How to be a Happy Person

how to be happy


Wouldn’t you like to be a happy person? I know I do.

I’ve been thinking about happiness lately as I’ve been affected by the state of politics in the world.

I’ve felt anger, bitterness, sadness, disbelief and more! Not a lot of positivity in some of these feelings. Maybe you’ve felt some of these too?

Happiness Factor

So I thought I would make a printable PDF for you to download that might help you find your happiness factor.

It’s titled “How to become the happy person you are meant to be.” I try to do a lot of the things on this list daily! I hope it helps inspire you. And if you’re feeling down, may it help you implement some of the suggestions to lift your spirit!

Foremost, engage in those things that
make you feel happy.

• Surround yourself with positive, upbeat friends.
• Keep a gratitude journal to remind yourself of how grateful you are.
• Set an intention and then follow through.
• Stop reading negative, upsetting news online.
• Go outside and be in nature.
• Learn to say no and mean it.
• Watch some funny tv shows that make you laugh.
• Get engrossed in a good book.
• Help someone else. Make a donation of time, money or items you don’t need.
• Read an inspiring quote every day or say positive affirmations.
• Stop comparing yourself to other people.
• Learn to accept your body and love yourself just the way you are!
• Forgive others and move on by not dwelling on the past.
• Take a day off and do only the things you love to do.
• Have a tea party and invite some friends over.
• Be mindful, slow down, and notice the little things in life.
• Beautify your surroundings with colorful, uplifting art or a fragrant bouquet of flowers.
• Ask for a hug and give a hug to someone else.
• Spend time with a pet and care for them.
• Spread kindness by doing something nice for someone like buying them flowers
or doing a chore they don’t like doing.
• Take a new class, or try something you’ve never done before.
• Look in the mirror everyday and tell yourself how much you love and appreciate yourself.
• Engage in a hobby you love such as writing, music, painting, sewing, photography or hiking.
• Take things lightly and laugh often!
• Go for a massage or have a spa day at home.
• Have the courage to find out the truth.
• Exercise and get the body moving!
• Listen to your favorite songs.
• Indulge yourself in something you’ve always wanted to do or have.
• Bite into that piece of dark chocolate you’ve been craving.
• Practice meditation.
• Chant “Sat nam”. Learn about this powerful mantra used in practicing Kundalini Yoga at
https://www.yogajournal.com/yoga-101/kundalini-yoga-sat-nam-meaning
• Claim adventure.
• Spend some quiet time with yourself, reflecting on good things and being grateful!

Repeat this affirmation every day:

I am supported by what I love. I live in abundance.
I feel peace and happiness flowing effortlessly in my life.

And if you are looking for more positive affirmations, check out these great cards that can help you stay uplifted and on a positive track!

Positive Affirmations Card Deck

A DIY positive affirmations card deck to help you commit to the possibility of your dreams! By saying affirmations and acknowledging where you want your life to lead, you will truly create a shift in your life. It will help you move toward creating the life you want to live!

Inspirational Card Deck and New Whimsical Greeting Cards

As some of you know, I’ve been doing my positive affirmations on a daily basis. I like to pick an affirmation and then repeat it during the day. If you don’t know this now, then I will tell you…this commitment to yourself, committing to the possiblities of your dreams by saying positive affirmations and acknowledging where you want your life to lead, really works! It creates a shift. A movement toward  creating the life you want to live.

I decided to make myself a little card deck to help with this and now I’ve created some for you too. They’re in my Etsy Shop if you would like to purchase one.

Positive Affirmations Inspirational Card DeckInspirational Card Deck for the Creative Soul

I also made a card deck to help with people’s health goals. I call it the Positive Affirmations Card Deck for Wellness and Weight Loss. I put them on my fridge to remind me to stay healthy. You could tuck them in your pocket, purse or lunch bag for a little reminder during the day. Let it be a little whisper of inspiration for your soul.

healthdeck-3Positive Affirmations Card Deck for
Wellness and Weight Loss

I also have made some new greeting cards of my Magical Woodlands series.

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Magical Woodlands Greeting Card Set

The smooth finish on these cards and the vivid colors are just the way I like them.  I think they printed beautifully. You can see these in my Etsy Shop too. I also have some other new greeting cards and bookmarks too. Hope you’ll check them all out.

namastecard-2Namaste Greeting Card

hewhisperedcard-2He Whispered of Love’s Journey Greeting Card

aspenbookmark1Magical Woodlands Bookmarks

Wishing you a little magic!

Part 2: One Artist’s Journey – 10-20 yrs old

Continuing my 5 part series on my Artist Journey…

13yrsBeach girl.

This is me at 13, I dug a big hole at the beach and put a great big log into it. I can’t remember now what I was building but I remember everyone was pretty supportive. I was pretty lucky growing up. Most of my creative endeavors had my family’s support.

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Can you tell I grew up in the 70’s from these paintings? I loved creating art in junior high and high school. I graduated in 1977.

We had lots of art books around our house. The big coffee table kind. We would flip through them and see amazing art! I was impressed by all the great art masters. I liked colorful art. I liked the abstract and surreal art.

I mostly loved making fantasy art! I made my first set of greeting card designs when I was 19. I didn’t know how to market them back then though but a lot of my relatives bought them. Thank goodness for family.

Fantasy Greeting Card Designs
Fantasy Greeting Card Designs

I had a vivid imagination. I liked to think up characters and draw them. I used pen and ink, graphite pencil, watercolor, sometimes acrylics. Looks like I had a fascination with aliens.

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LGG-Alien1-lowMaybe it was the stories I had heard about flying saucers and alien abductions. I remember there was talk about that back then. Maybe I was feeling a little alien myself as a teenager.

I also kept small sketch books and filled them up with line drawings. In fact, I had journals of all kinds.

I started my dream journal in 1977. I still have it! It’s a pretty big, thick, green notebook. I would record my dreams and sometimes try to interpret them with what I called my “day notes”, trying to see if I could tie what happened during the day with my dreams. I was trying to make sense of life. Isn’t that what one’s teens are all about? Figuring stuff out. It would be what spurred my interest in studying psychology and dream work when I got older.

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I also was given my first “empty book” during this time. It was 1975. Inscribed on the front inside cover, my parents wrote, “This book of blank pages is given to our daughter….we know that her creativity will make it a thing of beauty and inspiration.” I thought it was a pretty cool idea. A book of blank pages, that I was going to fill up!

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I’ve collected 6 of these books over the years. I filled them with writings, collected quotes and sayings, line drawings, cool song lyrics, collage, sketches, painting titles, anything that inspired me. I still have one going to this day. If you have a creative child, I totally recommend giving them an “empty” book.

In later years, I would start a “grateful” journal.  Sarah Ban Breathnach who wrote the Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude says, “if you give thanks for five gifts every day, in two months you may not look at your life in the same way as you might now.”  I love the idea of transformation and being grateful. I like to take pause and remember what happened during my day that I am grateful for and give thanks!

I’m in love with this idea about nurturing the creative spirit. Finding ways to improve myself and also be inspired and create! I heard someone say though, they don’t like to be inspired because when that happens they’re distracted and not creating. They were saying, being inspired is overrated. When you’re too busy being inspired, you’re not creating. I disagree, for me, I love being inspired and I think I create best when I have books and photos and art around me that bring me joy and beauty and inspiration.

A great book about nurturing the creative spirit is Kelly Rae Roberts’ book Taking Flight, inspiration and techniques for giving your creative spirit wings. I love the stories and this book is the story of a creative artist who will inspire you, give techniques, inspiring quotes, pages for journaling, all to help your creative spirit soar!

I also started some larger sketchbook journals during my teens. You could call me a journal geek. Do you have a journal? What kind is it and what do you put into it?

I remember winning an award as a senior in high school for one of my paintings. A landscape of ocean dunes. I was thrilled to have my art acknowledged by more than my family and friends. I thought maybe I wanted to be an illustrator or maybe a graphic designer. I was sure I wanted to be some kind of an artist and go to college. And I did. I’ll write more about my college years and my twenties in Part 3 of my Artist Journey series.

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Lindy on Facebook

Well, I’ve gotten a lot of invites from Friends to join Facebook so I did awhile ago. But recently I just started using it and adding photos and friends and comments. It’s been pretty fun. I like how you can search for people and find them! I have a lot of relatives with Facebook profiles it turns out. Who knew?

I just discovered a new form of art called ACEO or “art cards”. ACEO stands for “Art Cards, Editions and Originals”. These cards have one main rule – they are 3.5 inches by 2.5 inches – the size of a trading card.

You can buy them, trade them, or keep them and display them. See art-cards.org I had the idea that maybe that would be fun to do while I’m traveling. Make very small paintings as “art cards”. I’ll have to think about that one. I like the idea though. Travel size art.

I have some ACEO prints for sale in my Etsy Shop>

And another interesting web site is art-bridge.com – a web site of art links, art directory and art portals. Everything art. Gotta love that!