Beautiful on the Inside

Solve For Happy

I’m juggling a lot right now, so today’s post will be a quick one.  I’ve been able to interview some amazing women recently and I can’t wait to share their stories with you!

Like many of us out there, Nate and I are a two income family and have the worries that come along with a mortgage, school loans, medical bills, etc.  Sometimes when we get to the end of a busy day or a busy week where things just didn’t work out the way we were hoping, and we’re tired and frustrated, it can be tough to say, “I’m happy.”

Nate came across an interesting approach by an author who attempts to “engineer” happiness.  The author, Mo Gawdat (a Chief Business Officer at Google [x]) states that happiness is not determined by what life gives you.  Rather, it is determined by how you feel about what life gives you.  Happiness is the peace and contentment that comes with feeling that life is okay.  While “fun” (a distraction from what life gives you, when the brain stops thinking) is the modern substitute for happiness.  

Check out a portion of an interview where the author talks how he became a case study for his own ideas on happiness:


Click on the link for more information or to purchase “Solve for Happy.”

I really want to hear what tips or tricks you have for feeling happy.  Do they really work for you, despite the unexpected challenges that hit you?



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  • Barb
    May 30, 2017 at 7:42 am

    I find it hard to be happy sometimes in the present. However, when I think about past happy moments, they have nothing to do with how bad things went at work that week or whether we had extra money or no money. I would like to have more happy moments in the present. I get to choose how I react to life’s circumstances and can choose to be happy.

    • Melessa
      May 30, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      It is a hard thing to practice, being happy in the present. You’re not alone thinking that way. You hit the nail on the head though. You can choose when and where to be happy. You are in control. Great comment! Thanks so much!

  • Claire T.
    May 30, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    It’s sad but true. I’m definitely one that has used “fun” as a substitute.

    • Melessa
      May 30, 2017 at 7:42 pm

      Oh yes, me too! It just shows that hard work and using your brain is a good thing. Sitting around doing nothing all the time (though it’s fun sometimes) doesn’t help bring real happiness.

  • Liz
    May 30, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    Good things to think about. Sorry you’ve got a lot going on. I love your blog! ❤️

    • Melessa
      May 30, 2017 at 7:43 pm

      Thank you Liz. I really appreciate hearing that!

  • Amy
    June 2, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    I think for me, my happiest times are small, not big experiences. The big ones come with stress and plans and logistics!

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