How to Get Your Happy Fix

The last few weeks have been incredibly busy for me, but also incredibly fun.  There were the three weeks in Asia, then that trip to Vegas, then the 4th of July…

Then, I hit a bit of a slump this week and it started to feel…well…icky.  Some weeks, I relish my alone time to do… whatever I want!  In fact, not too long ago, I wrote The Benefits of Spending Time Alone where I talked about exploring Tokyo.  This week, I realized I needed to come up with something on my own to fuel my happy fix.  So I started to think about things that get me into my flow…that feeling of total engagement where you don’t notice time or anything else.


What gets you into your flow may not come to you right away.  Think about something you used to do when you were younger.  For me, I find it is tapping into the creative side of my brain.  For years, I worked in an environment where I used my analytical side almost exclusively.  One of my outlets years ago used to be making wedding and party invitations.  At the end of last year, I discovered Nia, and it reminded me how much I loved to express myself through dance.

Whatever it is for you, don’t be afraid to try it again…maybe in a whole new way.  If it makes you feel connected to something, it will make you feel better.  That’s what fuels your happy fix.

What’s the special thing that puts you into your flow?  Tell me about it below this post.  It may inspire someone else’s happy this week!

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Have You Told Someone Why They Are Awesome Today?

It usually feels pretty good when someone tells you that you’re awesome.  I mean… who doens’t like to be told what they are good at?

About six years ago, a previous employer of mine decided they were going to shut down a pretty large operational facility on the west coast.  It happened to be the office where I worked, as well as a couple thousand other people.

My boss at the time decided that we should do something meaningful for the hard-working people in our department.  She showed myself & the other managers in our group something she had received while working at another company that had decided to shut down a facility.

In an 8 1/2 x 11 frame, she held a document entitled “YOU ARE VALUED”.  Below that, there were bullet points listing things that each person in the department had contributed that they appreciated about her.

We all thought it was a great idea.  We had a group of about 60 people who I can honestly say worked incredibly well together, supported one another, and has been the best group of folks that I have ever had the pleasure of working with.  We knew, given the closeness of the staff, we would really be able to give people a meaningful gift to take with them. And it really felt good when we were presenting them to people.  Everyone was really moved by the kind words that their friends & colleagues had to say about them.  It made them smile!

This is mine below 🙂  I have proudly displayed it in every office that I have had since then, and it now hangs on the wall in my home office.  Any time I need a boost of self-confidence, I take a look at it and it always makes me smile!



Want to create your own DIY “You Are Valued” certificate to give to a group of employees or volunteers you manage for recognition of a job well done?  I created a free image of a blue ribbon that you can use.  Just add the image to your own Microsoft Word document or whatever word processing software you use.  


free image blue ribbonHave you ever gotten a gift like this?  Did it make you smile? Did it inspire you?  Tell me about it below!


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What Makes You Smile?

Today’s post is a question.

What makes you smile?



Yes, I’m talking to you!  I want to know what makes YOU smile 🙂

I’ll start off by listing a few things that make me smile.  Then I want you leave a comment below and tell me a thing or two.  It doesn’t have to be much — just a word or two!

Things that make me smile (and sometimes LOL) are:

  • Dancing
  • Reading someecards on Pinterest every day (they are hilarious!!!)
  • A really blue sky on a sunny day
  • When my friend orders the same dish at the same restaurant and says “with no onions on top” EVERY time
  • Carrying my little cat from the bedroom to the front of the house every day — because he likes to be presented to the room instead of walking in himself…
  • A glass of champagne (why wait for a vacation?)

Ok, your turn…




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