Monday, July 18, 2011

Creating a Happy Life

In Daniel Gilbert's book, Stumbling on Happiness he says that humans are lousy at predicting what will bring us joy. His research has taught us that there are many factors that create a sense of well-being.  Here is a summary of his findings:

Commitment: People who commit to relationships are happier than those who don't. When people commit to something that's expensive or difficult to get out of, they report feeling happier.

Little Things: Worry less about finding large sources for joy and instead find a steady stream of small sources. When good things happen a lot, over time it changes your life.

Hang in There: He tells people who have experienced hardship to just hang on. Let time do what time does well. You'll be surprised in a year how much better you are.

Go to Church (or somewhere): Church goers are happier than non-church goers but not for reasons people expect. The feeling of being a part of a community brings us joy.

Giving: Those who spend money on others are the happier than those who don't.

Investment in Experiences: Create lasting memories with someone. When we are connected well with others we feel most happy.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Monster's Rule

These days monsters are everywhere. Lady Gaga, the "mother monster" has 11,698,513 Twitter followers all calling themselves little monsters. I don't remember when this all began do you? The Ugly Doll has been in our life for many years now and I suppose we can call them monsters. Maybe that is where the phenomenon began.

Personally I only like friendly monsters. The silly looking kind like these:

Monsters from BSL Creations come in many different forms. We have the simple monster shaped pillow. He is good for resting your head on but be careful he may bite!

Then we have the monsters that serve a purpose. These are tooth fairy pillows made for that child that has just a little monster in them.

 Then we have the Cuddle Wumkins little monster that you can't help but smile when you look at them. Get one in your hands and well, you will just fall in love!

It is my belief that the world is more fun with a little monster in our lives and we don't have to be a Lady Gaga follower to own one. Check out my store at and find your perfect monster.