Independently Happy

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

Banish Your Fear of What Others Think

fear of what others think

We seek some fears for thrills and fun. Fearing what others think keeps us afraid and stuck. Here is how to banish your fear of what others think… Happy Halloween! I love that Halloween is getting bigger. It’s as though retailers are trying to catch Halloween up to Christmas, with so many options now for […]

How to Conquer Your Fear of Rejection

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One of our greatest fears is rejection. We fear embarrassment. We fear what people will think. What if they don’t approve of me? What if they laugh at me? That fear is debilitating, so you need to know how to conquer your fear of rejection. What if I look dumb, or look like I support […]

How to Conquer Your Fear of New Things

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We don’t like change and we fear the unknown. New things don’t stand a chance! This how to beat neophobia, how to conquer your fear of new things. Want all my October blog posts as a PDF ebook? Download it! I love phobias. It fascinates me the fears of things for which we have words. […]

What if You Try New Things?

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Have you ever wanted to try something and didn’t? You were just too hesitant to put yourself out there and now regret it. The fear of trying new things robs from us the opportunity to really live. Variety is too important to not try new things. I’m not saying you have to, but what if […]

The Happiness Infinity Gauntlet

Infinity Gauntlet

Did Doctor Strange save the world at the end of his movie? Watching the movie got me thinking. I wondered how the other Infinity Stones might be used to generate a little happiness. That’s when I got my great idea for The Happiness Infinity Gauntlet. The Happiness Infinity Gauntlet: How to Make Happiness Your Superpower […]

No Happiness Without Action

No Happiness Without Action

Happiness can be confusing. With Mindfulness on the rise, many are telling us we’ll be happier if we learn to “just be” instead of do. There is no happiness without action. Although mindfulness and meditation are important, you need progress. Overcoming and progressing also make you happy. America’s first psychology teacher wrapped up all the […]

Gradually, then Suddenly: Hemingway’s Warning About Habits

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Have you ever looked up and wondered, “How did I get here?” You suddenly realize your health, finances or a relationship is a wreck. Read on to see how to prevent ruining your happiness “gradually, then suddenly.” It happens to all of us. It’s the way habits works. It’s the way canyons, beer bellies and […]

Learning Never Stops: Graduation is Just a Beginning

Learning Never Stops

My kid just graduated college. We are so proud of her. She’s only the second person–out of a huge family on my side–to graduate from college. Guess who was the first.  It was never even a question of if with her; it was when. So far, we’ve all had too much fun celebrating to stop […]

How to Max Out Your Happiness Accounts

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Does happiness ever seem so far out of reach you don’t even know where to begin your quest? Do you wish there was a happiness map or manual? Start thinking of your happiness as a savings account in which you invest time and energy, saving up for a rainy day. What are happiness accounts? Scroll […]

3 New Years Resolutions to Ensure a Great Year

New Years Resolutions

Can we agree that New Years Resolutions are pretty much a waste of time? By February we’re feeling guilty for not keeping resolutions we didn’t really want to do anyway. If we really wanted to do whatever we’re resolving to do, we’d do it now instead of waiting for next year. Here are the three […]