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7 Aug

Smile throughout the process!

FindingFelicity

Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Brilliant man, Friedrich Nietzsche.

My sister and I are in the kitchen. I am in a grand mood, after listening to some Broods, FKA twigs and George Ezra, while reading Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project. Good music, good reading and soon some good coffee.  I’ve just made a new pot and realize that we’ve finished our Hazelnut creamer and it’s time to open a new bottle of sugary goodness.

“Hey, I’ll open the Cinnabon kind, that’ll be good right?” I say excitedly and actually skip over from the fridge to my coffee.

Oh the days when Cinnabon creamer is the highlight. I live for them. I say, “Tricia, this is the epitome of what you’re always writing about.” The simplicity in the momentary happiness I…

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*Not a Nature-Nut*

25 Jul

FindingFelicity

Written By: Sarah Berthely

I met Sarita in college while we were studying in Philadelphia together. She became one of my closest friends; I remember many late nights eating cereal and just chatting in that North Philly dorm room. Thank you so much for your beautiful post Sarita!
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Happiness has become such a buzz word. “Do whatever makes you happy” seems to be the slogan of the mid 2000’s, yet so many people seem to be miserable. What’s going on? In my online search for the etymology of the word happiness, I found an interesting clue as to why this could be.

My search led me to…

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A Ghost and Infectious Happiness

12 Jul

Wanna learn from a ghost?

FindingFelicity

Written By: Elaine Disbro

When my friend Tricia first contacted me about writing for her new blog, a project about happiness in various forms, I was skeptical. It’s not that I don’t love to write, although a busy work and school schedule keeps me from writing much beyond required academic papers. And it’s not that I don’t see the value of this space. I think Finding Felicity is a beautiful idea. Honestly, I was hesitant to write something for this blog because, for quite a while, I haven’t felt all that happy.  I have a supportive family, great friends (although most live further away than I would like), and a stable job. I have been lucky enough to have some amazing life experiences, including the opportunity to live and travel in China, for which I am incredibly thankful. So what gives?

Last week I was on vacation at one of…

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~Sorry to tell ya Pharrell…

3 Jul

Heya! Have a look at what’s happening on FindingFelicity 😉

FindingFelicity

Written By: Meredith Snipes

Meredith was one of my very first friends in Beijing, we worked in the same company and kept a diary of the silly things our co-workers said. She is one of my favourite people, and has a refreshing way of writing. So she has agreed to write for FindingFelicity. ~Thank you Meredith!

gq-style-pharrell-williams-1 He’s speechless.

Happiness is one of those things that everyone tries to define, but seem to fall just short of defining it perfectly. It’s even been described as feeling like “a room without a roof,” well sorry to tell ya Pharrell…

But I don’t think that’s it either. I think happiness can mean different things to different people. Some people feel happy with religion. Others feel happy with money (though they always say money doesn’t buy you happiness, I think for some people it actually does). And for some, happiness can simply be found by…

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*Pardon Me Coco Chanel*

28 Jun

FindingFelicity

I am a dramatic being. I cry all the time. It’s in my nature. Tears weren’t meant to be with-held anyways, so I let ’em flow.

Splashed some cold water on my face as is my usual habit when I get to bed by 2:00 am and my eyes are puffy from crying. What can I say? I’m an emotional person. I cry when things happen. It’s the estrogen. It’s being a girl. Oh don’t get me wrong. I am proud of my tears.

You see we, I mean my family, got a phone call yesterday. And my mom’s cancer, which we thought was gone, is actually still there. A !@#$&! 12% of it. She’ll read this post so I have to watch my language.

Now I know that many families are punched in the face with cancer, we’re not the only ones. There’s a fleet of us. It’s…

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