Happiness Fundamentals

Weird Things That Make People Happy

You know how people have pet peeves? Little things that get on their nerves? Well, there’s no name for it, but there are little things that make us ridiculous happy – even if it’s nonsensical. Here’s a few things that make us innately happy:

  1. Cleaning Wax From Your Ears – especially if you feel the pressure being built by the wax, the relief of cleaning the wax out can bring you great joy.
  2. The Pop From Opening A New Jar – there’s nothing more satisfying than hearing that noise after you’ve struggled to open the jar for a few minutes
  3. Finding A Seat On Mass Transit – for commuters who end up having to stand, finding a seat can be the biggest victory of the day
  4. Watching Your Breath In Cold Air – you can’t deny it: you’ve pretended to be smoking cigarettes and watched to see how far your breath can go
  5. The Smell of The Library – we probably all own a kindle but when you get a new book or walk into a bookstore or library it’s absolutely amazing and nostalgic
  6. New Car Smell – the scent of fresh leather tingles your senses and makes you feel that you’ve accomplished the American Dream by owning a brand new car
  7. Popping Bubble Wrap – if you don’t find this enjoyable then you are fundamentally wrong with you. This is the best stress reliever
  8. Stepping on Autumn Leaves – hearing them crunch and crackle under your feet makes you feel powerful
  9. Waking Up & Realizing You Can Sleep Longer – that moment when you wake up before your alarm goes off and you have another half hour of sleep! Priceless
  10. Hearing An Old Song That Used To Be Your Jam – turn the radio up, roll the windows down, and get ready to do your best performance – it’s your jam!

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Land Of Free and Home Of The Brave

What is the American Dream? According to Wikipedia, “The American Dream is a national ethos of the United States, the set of ideals (democracy, rights, liberty, opportunity, and equality) in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, and an upward social mobility for the family and children, achieved through hard work in a society with few barriers.” This idea, which stems from the declaration of independence that all men are created equal, is what drove people to conquer the western frontier leading to manifest destiny and drove the wave of immigration into our country into the 19th century (according to the lawyers at http://visaserve.com/), which led to the industrial revolution in the roaring 20s, which was also inspiration for the Civil Rights Movement in 1964.

Does the American Dream still exist in today’s world? Although originally “all men” meant white men, it has now come to include all of humankind. The American Dream has shifted from what used to be about material things (like owning a car, owning a house with a white picket fence) to now focusing on creating a meaningful life by being charitable, giving back to the community and society as a whole, spending time with friends and family and being able to maintain their socioeconomic lifestyle.

Another shift in the American Dream comes from parents wanting the American Dream for their children, whereas now that these children are grown, want the American Dream for themselves. With more and more millennials now being of working age, they want to have a good income to support their lifestyle but they are also the most charitable and globally conscious generation. With that being said, there’s a chance that this generation turns the American Dream into something international.

What do you believe? Do you believe that the American Dream still exists or is it something that is long in the past?

How To Be Happy At Work

There’s an old adage saying that you’re not supposed to be happy at work because ‘It’s called work for a reason!” (They even wrote a book about it!) Well, we don’t believe that this is true! After talking to one of our real estate lawyers at the law firm Merlino and Gonzalez, they gave us some great advice on what makes the day go fast and work and how to enjoy it, which I will impart that wisdom onto you!

Find A Work Best Friend – Do you think Merlino and Gonzalez would be partners in a law firm is they weren’t best friends? That might be wishful thinking, but finding that one good work friend can make all the difference. You need at least one friend to bitch too, gossip with, talk bad about the managers with, and work on projects with. When you are having fun at work with your friend, the time will fly by and you will be surprised how much more gets done!

Eat! – A lot of people think that they are so overwhelmed with work that they don’t have time to take a lunch break. Do It Anyway! Sometimes your brain needs to take a break from the stress of work. Go out for a cup of coffee every now and then. Eating a well-balanced lunch that healthy for you and making sure you are drinking water can give you more energy to make it through the afternoon of your job and make you overall happier. Don’t forget to keep snacks on hand for the 3 pm wall. Keeping your blood sugar at a normal level will keep away the cravings!

Move Around – Get up! Get a fit bit and make sure you do your 250 steps. Moving around and giving yourself a mental break and a little physical activity will get your blood flowing and energy levels back up.

How do you stay happy at work?

Benefits of Meditation

Meditation is one of those things that everyone seems to be doing nowadays and you aren’t sure why… or you’ve at least tried to meditate and find yourself bored out of your mind not understanding how it’s impacting or helping your body.

Here’s a few benefits of meditation, along with some tips and tricks that you need to keep in mind next time you go to take a quick 15-minute break at work:

Stress Reduction – when you clear all your thoughts of your mind, you can focus on relaxation. Some advice is to focus on each individual body part and visualize it becoming relaxed. Start with your left big toe and work your way through all your toes. Then start with the right big toe and relax each toe. Then move onto the feet, legs, hips, etc, all the way up to the top of the head. By the time you are done with this, you will begin to feel relaxed and the stress will melt away.

Improved Cardiovascular System – once you are fully relaxed, the blood vessels in your body will begin to open up which increases circulation and causes a drop in blood pressure (which rises a lot when you are stressed). Mediation can be a natural and effective way to lower blood pressure without having to take medication and deal with nasty side effects. Although, we recommend that you don’t stop taking medication without talking to a doctor first.

Become Energized – when you reach a deep state of meditation, the brain waves in your head are similar to that of a deep sleep. After a deep meditation, do the reverse process. Start with your left toe and wiggly it. Work your way up to the top of your head. Once you start to move around you will feel energizing. Mediation is the true definition of a “power nap”!!

The Secret of Happiness

What does it even mean to be happy? Can you even achieve it? It is our philosophy that happiness comes in small doses and by implementing these small changes you can bring happiness to your life every day of your life. We hope that this site will help teach you many different ways to be happy so you can live an longer and stress-free life.