P - Practice smiling

Posted by Claudia Moser on 9:54 AM in , , ,
Can you imagine that Chinese ladies practice smiling like this?

Picture from here

I'd rather meet with my girlfriends for a Friday evening and laugh till we drop :)

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O - Optimism

Posted by Claudia Moser on 12:51 PM in , ,

Till date I have read lots of articles which demonstrate that people who are viewing life with optimism live longer and enjoy life fully. Some facts which helped me:

1. Have positive thoughts about yourself and others. The glass is always full even if it has 50% water, the rest is air :)
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2. Stop comparing yourself. Every individual has unique and has special talents that should be appreciated. I did learn that my qualities brought me lots of joy and I strive to develop them further.

3. In every difficult moment, face the challenge by focusing on achieving a positive outcome, rather than anticipating defeat. Plus you never know where you end.

4. Exercise, eat healthy diet, and good sleeping habits and hygiene. Well I follow almost all of them!

5. Challenge your mind every day by learning something new, plus read read read, it helps!

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N - No

Posted by Claudia Moser on 1:50 PM in , ,
Sometimes on the path towards happiness you need to learn a very tough lesson (at least for me!), namely: saying no.

While browsing for an inspiration I found this:

I should start, I am not able to commit to blog on a daily basis but so far I managed the A-Z Challenge and this feels good!

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M - Movement

Posted by Claudia Moser on 11:36 AM in , ,
I guess now you will ask why movement? Well I believe that moving keeps you happy:
- by moving yout body you exercise, you discover new places, you get warm
- by moving your eyes you find out great things, like a flower bloom, an unsual cloud or a smiling face
- by moving your head you discover new persectives, a new approach to the same view
- by moving your limbs you have a new direction
- by moving your thoughts you develop new ideas, you get creative
- by moving things you shape the universe
So did I persuade you that movement is positive? :)

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L - Love. Laugh. Learn to let go

Posted by Claudia Moser on 8:25 AM in , , , , , ,

During the 2012 this post gained the highest amount of hits and comments and I guess the reason behind it is due to its simple but valid message: you live, you laugh, you love, you learn and in the end you let go! Sometimes it is that easy so a reminder below:

Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.
-- Oprah Winfrey 

By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond the winning.
-- Lao Tzu

Think about any attachments that are depleting your emotional reserves. Consider letting them go.
-- Oprah Winfrey

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
-- Lao Tzu

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K - Keyboards ... Music makes life better

Posted by Claudia Moser on 8:12 PM in , ,
Today I walked a lot, with my mother towards the market but mostly alone. And the music was my sole companion, I listened to Anastacia, to Pharell Williams, to Robbie Wiliams, to Gregory Porter and many more. My taste is rather diverse, small note on the side: tomorrow I will attend Carmen at the Opera in my home town.

I am not very musical, my teacher always told me that I have no voice. But still I enjoy music, without it my life would be rather bland and not so happy. I sometimes smile while walking with the headphones on and I believe that people might think I am a bit unsual :)

But what I miss at the moment is the sound of the keyboards which my husband used to make while practising in his room. I could not hear the music (he was also having his headphones on) but having the blip-blip in the background reminded me that he is there, that I am not alone, that I am happy. Keyboards ...

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J - Jokes

Posted by Claudia Moser on 12:36 PM in , ,

What brings a smile? What makes me happy? A good joke :)

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I - Invest in People

Posted by Claudia Moser on 4:20 PM in , , ,
Another day for the A to Z Challenge ... With another idea for the happiness project: investment in the people close by, either friends, family, aquitances. During the last months I have noticed that what brings you forward is a simple smile, a nice word addressed in a needy moment or a hello. This of course is valid for my personal life. But I have learned that this rule applies in my professional life as well. If you spend time with your co-workers / team members you can easily identify means to motivate them, to help them stay focus, to perform better. For me social skills are vital.

What about you? Do you find this important?

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