Happy is a mind set. It’s contagious. Just try it sometime. Come home whistling and soon you’ll find everyone singing your tune. So set your palette and color yourself and your family happy.
Orange you glad it’s not winter???
Of course you are, right now. But as summer stretches on and heats up, it’s easy to forget. Too soon after we stop complaining about the cold, we start complaining about how HOT it is. Next time you are on a sticky seat in the back of the bus heading home from work, remind yourself how many times you shoveled your driveway this past winter.
Tickle yourself pink
Find that funny bone and feather it daily. Nothing says fun and lightens the days more than laughter. Challenge yourself to find a way to make your family laugh every day this summer.
Get red in the face
Conquering fear is a great way to add joy to your life! Get out of your comfort zone and take center stage. Try the local karaoke, comedy club or a poetry reading. Scary at first, but exhilarating once conquered.
Find some blue skies
Summertime is a fantastic time to slip away for some private family time. Catch a quick flight or hit the road and seek some new blue skies and soak up some family togetherness.
Tie a yellow ribbon
As the old song goes, tie a yellow ribbon round that old oak tree if you still love me. Being in love—with your husband, your partner, your children, your family, your friends—definitely adds to your happiness. So find some ways to show the ones you love how much you care with your own yellow ribbon!
Make your winter self green with envy
What holds us back from happiness? Fear of trying something new. So this summer I dare you to do something so wild, fun and extravagant! Make it something that will still have you smiling come dull, gray January!
Back in black
Let the good times roll on till dark! As the summer days stretch longer, stretch your fun. Stay out late. If you’re lucky, that might mean dancing till dawn with the hubster, but at the very least let time linger as you sit on the porch with the kids and neighbors.
Lighten days with white noise
When we are relaxed, we are naturally happier. Zone out, relax, get into the vibe this summer and savor every summer moment.
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