Archives for August 2016

Avoid Regrets by Making Time for Your Happiness


This is one of the inspirational cards from the deck of Everyday Happiness. 

When asked on their deathbeds what they regret, people often mention opportunities they missed out of fear, hesitance, or too much time spent working and earning money. Avoid letting this happen to you.

Even though we get to choose how we react to events and opportunities, too many of us look for what’s wrong in this world, and choose to be unhappy, miserable, and even angry. This is easy to do if we count on the news to set our happiness meter. After all,  we have trained the news media to focus on negative events by giving our attention to these that in turn boost their ratings and profits.

Every month of the year has a day dedicated to celebrating happiness.  August, for example,  is Admit You’re Happy Month. If you haven’t been celebrating your happiness this month, it’s not too late. Make it a habit to choose happiness so you will have no regrets at the end of your life.

If you have the health, freedom, and flexibility denied so many in the world, you have much to be grateful for. Being less than happy doesn’t serve anyone.

Here are ten simple ways to begin making time for your happiness.

1. Take the Happiness Pledge

Each day when I awake and discover I’m still alive,
I know I have another chance to grow, to learn, to thrive.
So as I enter the world anew I will bypass the door marked CRAPPY
And with a smile on my face and a song in my heart,
Walk through the door marked HAPPY.

2. Check out the world’s first 24 hour music video by Pharrell Williams.

3. Let this infographic take you from grumpy to happy in just a few minutes

4. The only secret to happiness is that there is no secret. We must each find out own version

5. Schedule activities that make you happy, boost your self-esteem or make you feel empowered. Then keep your appointment with yourself.

6. Engage in activities that relieve stress and help you relax, such as the popular coloring trend.


7. Celebrate someone else’s success.

8. Do a random act of kindness.

9. Silence your smartphone and be here now.

  • If you’re in a conversation, really listen to the other person.
  • Attending a concert or a movie? Put your full attention on the music and action.

10. For hundreds more ideas and tips on embracing happiness, handling change, and creating the life you want, get a copy of , Color Your Life Happy: Create Your Unique Path and Claim the Joy You Deserve, 2nd edition.

 Click on the video below to get a taste of what to expect. I won’t tell anyone you were tapping your toe along with the music.

Tell us in the comments what you’ll do to avoid having regrets.

Celebrate “Color Your Life Happy Day”–Make Happiness a Habit

My mom was really surprised when I picked her up in a limo for a Mother’s Day Brunch one year.

Did you make New Year’s resolutions?

If you stuck to them, congratulations. If you’re like most of us, however, those resolutions evaporated from your consciousness in a few weeks.

Regardless of how you fared in this annual practice, here’s an opportunity to start anew, but with just one resolution: make happiness a habit.

What is Color Your Life Happy Day?

August 9th “Color Your Life Happy Day”, is a day to participate in something you enjoy, some activity that will make you happy and others too. Then make a decision to make it a habit to continue finding joy, pleasure, and a way to help others for the rest of the year.

Happiness is not a destination, but the things we do along the way as we live our lives. At the end of their lives, many wish they had slowed down, worked less, and spent more time enjoying family, friends and fun activities. Don’t let this be you.

Regrets are a waste. Do the things that bring you and others joy and happiness everyday.

The Origin of Color Your Life Happy Day

This special celebration was inspired by the memory of my mother, Mildred S. Morris, who would have turned 106 years old this year  (she passed at age 92 in 2002.) She was a hairstylist by trade, but spent her life making people happy with her music. She played piano and organ from childhood through her mid 80’s for many churches, organizations and events. Everyone who ever heard her play was touched by her lively and fervent style.

How to Participate

Please join me in starting to make happiness a habit on Color Your Life Happy Day, August 9th.

        You may choose to

      • take time off to read a book you’ve longed to finish
      • join the courageous who decide to get control of the clutter that has been making them very unhappy
      • rent a Harley or Segway to go for a fun ride
      • become a tourist in your own town and visit a museum or other local treasure you’ve never seen
      • visit a local convalescent home to spend some time with a resident who never gets visitors.


Color Your Life Happy Day, is not just for today, but every day.

Take a picture showing your happiness habit and post it on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest or Facebook using the  hashtag #coloryourlifehappy.

Remember, it doesn’t have to be grand or spectacular by anyone else’s standards. It just has to be something that makes you and/or others happy.

I’m looking forward to the wonderful array of photos. Don’t forget the hashtag #coloryourlifehappy

How to Get More Happiness Ideas

paperbackbookstanding_849x1126(2)Want help coming up with happiness habits?

Here are a few from my book, Color Your Life Happy: Create Your Unique Path and Claim the Joy You Deserve:

      • dance or sing to music you enjoy
      • volunteer for a cause you believe in
      • connect with a pet
      • savor the moment you’re in
      • say “yes” to yourself
      • create something
      • reduce stress and relax by coloring the creative activities in Color Your Life Happy Coloring Book for Adults  Create Space Cover





For more detailed guidance on handling change and adversity,  harmonizing family and work, and creating the life you want and deserve, go to Amazon and get the paperback or ebook at

How to Promote the Happiness Habit

In 2015 I rolled out the awesome Color Your Life Happy custom t-shirt.  If you missed the launch, no worries.You can still order the beautiful t-shirt at 

It’s available in sizes small through 5XL and three
other colors: gold, lime and white.

What a great way to support the right to happiness
we all deserve.

This is a Limited Edition custom shirt. The original campaign has ended, but you can still get one. Just go to and click I still want one!

The suggested retail price is $29.99, but I’ve discounted it when you buy it now at

Consider buying an extra one for a gift and be sure to tell your friends, family and colleagues on social media to join us. Again, the link is