Tips On How To Be Happier

Tips On How To Be Happier

With a fresh start this year, you may be feeling extra happy. As the weeks drag on you may feel this happiness begin to fade. It can be difficult to stay happy as you begin to return to your normal routine. Have no fear, there are plenty of ways for a person to keep their happiness. Naturally, at times being happy may difficult for some, however, these tips can be helpful and easy ways for you to improve your happiness. Entrepreneur and WebMD have several key tips:

  • Be Committed – Have goals set that will inspire you to make improvements. A goal of yours may be to drink one extra glass of water every day. If you stay committed and accomplish this goal daily, you may find yourself feeling happier. Completing your goals will be rewarding.
  • Be Grateful Everyday – Everyday when you decide to get out of bed is a monumental deal. Be grateful for the bed that you got to sleep in and the chance to wake up again that morning. Every time you decide to be willing to change or help others is a good day. Be grateful for the opportunity to be helpful. Instead of being bitter about only having so much money in your bank account, be grateful you actually have money in an account.
  • Accept Failures – There will be times when you, or others around you, fail. You can be prepared for this by having a backup plan. You should accept that everyone will fail at some point in their lives, as well as learn that rejection and disappointment are only temporary.
  • Travel – Exploring other cultures and seeing different areas of the world will help you put your life and goals into perspective.
  • Don’t Worry, Be Happy – Be like Bob Marley and choose happiness. Don’t let the negatives thoughts and experiences drag you down a road of pettiness and bitterness. Every moment in your life you choose how to react and behave.
  • Give Forgiveness – Holding grudges keeps you from focusing on what is truly important. Remember, everyone fails; don’t hold on to other people’s failures. After all, you wouldn’t want others to hold on to yours. Don’t let bitterness harbor itself with in you.

Being happier is beneficial to your health.

According to GetPT, a nutrition and fitness website, being happy helps boosts your motivations, engagement, and overall wellness. Being happy also improves your productivity in life, as well as its longevity. Lastly, being happy can lower your risk for cardiovascular diseases.

There are many reasons to be happy. At times we get smothered down with stresses of life. It could be hard at times to focus on the positives, or do some thing that will benefit our own happiness. The first step is always recognizing the problem. The second is usually doing something about it. Do something about it and take the necessary steps to be happier.

Is Your Friend A Cat Or Dog Person?

Is Your Friend A Cat Or Dog Person?

The best way to find out if you and another person are going to be great friends, is to learn whether they like cats or dogs. This trivial question may seem meaningless or irrelevant to some. However, knowing if this person likes cats or dogs can tell a lot about their personality.

According to Psychology Today, a dog person is going to be more outgoing. They are also going to be more conservative in their beliefs. Dog lovers tend to be more competitive too, but they won’t be assertive about this fact. They also seem to prefer their pets being submissive to them. Dog owners do not have as long as a commitment as cat folks. Dogs typically last seven to 10 years old whereas cats live longer lives. Dogs also give their owners constant attention.

Cat lovers, according to Psychology Today, will be more liberal in beliefs. Cat people also score higher on an intelligence scale and are more curious about the world around them. Cat folks have a tendency to be more introverted and tend to not conform to the status quo. Cats, for the most part, are the polar opposite of dogs. They are more independent, and do not give their owners constant attention.

The stereotype of cat and dog people can also just be all tall tale. Some studies have found that it can also be tied to the gender roles. According to Gender Focus, in the article Dogs are for Boys, Cats are for Girls, society implies through subliminal messages that owning a dog is masculine. You never hear about the crazy dog women/man. You only hear about the crazy cat lady.

You can tell a lot about a person by learning about their interests. Next time you consider getting to know someone, it might be worthwhile to ask if they are a cat person or a dog lover.

Why Cuddling Is Good For You

Why Cuddling Is Good For You

Did you know you can hire professional cuddlers? We’re not talking about random strangers cuddling you, we’re talking about people who are trained in the art of cuddling. Why would we need to be cuddled? Well, if you’re part of the forever alone group or maybe are too focused on your career at the moment, you may find you miss being cuddled. However, professional cuddlers do more than that because cuddling is actually good for your overall wellness.

Cuddling can actually help boost your immune system.

According to LiveScience, cuddling releases a chemical called oxytocin which makes us “feel good”. This chemical also goes by the nickname “love hormone” because we commonly produce this chemical in intimate situations with loved ones. Cuddling helps produce oxytocin which then makes us feel confident, as well as helps produce other chemicals in our bodies. These other chemicals, in turn, boost our immune systems.

Cuddling feels good, but it also has plenty of benefits for us, thanks to the oxytocin that is released in our bodies. Oxytocin helps us feel more positive, as well as helps in lowering blood pressure.

Next time you’re feeling stressed maybe consider having some cuddle time. If you don’t have anybody to cuddle with don’t worry, there are now professional cuddlers out there waiting to help you release some oxytocin.

Conserving Water In California

Conserving Water In California

While the drought may technically be over for many areas of California, it is never a bad idea to conserve water. Not only is conserving water good for the planet, it can be very good for your wallet as well.

Many people argue against water conservation, stating that 71% of the earth is covered in water. This must mean there is more than enough for everyone, right? Wrong.

97% of all water on Earth is found in the oceans, which means that water is salty and undrinkable. This leaves only 3% of water as drinkable freshwater. Unfortunately, 66% of all freshwater on Earth is frozen and locked away in the polar ice caps.

This leaves very little drinkable water for all life on earth. With population rates on the rise, water conservation is becoming more and more important.

Conserving water can minimize the effects of drought since there will be a supply stored away for times when water supply is low.

This can also help guard against rising costs for water. Water providers will raise the cost of water when demand is higher than the supply. By saving water, you can help keep the supply plentiful, and keep the price of water low.

Here are a few ways you can save water around your house:

  • Turn the faucet off while brushing your teeth. No one needs the water running while they are brushing their teeth. This can save 70 gallons of water a month.
  • Fix that leaky faucet. It may be a small drip here and there, but a faucet that drips 5 times a minute can waste over 200 gallons of water a year.
  • Take shorter showers. Just shaving one minute off of your shower time can help save 75 gallons a month.
  • Water the yard at optimal times. The best times to water your yard are at dusk and dawn. This is when the sun is at its weakest, which will reduce the amount of water that evaporates away.
  • Use native plants in your yard. Native plants will be accustomed to environment where you live, which can greatly reduce the cost of watering.
  • Check you sprinkler system. Broken sprinkler heads and valves can waste several gallons of water a month.

Often times, it does not take much to conserve a large amount of water. All of these little things can add up to quite a bit if just one home does them. Those saving can increase tenfold when other homes chip in and do their part as well.

When Social Media Pranks Turn Into Crimes

When Social Media Pranks Turn Into Crimes

Do not be surprised if you post incriminating content on your social media and then a few days later, the police come knocking at your door. Social media is no longer just about exchanging memories and connecting with friends. It is now also about business, politics, and even fighting crime. If something suspicious pops up on social media, you can bet that it will go viral and the social media company and the police will get involved.

Southern California police are investigating a teenager who can be seen on videos uploaded to social media, going on a rampage and committing various pranks that eventually cross the line into criminal acts. The video shows the teenager entering a Popeye’s kitchen, grabbing several pieces of chicken, then walking out. Other videos show the teenager stealing pizza from a delivery man, stealing a bowling pin from a bowling alley, and making messes in a 7-Eleven and a liquor store.

The police are investigating all of these incidents and possibly others. While it is unlikely the boy will be taken to court as an adult, he will certainly face consequences as a minor. This could include community service, fines, and possibly attending programs or classes in an attempt to settle this behavior.

Rebellious and punk are words commonly associated with teenage years, but the rise of social media has certainly fueled the behavior. People see others doing similar things all the time, and posting it on social media to gain likes and comments. It is like instant fame and attention. They believe they can and should do the same because it is what they want, but seldom do they think about the damages and consequences of their actions. Let alone the consequences of bragging about their actions on social media. Social media can make it worse because at that point, more people are talking and gossiping.

Everyone, not just teenagers, needs to be cautious of what they post on social media.

If what they post is later used against them, they must ready to deal with the consequences.

Passing Cars While Driving

Passing Cars While Driving

It is no surprise that Californians spend a lot of time behind the wheels. This means we spend a lot of time on the road, which makes it very likely that we’ve encountered other drivers who are less than great.

Every once in a while, we will come across a driver going far below the speed limit for that stretch of road. If luck is on your side, the driver will be in the right lane, leaving the left lane open to pass him or her. However, this is usually not the case. Often times, the slow driver is in the left lane, which is meant for faster traffic, or is in the only lane. This leads to other drivers trying to pass.

If done improperly, this can lead to serious accidents, especially in the case of 2-lane highways. In the case of 2-lane roads, passing is tricky.

A driver may only pass another vehicle if there is a passing lane, or the yellow line separating the 2 lanes is dotted on the side of the car wishing to pass.

If the yellow is solid on your side of the road, you cannot cross that line. It is also illegal to pass a car when visibility is restricted due to curves or hills.

On freeways and other multi-lane roads, passing gets easier. In California, as with most other states, slower traffic is supposed to stay in the furthest right lane, while faster traffic uses the left lanes. If a driver is being passed by multiple vehicles, he or she should consider moving to the furthest right lane, if not already there. Doing this can help make other driver’s days easier and safer.

Why Modern Generation Is Losing The True Meaning Of LOVE

Why Modern Generation Is Losing The True Meaning Of LOVE

The true meaning of love has vanished in today’s society, by having virtual lives on the social media.

Shakespeare wrote that “love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind”, but what if we as a generation are focusing too much on looking with the eyes, rather than our minds?

We live in the era of virtual lives. We throw ourselves into taking the perfect Instagram pic, articulating the perfect Facebook status, and coming up with the perfect Tweet. Our online personas are exactly how we want them to be because that is how we want people to see us, but we as humans are inherently imperfect.

There is a growing problem among our generation: we are confusing the people we see online with the people we meet in real life, and in turn, we make little effort to develop a relationship with the person they truly are.

No one can live up to the image they portray on social media, we set ourselves impossibly high boundaries by basing our standards on the actors and models that we see all over television and social media, and as a result, we can never live up to the alter ego we portray online.

Gone are the days of dating, love letters, and meaningful gestures; instead they are replaced with a like, a poke, and if you’re feeling daring you may even ‘pop up’ and this has affected our relationships in so many ways.

The desperation to portray a perfect life on social media has started to include our relationships, which we also try to portray as perfect, and this puts undue pressure on the relationships we have.

Relationships are naturally imperfect

We make mistakes and we learn from them, we do better the next time, but when we put pressure on our relationships by plastering them all over social media, we are forcing ourselves into a kind of relationship we aren’t ready for. This includes saying the L word before you’re ready for it and spending all of your time together taking ‘cute photos’.

We no longer make time to talk and spend quality time together, and it threatens to deteriorate our relationships altogether.

So how do we fix it? How can we find again the true meaning of love?

There is an ever so simple remedy to this problem, and it’s simply to make time for each other, talk to each other, and learn to love each other with your minds.

Learn to love the mind of your partner and love them completely; don’t feel the need to put it all on social media.

Your relationship belongs to you; it is down to you to make it work, so make an effort to really and truly fall in love with your partner.


Singles’ Guide To Surviving Valentine’s Day

Singles' Guide To Surviving Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day, or Single Awareness Day, is coming up. It’s that frustrating time of year that all the couples get all “aww” with one another and meanwhile the single folk get a different kind of “aww”. It’s the time of year when all of your family asks you if there’s a “special someone” in your life besides your pet. This nuisance will only last one day, but it can get old very fast.

The way to start off Valentine’s Day is accepting the fact that today you will see cheesy displays of love. Try to enjoy the sappy gestures and awkward rejections. Sure, a lot of couples will be overly romantic, but there will also be a lot of people breaking up. Just think, at least you’re not the one being rejected on Valentine’s Day. Let yourself feel a sense of relief that you don’t have to spend money on roses, chocolate, or looking extra good today for anyone else.

If you want to dress up all sexy do it, if you don’t, rock those sweats. The beauty of Valentine’s Day for you is that you don’t have to impress anyone. Everything you do, or plan to do, is all for your benefit. You can plan to go to the spa all day or take yourself out to dinner.

Setting up an evening with your other single friends or pets will also help you focus on something other than all the romance. Plan an event in the evening that you can focus on throughout the day. Go all out with your plans for the evening. If you’re planning on going out with friends, spend the extra time to get ready. If your night will be filled with furry companions, go out and get them a little treat from your local pet store. Just remember that you only have 24 hours of this awkward, frustrating, sappy holiday. It’s honestly just another day.

The History Of Valentine’s Day

The History Of Valentine’s Day

It’s time to pull out the candies and red hearts because Valentine’s Day is here. Single bodies beware or go into hibernation since ridiculous grand gestures of love are here. Couples, be prepared for the stress that you’re about to endure because all eyes are on you this season. Why do we do this to ourselves every year?

Once upon a time, February was deemed to be the month of romance according to Long ago during the third century of Rome, when single men made better soldiers and marriage was outlawed for young men, there was a saint named Valentine. He realized that denying two young souls unity in marriage was unjust. Valentine began to wed young couples in secret and until he was caught and sentenced to death.

There is another story containing another Saint Valentine. In this story, Valentine was imprisoned for rescuing Christians from the harsh Roman rule. He supposedly fell in love with the jailor’s daughter. Valentine would write love letters to her signing them, “from your Valentine” coining the popular phrase in our culture today.

Valentine’s Day, according to, has been around for a long time. The holiday merged with a pagan celebration and developed into what we know today. However, some still believe that we actually celebrate it on the day that St. Valentine died, but who is to really know now. As a part of the pagan celebration it was tradition for the single men in town to draw a name and choose the woman that he’d be with for a year. A combination of the two events has transformed into what we all know as Valentine’s Day.

Ways To Deal With A Stressful Work Environment

Ways To Deal With A Stressful Work Environment

We have all had a stressful day on the job, but when a stressful day turns into weeks and months, something has to give. One-third of a person’s life is spent at work, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). It only makes sense that if you’re stressed out over work, the other two-thirds of your life feels off balance as well.

When dealing with a stressful work environment you must first pinpoint the origin of the stressor. Is it a coworker, an upcoming event at the office, or the customers that are causing you stress? Once you locate the source of the stress, you must evaluate the situation. According to, there are three key things that you need to realize when dealing with workplace stress:

  • Nobody has all the answers.
  • There are no quick fixes.
  • By employing an intelligent, methodical approach, you can get to the bottom of whatever it is that’s stressing you out and can initiate changes that will help.

The American Psychology Association recommends talking with your supervisor about the stressor and/or learning how to relax away from work. When talking with your supervisor about your stress, remember this isn’t the time to make a list of complaints. This is the time to come up with a productive course of action you can take to prevent a high stress work environment.

Finally, learn how to walk away from work without bringing the stress into other areas of your life.

American Psychology Association also suggests deep breathing exercises, meditation, and physical activities to relieve some of the stress.

They say that working on disconnecting from work by not thinking or talking about it can be helpful as well. Work can be stressful, but if you learn how to manage it, work might turn out to be a more fun than you thought.