The Secret to Happiness


Well is it really possible to provide the Elixir of happiness on my Blog?

I ran across a very uplifting book, which is colorful, meaningful and does suggest an idea for long lasting happiness.

And for a short amount of time the Kindle Ebook is Free…Why not cozy up and download this charming and very meaningful Children’s book by the author, Suzy Liebermann.  Over the last few months many of her books have been available free of charge, as one day promotions.

Going against the grain of selfishness and lack of empathy for others, Hugo The Starfish’s friends encourage this cute character to share his love with others and that this is the way to lasting Happiness.

Here is a link to the free version of ‘The Secret to Happiness’ with Hugo The Starfish, and currently this book has 27 reviews with a rating of 4.7! on Amazon.

Hugo The Starfish The Secret To Happiness

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I feel happier just from the first reading and by the way, her other books deal with many other well being topics and just as a reference I have provided a link to her website at

Suzy Liebermann’s Website MyStarfish.

Here a section fom her Bio on Amazon:

‘Believing that happiness can be learned, feelings can be understood and that building character based on a positive attitude leads to happy, content, self-confident and successful human beings, I have created this exciting series of charming books about HUGO THE HAPPY STARFISH. The series of books on character education aims to help educate children about their feelings, their attitude, their choices and the consequences that follow and includes an introduction to the Spanish language, lessons of character, ecological alertness and life skills–all amid a backdrop of a colourful island and mystical underwater world.I have always had a love for teaching and helping others. Being able to share the wisdom of the right attitude through my stories gave my life a new goal to make a difference in the world.Today I live my dream of helping others to find the right attitude for life – because life gets so much easier with the right attitude. We might not be able to control life’s circumstances or other people’s actions however we can control our attitude towards them.With lots of LOVE and HAPPINESS, Suzy Liebermann.’ 

Wow!  Please help yourself to some happiness!

How To Develop A Positive Attitude?


I just read a wonderful article from the INC Website and was very inspired by the topic and felt that this information might also be helpful to our readers, as a Positive Attitude is not always a given and many of us struggle to have a baseline Positive Attitude with all of the outside ‘noises’ in our lives.  It is easy to get into a rut of negativity as an HSP and quite difficult to  get ‘unstuck’ and back to Positivity.

Here is the article in its entirety from the INC. Website .  Please feel free to post comments on this blog regarding this or any of the other posts on this Blog.

Geoffrey James “Insider” Newsletter

Sending you wishes for successes in  developing your Positive Attitude and letting go of the ‘thoughts’ and ‘feelings’ that can pull us down from our pinnacle of happiness and positivity!

A Unique Perspective on Stress Management


Our world around is moving in Fast-Forward. There are so many HSP stressors around us, whether it is the traffic, news, loud music, our jobs, money worries, and family challenges, just to name a few.

I have found a novel, unique way to transport myself via a ‘time machine’ into the past and have found much solace and comfort. Wouldn’t it be nice to take some time away from our daily stress routines to live in a time where there was no media, gadgets, loud noises, traffic and ‘task-stacking’ to rob us of quality time?

There are wonderful recordings available of music from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s and I have found that this music contains an abundance of happiness and a good measure of care-free joy.

Please give this music a try and close your eyes and imagine that you are living during the late 1800’s without pagers, mobile phones, traffic or other distractions.

If you are a musician, as I am, playing this music on a period instrument adds to the experience!

Here are a few of my favorites (feel free to search and discover other music)

There is a wealth of open source Sousa Marches and other early music on the website Archive.org
Archive.org Sousa

Music From The Turn Of The 20th Century (US Government Jukebox)
US Gov Jukebox

My Favorite CD: Homespun America
Homespun America

Please give this idea a ‘spin around the block’ and please let me know if you also find this idea helpful to your stress too.

Wishing you a happy journey into the past!

Preventable Suffering and the Most Common Causes


Wow…that article really drew my attention today.

Is there really such a thing as preventable suffering?

Take a look at this article from  Adam Dachis over at the Lifehacker.com website, which by the way, I have found to be a great resource for finding solutions and providing some really interesting innovative ideas.

Here is a sampling of the topics covered in the article:

  • Our Poor Diets Cause Serious Health Issues, Yet Are Easily Resolved with Small Social Changes
  • A Sedentary Lifestyle Is Damaging Our Bodies Because Our Lives Are Too Convenient
  • Sugary Beverages Are Riskier to Your Teeth Because of How You Drink Them
  • We Rely Too Heavily on Drugs and Too Little on Preventative Care

You can find the complete article <here>

Gratitude…The Secret Ingredient of Happiness?


In a recent article, True Secret to Success (It’s Not What You Think) from the INC. Website,  author Geoffrey James shows the importance of gratitude in the pursuit of  Happiness and Success.

The premise of his article is that if you want to be successful, this is commensurate with the amount of gratitude in your life.  Also highlighted are his recommendations for ‘mining’ gratitude, as he visualizes gratitude as a muscle and that we need to exercise this muscle to attain success.

Here are some quotes from Geoffrey James’ article:

The more you use it (gratitude), the stronger and more resilient it becomes….By contrast, people who lack gratitude are never truly happy

The best time to exercise gratitude is just before bed. Take out your tablet (electronic or otherwise) and record the events of the day that created positive emotions, either in you or in those around you

‘What you’re doing is “programming your brain” to view your day more positively.’

I highly enjoyed this article and look forward to flexing my newly found muscle!

Here is the link to the complete article.

About the Author:

Geoffrey James writes the “Sales Source” column on Inc.com, the world’s most-visited sales-oriented blog. His newly published book is Business to Business Selling: Power Words and Strategies From the World’s Top Sales Experts@Sales_Source

HSP Resources


hspsblog:

Again…for those who missed this important HSP Resources Post!

Originally posted on hspsblog:

Good Morning…Here are some HSP books that I have found to be very helpful:

Dr. Elaine Aron’s Website Book Store link:

http://www.hsperson.com/pages/store.htm

Dr. Ted Zeff’s Website  Book Store link:

http://drtedzeff.com/zshop/

These books are also available from Amazon and other vendors.

Please comment if you have read any of these and post your recommendations or ideas.

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Regrets….What can we do about them?


Regrets are a topic that many of us spend quite a bit of time thinking and worrying about and sometimes these regrets are taken with us on our life journey and many of us still have them with us at the ‘end of the road’.

It’s so important that we live everyday doing the things that will make us proud to look back in the years to come. It is easy to be connected to electronics and media and disconnected from those around us. Quality time with family and friends and life in reality is so vital to our happiness and feelings of connection with others. How we might regret not spending enough time with our spouses,children and friends?

I was very moved by a Dr. Robert Brooks’ recent newsletters on understanding and trying to resolve our regrets and wanted to share this great resource with you. I’m hoping to have another post focusing on his second newsletter on Regrets and Optimism in the future.

Dr. Brooks posted an introductory newsletter describing the 5 most common regrets at end of life and then a followup newsletter on optimism and regrets. Both of these newsletters were full of great information and resources.

Dr. Brooks referenced an article written by Susie Steiner that appeared in The Guardian earlier this year:

The article is based on the recordings of Bronnie Ware, an Australian nurse who devoted several years working in palliative care with patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives. She wrote a blog “Inspiration and Chai” based on the reflections of these patients, which she then compiled in a book The Top Five Regrets of the Dying.

Here are the Top Five Regrets from Bronnie Ware’s work, taken from the Newsletter:

  1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
  2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
  3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
  4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
  5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

Please continue on to Dr. Brooks Site to read the newsletters in their entirety. Also the main link to Dr. Brooks’ Site is on the side bar of the main page of this Blog.

Here is a link to the first newsletter on Regrets:<Link>
Here is a link to the second newsletter on Regrets and Optimism:<Link>

While you are on his Site, you might be interested in subscribing to his monthly newsletter.

Here is a thought to ponder from the conclusion of Dr. Brooks’ newsletter, that will conclude today’s post:

She asks what, if any, regrets you have about the life you have led. How would you respond?

Hmmm…..I need to think about that…how about you?