The last four weeks felt like a rollercoaster ride. There were extremely emotional moments and I was always on the run. Looking back, I first remember those big events that were incredibly important for me and my pals. But then there were also those pretty little moments: The ones that lasted only some hours or even minutes and came unexpected. Those moments are what makes life worth living and the happy power boosters that always give me fresh energy.
I wish you a wonderful new week! Enjoy those small pretty moments :)!
Dutch smooth jazz and funk alto saxophonist Candy Dulfer is a goddess. The feelings she is able to transport with her instrument go straight into my heart. I don’t know how I will ever come near anything like this by playing the clarinet. Oh, those funky tunes make me so happy!
Have fun listening!
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It’s not that long ago that I dedicated a whole week to the topic of Happiness. Actually I planed the long-promised Osnabrück city guide for today. But life cannot always be planned and now you have to wait for one more week before I reveal all of Osnabrück’s secret places. Today, happiness is more important. During the last week I realised (once again) how important a good spirit is. As I just started my freelance career (?), I had to face some days that were loaded with not-that-optimistic thoughts and a tiny motivation gap. But then I went to our allotment garden and guess what? After only 30 minutes I felt pure happiness and refreshed and ready to go on. So, I think it’s time to remember that it are the small things in life that make one really happy instead of waiting for the bigger goals (career, the right partner, the future….) to become reality.
A few months ago I visited a friend of mine in Cologne and by accident I came across Gretchen Rubin’s bookThe Happiness Project. Like I told you already (several times) I am a big fan of Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert and this book sounded like it could keep up with it:
Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany while riding the bus. She asked herself what she wants from life. Her answer was simply to be happy. But was she happy or were there ways to enhance the happiness factor in her life? This was the beginning of a year-long experience – she started a happiness project. Each month she set herself goals: For example, January was dedicated to boost energy, February to remember love, June to make time for friends or September to pursue a passion. After I read it I must admit that Eat, Pray, Love is still my number one. Nevertheless, Gretchen’s ideas to fulfill her goals and commitments are innovative, well investigated and often extremely funny. I just started to practise one of her advises: To sing in the morning. Three times a week, my mornings start at 5am, so a bit happiness is urgently needed … and singing really is working. The book is filled with a ton of other ideas and insights, which makes it absolutely recommendable. Go and read it yourself. And then – maybe – start your own happiness project :).
One small anecdote: While reading the book in the train last week, my seatmate read the title and told me that he thinks I am looking happy anyway. This was a very nice comment and is reflecting in a very good way my own perception :)!
Pic by Franzi. Sorry for the bad pics – it was too dark…
I made it 🙂. I mastered the Monthly Challenge of eating greener and created (okay, I admit it: with a little delay) four totally green recipes. This week was even more challenging because I tried to make something green that induces happiness. That’s why I asked a few friends for their ideas when I was enjoying the spring sun in the Schlossgarten with them on Monday. The one response that came quite spontaneous was – oh wonder – ice cream.There was no way of making ice CREAM with only green ingredients, but together we thought about the other possibilities and invented this cold, green happiness treat … on a stick. The popsicles are made of fresh peppermint leaves, pear juice and lime. When I prepared it, I nearly couldn’t resist to drink the mixture before freezing it. – I believe this would make a perfect booze-free summer cocktail, too!
Juice of one lime, app. 200ml pear juice, a handful fresh peppermint leaves.
Blend all the ingredients with a hand blender and fill into small plastic shot glasses. Put in a plastic spoon (or if you have such sophisticated things, a popsicle stick ;). Freeze for app. 3 hrs (or longer).
If you’re feeling extremely happy which colors would you wear? Yes, of course – those would be bright ones and a mix of sunny shades. Moreover, I would choose something airy to feel comfortable in. Something to enjoy springtime or the summer heat or a walk through the nature. Dresses and wide skirts are always ideal for a happy (girly) mood. I tried to create a happy outfit today – the result you can see above. And now tell me: What are you wearing in a state of pure happiness (or to motivate this state with the help of your outfit)?
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