Category Archives: happiness

Bruno Mars: Money and Billionaire

We’ve shown several music videos related to wealth and money recently, but this amateur video of Bruno Mars performing acoustically at a private party is really unique.

He’s doing a mashup of the old classic “Money (That’s What I Want)” and his own hit “Billionaire”.

Go ahead and sing along to get into the wealth-attracting mindset.

I wanna be a billionaire so freakin’ bad
Buy all of the things I never had
I wanna be on the cover of Forbes magazine
Smiling next to Oprah and the Queen

Oh, every time I close my eyes
I see my name in shining lights
Yeah, a different city every night
Oh, I swear the world better prepare
For when I’m a billionaire

You Wanna Be a Rockstar?

Continuing in our series of financially inspirational music videos — see If I Had a Million Dollars by the Barenaked Ladies and All Star by Smash Mouth — we bring you another Canadian band, like the former, singing about being a rockstar, like the latter.

Rockstar by Nickelback has been used at countless wealth-building seminars and in videos promoting the life of luxury. The video features a lot of actual stars, and it’s mostly just fun tongue-in-cheek stuff. In fact, much of the song is pretty silly.

But if you can really feel the possibility of experiencing some of the things in the video, it’s a good way to get prepped for making it happen.

I want a brand new house on an episode of Cribs
And a bathroom I can play baseball in
And a king size tub, Big enough for ten plus me
(Yeah, so what you need?)

I need a credit card that’s got no limit
And a big black jet with a bedroom in it
Gonna join the mile high club, At thirty-seven thousand feet
(Been there, done that)

I want a new tour bus full of old guitars
My own star on Hollywood Boulevard
Somewhere between Cher And James Dean is fine for me
(So how you gonna do it?)

I’m gonna trade this life For fortune and fame
I’d even cut my hair And change my name

‘Cause we all just wanna be big rockstars
And live in hilltop houses, drivin’ fifteen cars

Should or Must?

You may have heard people say “Don’t should on yourself” or “Don’t let others should on you.” Ha ha… yeah, cute, right? But the point is that we often do things based on what others want us to do, or a feeling of obligation rather than desire.

Elle Luna suggests making a slight shift, saying “This is a story about two roads—Should and Must. It’s a pep talk for anyone who’s chosen Should for far too long—months, years, maybe a lifetime—and feels like it’s about time they gave Must a shot.”

There are two paths in life: Should and Must. We arrive at this crossroads over and over again. And each time, we get to choose.

Over the past year I’ve chosen Must again and again. And it was petrifying. And at times it was dark. But I would never, ever, trade this past year for anything. This essay is my three biggest takeaways from the experience. It’s for anyone who is thinking of making the jump from Should to Must. Anyone looking to follow the energy deep within their chest but aren’t quite sure how.

Should is how others want us to show up in the world?—?how we’re supposed to think, what we ought to say, what we should or shouldn’t do. It’s the vast array of expectations that others layer upon us. When we choose Should the journey is smooth, the risk is small.

Must is different—there aren’t options and we don’t have a choice.

Must is who we are, what we believe, and what we do when we are alone with our truest, most authentic self. It’s our instincts, our cravings and longings, the things and places and ideas we burn for, the intuition that swells up from somewhere deep inside of us. Must is what happens when we stop conforming to other people’s ideals and start connecting to our own. Because when we choose Must, we are no longer looking for inspiration out there. Instead, we are listening to our calling from within, from some luminous, mysterious place.

Read the full story at Medium.com.

Hey Now, You’re an All Star

Every now and then we take a look at songs that can put you in the right frame of mind for success. These are the songs that play at motivational seminars, because they have value in the way they affect our subconscious minds.

Today’s song is All Star by Smash Mouth, and you’ve almost certainly heard it before. But today, listen as if the chorus is talking to you, and about you. Really feel it.

I saw the band play this song live, and it was energizing. Like all Smash Mouth songs, it’s fun and quirky… but it also has an inspiring, motivating message.

So much to do so much to see
So what’s wrong with taking the back streets?
You’ll never know if you don’t go
You’ll never shine if you don’t glow

[Chorus:]
Hey now, you’re an All Star, get your game on, go play
Hey now, you’re a Rock Star, get the show on, get paid
And all that glitters is gold
Only shooting stars break the mold

How Can We Be Happier?

People often have a bad habit of looking for happiness outside of themselves. But the truth is, happiness comes from within and you can only be happy if you decide to be.

Nobody can “make” you happy but yourself.

This immigrant discovered the truth for herself on her own journey, and ended up creating a mobile app (with web access too) for posting happy thoughts.

How can we be happier?

Why is the pursuit of happiness so stressful and unfulfilling? Why do we believe that huge achievements trump small everyday moments that connect us with ourselves and those we love most? After years of “dreaming in American” and chasing The Big Happy, Russian-born entrepreneur Nataly Kogan dug into the research and believes the key to being happier is to stop saying “I’ll be happy when…” and start saying “I’m happy now because…”

Sharer of Joy: Nataly Kogan at TEDxBoston

Start your happiness journey at Smile.Happier.com.

10 Tips for Increasing Prosperity

http://gratitudeplanet.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/prosperity.jpgThere is no giving without receiving or receiving without giving. They form two sides of the same coin, and are part of the natural order of life.

Accepting and expressing gratitude for what you receive allows more to come your way.

Visual artist Lisa shares her top tips for remembering to be grateful and inspire the flow of increasing prosperity.

  1. When cashing out at a store, if there is a “Take a penny, leave a penny” tray, do so, even if you aren’t paying with cash. If you have a penny in your pocket, donate it to the tray. Tell yourself “I always have plenty of money.”
  2. When entering a building, offer to hold a door open for one or several people. Smile and nod and “play doorman” (or door person). Give the gift of service for 20 seconds. When someone opens a door for you, move right through and thank them. Tell yourself “I always have plenty of time to play with others.”
  3. When meeting someone for the first time, or even someone you know well, give them an honest compliment right away. Maybe say “wow, I love your shoes,” or “you seem to be in a great mood today.” This giving costs nothing, but is completely valuable and appreciated. Tell yourself “I give compliments easily. I see the best in others.”
  4. When eating out, tip more if you get amazing service. If your waiter or waitress is really fun and connected, and if you feel you got exceptional service, up your standard tip. If your default tip, regardless of service, is 15%, then give 20% or even 25% for amazing service. Tell yourself “I give and I receive freely. I have received amazing service, and I give back in joy right now. I have plenty of money.”
  5. If you have a business, give yourself the gift of meditation and focus on the expansion of the business. See it growing and serving others in more and more powerful ways. Take time to be quiet with yourself and allow your vision to take hold in your vibration. Imagine it unfolding powerfully. Tell yourself “I give myself to this vision, and I expect to live it as soon as today.”
  6. Create a fake ledger on your computer. Deposit fake money into it. Pretend it is real. Look on line for ways to spend it all. Let yourself enjoy deciding how you will spend it. What do you want? Enter your “purchases” in your ledger. Every day increase your deposit, and then spend it again. Donate as much as you want to to causes you believe in. Tell yourself “I can’t spend all this money fast enough. It just keeps coming back in greater and greater amounts.”
  7. Buy a new CD that thrills your heart. If you hear an artist or musical group that makes you feel great when you hear a performance on the radio or on TV, support them by buying a CD of their music. Pay full price for it and feel great about helping them expand their audience. Tell yourself “I give freely to people who make my life better through their art.”
  8. Give freely when you sense a need. If you are entering the grocery store and you see a hungry person outside, consider buying something to give them that they can eat immediately. They may ask you for money, which you can give them if you are inspired to do so, but choose something ready to eat that you know will nourish them. Tell yourself “I give to others in need. The Universe gives to me in my generosity and gratitude as well, always.”
  9. When someone offers to help you with something, or to give you something, accept their offer gratefully. Yes, it can take longer to have someone “help you” do something, but if you accept the offer in joy and openness, you can keep your flow open on the receiving end. Tell yourself “I receive gifts into my life freely, joyously, and openly.”
  10. Give gratitude and appreciation for what you have right now. Practice being content with the prosperity you are enjoying right now. Law of Attraction will bring you more abundance when it knows you already feel abundant and prosperous. Love where you are, and expect a lot more too. Tell yourself “I am abundant, prosperous, and completely in the allowing flow of the Universe. All is well in my life. I am open to the next expanding step.”

Read the full story on Gratitude Planet.

18 Ways to Increase Your Wealth

Prosperity TipsIf you’re looking for ways to increase your wealth and prosperity, much of it is about mindset and habits. And often entrepreneurship is one of the keys.

Here are 18 tips for increasing your wealth and prosperity:

18 Prosperity Tips

1. Instead of focusing on trying to make money, put your time and energy into creating value for others. Remember that money is simply a medium for exchanging value. Stop focusing on the effect (receiving money), and start focusing on the cause (value creation).

2. Start a business as a way to share your passion, your talents, and your knowledge with the rest of the world. Ask yourself how you can express your talents in a way that benefits others.

3. Stop thinking of what you can “get” from others (how much money you can make), and start focusing on what you can give (how you can increase the amount of value that you give to others).

4. Do your work with love. Just as resentment poisons your work, doing your work with love adds more value to it. There’s a novel titled “Like Water For Chocolate” by Mexican novelist Laura Esquivel. The protagonist, Tita, is a woman who loves to cook. When she cooks, her emotions become infused into her cooking, affecting all those who eat it. Think of the work that you do in the same way, and make sure that you infuse it with love.

5. Look for ways to have a positive impact on society through your business.

6. During times of recession people cut back on the fluff and they become more sensitive to receiving genuine value. This means that if you sell fluff, you’ll do poorly in a recession. But if you’re providing genuine value you should do fine, even if the pundits are running around screaming that the sky is falling.

7. Stop looking for happiness outside of yourself—for example, stop thinking the following: “I’ll be happy when I have six months of expenses saved up in the bank, and when I can finally move out of this dingy apartment”. Instead, tap into the happiness that is already within you and let it flow from you through your work.

8. Be optimistic. Believe that something different from what has happened until now can happen.

9. Ask yourself the following question: When I imagine totally diving in and working hard to make more money, what thoughts pop into my mind that make me feel that I’m not going to succeed? These are your limiting beliefs; work on eliminating them.

10. Make a list of the reasons why you think that you’re not making as much money as you would like to be making. These are your excuses. Stop making excuses.

11. If you feel that you’re creating value, but you’re not making money, it’s because of one of two reasons:

a. Others don’t perceive what you’re offering as being valuable. They’re telling you, “That’s not good enough”, or “That’s not what we want.” You need to go back to the drawing board with that feedback and improve your offer.

b. You’re not doing a good job of delivering the value. For example, if you have a blog and you produce great content, but you have low traffic, you’re not doing a good job of delivering the value.

12. If people don’t want to buy what you’re selling—or they don’t want to buy it at the price that you’re selling it for—don’t take it personally. This is the marketplace responding to what you’re putting out there: it’s simply the laws of supply and demand playing out. Modify your offer accordingly.

Read the full story on Daring to Live Fully.

Happy Valentine’s Day… or Generosity Day

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Valentine’s Day is about love. But what if it was about something bigger than you an a sweetheart? What if it was about being generous with everyone you meet?

This video shows why we should rebrand Valentine’s Day as Generosity Day, and create a Generosity Revolution:

Take the Generosity Day pledge! http://www.causes.com/generosityday

We’re rebooting Valentine’s Day as Generosity Day: one day of sharing love with everyone, of being generous to everyone, to see how it feels and to practice saying “Yes.” Let’s make the day about love, action and human connection — because we can do better than smarmy greeting cards, overpriced roses, and stressed-out couples trying to create romantic meals on the fly.

How to Overcome Depression

If you’ve ever experienced depression, you know it’s not about feeling sad. There’s often no apparent reason for it, and it can feel literally like the weight of the world is on your shoulders.

At its worst, depression can be a frightening, debilitating condition. Millions of people around the world live with depression. Many of these individuals and their families are afraid to talk about their struggles, and don’t know where to turn for help. However, depression is largely preventable and treatable. Recognizing depression and seeking help is the first and most critical towards recovery.

In collaboration with WHO to mark World Mental Health Day, writer and illustrator Matthew Johnstone tells the story of overcoming the “black dog of depression”.

Many people keep up an emotional front like in the video. They pretend to the outside world that everything is going well, and push themselves to “think positive” or “be optimistic.”

Choosing to see the bright side of a bleak situation is great. Denying something deeper or more debilitating exists is not.

As Johnstone says in the video, “I also learned that being emotionally genuine and authentic to those who are close to you can be an absolute game-changer.”

When you admit it, at least you can deal with it and overcome it… medication might help some, but it’s not required for everybody.

If this is a problem for you, try some suggestions from the video: learn how to quiet your mind, exercise regularly, keep a mood journal, work on being grateful, and more.

When you’re forced to reevaluate and simplify your life, as Johnstone was, and embrace your problems instead of running away from them, the curse can actually become a blessing in disguise.

 

Don’t Take Your Life For Granted

Sometimes we all get into ruts, and that’s normal. It’s nothing to beat yourself up over… life takes care of that for us.

But if you find yourself dwelling on what you don’t have, and taking everything for granted, then it’s probably time for a focus shift.

The happiest and most successful people in the world are grateful for what they have. They don’t focus on what’s wrong, they focus on what’s right.

Doesn’t mean being in denial about something that needs attention, but it’s about being happy with what you have instead of sad about what you think you don’t have. Everything is a matter of perspective, and what you choose to focus on is what you will find growing in your life.

So if you focus on lack, you’ll experience more lack. And if you focus on gratitude, you’ll experience more to be grateful for.

This video documentary is an amazing little reminder of this concept.

Called 365Grateful, it’s one woman’s journey out of depression into happiness through the power of gratitude.

Meet Hailey Bartholomew and her inspiring project:

365grateful.com from hailey bartholomew on Vimeo.
 

365 Grateful is a film about uncovering what happens when ordinary people unlock the remarkable powers of gratitude.

This documentary was born out of a project created by Hailey – the ‘365 Grateful Project’. In early 2008, in an effort to fight depression, Hailey started a year long photographic project which involved taking one Polaroid photo a day of something she felt grateful for. Initially this was a chore but eventually it became a delight.

The discipline of having to look for the good things that happened every day changed her life in so many ways. Hailey found not only her marriage, spiritual life and health improved, but this project accidentally, wondrously spread and affected the lives of many others.

While doing her project Hailey posted it on Flickr. Gradually others began to do their own versions and over time 365 Grateful went viral.

Find out more on 365Grateful.com.