The Big Bad Blog of Happy Happy Joy Joy

Lou's riffs and tips on happiness and Pilates.

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  • Don’t be unhappy about being unhappy

    I don't mind being unhappy for a little while, so what? I'm human.  But if I thought I should never be unhappy, then that’s really sad. 
  • Love you just the way you are

    Nobody’s perfect. But we often compare the worse view of ourselves with the best view of other people. Dwelling on what we’re not—rather than what we’ve have—makes it harder to be happy.…
  • Do unto others

    Helping others is key to our happiness. It's not only good for them; it’s good for us too. It makes us happier and can help improve our health.  Giving also creates stronger…
  • Hit pause

    Guess what happens when you do nothing for 2 minutes? Nothing! You didn’t lose your job. Your loved ones are still there. You’re not a failure. Nobody judged you. In fact, the…
  • Horses are nags

    I knew my nagging wasn’t working particularly well, but figured if I stopped, hubby would never do a darn thing around the house.  Wrong.  If anything, more work got done. I replaced…
  • After you’ve said, you’ll start practising Pilates …

    Show up. Show up and keep showing up. And show up at least as excited as when you first said you'd start practising. Making promises is easy. And no one's perfect. Especially when…
  • That’s no way to treat the blues

    Sometimes the stuff I choose as “treats” aren’t good for me. I know because the pleasure lasts a minute, but then feelings of guilt and loss of control wash over me. And…
  • Beatle-sania

    Even though it buys diamond ring, the Beatles famously said, "I don't care don't too much for money." And you know why? Money can't buy happiness. (I also heard it can't but love,…
  • Cloudy with a chance of gain

    Tend to air every irritation as soon as possible? In a rush to share all those bad feelings before heading off to bed? Studies show such behaviour do more harm than good.…
  • I can. I will. End of story.

    It's often the last key that opens a lock. So when something goes wrong, try coming up with a fix instead of kicking yourself. Don’t give up! Be stubborn with a purpose…
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