THEORY OF HAPPINESS

When I get asked questions like “what are your goals for this year” or “what are you hoping to achieve this year“, my answer always leads back to that one word I LOVE referring back to; my favourite word to use and describe all things in life, my answer to everything positive and good: H A P P I N E S S !

My goal is to be HAPPY; everything positive and inspirational in my life I attribute to that one powerful word: Happiness. I want to achieve Happiness; because all good things fall under that category.

H A P P I N E S S ! My goal is to be HAPPY; everything positive and inspirational in my life I attribute to that one powerful word: Happiness. I want to achieve Happiness; because all good things fall under that category.

“Happiness to me is something more than just a feeling; it’s a state of mind”

If you’ve been reading my posts and following my social media sites, I’m sure you’ve noticed that I try to thrive on this concept of Happiness. I feel that over the last few years there have been so many ups and downs; truly high highs and very low lows, and this word has been the one concept I’ve been able to grasp onto for that motivation to stay true to myself; what I want in life; and what I will work towards to build that positive and determined future for myself.

Happiness to me is something more than just a feeling; it’s a state of mind – a state I like to believe I’m in, and I’m working towards fully converting myself into. Happiness encompasses all things in life; the moments, the feelings, the situation, actions and reactions. Happiness is just one word which opens up an entire world of positive aspects. Happiness is defined as all things good, positive, healthy, inspirational, etc.

PUTTING IT ALL INTO PERSPECTIVE

Imagine an organizational chart; the hierarchy of a business. The EVP sitting on top, the next level down, the SVP, and the next level down, the VP’s. Now take this visualization and place HAPPINESS into the EVP position. This is how my mind builds this THEORY OF HAPPINESS for me. The SVP and VP positions can now be whatever you want them to be – anything that makes you happy, put a smile on your face, keeps you motivated, and builds + maintains that positive momentum.

If you’re interested in in creating a THEORY OF HAPPINESS Organizational Chart of your own and need some more guidance; let me know to help you to get you started. Feel free to make it your own; add blocks, colour, or anything else you feel will help you build this concept and make it successful for you. By all means, maybe your “SVP” isn’t happiness but something else; maybe it’s SUCCESS or MOTIVATION; it can be anything you want it to be. But, make sure it’s something you can build on. The main idea of this is to grow on a personal level + progress towards the kind of person you want to be, the life you want to live, and the direction you want to move towards.

Finally, I’d LOVE to see your Organizational Charts! I find so much inspiration and motivation from others; it’s a great way to build up your own goals + concepts. If you’re comfortable with it, send me your charts – I’d love to connect and share inspiration!

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THE POWER OF PRODUCTIVITY

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I truly love Sundays basically because they give me the time I need to think; to reflect on the week; and to look forward on what is to come for the next week {or even weeks ahead}. Being able to have that personal time; one on one with yourself; allows you to reflect on your actions in a deeper way, than you would in that given moment.

By actions I mean, for example, if you were in a stressful situation – why was it so stressful to you? Maybe it didn’t have to be that stressful? Did you bring on more stress than necessary? Was it your fault that the situation occurred? What could you have done differently? What WILL you do differently next time to avoid the stress?

It’s important to bring attention to our habits; good or bad, and try to work them out in order to create the best possible YOU! Without even noticing, we may be doing something that brings more negativity than positivity; but it could be something we could easily change. BAM! There’s one thing you overturned already to create the next week better.

In my eyes; this is one of the definitions of PRODUCTIVITY. For me, productivity goes hand in hand with REFLECTING. The first step in being a more productive person means being able to reflect and build on events; ideas; thoughts; and impacts!

Productivity can be defined as many different things for many different people, so the first step is figuring out what exactly it will mean/ or means, to you.

Some say that being productive definitively means turning the motor on and pushing ahead with that go-go-go mentality of “got to keep going”. If that’s what keeps YOU motivated, healthy + happy, then by all means go for it!

For others, such as myself, productivity starts with being of a sound body + mind; mental and physical well being are such a high priority for me. In order to be productive I have to take time for myself, this happens in the form of writing, reading, watching a favorite movie or show, and/or going for a walk in the fresh air.

Each of these things bring me back to my core; mind + body + soul.

One of my favorite reflection writing techniques involves the Moorea Seal #52Lists journals. Each of these journals focus on a different aspect of life – projects, togetherness, and happiness. One question from each journal for the week and you’re off to a great start in your reflecting! {more on these journals in a later post – because I really think they deserve a post of their own}.

Every single day we are surrounded by a world of differences; ideas; characteristics… all GREAT things but also things that impact ourselves; our behaviors; and our thoughts. All things which {sometimes may} push us further away from ourselves; our actual TRUE SELVES!

In taking time to reflect on the past week; month; year – we are giving ourselves the opportunity to dig deeper into our own minds and figure out who and what we truly are trying to become. At this time, steering away from the negative impacts which we may have

These actions in turn will make us more productive and efficient in the next days; weeks; months; years!!

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New Year, New YOU!?

Right? WRONG! As soon as the new year comes around, we tend to believe that it’s time to change and reinvent ourselves – of course, it can be a great opportunity to start fresh, rethink some if our strategies, try new things, etc, but we really shouldn’t look at it with as much pressure as the media puts on it!

You are YOU, and you’re great – don’t try to do a 360 and update everything about yourself.  Yes, there are a few things we all want to change about ourselves, but it’s important to know and remain within realistic limits and goals.

Some of the most common goals we set for ourselves, such as the following, may not be the most relalistic for the majority of us, simply based on our lifestyles.

“I will work out five days a week” – for someone who doesn’t work out regularly, this is not a realistic goal to make. You will become overwhelmed with the pressure and (most likely) sooner than later give up. There goes your fitness goal.

“I will make a home cooked meal every night” – if this truly is realistic for you, I’m jealous! Working full time, completing a Univeristy, and volunteering, means I don’t have much time for sitting around. Over this last year I’ve learned some great tricks on how to meal prep; such as simply making more and freezing or making dinner for two nights as opposed to one. Do some research about meal prep and make a schedule for each weeks dinner plans – sometimes plans may change, but for the most part this will help you organize those last minute ideas!

“I will stop eating sweets and sugar” – If you have a sweet tooth like me, cutting sugars out of your diet in one hit may be quite difficult, and again, unrealistic. Instead of entirely cutting it out, start by reducing the amount you consume; try replacing unhealthy sweets with healthier options.

I want to help you to see how you can take these “dreams and visions” and translate them into actionable and reliastic goals that you can keep with you for the year. So make your list, and try to follow a few of the tips I discussed above!

G O O D  L U C K!

L I G H T & WARMTH #HYGGESERIES

“You don’t spell it, you feel it” – Winnie the Pooh, and also a great way of describing Hygge

The Hygge Lifestyle is all about defining the atmosphere and the environment we surround ourselves in and the feelings we gain from it. A few of the main words used to define Hygge can be; cozy, love, safe, shielded, or comfortable.  All in all, it’s the concept of creating a specific type of environment or feeling for an individual or group to live in.

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The first characteristic of this lifestyle that I want to tell you about it, is probably something that you’ve already guessed we would talk about just by reading the description; Light and Warmth. A big part of the Hygge Lifestyle has to do with light; whether it’s in the form of candles or light bulbs, there is a  specific method to it, which therefore generates that warmth.

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Did you know, the average Danish person burns approximately 6 kilos of candle wax each year – that is twice as much as the next runner up, Austrians, who burn approximately 3 kilos per year.  I started thinking about this deeper and thought, well yes, if the daylight hours and summer months are so short in Denmark (and the other Northern Countries in the area), then yes, candles are definitely a must have!

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When you think of a candle burning, you think of a soft warm yellow/orange light; definitely nothing like those bright white lights you find in most offices. This is also a very important part of Hygge; the type of light. The idea behind the concept of light is to create a warm atmosphere with delicate and warm tones of light, nothing too bright, but rather more dim to create a specific calming mood and mentality. Lights, whether it’s candles or actual lighting units are placed specifically in homes and offices to create soothing pools of light. Generally the idea is that the lower the temperature of the light, the better.

It all makes sense now! By creating these soothing pools of light, as opposed to the bright fluorescent beams, people adapt to the environment better, which then generates more positive, calm, and happier atmospheres. No wonder the population in Denmark is often referred to as the “happiest population on the planet”.

H Y G G E LIFESTYLE

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With the days getting shorter and the cold and rainy weather rolling in, I find myself longing for a warm cup of tea and cozy blanket constantly. Reflecting on this feeling, and since I work full time and can’t spend my days under a blanket, I’ve been thinking of how I can create this sort of coziness anywhere I am. My thoughts of course went right to one of my favorite lifestyles:

H  Y  G  G  E 

Last year when I first discovered this magical wonderland of a lifestyle I completely fell in love and realized I have needed this in my life all along! I introduced you to HYGGE on my blog back in January, and even though I might not have written about this lifestyle on here very much, really everything I do is somehow HYGGE related.

Naturally, I found myself wandering the aisles of Indigo on a Friday night (yes, that is how I like to spend my Friday nights, surrounded by books and beautiful home decor inspirations), in search of more HYGGE inspirations. Lucky me, on the front display in the store I found two great books, which basically follow the HYGGE vibes; “The Little Book of LYKKE: The Danish Search for the World’s Happiest People” and “LAGOM (Not Too Little, Not Too Much): The Swedish Art of Living a Balanced, Happy Life”. Obviously I snatched them up and bought them without even thinking! I’ve already started flipping through them and I’m sure that once I read them fully I will have an abundance of great information to share. It’s actually quite funny because just by looking at the cover and introduction I already have this warm feeling of happiness inside!

To inspire myself further, and engage into the HYGGE Lifestyle even more, I have decided to create a HYGGE inspired series on my blog, which will run throughout the course of the gloomiest of months when the days become shorter and darker, and we start searching for that extra dose of happiness and light. Over the next few months I will share with you my insights on HYGGE habits and lifestyle choices through posts every Sunday, to go along with my weekly reflection habit.

First things first, if you don’t have it already, head over to your local bookstore and purchase “The Little Book of Hygge” by Meik Wiking. I purchased this book about a year ago, and have really found lots of positive inspiration and motivation from its contents. The book provides readers with an overall outlook on the term Hygge and how to use it in your everyday life. To give you a bit of a preview, the table of contents in the book covers topics such as:

The key to Happiness

  • Light
  • Togetherness
  • Food and Drink
  • Clothing
  • Hygge outside the Home
  • Summer Hygge
  • Five Dimensions of Hygge
  • Hygge and Happiness
  • And More…

Throughout my #HyggeSeries I will attempt to cover and discuss a variety of these topics and try to relate them to day to day activities that you too can use to make your life more Hygge!

“Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is a Danish word that is a feeling or mood that comes taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary, every day moments more meaningful, beautiful or special. Hygge is about being present enough to recognize and acknowledge an act, moment or feeling when the ordinary feels extraordinary.”  – quoted from Hygge House

WHAT IS “THE PRETTIER LIFE”?

Strive for constant H  A  P  P  I  N  E  S  S

Focus on maintaining a  H  E  A  L  T  H  Y  body, mind, and soul

find your personal style, and let that define  F  A  S  H  I  O  N   choices

T  R  A  V  E  L  the world; there’s so much to explore & learn

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World Haus Fashion was all about my style and my outfits. When I decided to start The Prettier Life, I knew I wanted to take it in a different direction a bit, simply because I knew I would not have the time I used to, to post and shoot my outfits, and because I was ready to share with the world the other topics and aspects of my life and personality. Also, World Haus Fashion was literally all about the Fashion, where The Prettier Life is more a lifestyle blog, which I wanted to share more than just fashion (even though a good chunk of it still focuses on my love of fashion). Growing up, I spent my time traveling the world, and experiencing the greatness it has to offer, which I then transcribed into my style and outfits. Now, (although I’m still “growing up”) I feel the need to transfer this positive vibrant knowledge into my lifestyle, which I’ve broken down into four main categories: Health + Happiness + Fashion + Travel. I feel that, that is exactly the definition of “The Prettier Life” for me. All four of those categories make up my lifestyle in one way or another, and I am able to group other aspects of my life directly into one or more of the categories.

H E A L T H + H A P P I N E S S + F A S H I O N + T R A V E L

Although I am still searching (I don’t believe we ever stop searching) I think I have found a very solid piece of my puzzle.  Those four words have become my keys to success, sanity, and growth. As I mentioned before, there are many other subcategories in my life (words) that I use to define my “success” but truthfully they are all able to fit into one of these main categories I’ve created.

By following the motto that “everything happens for a reason” and “positive vibes only” I am able to push past and/or learn to cope/adapt to the negative and/or stressful events in life. Of course, we all deal with things differently, and some matters are easier to “push past or cope” with, but by following these two mottos I learn to deal with things better.

In today’s busy and quickly changing world, it’s so important to keep your feet firmly on the ground and have a strong grasp of your own self; it seems that everything around us is developing and changing so quickly, sometimes it may be hard to keep up – and that is where the importance of “The Prettier Life” comes into play also.

The Prettier Life is a balance and combination of all the aspects of our lives, wrapped neatly into a focused and positive package. 

WEEKLY REFLECTION: WEEK SEVEN & EIGHT & NINE #52HAPPYLISTS

Although I did not write a post about the week seven, eight, and nine weekly reflection, it doesn’t mean I didn’t do them – in fact, I managed to reflect on them a lot and was able to really write out my thoughts, which was great.

I’m sorry for not updating you on the three weeks lists earlier, but here they are now, so reflect away!

Week Seven: List the greatest compliments and encouragements you have ever been given.

Week Eight: List the things that you like to do that don’t involve technology.

Week Nine: List all of the little things that happened today that brought you joy.

WEEKLY REFLECTION: WEEK SIX #52HAPPYLISTS

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List of the Week: List the things from your past and present that feel like blockades in the way of happiness.

Following from last weeks list, from listing the best choices you have made in your life so far, now it’s time to think about things that block you from achieving your happiness.

This week’s list may be harder or easier, dependng on how you want to define your happiness. I do believe that there can be two sides to this list, because we all want our happiness to depend on feelings and emotions, but sometimes, the materialistic items get in the way.

I can’t argue that a nice purchase doesn’t boost your mood a little bit, but in the long run, we need to find other “things” that can bring this happiness to us.

Happy Reflecting

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