Sing your way to Happiness!!! Day 5 of 30 Days of Happiness

page from children's book of characters looking out window at nature and neighbor passing by“This is where the fun begins, Sam! You sing your way to happiness each and every morning!” Bruno exclaimed excitedly.

“Sing? But I can’t sing” Sam said.

“Sure you can. Everyone can sing.” Bruno replied.

“But what do I sing?” Sam asked.

“You sing good morning to everything and everyone you meet, like this…”

Bruno began singing the Good Morning Song:

Good morning hands, good morning feet, good morning fingers and toes. Good morning arms, good morning legs, good morning eyes, ears and nose. Good morning blanket, good morning pillow, good morning bed and chair. Good morning mirror upon my wall and to the one I see in there.

Good morning, good morning, good morning, oh how I love to say, good morning, good morning, good morning, good morning to a brand new day!

Excerpt from Sam Get’s Happy! © Wanda Quinn 2011

I LOVE to sing, hum and whistle. There is just something so uplifting about music and when you resonate with a song your foot taps, your body sways, your head might bop and – if you allow yourself the freedom to let go – before you know it you’re dancing around the house singing at the top of your voice and FEELING GREAT!

When I recommend singing to my clients I get the usual shocked replies:

Me? No, I can’t sing. 

Sing? Outloud? Uh uh. Not going to happen.

I can’t sing!

Everyone can sing. You may not sing well enough to be on stage but that’s not what we’re asking you to do. All we’re asking is that you sing out loud for fun! Something remarkable happens when you sing songs you love – even if you’re out of tune and the dog howls along with you – the energy around you gets electric, excited and charged up with positive ions. These positive ions attract more positive ions and so on and so forth and before you know it, not only are you in a GREAT mood, but people near you benefit from the positive energy surrounding you. Again, it’s a win-win!

I love music that gets me moving and singing along. Some of my favorites are: Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison), Wake Me up (Avicii), Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds, the Log Driver’s Waltz, Maple Sugar (brings me back to my step dancing days) and the Irish Washerwoman. One of my fail-safes is a playlist of uplifting and happy music that, regardless of my mood, the songs will lift me up and put a smile on my face. Thanks to Pam Grout’s new book – E-Cubed – I learned about American Author’s song: Best Day of My Life. It’s my new IT song. I love dancing and singing along to it! Another song I enjoy starting my day to is the Good Morning song (by Mickey Spain) featured in my children’s book Sam Get’s Happy! The lyrics remind me of a morning gratitude list but instead of saying thank you for things you’re singing good morning to them.

So, whether you’re showering, making breakfast, driving to work… try singing along to your favorite song and let me know how it makes you feel.

♫ ♪ Don’t worry… about a thing… ♪ because every little thing… is going to be all right… ♪ ♫
(Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds)

 

One of the most fun ways to happiness is… Day 4 of 30 Days of Happiness.

Take time everyday to do something you love, like, enjoy.

Taking time out of your day to do something you enjoy has got to be one of my favourite ways to happiness. It doesn’t matter what you do. All that matters is you’re having fun, that you’re enjoying your moment.

You deserve this moment of happiness!

So, if it’s taking a five minute break outside to breathe in some fresh air, taking some photographs on your lunch break, having a bite of your most favourite chocolate, taking a yoga class after work, seeing a movie, visiting with a friend, writing a page of your book, reading a new book, listening to your favourite music… whatever it is that gets you going, indulge yourself and enjoy!

picture of painting easel with partially completed painting, set up  outdoors in garden.
I like painting and spending time in nature so I took advantage of a warm Saturday in September to paint outside.

You deserve this moment of happiness!

You deserve to do something you love every day!

You are awesome!

Enjoy your day!!!

~W.

Only say “yes” when… Day 3 of 30 days of Happiness

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Only say yes when you’re whole heart and soul are in to it.

Have you ever done something because you felt obligated to do it but you really didn’t want to do it? Ok, that was a mouthful. But really, think about it for a moment. Have there been times in your life that you’ve said yes when every cell in your body is screaming NO! But a guilty feeling came over you and politeness overtook and – even as you’re thinking no – yes comes out of your mouth.

It happens to the best of us. But it doesn’t have to, not anymore. From this day forward, only say yes when you’re whole heart and soul are in to it.

 I wasn’t being true to myself… I was being incongruent.

I can still remember the day a therapist suggested this to me. It was a completely foreign concept and I believed it would be rude of me to say no and not attend events I was invited to. The more I thought about it and prayed on it I realized how unfair I was being not only to myself but to others as well. Yes, I was being unfair to others by showing up to an event I didn’t want to be at and bringing that negative energy with me. I wasn’t being true to me. In essence, I was being incongruent.

By going places and doing things you don’t really want to do, you’re not helping anyone, in fact you may actually be doing more harm than good, not only to yourself but the people around you. Let’s start with you. You’re going, going, going, doing, doing, doing for everyone but you. Before long you begin to resent not having time to yourself, you may even find you’re exhausted from being “on” all the time and you’re lacking energy and get sick easily. Burn-out is just around the corner baby!

That’s what this world is all about, sharing our light and love with each other.

Now, let’s look at the people you think you’re helping by saying yes. They’re getting the exhausted, stressed-out, unhappy you. People deserve the best you have to offer. Heck, YOU deserve the best you have to offer and when you’re being true to you – being congruent – your energy is positive and happy and your inner light shines bright which floods everyone around you with love and healing light. That’s what this world is all about, sharing our light and love with each other. It’s a win-win for everybody!

By saying no you’re saying yes to you and yes to what’s important to you.

It’s amazing how hard saying no is – especially at first – and at the same time how liberating and self-empowering it is! Trust me, it gets easier with time. I found myself saying no to almost everybody at first. I needed time to re-energize and decide what’s important to me. Now, I’m selective and choose only events that truly resonate with me.

So, do everyone a favour and only say yes when you’re whole heart and soul are in it.

Blessings

~Wanda

P.S.: Here are some no phrases to help you along: no thanks… not this time… thanks for thinking of me but I have to pass. And remember: you don’t have to give excuses, a polite but firm No is all that is needed.

The one thing you can do to bring happiness into your life is this… Day 2 of 30 days of Happiness

Wanda kissing Hutch at Discovery Cove, Orlando, FL
Wanda kissing Hutch at Discovery Cove, Orlando, FL, Nov 2008. © Wanda Quinn

Be grateful.

That’s it. Being grateful and giving thanks for all that you have, all that you are and all that is to come.

Want to start your day off with in a positive direction? Start it off with a gratitude list. Now I know for some of you this is more like a chore and I have to admit there have been days when I felt like I was faking my gratitude list by listing things for the sake of listing them with no emotion attached. Trust me, it makes a difference if you can feel the emotions and feel the gratitude in your heart.

Do whatever resonates with you that puts you in the heart space of gratitude and then do it every day.

One dark, cold and snowy night I was driving home from work. I had put in a thirteen-hour day and was feeling tired, hungry and somewhat miserable. As I drove home in the cumulating snow, feeling sorry for myself because I had to work two jobs and was going home to an empty house (note: these were my days of dark – yes, I used to be a negative, down in the dumps, person) I had the thought of a homeless man sleeping outside with nothing but a cardboard box between him and the ground. Suddenly my house was looking pretty good. It was easy for me to list all the things in my house that I was grateful for such as having a warm roof over my head, a comfortable bed to sleep in with warm blankets and a soft pillow. To this day I thank God for my comfortable mattress, pillow and warm blankets because I know there are people out there that don’t have these basic comforts that many of us often take for granted.

So make a list of the things, people, places etc that you are grateful for having in your life. If making a list isn’t your thing then think about all the things that are going right in your life. Think about the people that have crossed your path and brought enlightenment to you. Do whatever resonates with you that puts you in the heart space of gratitude and then do it every day.