Monday, August 22, 2016

10 Ways to Be Happy Right Now

As I work on things for Project Build Happiness, I've become a little focused on what makes us happy on a daily basis. I've been reading and soaking up as much knowledge as possible to pass on to others. I truly feel that spreading happiness (in ourselves and others) is the secret to making this world a better, happier place.

Life doesn't always present us with an easy path to happiness and that's okay. Our unhappy moments allow us to appreciate the happy ones when they come along. (Click to tweet!) Despite life not always cooperating with us, there are some simple ways that you can boost your mood right now (even if you're having one of those downer days). All you have to do is browse the list below and pick out the one that works for you! (I've even given you my reasoning behind including each one on the list. Gotta love all that reading I've been doing on the topic of happiness!) Remember to pick the one that works for you - happiness isn't one size fits all!

1. Go for a walk.
This one will help boost your happiness in two ways. The first is that exercise releases endorphins (as the lovely Elle Woods tells us in Legally Blonde). The other is that the sunshine will help brighten your day. (If it’s gloomy outside, you might want to stay in. Sometimes gloomy weather can affect our mood negatively.)

2. Turn your frown upside down.
We’ve all heard the phrase mentioned here. It simply means to smile. Smiling is one of the easiest ways to boost happiness because it tricks the brain into thinking you’re happier. I’d say this one falls under the “fake it til you make it” category. Some even say smiling is contagious so you could be helping someone else out by smiling in their direction. (Just don’t make it a creepy or suggestive smile – then you might have a different problem!)

3. Get in touch with a friend.
Friends help boost our happiness – that’s why we keep them around. If you’re feeling a little blue, it might be a good time to check in with a friend via text or phone. Conversation with someone we enjoy can help make us happier.

4. Put on your favorite outfit.
I don’t care if you’re just sitting at home – get up and put on something you love. It doesn’t have to be an entire outfit but at least a piece of jewelry or an article of clothing. Wearing (or being around) things we love typically makes us happier.

5. Exercise.
Remember number 1? Exercise releases endorphins and endorphins make people happy. It may not seem like it’ll help but try out a quick 10 minute workout – you’ll be surprised by how much better you feel afterwards. (Plus you’ll be helping your body!)

6. Eat a snack.
Have you heard the expression hangry? (If you haven’t, hangry is hungry + angry.) For some people, a lack of food can put them in a bad mood. (So can the foods you choose to eat but we don’t have time to cover that here.) Think about it – food is our fuel and without fuel we slow down and stop operating properly. So, if it’s been a while since you ate something, grab a small (nutritious) snack and see if it makes a difference!

7. Do something creative.
Being creative uses a different part of our brain. When you’re feeling down, try out a creative activity. It’s likely to help your mood because you’ll be using a different part of your brain. Creative activities can backfire if you’re not careful though. Pick an activity that you enjoy. Picking one that frustrates you won’t help improve your mood. (I can’t play an instrument to save my life so I wouldn’t benefit from picking one up to boost happiness.)

8. Take a break.
Something frustrating you? Set it aside for five or ten minutes and take a break. You could pick one of the activities mentioned above to do during that break or you could simply sit for a few minutes and enjoy the silence or your background noise. Overworking ourselves can lead to burnout so breaks are important. In fact, breaks can even increase your productivity if timed well.

9. Light a candle or diffuse oils.
Our senses play into our moods a lot more than we realize. Why not activate your sense of smell by burning a candle or diffusing some essential oils? Depending on the scent that you choose, you can improve your productivity and focus in addition to your happiness. (You’ll have to do a little research on scents though because we don’t have time to cover that in this post!)

10. Do something nice for someone else.
Helping others has been shown to help our own moods. So, if you’re feeling a little blue, maybe you can brighten someone else’s day by doing something nice. It doesn’t have to be elaborate – a simple compliment can do wonders.

Want even more ways to boost your happiness and to build a happier world around you? Join us in September for Project Build Happiness. I can’t even mention how great this challenge is going to be or how many freebies you’ll get by joining! Did I mention that it’s free? Head on over to the sign up page for all of the details and to reserve your spot today!

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Bloggy Brunch #33

Can you believe it's almost the end of August? Where has the time gone? I can't tell you how fast summer seems to have gone for me, but I'm sure you can agree that it went to fast! Although, the heat does seem to be lingering for those last few weeks of the season.

With summer almost ending, I used that as my inspiration for which post to choose from last week's Bloggy Brunch. A new blog to our link up - Graceful Coffee - happened to link up her favorite 9 DIY projects for back to school. I love DIY and the back to school season, so it seemed like the perfect combination to feature. Even if you're not involved in the back to school hype in any way, I still recommend checking out her post. Some of the DIY activities can be used for more than just school.

After you check out her post and some of the others from last week, it's time to link up another favorite post below. (Only one please! We're here every week so you have plenty of opportunities to link up your other favorite posts!)

Don't forget to check out our BRAND NEW twitter chat at 2pm EST. We'll be on twitter using the hashtag #bloggybrunch to chat about blogging and our lives. I do hope you'll join us! (The last one lasted about 30 minutes, so it's not a huge time commitment!)

Friday, August 19, 2016

15 Posts that will Help you Grow your Social Media

I have recently implemented a "learning hour" into my daily routine. This is a time block set aside for purely learning more about blogging, business building, and other related topics. It's not always an hour - sometimes it's less (or even more) depending on the amount of time I have for the day. I realized that I was pinning all sorts of great resources but never reading them. This week, you're benefitting from my learning hour because I'm bringing you some of my favorite posts on how to grow your blog through social media (which was my focus for the week).

I spent a lot of time this week reading about my favorite social media platforms. I've shared some of my favorite resources below and even grouped them by social media type just for you!

Simple Tips for Grwoing Your Instagram Following
Hashtags That Will Up Your Instagram Game
Tips to Dramatically Improve Your Instagram Game

How to Increase Your Following on Twitter
7 Unique Ideas for How You Use Twitter
5 Helpful Tools for Twitter

Organize Your Pins Alphabetically
Using Pinterest & Stumbleupon Together to Increase Pageviews
The Bloggers Ultimate Guide to Pinterest

30 Post Ideas for Your Facebook Page
6 Types of Posts that will Increase Engagement
10 Tips for a Killler Facebook Page

General Tips
Getting Started with Social Media
How to Be a Social Media Boss
30 Ways to Grow Your Blog

Do you have a favorite resource for growing social media? Do you have a Pinterest board filled with posts you want to read? I'd love to hear all about it in the comments below!

Oh and since we're talking about Pinterest, you might want to pin this post to come back to later if you're short on time! (Just remember to come back to it!)