Who doesn't want to be happy or happier? It seems to be a universal quest, this quest to be happy, to raise happy children. For me happiness comes and goes. Life presents me with many things to be happy about, I focus on them and my happiness multiplies. Then things get messy, I trip over obstacles thrown my way, without noticing I somehow start focusing on all the nasty little annoyances that are conspiring to make me miserable and I want to smack anyone who tells me to look on the bright side and be grateful for all that I have because things could be so much worse. I mean I know they are right, but SHUT UP!
And then a ray of sunshine finds its way into the darkness of my mood and I remember that oh yeah, there is a bright side. Time to focus on the things that make me happy because happiness begets more happiness. Happiness is a muscle, it needs to be exercised or it will atrophy.
Maddie Yates, a student at Louisville Male High School in Kentucky, committed suicide shortly after posting a heart-wrenching video on YouTube explaining why she was taking her life. The video went up on Monday at around 6 p.m. and garnered quite a bit of attention before it was taken down the next day.
Maddie's suicide happened almost exactly one year to the date after her friend, Brianna Berrier, committed suicide.
I am so sorry that Yates took her own life. It breaks my heart because Yates was struggling with depression and anxiety and didn't see a way out. She didn't think that anyone could help her. She thought she was a "bad" person, she thought she was doing the whole world a "favor" by taking her life—she was incredibly WRONG.
Susannah Birch was 2 years old in January 1989 when her mother Linda Andrew cut her throat and prepared to roast her in the kitchen oven of their home in Australia. It was all a part of some kind of Old Testament ritual sacrifice. Linda and Birch's dad, John, were Seventh Day Adventists and Linda was losing her mind. On the day that Birch was savagely attacked by her mother, John was out of the home at work. He had noticed that his wife Linda had been praying more as of late, but he had no idea that she was about to have her first psychotic episode and nearly kill their only daughter. How did this little girl not only survive, but live to tell her story?Continue Reading >
A pregnant Florida woman is under investigation after she allegedly intentionally drove her minivan into the ocean, with her children inside.
According to witnesses, the unidentified mom made a hard turn directly into the ocean, causing the kids inside the car to cry for help and scream that their mother was trying to kill them. Thankfully, some nearby standers jumped into the water to help. The entire terrifying ordeal was caught in some shocking footage, seen below.Continue Reading >
Let's face it--some days, it's easier to hit the snooze button and grab another hour of sleep than get up and drag yourself to the gym. After all, whether it's taking naps or drinking a glass of wine, we all have our guilty pleasures. But we have good news: It turns out that these habits are not only fun, but some of them are also actually beneficial to you and your health.Continue Reading >
Everyone has their off days, where they just don't feel all that great about themselves. Luckily, there are ways to boost your confidence and have you feeling as attractive and self-assured as ever! These tricks will not only have you feeling good, they could also help improve your libido and lead to a better sex life. Read on to find out what they are!Continue Reading >
Sex is great for lots of reasons--it burns calories, it's great for your relationship, and most importantly, it's fun! But did you know it could also make you more intelligent? That's right! Recent research has proved that sex is good for your brain, in more ways than one. Below, check out 5 ways sex makes you smarter:Continue Reading >
It's easy to feel cheery around the holidays with all of the sparkly decorations and good will, but it's a harder task to maintain that positive attitude all year long. Luckily, there are a few natural and easy methods to carry over the feeling of joy and happiness into the new year and through the rest of 2014.Continue Reading >
My mother nagged raised me to make my bed every morning. It's like no matter how clean my bedroom was, if the bed wasn't made, then it was a mess by her standards. As a teenager, I totally rebelled and left it unmade plenty of times. Then when I got older, I did what so many of us do and turned into my mother. A room with an unmade bed just looks messy to me, so I prefer making the bed as soon as possible. The thing is I'm not always the last one out of bed. If my husband is the last one out of bed, you better believe he's not makin' that bed no matter how many times I nag remind him to do it. Turns out that he has been doing us a favor by leaving the bed unmade because leaving the bed unmade is actually better for your health. What?!Continue Reading >
Everyone deals with stress every now and then, but suffering from serious anxiety could have a negative impact on all areas of your life. Luckily, you don't necessarily need to take medication to deal with it. There are plenty of natural remedies that can help keep you calm during a tense period.Continue Reading >