The Happy Friday Series: Everyone’s Happy!

kidsfaceHappiness is pervasive; everywhere you look and listen, someone is talking about studies on happiness at academic levels, about books they’re reading, about happiness jars they’re creating, and the love they have for their fellow man.

I applaud them all. We need more positive spirit and positive mental attitude and smiles and giggles and belly laughs to endure the constant stream of negativity, backlash and strife in this entire world.

Peggy Fitzpatrick is one of the happiest women I know; every day, her avatar greets us with that infectious wide grin complete with a sprinkling of stars in various colors behind her head. Her posts are always positive, always supportive, always full of love, and generosity. Her spirit is so alive, and she leads the 12Most.Com community with Paul Biedermann. Run to her blog and Facebook community or Twitter to see what I mean.

Happiness jars are being crafted all over and posted online. Do you know why? Because we need to share the good things we’re thankful for and recognize what makes us laugh and smile every day.

Did you know laughter is the best medicine? Not kidding; that tired old cliché is tried and true – laughter indeed makes the heart healthier. And, it releases the negative acids and endorphins and hormones into the sky leaving you with a rosy feeling and a spritely step.

On Fridays, please hold me to it, we’re going to find GOOD news that brings a smile to your psyche. Maybe it will make you happy, or maybe it will send away a negative thought, or two.

And, to make this really work, I’d like your help…here’s how:

  1. Guest Post here on a Friday about happiness, good mental energy, spiritual positiveness (yep, word coin), laughs, or whatever tickles you. I don’t mind if you have no blog of your own and want to get your feet wet. Send me 400 words if you don’t know what to write; we’ll get a story going.
  2. Share in comments something you saw or read that makes you or made you happy. I’ll cover it here.
  3. Send me links to happy stuff, and I’ll sprinkle them in the channels.
  4. Join my Bloggers Unite! Community on Google+ — we’re nearing 90 members and growing. It’s where we lend some levity to our seriousness with banter, XO and LOL. Knowing that Alaska Chick Blog of Pioneer Outfitters (yes, it’s Amber-Lee Dibble) is my co-moderator should bring a smile right off.

What think? Join me in our collective pursuit of happiness, would you? All writers and stories welcome. You will smile; that’s the goal.

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crazyadventures
crazyadventures

Hooray for Happy Friday! I created a #happinessis day on Wednesday where we focus on the happy in our lives. I don't mind participating in yours on Friday, too, we could ALL use more happiness :)

bdorman264
bdorman264

I am Mr Happy.........really; I can't help it. 

barrettrossie
barrettrossie

I'm happy just showing up here, finding @AlaskaChickBlog @susansilver @Mark_Harai @markwschaefer @dbvickery and @KDillabough !  Oh... and it's nice seeing that big beautiful banner at the top of the page... :-)

 

OK... I posted this at Ken Mueller's blog for his musical game, and I'll share it here. Not sure if anyone wants to invest 6 minutes in my rock'n'roll memories of long ago, but here's a clip from a documentary on the musical scene in Charlotteville VA when I was in college -- I'm was and still am fanatical about this band: http://youtu.be/dX518WcYW-s

jeanniecw
jeanniecw

Happiness is a great reason to say hello and say HAPPY FRIDAY!

Latest blog post: Dead Bird

susansilver
susansilver

Jayme, I am so happy (to use a phrase) that you are doing this. We all need that little extra mental push and reminder to relax and smile. Peggy has inspired me in this way as well. One of the nicest folks I have had the pleasure to know online and always a supporter for those at 12most. 

 

I had wanted to do something similar on my own blog, but I don't have nearly the time I wish to work on it. I was going to call it everyday strength. Things you can do in 10 minutes to improve your mood during the day. I will try to send a post your way about it. 

Mark_Harai
Mark_Harai

Happy, happy, happy... I'm in..!

 

Hi Jayme : )

 

Happiness is a choice - if you're not happy, chances are you're not seeing your other options :o

 

It's also hard to find if you don't surround yourself with happy, positive, progressive, optimistic people. You really do become what you hang out with the most.

 

I don't have anything against negative folks; I just avoid them at all costs.

 

Love your new series, miss : )

dbvickery
dbvickery

I definitely spread the happy in Facebook throughout the week. Similar to many of the friends we have in common, I actually pay attention throughout the day to find anything I think may bring a smile or get a belly laugh! What's cool is that it even suits the lurkers. They do not post much, and they rarely comment, but they Like different comic posts or mention it IRL.

 

I *think* I'm already in that Google+ Community...

suddenlyjamie
suddenlyjamie

Jayme, you are the BESTEST! 

I would be delighted to write a post and am happy-happy-HAPPY to be in the mix with other like-minded, let's-get-happy people. There can never be too much joy in the world, and yet we so often gravitate towards the opposite. It's like some bad habit we can't kick. Hell! We don't even realize we do it! 

 

Thank you for initiating this. 

Oh - and I will definitely join you over on Google+ ... I'm almost there. Just transferring all my "stuff" (docs, calendars, reader) to a new Google ID (my default one was silly). I'll be there soon! :) 

 

XO and HAPPY Friday! (That now takes on a whole new meaning for me!) 

;)

 

KDillabough
KDillabough

Doing the Happy Dance:) http://youtu.be/p1d7Omb4fUI

 

Cheers! Kaarina P.S. As I was doing my Happy Dance and getting the link, your comment below appeared:) OF COURSE I'll be writing a post for you:)))))

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@rdopping And, I bet you watched all 468 of those views, too!

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@barrettrossie @AlaskaChickBlog @susansilver @Mark_Harai @markwschaefer @dbvickery @KDillabough Well, we're all complete since you joined the thread and shared your musical blast from the past! TU!

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@AlaskaChickBlog Can't wait to hear from you, Amber-Lee, on how you make Happy happen in Alaska.

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@jeanniecw Nice to have you here, Jeannie! Thanks, and feel free to submit a post on Happy. I'm sure there's something that strikes you?

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@susansilver I'm thinking Every Day Strength is an excellent theme. We all need it and need to know how/where to find it and from whom to get that inspiration to keep on. Put it here, put that on your blog on occasion; no matter, it's worthy! (So are you!) Thanks for sharing.

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 @Mark_Harai I'm thrilled you're in! So glad. I know you can whip out a post here in no time with your positive spirit I love so much! XO!

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 @PaulBiedermann  @PegFitzpatrick And, you and I, Paul, are just becoming further acquainted, and for that I'm smiling. I will do better honoring your posts with a smile and a repost here, too! Thanks for coming by!

anitahovey
anitahovey

 @EricaAllison That child is adorable...he has an acting career...or political career, ahead for sure.

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 @EricaAllison OMGosh. I am laughing my ass off...I shouldn't 'use body parts. That is flippin' hilarious! This guy is precious.  Thanks for sharing that! I hope everyone watches; it's about 20 seconds. Great seeing you, Girlfriend! You've been on my mind!

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 @dbvickery Then, perhaps you'll keep your list and post it here on occasion? Or, I'll grab it and share with accolades. We know who's typically living life with laughs; it shows on the face. It's so wonderful when you see it; there's an aura. I have only really seen it on one person for real. It was amazing.

 

I was standing in line at the grocery store telling the clerk about this NPR interview I had heard about the study of happiness. I felt the woman behind me tune in and when I went to look at her, she was beaming naturally. Almost angelic, really. I won't forget that vision of her face, and I told her so.

 

Sorry, had to share that. Thanks for coming over!

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 @suddenlyjamie Feel free (Everyone) to take over this blog on Friday with thankful, joyful, happiness stuff. Sounds corny, but darn it, you're so right. There are too many people suffering and even amongst our own communities (see @Mark Schaefer blog yesterday with the story about Nancy Smith). 

 

Our inspiration may help someone get out of the doldrums a bit. Thanks, Jamie. Looking forward to seeing you at Bloggers Unite! too!

 

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 @KDillabough Hurray! This whole thing is making me happy. Not lying. Feeling the love and excitement! Our community needs to feel that bond again; we're disjointed and worried about the new year.  A little 'raderie is good for the soul. Ooh. I think I have to use that in my email signature!

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@susansilver @barrettrossie Maybe that's the post you need to submit, Susan! I'm merely a listener and appreciate musical creations; yet, I have no capacity to remember songs by artists and what they say. Don't do movies that way, either. So admire people who can and do. How about a Music That Makes Me Smile piece? Just pondering.

dbvickery
dbvickery

 @Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing May sound cheesy, but my wife is that lady in the line that is always beaming, sees the best in everybody, will laugh to the point of tears, and then excitedly passes along her enthusiasm.

suddenlyjamie
suddenlyjamie

 @Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing  I hadn't seen Nancy's post on @Mark Schaefer 's blog, but I read it just now and got a lump in my throat. I am constantly amazed at what people can survive, and - more importantly - how they can grow so beautifully even in the most trying circumstances. I am often moved to tears by the generosity of strangers in this place called the Internet. Wonderful. Thanks for the heads up. I'm glad I didn't miss that one. 

 

dbvickery
dbvickery

 @barrettrossie Hah, UVA isn't going to happen because scholarships will not come her way even with her rank and touting a 34 ACT. So her music will get heard on some other college campus!

barrettrossie
barrettrossie

 @dbvickery This is the danger of sending your lovely daughter to U.Va... look what it did to me!

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 @anitahovey It's like me when I was a bold and sassy chica (wait, I still am) with Pantone Red and Pantone Violet!

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 @suddenlyjamie  Apparently, she is staying with friends somewhere and has no computer or email right now. Yes, I was moved and tearful upon reading that.

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