrageous absurdities that happen at their jobs. We’ve got movies like Office Space, Fight Club, and American Beauty that portray corporate absurdities and nonsense. Yet we also know people who love their jobs. So obviously […]

Look Beyond Imperfections

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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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