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How To Be A Badass Superstar Fan Of Music (And Life)

I love being a fan. There are a lot of reasons why and it all boils down to this: it simply makes me happy. I have no agenda. I'm not a badass superstar fan for any reason other than that it fills my world with joy. I'm not a groupie (i.e., my fandom isn't sexually driven). I have no illusions. Jim Cuddy may have joked about going for coffee with me and Corey Hart may have written me into a song, but I know those two -- and all the other artists I've met -- are not my buddies (of any kind). I'm just a fan revelling in the moment, the music, and the rockstar glow
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5 Things Working Moms Don't Say Enough

You're up early and you're up late. And in the middle, you seem to be running. Running to the office, to meetings, to soccer games, to the grocery store, to the dentist, to the PTA meeting, to the birthday party for ... well, you can't even remember who the birthday party is for. You say yes to everything, because you're a team player. Try saying these five things instead.
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Choose Joy By Choosing To Exercise

I stay on my fitness horse by reminding myself that movement is a privilege and that the future Me will ALWAYS be happier if I move. The understanding that exercise positively affects my mood has informed my entire fitness philosophy. In fact, improving my mood is typically the primary reason I train.
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The Things That Haunt Me Now That I Am Sober

Guilt and regret are the ugly Hyde to the Jekyll of sobriety, even years in. With new awareness, we relive past experiences---or in many cases bemoan what might have been. Pain and sorrow previously numbed by a drug or drink of choice is glaringly present, and strikes unpredictably---in the midst of a family gathering; alone, late at night; smack in the middle of an important work presentation, or during a particularly deep yoga class.
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I've Made The Choice To Live Joyfully

Let me tell you a little bit about myself. I'm 45 years old. I'm single. I've never been in a committed relationship. I don't have kids. My parents both died when I was in my mid-30s. I've been estranged from my oldest sister for about 20 years. I have profound hearing loss, due to deformed cochleas, and I identify as "hard of hearing."
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Habits Of Happy People

Feeling like the world owes you something removes your own sense of accountability for shaping your happiness. Make a conscious decision to cultivate happiness in your life. The world could really use more happy people right now.
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Maxing Out Our Happiness

nd I'd give myself a solid 8/10 at life. It's just that remaining 2/10 that's sometimes missing. This other 20 per cent is, in my opinion, the zest of life. It's those moments you get caught up in and find yourself wondering if this is really your life -- is it actually possible to be this excruciatingly happy?

<i>Not</i> a Cat Person

When my brother Niel and I were young, we begged our parents for a dog. After finally wearing them down, they said "yes" and my lifelong love affair with dogs began. My experience is that dogs are gre...
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A New Year Filled With Wonder

Do you long for the good old days of childhood when things seemed much simpler, easier, more joyful and laid back? Maybe it never was that way for you, but it can be "yet to come" by simply reinstating a sense of wonder in your life. Arianna Huffington advocates wonder as an antidote to daily stress.
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How I Ended Up Living Happily Ever After

Barry and I were both 17 when we met. We had just finished high school. I was dealing with my tragedy -- the death of my mother and two younger sisters. Barry was an orphan, responsible for his older brother with special needs. And there we stood, in the "Land of Oz" at the start of the "Yellow Brick Road" -- the beginning of our journey together.

Finding the Joy in Monotony

The jackhammer pounded the garage floor all day. Periodically, a saw blade screeched and the jackhammer took a brief rest. Next, the old floor was broken up and carried away by the bucket full, into t...
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The Price You Must Pay to Follow Your Dreams

As a talk show host, I love to delve into the what inspires the hearts of my guests -- and their success secrets. I also know there is a price to pay for success. The question is: what is the price you are willing to pay? Every goal we set out to achieve has a price tag attached. When we look at the big picture, we must determine if we are willing to pay the price to follow our desires.

My New Year's Resolution...Five Months Later

Rather than make a resolution that you'll end up forgetting or failing at, make one that sounds exciting and dramatic, something that is achievable, fun, but also something that will push you out of your comfort zone, allowing you to become (even slightly) a better person. It is this change that is your reward.

20 Steps to Genuine Happiness

When we're clear about where to find happiness, we can make the kinds of choices that will maximize our chances of having more of it. Here's a list of ingredients that you can combine in your own way to move toward greater happiness.