Independently Happy

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

My Best Medium Stories of 2019

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How to Survive an Open Plan Office

If you’re used to your office or cubical, moving to an open plan office can be miserable and overwhelming. There are ways to cope, though. It will take some time, diligence and creativity, but you can learn how to survive an open plan office. If you find New York City’s Time Square frantic, noisy and […]

Best Way Out if You Hate Your Job and Can’t Afford to Quit

hate my job can't afford to quit

Feeling stuck in a job you hate can be depressing. It drains your energy, purpose, and happiness. Everyone says, “just quit.” That’s easy to say, but what if you can’t afford to quit? In this post I’ll help you work your way out of that trap. I Hate My Job But Can’t Afford to Quit […]

Gift Wrapping: Giving the Gift Within a Gift

gift wrapping

Last week’s post covered the infamous gift bag, the hurried person’s answer to gift wrapping. Today though, I’m extolling the greatness of gift wrapping, and I’m republishing this post for the holidays! A gift’s wrapping can be as much of a gift as the gift itself! Here’s everything you need to know about gift wrapping. […]

How to Find the Perfect Gift

perfect gift

Holiday glee is really heating up by now.  Or is holiday hee really gleating up? Either way, stores of all kinds are frenzied with masses trying to finish their Christmas shopping. More people are using up the rest of their vacation days, and they’re using those vacation days to finish their Christmas shopping. Finding the […]

How to Have Perfect Holidays

Perfect Holidays

The holidays are upon us! We’re a good couple weeks into the joy and mayhem. In my neighborhood, some Halloween lights transformed into Christmas lights overnight. As if by magic. As wonderful as holidays are–or could be–we tend to allow unwanted stress to find its way into them. What we all need is a little […]

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 […]

Discounts and Distractions

This is a story I shared with my email list a few days after Christmas last year. I received great feedback on it and wanted to share it as a blog post, but who wants to hear a Christmas story in January? I mean other than me. Not everyone is on board with Christmas, but […]

Gift Bags Vs. Gift-Wrapping

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 gifts that need wrapping. You either have received a gift bag or have realized at the last minute you need to buy a gift, […]

An Experiment [Bonus Post]

an Experiment

[I’m adding an additional this additional bonus post.  It seemed timely.  Ish.  I hope it explains itself.  If not, let me know, and I’ll explain later.  Thanks for reading!] Several writers have recommended not  editing as I write as a means to boost productivity.  I’ve already backpspaced several times just in once sentence, so maybe […]