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Looking for Life Beyond Your Comfort Zone

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

There’s a good chance you were meant for more than what you’re doing right now. Think about it. What did you want to be when you were a child? Before anyone told you it wasn’t possible? Before you convinced yourself […]

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Happy at Work: The Art of Occupational Gratitude

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

We talked about waking with restless enthusiasm and how what you do for a living plays a major role in that. Are you happy because you live out of your passion… or are you merely going to work? Let me […]

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‘Restless Enthusiasm': Does Your Life Make You Happy?

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

A few months ago, I saw this graduation speech floating around in cyberspace. The headline alone was very catchy: “Don’t work. Be hated. Love someone.” It’s an ode to living passionately, whether it’s in your job or your relationships. One […]

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The Secret to Happiness

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I’ve been your faithful Beliefnet editor and Inspiration blogger for more than a year now. Whenever people ask me what I do, I tell them that I write about how to be happy. Almost immediately, their next question is, “So […]

10 Ways to Bring Joy into Your Life

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

The following is from Michele Rosenthal, author of Before the World Intruded: Conquering the Past and Creating the Future. Enjoy! There was a time in my life I didn’t believe I’d ever feel joy again. A horrible illness had befallen […]

‘I Am Most Myself When…’

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

What centers you? What’s the one activity that brings you back to yourself? I have a few. I love to pray. I love to run. Even the thought of a Sunday afternoon at my favorite coffeehouse with a book calms […]

It’s Okay to Be Happy

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

For being an Inspiration Editor and generally content person, I’m always surprised at how pessimistic I can be. As mentioned earlier, November was a rough month for me. However, in a miraculous way that I can only describe as an […]

4 Ways to Choose Happiness: Lessons from America’s Elders

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Today’s guest blog comes from Dr. Karl Pillemer, author of 30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans. Enjoy! A perennial question is: What makes us happy? Indeed, there’s so much interest in this topic that […]

Do You Have Happy Heart?

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

“Are you happy?” My dining companion was in between nachos when I asked the question. At first he looked perplexed and, after a bite he responded, “You mean, right now?” “Yeah,” I said. “In your life, right now, are you […]

What’s Your Happy Song?

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I loved your responses to “How to Beat the Blues”. A few of you mentioned listening to music as a way to lift your spirits, and I agree! I’ve always got some tunes in my ears to help me navigate […]

Joy is Strength

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

“Nehemiah said, ‘Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.’” – Nehemiah […]

5 Things You Must Do Every Day

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I’m still ruminating over Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project. I think it’s in my top 10 books that have changed the way I think and behave. In the book, the author takes a year to pursue happiness in the daily routine […]

What Are You Waiting For? Your Joy is Now!

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

A lady in waiting… That used to be me. I spent most of my teens and 20s wanting to get married. No, I mean, really wanting to get married. Sadly, in many ways, my happiness was put on hold for […]

Gratitude: The Secret to Practicing Happiness

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

This week’s theme is happiness. If you haven’t read the blogs, here’s a recap: It kicked off with a video from Pastor Joel Osteen on Habitual Happiness. Then, a discussion on What Makes You Happy. Followed by the results of […]

A Few of Your Favorite Things

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

In my pursuit of happiness, I’ve been doing an informal survey amongst my friends, family, co-workers and you precious Inspiration Report readers to discover what makes you happy. Interestingly enough, there were a lot of items that appeared on everyone’s […]

What Makes You Happy?

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens / Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens / Brown paper packages tied up with strings / These are a few of my favorite things” – Oscar Hammerstein II, ‘The Sound of Music’ […]

Joel Osteen on Habitual Happiness

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

If people were to describe you in one word, what would it be? I thought about that this weekend as I was going through a box of keepsakes. In many old letters, I noticed several friends wrote down that when […]

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Poem: In The End
Today’s guest blogger is poet Tara Sophia Mohr Learn more about Tara’s poetry

posted 4:30:02pm Oct. 24, 2012 | read full post »

A Quote to Live By
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined." Henry David Thoreau Whatever you were put on this earth to do, do it today. Don't delay. Don't look back. Run like crazy towards your passion and watch God lay the adventure out before you.

posted 9:22:40am Aug. 01, 2012 | read full post »

People Who Do Good: A Cake that Makes a Difference
Our "People Who Do Good" series has been a blast and I've enjoyed highlighting the stories and lives of everyday heroes. This one comes to us from writer Rebecca Brittingham who traveled to Florida to find a cake-maker with a heart for the less fortunate. When most people hear the word art, they

posted 12:10:27am Jul. 30, 2012 | read full post »

The Problem with Pain
I’ve heard people say, “How do I get over something if it still hurts?” And yes, forgiveness is key, whether it’s aimed towards yourself or someone else. However, it’s not really the main issue. What people really want to know is, “How do I deal with the pain?” The problem with pain

posted 11:06:30am Jul. 27, 2012 | read full post »

Oprah and Marianne Williamson on Super Soul Sunday
Photo Credit: OWN / George Burns We have a number of bloggers and writers here who have been inspired  by the writings of Marianne Williamson. Her debut book, A Return to Love, reflected A Course in Miracles for a new generation. She first gained notoriety by an appearance on the Oprah show, and

posted 4:53:44pm Jul. 26, 2012 | read full post »

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