The Science of Happiness – An Experiment in Gratitude


What makes you happy? Have you ever wondered why? Join Soul Pancake as they take an experimental approach on what makes people happier.

What makes you happy? Having fun, delicious food, hanging out with friends, making money?

Consider this, psychologist have scientifically proven that one of the greatest contributing factors to overall happiness in your life is how much gratitude you show.

Check out the study here!

Soul Pancake decided to perform the test themselves. They gather a selection of volunteers. First they took a test to gain a good idea of their current level of happiness. Then they were asked to close their eyes and to think of someone who was really influential in their lives, someone did something really amazing or important for them. They wrote down as much as they could about why this person was so important. Then they really put them on the spot and tried to get them to call that person and read what they wrote about them.

Watch the video to see the experiment in action.

The Science Of Happiness
The Science Of Happiness

For those who took the time to actually write something down but couldn’t make the phone call, happiness increase from 2 to 4%. Good but not exactly mind blowing.
Now for those who actually made the phone call and personally expressed their gratitude, happiness increased from 4 to 19%.

So either way, expressing your gratitude will make you a happier person.

The most interesting outcome of the experiment, the person who experienced the biggest jump in happiness was least happiest person who participated. That means if you are having a particularly tough time, trying this out will more likely have a greater impact on you.


The Science of Happiness – An Experiment in Gratitude


Pharrell Williams – Happy

Pharrell Williams - Happy
Pharrell Williams – Happy

“Happy” is a song performed by American singer and producer Pharrell Williams, from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack album. It also serves as the lead single from Williams’ second studio album, G I R L (2014). The song was nominated for Best Original Song at the 86th Academy Awards.

Let’s get out of our seats and dance along!

Pharrell Williams – Happy Lyrics

It might seem crazy what I’m about to say
Sunshine she’s here, you can take a break
I’m a hot air balloon that could go to space
With the air, like I don’t care baby by the way

Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do

Here come bad news talking this and that, yeah,
Well, give me all you got, and don’t hold back, yeah,
Well, I should probably warn you I’ll be just fine, yeah,
No offense to you, don’t waste your time
Here’s why

Hey, come on

Bring me down
Can’t nothing bring me down
My level’s too high
Bring me down
Can’t nothing bring me down
I said (let me tell you now)
Bring me down
Can’t nothing bring me down
My level’s too high
Bring me down
Can’t nothing bring me down
I said

Hey, come on

Bring me down… can’t nothing…
Bring me down… my level’s too high…
Bring me down… can’t nothing…
Bring me down, I said (let me tell you now)

Come on


Finding Joy Simple Secrets To A Happy Life


Finding Joy ~ Simple Secrets To A Happy Life

Finding Joy ~ Simple Secrets To A Happy Life
Finding Joy

When life brings complications, it helps to remember that happiness is simple. With its beautiful pictures, uplifting quotations, and inspiring tone, Finding Joy: Simple Secrets to a Happy Life will put a smile on your face when you need it most. So, today, take three short minutes to watch the Finding Joy movie. Your heart will thank you for it.

In a word – Breathtaking! In Finding Joy, Mac Anderson has compiled an amazing collection of inspiring photographs and meaningful quotes into a gorgeous gift. Some of the most beautiful things in life are also the most simplistic.

Inspirational quotes, handsome photography and design, and inspirational music bundle together.

Finding Joy

Simple Secrets To A Happy Life

Life can be complicated, but…
Happiness is really pretty simple.
So sit back, turn up your speakers and enjoy a few,
Simple Secrets to a happy life.

The Heart that gives, gathers. – Marianne Moore

Change your Thoughts and change your World. – Norman Vincent Peale

If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.

Burn brightly without burning out. – Richard Biggs

Nothing happens… but first a dream. – Carl Sandburg

It is one of the most beautiful compensations in life… that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sometimes in the wind of change we find our true direction.

Throw your heart over the fence and the rest will follow. – Norman Vincent Peale

Courage does not always roar. Sometimes it is a quiet voice at the end of the day, saying… “I will try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Roamacher

Laughter is an instant vacation. – Milton Berle

The best sermons are lived, not preached. – Cowboy Wisdom

The only thing standing between a person and what they want in life are the will to try it, and the faith to believe it’s possible. – Rich Devos

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. – Robert Brault

It is choice, not chance, that determines your destiny. – Jean Nidetch

To Love and be Loved is to feel the sun from both sides. – David Viscott

Keep you face to the sunshine and you will not see the shadows. – Helen Keller

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. – Mother Teresa

Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. – Will Rodgers

Joy is a light that fills you with Hope, Faith, and Love.

Find your Joy, and… Share it with others!


Josh Groban’s Thankful


Josh Grobans ThankfulGratitude-Inspirational Video to Josh Groban’s ‘Thankful’ is a wonderful song about gratitude, showing its beauty by synchronizing it with the appropriate images. ‘Thankful’ is a powerful song which speaks for itself, even without any words included with the images. It’s easy to get caught up in things, this video can help you to focus on what really matters.



“Josh Groban’s Thankful”

Somedays we forget
To look around us
Somedays we can’t see
The joy that surrounds us
So caught up inside ourselves
We take when we should give.

So for tonight we pray for
What we know can be.
And on this day we hope for
What we still can’t see.
It’s up to us to be the change
And even though we all can still do more
There’s so much to be thankful for.

Look beyond ourselves
There’s so much sorrow
It’s way too late to say
I’ll cry tomorrow
Each of us must find our truth
It’s so long overdue

So for tonight we pray for
What we know can be
And every day we hope for
What we still can’t see
It’s up to us to be the change
And even though we all can still do more
There’s so much to be thankful for.

Even with our differences
There is a place we’re all connected
Each of us can find each other’s light

So for tonight we pray for
What we know can be
And on this day we hope for
What we still can’t see
It’s up to us to be the change
And even though this world needs so much more

There’s so much to be thankful for


Enjoy the Ride


Enjoy the Ride – Tips that may bring you a beautiful life!

Enjoy the Ride Video - Tips that may bring you a beautiful life!
Enjoy the Ride Video – Tips that may bring you a beautiful life!

Attributed to Regina Brett’s 45 life lessons article and Jon Gordon’s newsletter on 20 Tips for a Positive 2010. Bronn Journey performs the soundtrack, “The Impossible Dream” found on his CD entitled Life is Beautiful.

Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements: ”I am thankful for…” ”Today I accomplished …”

Here Are Some Tips That May Bring You A Beautiful Life!

  1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day and while you walk, smile.
  2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
  3. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement, ”My purpose is to … today.”
  4. Live with the 3 E’s … Energy, Enthusiasm, Empathy, and the 3 F’s …Faith, Family, Friends.
  5. Spend more time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of six.
  6. Dream more while you are awake.
  7. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
  8. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn, pass all your tests. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
  9. Smile and laugh more. It will keep the energy vampires away.
  10. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
  11. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
  12. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
  13. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagreements.
  14. Make peace with your past, so it won’t mess up the present.
  15. Don’t compare your life with others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
  16. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
  17. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
  18. Forgive everyone for everything.
  19. What other people think of you is none of your business.
  20. Time heals almost everything. Give time, time.
  21. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
  22. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will stay in touch.
  23. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
  24. The best is yet to come.
  25. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
  26. Do the right thing!
  27. Call your family often.
  28. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements: ”I am thankful for…” ”Today I accomplished …”
  29. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.
  30. Enjoy the ride. Remember that this is not Disney World and you certainly don’t want a fast pass. Make the most of it and enjoy the ride.




Gratitude Dance


The Gratitude Dance

Gratitude Dance
Gratitude Dance

Matthew Ashdown and Brad Morris, known globally as “The GratiDudes”, started the Gratitude Dance out of moment of celebration at a coffee shop in Victoria, BC while writing their book on Manifesting Awesomeness. Out of this little jig came the idea to film it and put it on Youtube. Little did they know that it was just the beginning of a journey of understanding the power of gratitude and the power it has had on our lives.

Be grateful and have some fun.

Every morning when you wake up, follow this three step process:

#1. Write down what you’re grateful for at that moment.
#2. Watch the Video

Spread the dance to everyone you know and care about, just by clicking on the “SHARE” below.

I’m so happy and grateful for…
My Friends and Family, music, the Ocean, every penny I have, a wonderful world of opportunities, dancing, delicious food, the roof over my head, my health, my freedom, my talents and gifts, the Sun, Moon and the Stars, LOVE, the experiences that make me who I am, Learning new things, my bright future, Peace, Magic, Giving and Receiving, Energy, my Life, Rain Forests, Mountains, Meditation, the Universe, Hugs and Kisses, my Coaches and Mentors, ME, books, computers, wisdom, smiling, entertainment, Planet Earth, and the Gratitude Dance!


A Good Day with Brother David Steindl-Rast


A Good Day with Brother David Steindl-Rast

This video, featuring Brother David, a highly-respected Benedictine monk, author and spiritual leader, is a BLESSING to all those with “eyes to see and ears to hear.” Look, listen and be inspired by this powerful message on grateful living.  A Good Day with Brother David Steindl-Rast.

The gift of today is Gratefulness. If you treat this day as if it is your first day as well as your last day, you would have spent this day very well. Be grateful for this day right now. Open your heart to this incredible gift that is today.

Transcript from video:

Today is not just another day, it is the one day that is given to you today. It is a gift, the only gift that you have right now. The only appropriate response is Gratefulness.


If you do nothing else but to cultivate that response, to the great gift that this unique day is. If you learn to respond as if it were the first day of your life and the very last day, then you would have spent this day very well.



Begin by opening your eyes and be surprised that you have eyes you can open, the incredible array of colors that is constantly offered to us for pure enjoyment. Look at the sky, we so rarely look at the sky, so rarely note how different it is from moment to moment with clouds coming and going.


We just think of the weather, but we don’t think of all the different nuances of weather. We just think of good weather and bad weather.


This day, right now, this unique weather, maybe a kind that may never come in that form again. The formation of clouds in the sky may never be the same than it is right now, open your eyes and look at that.


Look at the faces of people that you meet. Each one has an incredible story behind their face, a story that you could never fully fathom not only their own story but the story of their ancestors. We all go back so far.


And in this present moment, this day, all the people you meet, all that life from generations and so many all over the world, flows together and meets you here like life giving water if you only open your heart and drink.


Open you heart to the incredible gifts that civilization gives to us. You flip a switch and there is electric light. You turn a facet and there is warm water and cold water and drinkable water. It is a gift that millions and millions of people will never experience.


Establish a Complaint Free Habit


Scientists believe it takes 21 days to form a new habit, and complaining is habitual for most of us. As Twain said, “We must coax our old behavior down the stairs.”

So what exactly is a complaint? A complaint is any negative description of an event, person, or issue. Gossiping is negative as well, since it is criticizing. If you stick to discussing the facts you will be okay.

“Complaining is not to be confused with informing someone of a mistake or deficiency so that it can be put right. And to refrain from complaining doesn’t necessarily mean putting up with bad quality or behavior. There is no ego in telling the waiter your soup is cold and needs to be heated up—if you stick to the facts, which are always neutral. ‘How dare you serve me cold soup…?’ That’s complaining.”
—Eckhart Tolle, “A New Earth”

The effect on your thinking will force you to be more aware and precise. It will also allow you to spend more time listening and thinking before speaking. Your health, career and relationships may cause you stress, but complaining about them won’t improve your situation.

“People who do not see their choices do not believe they have choices. They tend to respond automatically, blindly influenced by their circumstances and conditioning. Mindfulness, by helping us notice our impulses before we act, gives us the opportunity to decide whether to act and how to act. “
—Gil Fronsdal

If you can eliminate complaining, you will experience more happiness.

Establish a Complaint Free Habit

So how long can you go without complaining?

Complaint Free Image
Establishing a Complaint Free Habit

Suggested Guidelines

Commit to being positive for 21 days.

Use of a calendar to mark off the days, a 21-day calendar template can be found on You can print this template or create one of your own and post in a place you will see every day.

Link to: 21 Day Calendar Template

To keep you focused here are some guidelines to keep you on the right path:

  1. Change the words you use from the negative to the positive.
  2. No Criticizing: find the positive in all situations.
  3. No Complaining: state facts instead of complaining.
  4. Gossip only if you would say it if the person were present with the same inflection and same words.

Each day you go without complaining, criticizing or gossiping check off the day on the calendar. If you catch yourself complaining, criticizing or gossiping (it’s ok, everyone does) forgive yourself and start the calendar again. On the 20th day you will want to be very careful!

Stay with it. It may take many months but when you reach 21 days you will find that your entire life is happier, more loving and more enjoyable.

You will find new energy as you complete the exercise and a sense of power to pursue what you really are meant to do.

Accept the challenge. All you have to lose is complaining!


Choose an Attitude of Gratitude


Medical Benefits of Gratitude

Did you know that there are actually health benefits to having a grateful attitude? More and more research is being done on the therapeutic aspect of positive attitudes and emotions. Joy, Gratitude, Appreciation, Humor all enrich your life and help boost your immune system.Health Benefits

Grateful people are those who are aware that gratitude and enjoyment of life is a permanent virtue rather than a temporary state of mind. Research has shown that grateful people take better care of themselves and engage in more protective health behaviors like regular exercise, a healthy diet, regular physical examinations.

We all know that stress can make us sick. It has been linked to several leading causes of death, including heart decease and cancer. Gratitude, it turns out, can help us better manage stress. Gratitude research is beginning to suggest that feelings of thankfulness have tremendous positive value in helping people cope with daily problems, especially stress.

During times of stress, pain, trauma and drama our awareness gets absorbed into these energies and we lose perspective on the fullness of life. Once we get in the habit of negative thinking we forget that it is okay to enjoy things and find pleasure in life. If you are in pain and are suffering, especially if it is long term, it is even more important to find what gives you joy and pleasure, to seek out the positive in life.

Energy flows where Attention goes.  – Old Hawaiian Huna proverb

What do you Focus On?

This Huna proverb shows that even the ancient cultures were aware that our focus directs our energy. When you focus on the fearful, painful, dramatic aspects of an event, those energies will increase. But if you choose to focus on the optimistic positive aspect those energies will increase. Attitude Gratitude Word CloudThe most important aspect of that quote is that you have a choice of what you are focusing on. You can also choose how you want to feel about something. No one can make you put your attention where you do not want it. So why not start to choose to focus on the more positive aspects of life? See what happens!

This is not an easy task. There are many habits of relationship that are based on complaining about our pain and suffering. It seems like my family likes to compete for the one who is suffering the most. It is as if our pain/illness makes us important and more deserving of attention. My sisters look at me strange when I start talking about the good in my life. So you may need to risk some strange looks and being perceived as weak or unimportant. Yet all the benefits of being more joyful, more gracious are worth it.

Choose an Attitude of Gratitude

There is nothing sweeter than feeling grateful while something is happening in the real time. Remember getting a cold drink of water when you are really thirsty? Attitude Gratitude Seagulls SunriseRemember how grateful you felt and how that gratitude increased your pleasure and enjoyment of the drink. This type of appreciation and gratitude is the key to enjoying life. How much are you enjoying the simplest things in life? Your food, your water, your companions, your home? Take time to really appreciate them and let them know how important they are to you. Try the simple challenge posed below. It is an exercise in extending the joy and pleasure in your life. When you try it notice what draws your awareness out of moment of joy. These impulses/thoughts are key to understanding the stressors in your life.

This is an advanced practice, to be grateful and joyful all the time no matter what you are doing or what is going on around you. So for the time being just try to extend your joy.