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How to Increase Happiness in 2021

The whole point of having hopes and dreams is to increase happiness. But what happens when your hopes make you unhappy instead? A few mental adjustments and a bit of wise planning can help. Read on for ways to tweak your aspirations for maximum motivation, joy, and satisfaction.

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Ways to Avoid Holiday Depression and Find Joy

Maybe you always feel a little blue around the holidays. Or maybe it’s this crazy year that’s deflating your celebratory spirit. Either way, we could all use a boost right now. These five ideas will help you make the most of an unusual holiday season and avoid holiday-related depression.

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Three Effective Ways to Relieve Stress in Tough Times

When times are tough, overwhelming stress can feel unavoidable. But there are some important steps we can take to reduce stress and manage our emotions more effectively. Based on the advice of experts and my own experience, these three practices are key to reducing stress and increasing resilience in tough times.

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Clear Mental Clutter: The Power of Journal Writing

I love it when a simple tool provides multiple benefits. The practice of journal writing is a tried-and-true way to relieve stress and boost joy. It can clarify what’s most important to you and help you achieve important goals. Read on to learn three ways journal writing can be better than therapy.

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Finding Joy in a Time of Uncertainty

When COVID-19 hit, many of us felt too overwhelmed and anxious to think much about joy. But your ability to choose joy in a time of crisis can help you make it through. Read on for strategies to help you cope in difficult times, and creative ways to find joy even when it feels impossible.

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Self-care Tips for Surviving Turbulent Times

As I write this the pandemic rages on and social and political problems cloud the landscape before us. We’re all looking for self-care strategies to stay sane and keep our spirits up. Here are three ways to cope, stay hopeful, and find joy during dark times.

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Ready to Choose Joy? How to Find Time for It

If you know you need more joy in your life but are having trouble finding it, read on. In this blog I share reasons why you should regularly choose joy, why you shouldn’t feel guilty doing so (hint: it helps others) and simple strategies that will help you create a daily joy practice.

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How to Choose Joy and Why You Should

Did you know that there’s one thing you can do that will improve your health, reduce stress, and power through difficult times? That one thing? Choose joy. “Joy is the oxygen for doing hard things in the world,” says philanthropist Gary Haugen. Read on to learn how to experience more joy each day.

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The Road to Joy is Paved with Small Steps

Most of us want to make certain changes in life, but don’t have the motivation or aren’t sure how. How can you get unstuck and work up the momentum necessary for meaningful change to take place? Read on to engage your “willing self” and take the small steps necessary to achieve your goals.

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