Category Archives: Happiness

Intent of the Day: Unique Abilities

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“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”

-Dr. Seuss

For one minute, we want to put up the blinders. For just a minute we want to pause on the comparison and the false humility to really notice the person in the mirror. Check in with yourself. Notice your feet on the ground. Notice the tips of your fingertips. How do you feel? When we ask how you feel about you does it conjure feelings of anxiety, frustration over not being seen, hopeful about your potential? Any number of emotions might arise and today we want to focus in on the parts of ourselves that are unique and powerful, even if they don’t appear that way at first glance.

Our intent is to see our unique abilities. You want to find those things? Here are 3 things that might help:  Continue reading

Intent of the Day: A Different Perspective

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Do you call soft drinks soda? Pop? Coke? All different names to mean the same things but if you didn’t have a can right in front of you, you might not realize that you all had a commonality. Often times we focus on the differences in our words that even consider what we share and while that is a small example, we are finding more and more need to look for common ground, to listen and to hear than to shut down and divide.

Today our intent is to explore a different perspective. We want to stop seeing others and their differing opinions as wrong first, and instead consider how their actions are motivated. We want to be open and teachable. We want to be bridge builders instead of wall builders. We invite you to be the same. Here are 3 things to help you with your intent: Continue reading

Intent of the Day: Sharing the Warmth

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What exactly makes you feel at home? And what does home feel like? As tough as it can be going out your door, there’s something special about having a place or being a person that radiates kindness and warmth. Sharing that warmth means interacting with people who don’t have to be afraid or ashamed and we are committed to creating that environment. Our intent today is to share a little warmth.

Need help warming it up? We’ve got 3 things to help: Continue reading

The 4 Letter Word We Need to Stop Treating as Taboo

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That’s right, I’m talking about HELP When my first child was born we had issues breastfeeding. It took two weeks of misery, tears, frustration, including a trip to the hospital for jaundice, pumping to get my supply back up because he wasn’t actually nursing and constant breakdowns before I finally hired a lactation consultant.

She checked everything and let me know he was too small to latch, gave me a plan to get him bigger, a hospital pump to rent, and my piece of mind back. Best whatever money it was that I ever spent.

I asked myself over and over, why did I wait so long? I could have made that so much easier so much sooner and would have been more present for those first two weeks. Instead I reached the point of frustration where I understood why someone would shake their baby (I never did! But I saw how it could happen.) Continue reading

3 Ways Our Own Goals Make Us Unhappy

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Setting goals for ourselves is what keeps us moving forward. It’s what creates innovation, growth, and is the reason we pursue anything new. We set a goal and work to reach it. In and of itself, goal-setting is positive. But if we don’t fully understand all that is involved in creating and achieving our goals we can easily sabotage the process.

Fortunately, this is a mindset that we can change, and here are 3 key points to remember: Continue reading

Intent of the Day: Practice Empathy

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Empathy is defined by Merriam-Webster as “the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner.”

The action of understanding is an interesting sentence. It reminds us that it is an act, it is a choice. It’s not a thing you should consider yourself exempt from. It’s not that some people are empathetic and some people aren’t. It means that, for the most part, empathy is a trait you can choose to develop. Today our intent is to practice empathy.

And why does it matter at all?  Continue reading

Intent of the Day: A Little Extra Kind

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Holidays can be tough. Post-holidays can get harder.
The likelihood that you will bump into (or be) someone extra sensitive, overly anxious or unnecessarily upset is at an all-time high and our first reaction might be to match their emotional level. You feel justified in lashing out or shutting down, but is that really the best way to navigate this situation? Perhaps what everyone needs is a little extra dose of grace and kindness and where better to get those ingredients than you? Today our intent is to be a little extra kind.

You too? here are some ways and some reasons: Continue reading

Intent of the Day: Caught Up In the Stuff

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If you’re somewhere surrounded by boxes and bags, we get it. It’s easy to get carried away by the stuff. Everything is on sale! And what better way to tell someone they matter than a thing. It can feel tangible and so sometimes it feels like the only thing that counts, but with a little mindfulness, we can be reminded that the stuff isn’t what builds relationship.

Today we want to set the intent of not getting caught up in the stuff. Instead we want to focus on contact, communication and our undivided attention. We want to give our time instead of another gadget that will get lost in a closet. What about you? You too? Here are 3 things to help you find and prioritize the things that matter most:
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Featured Intent: Hero In My Own World

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Who are you waiting on to save you?
Superhero films are a big market and it’s not just because we would all love to be super strong, super fast or super good looking. There is the relieving part of knowing that someone is coming to save us, that we’re not on our own, that someone else will step in. But what happens when they don’t? And do we really need someone else to step in? Sometimes, sure. Sometimes, being a hero is an outside job and that is okay. But we can forget that we also have the power to be our own heroes. Who knows us better than ourselves? Who else knows our distraction tactics, the lies we tell ourselves, our biggest triggers? We can be very dangerous to ourselves, but we can also be the heroes we need, because who else knows what we love, what really motivates us, what makes us light up?

So today we want to lean into that space- the space where we get to be the hero we’ve been looking for.

You too? Here are 3 resources to help: Continue reading

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