101 Ways to be Really Happy: Step # 24–Expect a surprise every Day


One of the things I started doing when I as very young was to wake up every morning saying, “Ok, God, what is my surprise for the day?” And then I would anticipate something interesting or fun happening that day. You know what? ….It always did. And I learned that when you expect a surprise, … More 101 Ways to be Really Happy: Step # 24–Expect a surprise every Day

101 Ways to be Really Happy: Step #23–MK, Faye and Marilyn– This too Shall Pass


Two of my dearest friends actually told me they didn’t think they had useful advice for being happy. However, their answers gave me Tip #23. If you don’t feel happy at the moment, just remember, “This too shall pass.” Or, as Faye, a long-ago work buddy once told me, “All sunshine makes a desert.” You … More 101 Ways to be Really Happy: Step #23–MK, Faye and Marilyn– This too Shall Pass

101 Ways to be Really Happy: Step #22 –Kathleen –Do Things for Others


There is a caveat that comes with Tip #22. This is where most people get confused, in my opinion. The rest of the sentence should say “because you want to.” Do things for others because it makes you feel good, not out of some misguided since of responsibility or obligation, or from some deep inner … More 101 Ways to be Really Happy: Step #22 –Kathleen –Do Things for Others

101 Ways to Be Really Happy: Step #20 See Difficulties as Rebuilding You


This step is compliments of my good friend, Henrietta, one of God’s angels on Earth. She says, “Know that when you are going through difficulties, God is rebuilding your life and just allow it.” So true. I can remember when I went through the “dark night of the soul” back in the mid-90’s. I had … More 101 Ways to Be Really Happy: Step #20 See Difficulties as Rebuilding You

101 Ways to be Really Happy: Step #19 Enjoy the Passage of Time


Musician James Taylor said it best when he sang my favorite song: “The Secret o’ Life is enjoying the passage of time. Any fool can do it. There ain’t nothing to it. Nobody knows how we got to the top of the hill. But since we’re on the way down, we might as well enjoy … More 101 Ways to be Really Happy: Step #19 Enjoy the Passage of Time

101 Ways to Be Really Happy: Step #18 “Sweat and Smile Every Day”


My former yoga teacher, Adele, used to say that the way to be happy was to “sweat and smile every day.” Great advice! I think the biggest thing serious exercise (sweating) does for me, besides the loss in poundage, is make me feel more in control of my life. Every time I step up my … More 101 Ways to Be Really Happy: Step #18 “Sweat and Smile Every Day”

101 Ways to Be Really Happy: Step #17 Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff


I recently had a hypnosis client who was going through some major legal issues. He said friends were telling him that THEY TOO were having difficulties (like a dead car battery!!) I guess your definition of Small Stuff is uniquely your own. We all have a tendency to think our problems are worse than everyone … More 101 Ways to Be Really Happy: Step #17 Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

101 Ways to be Really Happy: Step #16 Be Yourself.


For this step, I combined the advice of two different friends with very different life circumstances and personalities who both said basically the same thing, but in their own styles. My friend, Margaret, who has lived alone for many years, like myself, is my Adventure Buddy. (She jumped out of an airplane for her 50th … More 101 Ways to be Really Happy: Step #16 Be Yourself.