Things that can make you happy

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There are many things that make people happy; so many people say there are big secrets to be happy.

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Now instead of giving you some big secret to live a happy life I have something simpler; some little things that can make you happy daily.

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Focus on these little things you do daily

1. Waking up, fully rested. Isn’t that feeling of waking up perfectly rested just amazing and doesn’t that make you happy?

2. Having a good appearance; looking good for the day, that’s very cool.

3. A good breakfast.

4. Finding money you didn’t know you had. Rich or poor this is a great feeling.

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5. Hearing your favourite song. Music changes your mood.

6. Enjoy the weather –  cold or warm!

7. Getting  work done, because you are just so productive and in a very determined.

8. Your 8 hour work day was so productive it just flies by.

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10. When you get home, kicking off your shoes.

11. Watching your favourite movie or series

12. Having a good healthy supper that you enjoy

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13. Having a nice shower or  a long bubble bath.

14. Getting ready for bed feeling content and accomplished for all the tasks of the day.

15. Smiling when you drift off to dreamland

Sure we don’t always have great days,  however we should try to enjoy these little things that we experience daily.

Change your mindset!

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Happiness is a choice and you can live happily!

Cheers!

 

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Who You Are

“Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and then it will never be used to hurt you.”  – Tyrion Lannister

September will always be the month that we identify with flowers, green leaves and colour. In a poetic sense, spring reminds me of new beginnings, beauty, and being free.

We celebrated women the whole of August, and with spring bringing new life, it reminded me that we should celebrate ourselves. So this September I want each and every one of us to celebrate and embrace who we are!

It does not matter where you came from or where you are at this stage in your life. It does not matter who you were. What truly matters is who you have become. The person you are now is the only one that matters. And let me tell you something about that person:

The person you are deserves to be loved, deserves to be happy, deserves to find hope every day, deserves to laugh – and most importantly – deserves to live life the way you have always intended.

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But remember – even though you should celebrate and embrace yourself, you should always respect and love the people around you. Just like you, they also deserve all the good things in life.

There will be days when you will be happier and more radiant than someone around you – so share your smile, share your happiness, and let your positivity spread like a wildfire. And when the day comes when you feel a bit blue, I am sure a friend or even a stranger will share their kindness with you too.

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Even though we embrace who we are now, we should never forget where we came from, who we were, or what we went through. There is always a reason for everything. Sometimes a bad thing will happen to you, but you will be moulded by this bad situation and become who you were meant to be.

“When you come out of the storm you won’t be the same person that walked in. That is what the storm is all about.” – Haruki Murakami

Tim Fargo said that who you are tomorrow begins with what you do today. So be the person today that you would be proud of if you had to look back tomorrow. Be the person that can say: “This is me” and be content.

Students of College SA, remember who you are and believe in who you want to be. It is spring. Love yourself, listen to the sound of hope that lives within you, and share it!

Do what you love

 

“Happiness is by choice, not chance” – Jim Rohn

There is this general misconception in life that if we have two or three university degrees, work long hours, and earn a five or six figure salary, we will be happy.

Life is hard, challenging, demanding, and sometimes asks too much of us, but we do not have to enslave ourselves in order to be happy.

Let me be clear – there is nothing wrong with having an education and striving towards your goals by working long hours. We all have different ideals and dreams. But if you ask yourself today: “Am I happy? Genuinely happy?” and you hesitate to answer, then I have a simple solution for you.

You do not necessarily have to change your career or uproot your whole life in order to find the happiness that you deserve. There are simple things in life that can make us feel secure, loved, happy, excited and content.

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Here is a list of a few things that you can do:

  1. Find time to do some exercise. Not because you need to lose weight, but to get some blood and endorphins flowing! You will feel healthier. Exercise does not necessarily mean spending hours in a gym – you can do something less strenuous, such as going for a 20-minute walk every day.
  2. Look in the mirror and find a physical quality that you like about yourself. Write it down and remind yourself of it every day.
  3. Think about 5 non-physical things that you like about yourself, and add it to your growing list.
  4. Think about 5 activities that you enjoy, such as playing with a dog or kitten, cooking food, swimming, or listening to music. Write them down and try to do at least one of them once a week.
  5. Write down 5 things that you would like to do, but have not yet gotten around to doing, such as taking cooking classes, travelling to certain destinations, studying a course, or learning a new language. Set yourself goals to do at least one of those things in the next year.
  6. Make time for yourself to relax and be comfortable. This may entail taking a bath, wearing your favourite pyjamas, curling up under a blanket, or having a massage. Do this at least twice a week.
  7. Make a list of your favourite sounds, smells and tastes. Sensory stimulation is one of the best ways to trigger happiness. It may be the sound of the rain, the smell of freshly mown grass, or the taste of a chocolate croissant. Take the time to experience these things again. Some are so simple, for nature provides us with these comforts.
  8. Make a list of 5 goals that you want to reach in the next ten years. Motivation is a great way to elicit happiness.

I am responsible for my own happiness

We have a right to be happy. We tend to forget that happiness is right at our fingertips. Eating more healthily, exercising, and doing things that we love are important steps in the direction of happiness.

Remember that we are responsible for ourselves, and therefore have the power to be joyful and content. Write your own story. Do what you love!

 

“Happiness is a direction, not a place.” – Sydney J. Harris

Happiness is a choice. You are the only person who can make you happy. You're as happy as you choose to be.

 

What is Love?

Hi there Dear Readers,

I know it has been a few days since our last post. How are you all doing? Today’s fantastic post comes from a truly fabulous woman in our Marketing team. Chipo – thank you for contributing your words.

Readers, please read this post – I have no doubt that you will be thoroughly inspired.

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What is love?

At the risk of sounding very cheesy, I decided to write about love this “Valentine’s month”. Definitely not the most original of topics, because too many songs have been sung, too much poetry has been written, and too many stories been told about love. Yet there is always a need to stop and contemplate this beautiful mystery, because so much more can be said and so much more can be sung.

So what is love? If I had been asked this question ten years ago, I would have talked about weak knees, butterflies in the stomach, warm fuzzy feelings, hearts skipping a beat and all that jazz. I now see things a whole lot differently. You will not always feel warm and fuzzy or weak at the knees. There are going to be days when the person you love does not smell so great or does not look so hot, and days when he or she will irritate you endlessly. Does that mean you don’t love him or her anymore?

Love is what is left when you don’t have an overwhelming itch to throw your arms around the other person. When you don’t feel an urge to go dancing in the rain and shouting on rooftops about how wonderful you feel and how great it is to be in love.

Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.” ―C.S. Lewis

 

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There are times when you look at someone and it seems like the whole world vanishes and it’s just the two of you left. But you know you love someone when you look at them and the whole world does not vanish, but that person is the only thing that matters. You look at them and you do not feel butterflies, there is no warm fuzzy feeling, no weak knees, but pure pleasure in the fact that you have them in your life and that you have the honour of helping them be the best they can be.

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Wedding planners get to witness some amazing love stories. If you are a hopeless romantic like me, and would like to be paid to be a part of some amazing love stories, why not register for wedding planning courses at College SA?

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Thank you Chipo, it’s refreshing to see that there are still people out there that believe in love. Even though I am a cynic when it comes to love, I know that for many people, planning other people’s weddings can be a great source of joy.

It is almost (thankfully) the end of the so-called month of love. But, for all you budding Wedding Planners out there, love is always all around and you have many weddings to looking forward to planning!!

Take care Dear Readers, and remember to be gentle with yourselves.

Until next time,

S.

Love yourself …

Hi there Dear Readers,

How are you doing?

Today I am honoured to share with you a post written by a truly beautiful soul. Please read these words as I am sure that they are meant for each one of us.

Thank you Ms T, for your very touching words that follow …

 

Love yourself

“The most powerful relationship you will ever have is the relationship with yourself. It is in this relationship that you set the standard for all others.” – Steve Maraboli

 

It is the middle of January 2014 and it has already been two weeks since the end of 2013. Over the New Year period, we tend to make a list of New Year’s resolutions. Things such as “Quit smoking”, ‘Lose 10kg”, and “go to the gym” always find a way onto our lists. To be honest, I have never followed through on any of my new year’s resolutions. But this year I have a very important resolution that I want to share with all of you, and I implore you to try this in 2014 (and in the years to come).

My resolution is to love myself.

 

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Although it is important to set goals for yourself for the year to come, it is more important to take care of yourself. Not many resolutions start with phrases such as “be kind to yourself”. Taking care of yourself and looking after your well-being is not just physical. Yes, it would be great if you go to the gym, lose those extra kilos, or quit smoking.

But this is something that I have learned over the years – if you are kind to your soul, if you can love yourself with all your flaws, you will live with a remarkable acceptance for yourself and your being.

You will see the beauty in your skinny arms, the beauty in your large feet, the beauty in your over-sized legs, and the beauty in your not-so-flat stomach. Your stretch marks will become beauty marks, your scars and wrinkles a reminder of a life lived. Every breath you take will be in harmony with yourself and the world. And this all starts with you loving yourself the way you would love your own child.

Protect yourself from harm, nurture yourself, and take time for pampering and solitude.

 

The most powerful human emotion is our ability to love. If you can love others with all of their flaws, why not love yourself in the same way? Loving yourself is treating yourself with respect and allowing yourself to enjoy the simplest things in life. Take this year and make it your own. Do not wait until you have time to do the things that you love; just do them. Start writing a novel of your life, sing in the shower, walk barefoot on the grass, or stand outside and smell the rain.

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I have been working at College SA for a few months now and I have met the most wonderful people. And as we care for our co-workers, we also care about all of our students.

I want to leave you with the reminder that you are worthy, you are loveable and you are beautiful…

 

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Dear Readers, wasn’t this an absolutely beautiful post?

Did you, like me, feel that the words were speaking directly to you? 

Sometimes we are given blessings in unusual forms. Today, this post by Ms T is my blessing.

As a very small token of my gratitude for this blessing, I’d like to give Ms T a picture that made me think of her:

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To end off, I just want to say one last thing …

Love is complicated. It can destroy us or it can nurture us. Love can cause night after night of lonely tears. Or, it can cause us to wake up and smile at the sunshine.

Just remember, Dear Readers, there will always be sunshine – even if you can only see clouds today.

Take care and chat soon,

S