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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

happiness is a byproduct of a life well lived

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: […]

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

positive disposition

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 […]

Conquer Yourself and Love the World to Be Happy

Conquer yourself to be happy

We like to think we get happiness when life is pleasant. The reality is you have to put in a little effort, to conquer the desire for liesure. The reaons you should conquer yourself to be happy are simpler than you think. Sri Chinmoy was meditating when meditating wasn’t cool. I’m pretty sure he had […]