If I had the secret to a HappYear would you take it?
A lot of people want a successful year because they believe it will make them happy. While this may be true, we at Happy Life Studios believe that if we have a happier year, then we will have a more successful one as well. The problem with the first scenario is I can only be happy if all my numeric goals were met. While in the second scenario, I can be happy and more successful even if I don't happen to hit all my goals. Success is about being happy not the other way around. A lot of people talk about the importance of setting measurable goals this time of year. Setting goals can be a good thing, but 1) it doesn't work for everyone and 2) we believe there is a way that goes even deeper. So, do yourself a favor and don't even try to set goals without this life hack we talk about in this episode.
Just imagine what would happen if everyone who listened to this podcast actually committed to living out Christmas all year long and actually committed to do something kind for others that they normally wouldn't do. What if even a handful of those who listened to this episode decided to be more generous, thankful or mysterious like they do at Christmas, Thanksgiving or Halloween? Now that is what I call a recipe not only for a HappYear, but for a Happy Life as well - for you, as well as the world around you.
The songs we use in this episode are "Christmas the Whole Year Round" by Sabrina Carpenter and "The Secret of Christmas" by Bing Crosby. We don't own the rights to either.
If only Christmas could last the whole year long! Well...why can't it? Happy Life Studios believe it's actually possible and actually give some pointers on how to make it happen. The truth in this episode will not only make your Christmas Happier, it will make your life Happier as well. There is a song that has been around since before I was born, and yet it has eluded my ears and my Christmas music library my entire life, and I can't think of a better message to complete Christmas and propel us in to the Happy New Year, than the one in this song. Check it out and make this next year your happiest yet.
The song we play and talk about in this episode, "The Secret of Christmas", was written by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen for Bing Crosby, who first performed it in 1959.
The song we end this episode with, is "Christmas the Whole Year Round" by Sabrina Carpenter. I do not own the rights to either of these songs.
We are so excited to hit 100 podcast episodes. Since 100 episodes is such a landmark for us at Happy Life Studios, we did something a little different. (What's new? Don't we always do that?) In this podcast Stevo is actually the one getting interviewed. We are not only excited for the last 100 episodes, we are even more excited for the next 100. Happy Life is becoming so much more than a podcast. Listen and find out where we are taking Happy Life and why we are so excited for it's future.
What do you buy the person who has everything? If you've ever struggled with buying the perfect present, this episode is for you. Listen and make your Christmas happier, more meaningful and easier.
Increase your thankful meter and your happy meter will increase as well because it's impossible to be content and discontent at the same time. When you're thankful for what you have, you're not discontented or angry with what you don't. In this episode, we give some great tips for making your Thanksgiving and your Holidays happier, because we know that for some, Happy is the last adjective they would use to describe their Holidays. Not to mention, there is always that one relative that gets under everyone's skin. That passive/aggressive or maybe even aggressive/aggressive individual that just pushes buttons whether they know it or not. That's why we give a few happy nuggets on how to not allow them to steal the Happy from your Holidays. Listen and make your Thanksgiving Happier. (If you really want to have some fun...share it with that relative heh heh heh).
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Here is the video Elevator I was talking about https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IF-SqVgb7k
The song we use partially in the intro is "Mr Roboto" by Styx. I'd also like to give a shout out to James Kocian, once again, for the use of his really cool song "Light As A Feather". Check out more of his music here https://soundcloud.com/james-kocian)
I HATE COFFEE and I live in Seattle. Not only do I live in Seattle and dislike drinks of the java persuasion, now I am also posting a podcast called "Thanks A Latte." What is wrong with this picture?!? I must admit however, that while I do HATE COFFEE, one of my favorite things about Seattle and the great Northwest is the coffee scene. So go ahead and hit that play button and find out why.
Welcome to episode #2 in our "Whatcha Thankin'" series. So, why post a whole Thanksgiving series instead of a single, one shot, special Thanksgiving episode? It's simple. Increase your thanksgiving and you increase your happy. Our hope is that these "Whatcha Thankin'" episodes will not only make your Thanksgiving day way better, but will also do the same with your thanksgiving lifestyle. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
The song we use partially in the intro is "Mr Roboto" by Styx
Halloween is over, which means it's time to take off the mask and move on towards Thanksgiving, the 2nd Holiday in this wonderful Holiday season. This episode is part 1 in our Thanksgiving podcast series "Whatcha Thankin'?!?". In it we talk about seeking God's face. What does that even mean and why is it so important to God?!?
Seeking God's face...what does that even mean? It might not mean what you think it does. So...do you like to pray? Many do not, and it's all because they miss this one major thing. Listen and find out why I pray. It may surprise you, but it will also encourage you and remove the guilt and weightiness that often comes with the task of prayer. You read that right, I said the task of prayer. Unfortunately, a burdensome task is what it is to so many.
The song we use and are talking about in this episode is "Mr Roboto" by Styx
Is Halloween any good for you? Listen and find out, you may be surprised. You'll also find out not only HOW God wants you to live, but WHERE He wants you to live as well (Alice isn't the only one that's meant to live in Wonderland). For there are a lot of people out there who have been giving God a bad rap by their words and/or their attitudes, not to mention some of their sermons. He's just not as stuffy OR as angry as many make Him out to be. Hit play and I'll show you.
Special thanks to www.lindseylouphotos.com for this weeks "Doctor, Professor, Murderer" podcast pic. Can you find the hidden Happy?
I'd also like to give a shout out to James Kocian, once again, for the use of his really cool song "Still A Kid". Check out more of his music here https://soundcloud.com/james-kocian)
Did you know we have a Pregnancy And Infant Loss (PAIL) awareness month in America? Neither did I until one of our Happy Lifers revealed it to me. So we, my wife and I, interviewed her on the topic.
It's amazing what can happen when someone doesn't deal with the crappy that life throws at them. Inversely, it is amazing as well when someone deals correctly with the crappy that happens. Here is a very powerful story that will inspire you. This episode went longer than the usual. In fact, this is our longest one to date, but the topic was too tender, vulnerable and intense to just end it after 10 or 15 minutes. You've probably heard it said "Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die." In the same way, most of us love to see miracles, but nobody wants to need one. Unfortunately, we can't have one without the other. So, if you've faced, or are currently facing, a loss, whether it's a miscarriage or something else, there is hope! You are not alone! Listen, be encouraged, and let hope arise.
"You are not alone" by Michael Jackson
What do Jesus, Jason and Friday the 13th have in common?
Listen and find out.
Special thanks to www.lindseylouphotos.com for the really cool Jason meets Happy Life photo. It's creepy and rocks at the same time.
Here's the link for the Stuart Edge video I talked about;