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How to feel better – A model to be more positive

how to feel better - A model to be more positive

If we have one thing in common as human beings, I would say that would be the hardships that we have to go through. Some of us have more luck than others, but at one point in our life, we will all go through something that’s hard, something that will shatter our world. I certainly am one of those. My parents’ divorce when I was 11 was certainly a difficult point in my life. In one of my articles, I’ve shared about my experience with sexual abuse. I’ve had my fair share of depression and I tried more than once to end my life. But today, I would say that, even though hardships still come and go, I have become more resilient than ever, and I believe that I can face any trials and remain strong, happy, serene. There is one thing I’ve learned in my life that made me into the resilient being that I have become. This is what I will share in today’s article. No matter what happens in our lives, there is one thing that will always […]

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My secret weapon to productivity : the Bullet Journal

A few years ago, I came across an article on Lifehacker about a new productivity tool using only a pen and a notebook. The creator of the new method, a designer called Ryder Caroll, created a beautiful video to explain his method, along with a companion website. He called his tool the Bullet Journal. At first, I really liked the idea of writing bullets next to my tasks in my notebook of choice and to check them off as I went. It took me a whole year before I decided to really implement his method and I am now a fervent advocate of the Bullet Journal. A brief overview of the Bullet Journal method The Bullet Journal is essentially composed of a notebook that will hold your tasks, appointments, ideas and projects, organized into different “collections”. A collection is a page in your journal dedicated to a specific subject. I would highly suggest that you watch the official Bullet Journal video to have a complete overview of Ryder Caroll’s method. The video is fairly short but so well made that […]

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My #1 habit to stay sane and boost my happiness

number 1 habit to stay sane journaling

April is National Journal Writing Month, also known as NaJoWriMo, a journaling challenge  inviting people from all over the world to keep a journal for 30 days. Since journaling is a huge part of my personal development, I thought the end of March was the perfect moment to write on the topic of journal writing as a tool for happiness to inspire you to join me for NaJoWriMo. A few years ago, I had quite a rough patch when a health problem forced me to stay home for 3 years, unable to work. I had to experiment with different medication, dealing with the backlash of a myriad of side effects, ranging from memory loss,  to incontrolable shaking, to hair loss. The effects on my morale were devastating. As a self-proclaimed workaholic, staying home for so long made me feel useless, depressed and my self-esteem plummeted. There is one thing that allowed me to process the difficult situation I was in and to find positivity in those trying times : journaling. I started back then a blog to share my healing […]

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The Happiness Makeover, review of a short, empowering book

Last year, I was feeling a bit down in the dumps. My life seemed a bit out of alignment with what I truly wanted for myself, my career and my relationships felt unsatisfying and I was feeling depressed. I was having a happiness slump. One day, I was taking my usual afternoon walk and came across a second-hand bookstore. Something inside me whispered that I should go in. I did and, while perusing the shelves, I stumbled upon a mysterious book called the The Happiness Makeover, how to teach yourself to be happy and enjoy every day by M.J. Ryan. It had to come home with me. I quickly dove in, and, after a few chapters, I knew I had to share this awesome find with my readers. Here’s a short review of this little gem. Structure The book is divided into 53 short chapters, each one laying out an actionable advice on the topic of happiness. M.J. Ryan talks about neuroscience, money, optimism, relationships, purpose, each chapters a few pages long and loaded with insights and wisdom. The book […]

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Productive Happiness is BACK!

Productive Happiness is back

Hey y’all! Productive Happiness is back! After 4 long months on a medical leave, I am fully rested and ready to get back to blogging! I missed writing so much, I realize that it is such an important part of my life and I am so glad I have this blog as a creative outlet to share my passion for personal development! The last few months have been quite difficult for me, being sick at home unable to work on my projects, or do anything really… This led me to a lot of thinking and, as I reflected on my life, I decided to rethink my goals. I spent the last 4 weeks soul-searching to find out what direction I wanted to take from now on, so I decided to go on a silent retreat to figure things out. Last week, I rented an Airbnb in a charming neighborhood here in Montreal with the only company of my notebooks, my trusted fountain pens and a few books. I was lucky to share my rental with a lovely female cat named Samy who […]

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Essentialism : review of a new way of life

Today’s review has been on my to-do list for a long time. I think that I wanted to make sure I had the right words to share with you how much Essentialism : The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown had an impact on my life. It has a special place in my list of ten books that have changed my life for the better! At first, I wanted to write an extensive summary of the book and prepared detailed notes and quotations. The more I thought about it, the less it made sense. In the spirit of Essentialism, I had to write a minimalist review. Something simple and to the point, something that would inspire you to buy the book and read it yourself. I hope I will give you this urge with my review. Here we go. To me, Greg McKeown’s Essentialism is more than  a simple non-fiction essay. It encompasses a philosophy, a way of life. Here is, in McKeown’s words, what is an Essentialist : “The way of the Essentialist means living by design, not by […]

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Seasons of life : why tilting is better than balance

Seasons of life : why tilting is better than balance

When I wrote this article about seasons of life two weeks ago, I did not know that it would be so on point. You see, I was supposed to post this article last Tuesday, but life got in the way as I have been moving offices and I have not been able to post at all last week.  That is exactly what I was trying to demonstrate when I wrote this post, that different seasons of life demands our attention and devotion and how I make the most of it. In the last few weeks, I’ve been very preoccupied. The office where I work is moving and I’ve been in charge of coordinating the move. It would have been a fairly simple task, but the move has been postponed three times and I had to coordinate the whole thing from scratch each time. I was worried that I would forget something and I would spend the nights restless, going through each step in my mind again and again. Insomnia is not your best friend when you need to concentrate, to […]

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Quarter planning – 5 steps to achieve more goals

Back in 2015, I had the habit of setting goals in January, resolutions of sorts. That year, I set more than 40 goals and was very committed, in the first two months… When my drive gradually dissolved, I started to cross off items from my list. I started making excuses. At the end of the year, I had accomplished 15 of those 40+ goals. Not a bad result, but not even close. I realized that I had two problems in my planning method. First, I set too many goals to be able to work on all of them. Second, most of the goals I set in January were no longer relevant in April. This is when I learned about quarter planning. Shortly before I read Michael Hyatt’s book Living Forward, I heard him talk about quarter planning on his podcast, This is your life. I was very intrigued. Right after I’ve listened to that episode, I was introduced by Jeff Sanders’ podcast to The 12 Week Year book by Brian P Moran. After reading his book, I created the planning […]

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How Gretchen Rubin became my virtual mentor

A few years ago, I began my quest for personal growth by reading The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. A world of new possibilities opened for me as I discovered self-help books. One day, I was perusing the library section of my favorite thrift store when I found a little blue book written by Gretchen Rubin. The Title, The Happiness Project, immediately grabbed my attention. I ran home with the book and started reading it right away. During the summer of 2014, I went to the beach with my in-laws. What I love most about the beach are the long hours without a thing to do, nothing else than read. I read most of The Happiness project during that week at the beach. It was the first memoir I’ve ever read, a literary style I did not know existed. I was blown away by Gretchen Rubin’s style. We seemed to have in common that practical sense of creating experiences to enhance our happiness. She seemed a lot like me, very type-A, driven and disciplined. I really liked her. Soon after […]

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Multitasking is the enemy, and what you can do about it

multitasking is the enemy, what you can do about it

I am at work. My mind is scattered as I switch mindlessly from one task to the other. I am stressed out and I can’t seem to achieve anything on my to-do list. I feel frustrated and unhappy. Multitasking is the enemy. In this day and age, we all work in fast paced environments where we are required to tackle many projects simultaneously. We don’t have enough time to get everything accomplished, so we turn to multitasking as a way to get everything done. We believe that multitasking makes us more effective, when in fact, it doesn’t. I’ll share with you today why multitasking is a myth and affects our productivity in a negative way. Here we go. Multitasking is a myth When we multitask, we believe that we are working on many things at once. But in fact, our brains are only able to focus on one thing at a time. We are not actually multitasking, we are task-switching. There is a phenomenon that occurs when we leave one task to focus on the next that is called attention […]

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