Independently Happy

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

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. […]

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 for inspiring and easily-shareable happiness quotes! Jump to the Quotes Click a link to skip my wise words to go the […]

Nurturing a Positive Disposition

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When life gets rough, it’s tough to stay positive and happy. Life can wreck your happiness if you let it depend on your circumstances. The best way to build happiness is nurturing a positive disposition. Although Independently Happy means you’ve worked and built a foundation of happiness that won’t depend on anything external, building happiness […]

Look Beyond Imperfections

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Struggling with perfection is too easy. We get bombarded with images of perfection and feel inadequate when we do 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 […]

3 New Years Resolutions to Ensure a Great Year

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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 […]

Life vs. Stuff or The Problem of Too Much Stuff

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Stuff is weighty. It weighs a lot. It’s one little figurine here, one little knickknack there. Maybe four or five hundred CDs in ten boxes everywhere. The problem with too much stuff is that it costs so much more than the money to buy it. The old proverb claims that “you can’t take it with […]

How Empathy Forms Calluses Instead of Callousness

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The Virtuous Circles post got me thinking about calluses. Being an on-and-off guitarist, I know that calluses are a good thing. When I start practicing, my fingers quickly get sore. I can’t play guitar as long. As I develop calluses on my fingers, I can play guitar longer. Then there is the insensitive callous, the […]

A Wealth of Choices

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In “We Are All Weird,” Seth Godin stated that wealth is having choices. In the West that means we have more choices of cars to purchase since we can add the more expensive makers as options. We can add the options of Europe and Disney to our vacation decisions. The money itself isn’t what we […]

Focus on Life’s Enormousness, Not Life’s Enormity

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Enormity vs. enormousness. These two words sound alike but have completely different meanings. They also an opportunity for an important mindset. Focus on life’s enormousness, not life’s enormity. Isn’t that a Pinable image! I love words that sound similar, especially when they have completely different meanings. They are almost always an excellent opportunity for philosophical […]

Don’t Take Happiness Too Seriously

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I take happiness seriously so you don’t have to.  I frequently mention small things that I sprinkle throughout my days to add novelty and diversion. They’re little fun things that seem wonderful at the moment, but don’t really lead to long-term happiness.  Taking happiness too seriously leads to chasing happiness, and chasing happiness can lead […]