Create Your Own Happiness

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I believe that happiness is a personal choice so I always choose to be happy instead of being grumpy. Of course, not all days are easy and stress-free but I learn not to allow negativity affects my entire being. I learn to smile through pains, laugh my stress away and create my own happiness.

Creating happiness is not magic. It starts by being responsible for your own happiness and working to attain it. Imagine yourself as the author of your own life story. How would you like your story to unfold or to end? I guess, you want a wonderful, fun and meaningful life story. Everyone does.

Simple secrets to create your own happiness:

  • EMBRACE YOUR WHOLE BEING

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Accepting who you are, your imperfections, your strengths, your mistakes and achievements is the key to happiness. Understanding yourself brings awareness of what you want, what you have and what you can share. Happiness is not only about receiving, it’s also about giving.

  • CELEBRATE YOUR SUCCESS

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You have a string of achievements. Celebrate your victory- minor and major. List them down. Make a journal or album of success. Display your accomplishments in one part of your goal. Create a blog.

  • SURROUND YOURSELF WITH OBJECTS THAT MAKES YOU HAPPY

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Display your favorite happy quote, photo or any object that makes you smile in your workplace. Hang pictures of place you want to visit. Wear your lucky charms. Place motivating books beside you where you can draw instant boost of inspiration when you need it.

  • NURTURE YOUR PASSION

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Rediscover your long-lost passion. Look back and find out what makes you happy in the past. Is it writing, painting or teaching? Your childhood dreams usually are bridges to your life’s purpose. Seek and discover it again.

  • TRY NEW THINGS

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Get out of your comfort zone. Success happens outside your comfortable haven. Experience new things, meet new people, create new goals and enjoy the challenge of the unknown. Overcome your fears and embrace life with confidence.

  • LIVE YOUR LIFE TO THE FULLEST

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Life is beautiful. Enjoying it every day does not require a lot of efforts. You can do your usual routine, incorporate something new and modify your method as you pursue your goals. Live one day at a time purposely. Live mindfully. Give your best shot every day. Create an impact. Do things that make you happy. If you fail, don’t fret, there is always tomorrow to make amends. If you are afraid, pray and have faith.

  • LOVE

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Happiness comes from love. Nurture your loving spirit. Demonstrate your love. Love yourself. Love others. Love your work. Be the vessel of love.

So, get your pen and start creating new happy chapters in your life. One day at a time…..

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Photos & Qoutes via Pinterest/Quoutesgram (edited)

 

Today is El Dia E!

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TODAY is El Día E or Spanish Language Day.

UNESCO declared October 12 every year as Spanish Language Day to celebrate its important role in multilingualism as well as cultural diversity. Spanish is one of six official UN languages.

Spanish is a rich language spoken by many people in the world. About 500 million people in Latin America, Europe, Africa and other continents speak this rich language. It has become the je jure (de facto) language of twenty sovereign nations and one dependent state which is Puerto Rico.

The celebration coincides with National Day of Spain which commemorates Christopher Columbus discovery of America.

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Some cool facts about Spanish Language:

  • Elio Antonio de Nebrija created the 1st Spanish grammar. It was published in 1492, the same year Columbus arrived in America
  • It is the language with 2 names- español and castellano.
  • Mexico tops the list of nations with Spanish-speaking people (114 million) followed by US (50 million).
  • Electroencefalografista is the longest Spanish word in Dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy (DRAE) with 23 characters.
  • de” is the most commonly-used Spanish term.
  • The longest Spanish two-syllable word is “menstrual” (mens-trual).

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So, how well do you know Spanish?

  • Hello-      Hola
  • Amor-      Love
  • Te Amo – I Love You
  • Good morning – Buenos días
  • Good afternoon- Buenas tardes
  • Good evening- Buenas noches
  • How are you? – ¿Cómo está usted?
  • Goodbye – Adiós.
  • See you later- Hasta luego.
  • Excuse me – Con permiso or Perdóname
  • Please- Por favor.
  • I’m sorry- Lo siento.
  • Yes -Sí.
  • No- No.
  • Who? – ¿Quièn?
  • Why? – ¿Por què?
  • Goodluck – Buena suerte

Gracias (thank you) everyone! Salud (bless you)! Happy El Día E!

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45 Letters to Myself # 1

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Dearest Me,

Hello. I know that soon you will be turning a year older. Are you excited or scared?

For 44 years, we are always together. Sometimes, I am your best friend and I tolerate your weakness. Most of the times, I am your worst enemy and push your forward to get you out of your comfort zone. Well of course, you cannot avoid me because you and I are the same. You and I know that we will always be one.

So, let me give you reasons to celebrate your 45th year with a BIG smile:

  • It’s okay to be 45

Age is just a number so don’t be sad that you are getting older as long as your heart is young and in love! Well, not just romantically but full of love for people who make you smile every day.  For people who are with every day. Be thankful for their love, support and appreciation throughout the years. Cherish them, appreciate them and spend quality time with them. Be thankful that you are here, alive and healthy. Be thankful for your life. It is a gift that is not given to all. So, wake up each morning with gratitude and enjoy your day.

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  • You have 45 new things to accomplish in your new bucket list

Isn’t it nice to think that as your age increases, your bucket list grows? Well, you can have 45 opportunities to do what you want and achieve your goals. I know that at this junction of your life, you are more ready to pursue your dreams. You have regained your confidence. You know better. You have learned your lessons.

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I can cite lots of reasons but I will be writing you more letters so expect that you will be receiving more. It is my way of showing that you can always count of me. I am always here to remind you, push you, pull you and torture you just to do the right thing always.

I believe that you have found your real purpose. This is why you are eager to wake up every morning and start your day. You now plan each day, each week and each month. You become more organized, disciplined and determined. You know what you want, where to go and how to fast-track your life’s goals now.

And I am happy for you. Until then.

Love,

Amazing Eleanor

 

 

 

5 Amazing Reasons Why I Love Coffee

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October 1 is International Coffee Day. Last year, the International Coffee Organization comprising 77 member states launched its initial celebration. This year 2016, the second global event to honor men and women who grow, harvest and prepare coffee that we all love to drink will be celebrated with different forms of events.

To celebrate International Kape Day t, I am writing my first post in this website with a hashtag #InternationalCoffeeDay.

Why I love coffee? I will give you 5 amazing reasons:

  1. It awakens my brain cells.

When I wake up, my dreamy self craves something hot and strong. Hmmm, just the thought of steamy cup of coffee makes me feel good. I need it to kick my creative mind so it can produce ideas and help me begin my writing tasks.  I remember reading that coffee naturally inhibits “adenosine”, the brain chemical which induces sleepiness. One cup is a necessity in the morning. The warm sensation that it creates taps my energy, relaxes my soul and satisfies my stomach while waiting for breakfast.

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  1. I love the aroma

One of the most wonderful smells in the world for me is the aroma of coffee. This is why I love coffee shops. Just the aroma triggers a sense of satiety. Of course, sipping a hot or cold coffee inside is a perfect bliss! There is something comforting inside coffee shops. There is a feeling of coziness and friendliness which attract people to meet and date over a cup of coffee

According to research, coffee has over 800 compounds. One of them is “hetrocyclic compound” which produces strong distinct taste and aroma. This compound influences human scent receptors and stimulate memories, emotions and wakefulness.

  1. I need coffee breaks

Coffee gives me an excuse to get away from my laptop and take a break. Since I am working at home, it is a good excuse to go out and meet some friends. It feels good to enjoy coffee while having “juicy” conversations with them.

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  1. It’s a pretty thing to post

Well, isn’t it nice to post a selfie while having coffee or “instagramming” a lovely photo of coffee? Coffee is the most loved subject in Instagram with more than 29 million hashtags and still counting. I couldn’t resist taking a snap when my latte coffee has heart-shaped foam or leaf-pattern on top!

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  1. It has lots of healthy benefits

It is rich in antioxidants which protects us from cancer and heart disease. Drinking coffee in moderation (equal to 2-8 ounce servings) lowers heart failure risk by 11%.

It protects us from type-2 diabetes by increasing plasma level that controls the release of sex hormones (estrogen and testosterone). These hormones play vital role in the development of dreaded disease.

It burns fats! Oh, this is the best. Coffee is said to burn fats by 10% for obese people and 29% for slim ones.

And check this video to appreciate this beverage more.

Cheers to all coffee lovers! Have a sip and enjoy your coffee!

 

Video via YouTube/International Coffee Organization  Photos are mine