Joy Week Recap

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We spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to be happy! In fact, sometimes we think about it so hard that we forget to just relax and allow happiness to enter our lives naturally, the way we did when we were younger.

So this week we explored some quotes and concepts on the subject of joy to determine how we can live happier lives socially, intellectually and spiritually. Take a look at some of the highlights form the previous days:

1. Three quotes helped us realize that happiness is determined not by outside events but by our own actions and attitudes:

  • Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions (Dalai Lama)
  • Happiness is not having a lot. Happiness is giving a lot. (Buddha)
  • Happiness is neither a starting point nor a destination – it is a mindset you take on the road with you.

2. We took a sociological look at the cultural significance of smiling and laughter throughout the world- http://www.buddhagroove.com/notes/14-great-facts-about-smiling-and-laughing/

3. We formulated a happiness questionnaire to help us discover chances to feel happier in everyday living- http://www.buddhagroove.com/notes/10-questions-for-happiness/

4. We even made a short video introducing the original happiness guru- Happy Buddha! http://www.buddhagroove.com/readings/listings/a-short-video-on-happy-buddha/

5. Offer some additional content on happiness via Mind Fuel Daily Website: http://www.mindfueldaily.com/livewell/6-ways-to-live-happier

One of the most interesting facts we discovered this week: studies show that when we are children, we smile an average of 400 times a day! That number really inspired us to think about happiness and how we can get our daily smile quota back up to where it should be!

Next week we’ll be exploring “Strength”- how people become strong through life experiences, different types of strength that people can have, and examples of strength in nature.

But that doesn’t mean you have to stop finding ways to be happy every day. Some of our reader suggestions: listen to music, take dance classes, laugh frequently, and surround yourself with people who appreciate you for who you really are!