Score One For Happiness

9thAfter discussing the idea of happiness with many, it appears this topic can be an uncomfortable subject. Why do we hesitate to talk about what makes us happy? Is there anything else we want more for ourselves than that?

For some reason, we are made to feel poorly if we talk – or for that matter, consider – what makes us happy. That is a conundrum if there ever was one; we want to be happy but don’t think about it…… It is not  selfishness, it is living life to its fullest.

Perhaps it’s because what might make us happy seems silly or odd to others. I get great joy out of listening to classical music while following along with the score. No doubt many of you are yawning simply reading that! It is one of my simple pleasures

What makes you happy that may seem boring or mundane to others? Please feel free to list it in the comments. Putting it in print may inspire you to do more of what makes you happy.

Another Great Book Review


Jovanhanna Kristina – Blogger, Book Reviewer, & Life Strategist

I am pleased and honored to share another review of my book, “Shame On Me” – Healing a Life of Shame-Based thinking. Jovanhanna Kristina is the Founder of Positive Forward Movement where she works with her clients on many areas of self-improvement. Visit her website at

Book Review:

Shame it’s a word that I have heard and know I’ve used. I never took much thought into theory behind shame or consider the effects that it could have. I was presented with the opportunity to read Shame On Me: Healing a Life From Shame-Based Thinking, by John Dunia and could not resist. One because I love books and two because I was feeling ashamed of a current situation my family was going through. This is a sponsored post, however I was not directly compensated for writing this. All thoughts, opinions, impressions are my own and not influenced by anyone.

If you don’t know I love the dictionary (thesaurus too)!


Shame \ˈshām\

  • a feeling of guilt, regret, or sadness that you have because you know you have done something wrong
  • dishonor or disgrace
  • a painful emotion caused by consciousness of guilt, shortcoming, or impropriety
  • a condition of humiliating disgrace or disrepute

I found it surprising that shame was defined as a condition. As I read Shame On Me and reflected on my personal experiences I began to understand how shame can be considered a condition and the impact that it has on us as emotional beings. This book resonated with me from the beginning I could relate to Dunia’s defining moment and that moment of clarity when everything seems to make sense and you regain control.

Read the entire review here:

Time For Happiness

HappinessMost of us work hard so we can have time to enjoy life. The enjoyment, we hope, brings us happiness. It would be tremendously disappointing to expend a huge amount of effort obtaining something only to discover it did not provide the happiness we anticipated.

How much time do you spend thinking about what makes you happy? Wouldn’t it make sense to ponder that question before investing what could be potentially futile energy?  We spend time planning schedules for work, home, or other family activities. Our own happiness – and what truly makes us happy – is no less important than these items but when was the last time you spent serious contemplation over what really makes you happy?

Our happiness ought to be paramount and something that may need a little more priority than what has been typically relegated to it. I am anxious to hear your feedback. Thank you.