T - Theatre

Posted by Claudia Moser on 1:41 PM in , ,
Art in general makes me happy and while on holiday I so try to get out as much as possible, especially to cultural events and I am so excited since in Sunday I will see Anna Karenina as theatre play. Since language is a barrier I chose to add a piece of ballet, the music is always powerful, enjoy!

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S - Sleep

Posted by Claudia Moser on 2:28 PM in , ,
While on holiday I always recover my energy while sleeping (this of course if I don't stay up reading which is another activity which I do a lot while on holiday), somehow it feels wonderful to stop my alarm clock, to ignore the birds singing at 6am and just enjoy waking up when I want. Having a good night sleep makes me happy, it gives me a good vibe for the whole day and I always know a good cupmof coffee awaits me ;)

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R - Running

Posted by Claudia Moser on 11:11 AM in , ,
A warm spring day
Feet running along the road
Getting some clean head

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Q - Quinoa

Posted by Claudia Moser on 9:54 AM in , ,
Quite a surprise I am sure, but this grain makes me happy especially combined with fenel, apple, carrot in a salad.

Picture from here

Quinoa is an ancient food from South America. While it looks a bit like rice, it has a richer, heartier flavor and crunchier texture. It tastes like brown rice but I like that it is fluffy and somehow creamy.
Another recipe which I cook quite often is a quinoa risotto with zucchini and smoked salmon, a true delight!
Happy Easter everyone - I hope you will have days full of light!

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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 :)
Picture frim here

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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