Getting My Happy On – Can You Fake Happiness?

Getting My Happy OnAs I walked into church this week, someone asked me if I was “getting my happy on.” The question took me off guard, in part because I had no earthly clue what she meant by “getting my happy on.”  (Can you do that?  Can you fake happiness?)

So I asked her. I turns out, she reads my blog. I blushed, because it’s always a little weird when friends read my blog and learn things about me that way. I’m pretty much the same person on my blog and in real life, I don’t share secrets on my blog that I wouldn’t want my mother to read. I try to be authentic and real and genuine in my writing. I’d like to think I’m just like the “real life me” on my blog, but I”m probably funnier in writing.

Anyway, she was wondering if I felt like I needed to live up to my blog name. Did I feel like I needed to look like “this happy mom” all the time just because that was, in essence, the product I was selling to others. She wondered if I felt inauthentic if I ever was anything other than “this happy mom” or if I felt like I lived a lie on my blog when I wasn’t happy.  I’m actually glad someone asked the question.  It wasn’t simply “can you fake happiness” but a more direct “are YOU faking happiness?” [Read more…]

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My Happiness Vision (for myself and for my blog)

My Happiness Vision from thishappymom.comMy happiness vision is pretty straight forward.  It’s a word picture of what happiness means to me, it’s a mission statement for my life, and it’s at the core of what I blog about.

My blog is about feeding women (mostly moms) body, soul, and spirit.  That’s why I mix recipes (body) with humor, stress reducers and insights (soul) and scripture (spirit).  Being happy is about being a well-balanced person, not just about your mood.

Until I actually took the time to visualize what it meant for me to be happy, I found if very difficult to take steps to intentionally BE happier.  I was a prisoner to the “momma ain’t happy” moments because I didn’t have a clue how to get out of them.

Once I could articulate clearly what happiness looked like in my life, I began to be able to define steps I could take each day, regardless of my mood or circumstances.  Being able to see a picture of me as a happy mom was a major step to becoming this happy mom.  Because I can see it, I can begin to take steps to live it.   [Read more…]

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10 (more) Happy Mom Questions for you

10 happy mom questionsI recently posted ten happy mom questions – questions my kids ask me that make me happy as a mom.  I also included a tongue-in-cheek listing of fantasy questions that a perfect child might ask a perfect mother, just because it made me laugh to write it all down.

Today I want to take the concept of “happy mom questions” in a different direction.  I wanted to share a list of questions I ask myself.  I guess you could call it a cheat sheet for being happy, or maybe a checklist to happiness.  The idea started as a working list of habits for happy moms, only I wanted a personalized one based on things that make ME happy and not just a generic list of stress busting activities.  It ended up being more of a happiness triage list.

I call these my happy mom questions, but really it’s my personal checklist for taking care of myself when I am suddenly having a “momma ain’t happy” moment. [Read more…]

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What makes you happy? Add a little happiness to your day. FREE downloadable!

what makes you happyWhat makes you happy?  Have you ever really thought about it?  Could you sit down and list out twenty things that make you happy, right now?  What about ten?  Five? One Hundred?

I’ve been pondering the subject lately.  Ironically, it seems like I can list a LOT of things that make me happy  when I am actually happy.  But my list is really short when I’m not happy.  I’ve also figured out that some of the things I lean on when I’m unhappy (chocolate) don’t really make me happy.

OK, maybe chocolate is a bad example.  It probably does make me happier.  There’s research and stuff that says chocolate is good for me.  In moderation.

For a lot of reasons, I decided that knowing what made me happy was a good way to be happy on purpose (intentional happiness)..

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