happiness

5 Reasons You Should Exercise, Even If It Doesn’t Help You Lose Weight

Joelle Klein by Joelle Klein | April 28th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness | tags: be-happy, exercise, exercise routine, exercises, finding time to exercise, Fitness, happiness, health, healthy habits, healthy routine, how to be happy, mental-health, womens health, workout

Diet and exercise. We’ve heard for years that those two habits are important when it comes to weight loss. Most studies say that your diet is more important, but exercise helps. But does it really help? And if so, how much?

DREAM BIG WITH TFM: Five Steps Towards Making Your Dreams a Reality

by guest | April 20th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: apparel, dreams, finding happiness, happiness, new, positive, positive-thoughts, practicing happiness, pursuing dreams, two fit moms, Yoga, yoga apparel, yoga-therapy, yoga_positions

A guest post from Two Fit Moms.

Four years ago, we began sharing our love of yoga on Instagram by posting snapshots and picture tutorials of some of our favorite poses. With young kids at home, we rarely made it out to attend classes at yoga studios, but we loved to practice at home. We had a passion for connecting with others and sharing whatever we learned on our mats, so we posted photos often and helped build a virtual yoga community. We hoped to be able to reach a larger audience one day, and seeing that dream come true through our relationship with Gaiam has been a surreal experience.

Me, Myself, and I – 8 Tips for Enjoying Solo Travel

Laura Hobbs by Laura Hobbs | March 10th, 2016 | 3 Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: alone, do it yourself, happiness, love yourself, practicing happiness, self care, self growth, self-control, self-love, self-reflection, solo, travel, traveling

Disclaimer: I’m a hardwired introvert. As a child, my solitary tendencies were so severe that they led me to avoid school events, birthday parties, and especially (gulp) team sports. Fast forward 30 years, and my reserve has eroded into a softer, more socially acceptable version. I’ve still been called “distant,” “hard-to-know,” and—one of my personal favorites—“pleasantly reserved,” but I now traverse the meandering path between poised conversationalist and social escape artist.

Into the Pool

Laura Hobbs by Laura Hobbs | February 2nd, 2016 | 2 Comments
topic: Personal Growth, meditation | tags: breathe, focus, happiness, hard to meditate, how to meditate, life changes, meditate, meditation, meditation for beginners, meditation space, Personal Growth

It’s mid-morning and I’ve just finished a client’s photo edits. Light pours into our living room through south-facing windows, tiny dust particles dancing and defying gravity in the rays. I place my meditation cushion in the center of the rug, my brass singing bowl sitting off to the side. I turn my phone’s ringer off and set my timer for 20 minutes. With one swift tap of the velvet-covered stick, the singing bowl chimes a long, unwavering sound that slowly fades. I close my eyes, inhale through my nose, and exhale through my mouth. “Hello,” I say.

4 Ways To Brush Off Body-Shaming

Lisa Truesdale by Lisa Truesdale | January 28th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: better-body, body shaming, body-image, cyber bulling, cyber bully, finding happiness, happiness, love, mind-body, practicing happiness, self-love, social media platforms

If you’re a fan of social media, you’re probably getting used to seeing frequent stories about people innocently posting photos of themselves, only to find that “body-shamers” have come out of the woodwork to make negative comments about their looks, their hair, their clothing choices, their weight…you name it.

Self Love

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | January 19th, 2016 | 1 Comment
topic: Personal Growth | tags: ahimsa, be-happy, deepen-your-yoga-practice, happiness, love, niyamas, self, self image, self-love, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, yamas, yamas and niyamas, Yoga

Self love.  It is the foundation of a happy life and yet, at times, is so hard to hold on to. So, what is self love? While some consider self love to be conceited, the Yamas and Niyamas of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras teach us that self love is a combination of ahimsa (non-violence) brahmacharya (non-excess), and santosha (contentment).

Forgiveness and Moving On

Elizabeth Wellington by Elizabeth Wellington | December 7th, 2015 | 1 Comment
topic: Health & Wellness, Personal Growth | tags: finding happiness, forgive, forgiveness, happiness, key to happiness, manage stress, move on, practicing happiness, reduce stress, relieve stress, stress, stress-relief

When was the last time you felt really stuck? You couldn’t seem to get out a funk, let alone out of your sweatpants?

Yoga Changed Me

Lynda McCullough by Lynda McCullough | October 14th, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Inspirational Media, Yoga | tags: be-happy, books, daily yoga practice, happiness, inspiration, joy, life, lifestyle, mantra, mantras, practicing happiness, religion, worship, Yoga, yoga life, yoga workbook

So much is written about yoga these days. People describe how it helped them through a crisis, healed an injury, made them stronger. Many are inspired to become teachers. Doctors write about yoga’s health benefits and teachers write about its philosophy, anatomical mechanics, or energetics. I am one more fan, student, and teacher, and I want to add my say.

Finding Balance

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | October 13th, 2015 | 1 Comment
topic: Personal Growth, balance | tags: balance, compare, crow pose, happiness, life transitions, self care, self confidence, self-affirmation, self-love, tree-pose, Yoga, yoga-for-beginners, yoga-therapy

As seasons change and the beginning of another school year is here, most of the conversations I’ve been in lately have been about how busy life gets and how hard it is to keep everything in balance…emotionally, physically, and mentally.

Day of Peace

Lisa Truesdale by Lisa Truesdale | September 29th, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Giving Back, Inspirational Media | tags: adopting dogs, animals, dogs, facebook, Food for Thought, happiness, International Day of Peace, peace, pets

A few weeks before the International Day of Peace, I posed a question to my Facebook friends: “How, where, or when do you find peace?” Since the official purpose of the worldwide observance is “global ceasefire,” I expected—and received—several thoughtful responses about striving for peace in the world, and they were appreciated.