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Decluttering brings happiness… but not always!

Decluttering brings happiness

Not only am I a crazy book nerd, but I’m also an organization maniac. Researching new ways to make my rooms more streamlined and effective is one of my favorite pastimes. Weird, I know. But you won’t be suprised to hear that when Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, came out, I was all over it. And to the surprise and despair of my fiancé, I started decluttering the house top to bottom, going completely nuts! *N.B.: This is NOT an article about the KonMari Method* Gretchen Rubin has a saying that I particularly love : “Outer order brings inner calm.” Well to me, that is totally true. A tidy house makes me feel at home. A tidy office triggers my inner hustler. In fact, I am unable to work in a messy environment. Just can’t. Nothing makes me feel inner peace like the sight of a well organized bookshelf or drawer. It makes me feel happy. So I went through the KonMari decluttering system with much enthusiasm. The concept is simple, you take every item in […]

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What is your definition of success? 3 key components

We all have a different definition of success. Here are 3 key components

Most personal development and productivity blogs talk about success, in one way or another. Although we all have an idea of what success is, when asking around, you can soon realize that everyone has his own definition. In today’s article, I will share what I believe is the definition of success, and it might be very different from what you expect. My definition of success Many believe that, to be successful, you need to have more money than you will ever need. Financial success is amongst the most common definitions of success and I can see why. Personally, I don’t think that’s what all I want in my life. Success is much more than the content of my checkings account. 3 key components of success A job you love : Most of us spend the majority of our lives working. Either as an employee or as an entrepreneur, we work our butts off making a living. And if you’re an homemaker, I consider you working too! House keeping and taking care of the kids is hard work and it should be […]

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The Four Tendencies : a Framework to Form Good Habits and Actually Keep Them

The Four Tendencies, a Framework to build good habits

I’ve shared my admiration for Gretchen Rubin before on the blog. Author of bestselling books such as The Happiness Project and co-host of the Happier podcast, Gretchen Rubin is a happiness rock star. Everything she publishes I read, and when I heard that she was going to publish a book on the Four Tendencies, I was ecstatic. In her recent book, Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of our Everyday Lives, Rubin has laid out a personality framework called the Four Tendencies. The tendencies describe how we respond to inner and outer expectations, like a work deadline, or new years resolutions. She explains that knowing our tendency can help us find ways to achieve the goals we set for ourselves as well as form and keep healthy habits. Here’s an overview of the Four Tendencies framework : The Upholder An upholder is an individual who will respond to both inner and outer expectations with ease. They are the high achievers, always respecting deadlines, crossing things off their to-do lists and checking boxes. They crave the gold star of doing what’s […]

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Top 10 personal development books of 2017 – part 1

Top 10 personal development books of 2017

To say that I’m an avid reader would be an understatement. So far in 2017, I’ve read 45 books, most of them about personal development. I’ve selected 10 of the most interesting and life-altering ones I’ve read to share with you today. Here are my 10 favorite personal development books, in no particular order. 1.  The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness This very simple, but quite powerful book has been my favorite so far. I wrote a full blog post about the Slight Edge principle, which allows you to turn any habit into massive success. If you are trying to achieve a goal, any goal, I highly suggest that you get a copy of the Slight Edge. 2.  Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear This book by bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert is about creativity and our birthright as creators. The author empowers us in feeling entitled to create and to do so in a daring way. Very freeing and inspiring! 3. The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul During my silent retreat […]

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25 Free Summer Activities to Boost your Happiness

25 free summer activities to boost your happiness

Summer has officially started here in the northern hemisphere and the weather is nice and inviting. During summer, things slow down a bit at work while everyone is taking their vacation and we get more free time to do the things we love. To get you inspired, I compiled a list of 25 free summer activities to boost your happiness and wellbeing and enjoy the nicer season. Let’s dig in! Healthy summer activities One of the first things that can boost our happiness is to feel better physically. Now that the weather is nice, we can be active outside and get our bodies moving. Here are a few ideas to get you in shape. 1. Play a sport A good way to get together with friends is to schedule a match of your favorite sport. You can play Frisbee at the park, play basketball at the local school playground or flag football in the field. Choose any sport that can get you moving and having fun! 2. Go Swimming If there’s a community pool in your neighborhood, get yourself wet […]

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6 Benefits You Can Expect When You Start Meditating

meditation benefits

In the past 20 years or so, life has thrown me quite a few curve balls. I had to learn to manage my stress levels throughout the events that scarred me for life, but also made me who I am today, a strong, resilient and happy person. My many therapists all offered the same tool to make me stronger, calmer, at peace; meditation. To this day, meditation is part of my daily routine as a way to cope with setbacks, but also as a way to stay close to my heart and connect to my higher self. In today’s article, I wanted to share the unexpected benefits that I have gained from a consistent meditation practice. Here we go! The Many Benefits of Meditation Meditation has had a tremendous impact on my wellbeing as the years went by. Before I share some of these benefits with you, I would like to start with a disclaimer. Meditation is not a quick fix. It requires time, involvement and persistance. Surely, after your first session, you will feel calm and quiet, but the […]

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Stop chasing happiness (and you might find it)

Stop chasing happiness

There is a catch in all this happiness business. The more you search for it, the less you get it. Stop looking for it, and you might find it. Why is that? Because hoping for happiness and directing your thoughts and energy to it creates expectations. And expectations lead to discontent. So the more you expect being happy, the less you are. Happiness is a noble cause, that’s for sure. A nice goal. But we tend to think that being happy is the end of the road, when in fact it isn’t. Happiness is not a perpetual state. I think that the biggest myth about happiness is that when you are happy, you are all of the time. Nothing would be less true. We will all experience hardships, difficulties, negative emotions at one point or the other. Without darkness, how can we know that there is light? Ok, so we can’t be happy all of the time. And we can’t look for happiness or we’ll lose it. So what can we do to be happier, without trying too hard? Two […]

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Man’s Search for Meaning – A Summary

Man's search for meaning summary

I don’t know if you believe in synchronicity, but I certainly do, especially regarding books. Sometimes, I’ll keep seeing a book everywhere. EVERYWHERE. When that happens, I know that I have to have it. That’s what happened with Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl. Recently, I wrote an article about a book called The Happiness Makeover. The author mentions Man’s Search for Meaning more than once in her book, and it has been the millionth time I’ve seen this book mentioned by happiness authors. I felt that I had seen enough signs and I decided to splurge and buy the book on Amazon. And it blew my mind. Viktor Frankl was a Jewish psychiatrist from Vienna. During WWII, Frankl and his family have been taken away from their lives and imprisoned in Nazi death camps. Frankl wrote a memoir from his time in the concentration camps, which constitutes the first half of the book. He describes life in the camps, how the prisoners were treated, but most of all, he described the psychology of the prisoners and how hope for a […]

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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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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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