True or False: Money Can Buy Happiness?

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The answer to the title question is it depends o what your definition of happiness is!  Money does not matter, until it does!  Money and happiness are partners inasmuch as it brings freedom of choice, and that is extremely important.  In 2016 Case Western Reserve University released a study that showed a strong relationship between income and an individual’s emotional well being.  But in the end, it is how you spend your money that makes the difference in happiness.  If you spend the money on experiences that really make you happy, then the answer would be true that money can buy happiness!  

Happy Money!

happiness-is-brought-by-youyes, you think money will make you happy!  Think again!  Here is the secret:  begin with making YOU happy, not with material changes, but with eating healthy, thinking healthy, sleeping healthy, and see the change in YOU.  THEN look at your Money relationship and begin to change the money to Happy Money!  

Sometimes You Just Need to be HAPPY!

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No need for heavy thinking today!  It is sunny in Ohio, and it reminds me of a crisp September Ohio day!  But it is not September, it is August!  But being happy does not pay attention to any calendar month or day.  

No need for elaborate planning today.  Life will flow as it is meant to flow.  Just be ready to go with the flow, and be HAPPY!

No need to stick with healthy eating today, unless you really want to.  I chose not to.  I had a very healthy breakfast already including 4 fruits and vegetables, and then I went to the grocery to pick up two things, but I ended up doing the grocery shopping.  After all, I had an apple fritter from my morning meeting waiting for me in the car.  Might as well be happy at least for today!  But eating healthy makes me happy as well!

What I am sharing is that once in a while just be HAPPY and do not overthink it!

It is a Happy Friday…

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Most people just look forward to Friday to start their weekend, but, me, I am happy most days.  Oh yes, a little sadness occurs every once in a while, but it does not matter what day of the week it is.  When I am following my mission and my purpose, I find happiness at most times.  It can be brought to mind by little and big things.  Very little of my happiness has to do with money…

Over the years since taking my leap of faith and leaving corporate America and big government, money has out of necessity of my choice been a concern.  Sometimes a big concern, sometimes a little concern.  But, working with people on their money relationships has brought new enlightenment to me.  I am still a believer in multiple streams of income, and I am finally back in that practice.  Now, money is there, it really is, for what my purpose and mission is.  And that has had a change in focus over the years.

Being a single mother now for 34 years, my children were always my first priority during their pre-adult years.  Now, while they are still a major concern, it is a different type of concern.  I know it is the time in my life that I have to take care of me for the rest of my life.  And becoming older is bringing new obligations in that regard to preserve and protect my life.

All of this is leading to my longevity; but a major contributor to longevity is not directly money; it is happiness.  This weekend is a happiness weekend.  My oldest son comes back to Cleveland for the first time in many, many months not only to celebrate the birthday of my youngest grandson but also to become his god father.  That is an important thing for my son as he knows the value of having a father in his life.  Being a god father is an honor these days, and it is hoped that his role never becomes active, but, if it does, I know he will rise to the occasion in a way that he knows he can be!  It will be a time of happiness for all; that is my hope and belief.

And that is far better than money…

Finding the Memories…

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Losing your voice presents many challenges and many opportunities.  For 12 hours yesterday, still without a voice and still using up boxes and boxes of kleenexes, I tackled “the closet”.  The results is a haven for trash pickers this week as well as boxes and boxes to be shredded.  It has been almost 12 years that I have lived where I live.  But the beauty in all of this is that I found things I did not fully appreciate.  And hundreds of 2006 pictures from Italy are among those.  They are more than memories, they are a symbol of what my life has not been for 10 years.  My move to Oberlin is a return to finding me again, or finding the new me.  Whichever it is, I took the time to purge, and in the purging, I found many pieces of me that were almost forgotten!  

Not Wanting to Go Through the Motions, I am Really a Wild Soul!

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It would have to be a big tree house, but listening to God talking through the wind, watching the Sun close up, and disconnecting from the world is the only way to be in connection with the “Earth”.  And I want that.

The ultimate goal of moving to Oberlin is to build a home/business residence where life and the Earth and me come together.  I picture it in a wide open field with trees and flowers available.  Where the wind can blow through you hair, where the rain can shower you with life, and where folks can gather for any one of many different reasons is what I am building toward.

After a life in government, politics, finance and more, I do not want to be part of the maddening crowd.  I want to have the availability of intelligent conversation, healthy food, and cultural activities within walking distance.  Yes, the Utopia exists, and it is not Utopia.  It is more reality than most places with tones of intellectual snobbery, racist divisions, division between town and gown, but it is a place where peace is also sought, and individual priorities are respected.  Yes, I want to be in the wild; and, if that makes me a wild woman, it is not accurate.  I want to be the woman with the wild peaceful soul, not afraid to do what needs to be done for me and for others.

Looking for Joy?

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Tranquility is pure joy–the quiet kind!  But how do you find joy, how do you find happiness?  There is not a short cut, a direct route.  So many times, it is simply doing for yourself and others.  It really is that simple.  But there are some ideas of how to reach it, step by step:

  1. Get moving.  3 times a week, walk, briskly for 30 minutes.  Being physically active can get the excitement and enthusiasm genes moving!
  2. Journaling.  20 minutes a day of positive recapturing allows the brain to relive the good stuff.
  3. Randoming.  Create joy for someone else with random acts of kindness.  No formula–the opportunities present themselves when you are aware that you are looking.
  4. Unplugging.  Turn the electronics off for a while every day.
  5. Flowing.  Go back to you, go back to nature, and find your flow.
  6. Meditating.  For a minute, for tow minutes, find the stillness.
  7. Thanking.  Simple gratitude can do so much.

The Happiness Vibration…

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Yes, vibrations do have colors.  And today’s vibration is golden.  Peaceful, meditative, and rain to nourish the Earth and my soul.  Sleep, beautiful sleep, without interruption for a full 8+ hours.  Awaking feeling calm, wonderful, happy.  There is nothing better.  Meditation with Esther Hicks and Abraham to start the juices flowing followed by a meditative state that was pure bliss–no interrupting thoughts, just peace and receptiveness.

And peace and receptiveness are the portals to happiness.  

Knowing that my day is super full taking me to Lake and Summit Counties before I return home, knowing that the rain could be a bummer, knowing that I will sleep well tonight after a day with three different client relationships to nurture, I am at peace as I begin.  I am open to what my clients need today.  And that makes me happy.  

My whole practice has a golden vibration, and it is my mission to keep it golden for all involved.  Be at peace, be receptive, and be on the path to happy today.