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10 Day Happiness Challenge

Published on 7/1/2017
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Day 1: Give a smile to every person you meet
I love walking on the streets with a big smile on
my face, but you know what I love even more? To
share my smiles with total strangers. The look on
their faces once they accept “my gift” is
priceless.
If you ask me, we are way too serious. Of course
we all have “grown up problems” and we all have a
lot of things on our minds, but that doesn’t mean
we should stop enjoying life. Life is short, we
might as well enjoy it as much as we can, and
smiling will help us do just that.
On this day, your “job” is to wear a smile on your
lips at all times and to share your smile with
everyone you come in contact with. Trust me, you
will be a lot happier if you do.
“Nobody needs a smile so much as the one who has
none to give. So get used to smiling heart-warming
smiles, and you will spread sunshine in a
sometimes dreary world.” ~ Lawrence G. Lovasik
 
Day 2 – Return to ONEness
There are days when I have moments of intense
clarity, moments when I can look at everyone
around me and realize that we are all ONE,
connected to one another. In those moments, I feel
so much acceptance, love and compassion towards
everything and everyone and I feel like hugging
the entire planet ??
If you go on the Moon and from there you look down
on planet Earth, I am sure that this concept of
Oneness will make a lot more sense to you. Of
course, there is no need to go on the Moon, you
can experience it all here on this planet.
We are all in this together. This is our home,
both mine and yours, and no matter how cheesy it
may sound, we are all one big family, all
connected, all ONE.
On this day, you will practice tolerance, love and
acceptance towards everyone you come in contact
with. By doing so, chances are that you will
experience the ONEness, the connection between
each and every one of us.
“We are one, after all, you and I, together we
suffer, together exist and forever will recreate
each other.” ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
 
Day 3: Practice forgiveness
Forgiveness is such a powerful thing, for it can
heal our hearts, making room for love to enter,
allowing us to go back to our real and authentic
Self, giving us permission to re-connect with one
another at a deeper level. We forgive not because
we are weak, not because we are naive, not because
we want to be hurt again, but because we are
strong enough to understand that the more we hold
on to grudges and resentments, the more we pollute
our minds, our hearts and our lives.
On this day, see if you can practice forgiveness,
not only towards those who might have harmed you
but also towards yourself, for the things you
might have done, consciously or unconsciously, to
hurt or harm, not only yourself but those around
you as well.
Let go of anger, bitterness, hate or resentment as
much as you can. Allow love to govern your mind,
your heart and your life and allow peace to come
to surface once again.
“He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge
over which he must pass himself; for every man has
need to be forgiven.” ~ Thomas Fuller
 
Day 4: Let go of pointless drama, toxic
relationships, thoughts and behaviors
 
We hold on to so many things that cause us a great
deal of stress, anxiety and unhappiness, and
instead of detaching and letting them all go, we
cling on to them. For some strange reason, we
believe that our happiness will come from holding
on to toxic thoughts, things, people, experiences
when in fact it will only come from letting go of
them.
“Letting go doesn’t mean that you don’t care about
someone anymore. It’s just realizing that the only
person you really have control over is yourself.”
? Deborah Reber
On this day, you will work on letting go of all
the pointless drama, toxic relationships, thoughts
and behaviors that are present in your life. On
this day you will learn to shift your focus from
the bad on to the good.
 
Day 5:  A complaint free day
I used to complain A LOT about every little thing
that was happening to me and all around me. I was
so busy pointing out all the things that were
going wrong in my life that I couldn’t see the
many things that were going right. I was really
good at pointing the maaaany things I didn’t like
that I forgot about the things i did like.
“Complaining not only ruins everybody else’s day,
it ruins the complainer’s day, too. The more we
complain, the more unhappy we get.” Dennis Prager
On this day, you will give up the need to complain
about the many things – people, situations, events
that make you unhappy, sad and depressed, and
instead, you will focus on the things that make
you feel good, on the things that are right with
the world. You will go 24 hours without
complaining, because you deserve it! ??
 
Day 6: Embrace an attitude of gratitude and
appreciation
I love the feeling I get every time I start to
acknowledge the good that is already present in my
life.  We get so busy with our problems and so
preoccupied with the many things that are missing
from our lives that we forget to express our
gratitude and appreciation for the many wonderful,
people and things that we already present in our
lives.
On this day, you will embrace an attitude of
gratitude and appreciation and you will say an
honest “thank you” for all the beautiful
experiences, things and people that are making
your life a lot more meaningful and joyful.
“Gratitude is the key to happiness. When gratitude
is practiced regularly and from the heart, it
leads to a richer, fuller and more complete life…
It is impossible to bring more abundance into your
life if you are feeling ungrateful about what you
already have. Why? Because the thoughts and
feelings you emit as you feel ungrateful are
negative emotions and they will attract more of
those feelings and events into your life.”
~Vishen Lakhiani
 
Day 7: Practice Self love and acceptance
If you ask me, not too many people know how to be
their own best friend. We  are pretty good at
being our own worst enemy but not so good at being
our own best friend. The most important
relationship you will ever have is the one with
your beautiful and magnificent self and that is
why you need to learn how to love and accept
yourself fully.
On this day, you will act in kind and loving ways
towards yourself and you will treat yourself just
as you will treat your own best friend. On this
day, you will work on building the relationship
you have with yourself and you will give yourself
permission to be whoever you want to be without
placing any harsh labels or judgements on
yourself. On this day you will treat yourself with
much love and acceptance.
“You surrender to a lot of things which are not
worthy of you. I wish you would surrender to your
radiance … your integrity … your beautiful human
grace.” – Yogi Bhajan
 
Day 8: Practice random acts of kindness
What if, on this day, you practice giving without
expecting anything in return. What if on this day
you allow yourself to feel the wonderful joy that
comes from doing a good for someone without
expecting anything in return.
It can be anything… calling a friend or family
member you haven’t spoken to in a while, giving
free hugs (I looove hugs), paying for the person
behind you in a drive-thru or at a coffee shop,
leaving money in a public place for someone to
find, or maybe sending a card or flowers to a
person that might be going through a hard time. It
can be an expensive gift that you give, it can be
money or maybe just a love note that you leave on
someone’s desk. It doesn’t really matter how big
or small your gift is as long as you give it from
the heart.
Giving is receiving, it really is, and the more we
give to others, the more that we will receive
ourselves.
“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in
thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving
creates love.” ~ Lao Tzu
 
Day 9: Lighten your material load
I used to be so bad at giving away things I no
longer needed. I remember when I came back from
U.S., I was in shock when I saw that my sister
gave away all my things to “the poor people”.
Because she assumed that I no longer needed them,
she gave them all away.
Even though I didn’t want to admit it at that
time, the truth of the matter is that she was
right. I really didn’t need those things anymore
but I just couldn’t give them away. I was so
attached to every single thing I had and I
couldn’t understand how can people give away their
things. It felt like such a weird concept to me.
Not sure who was weirder, me or the concept ??
 
I thought I was the one owning the stuff when in
fact the stuff was owning me. Well, things
changed, I changed and I am happy to say that I
now know how to let go of the things I no longer
use and I do it with ease.
 
When you give away things you no longer use, or
need, you make room in your life for better things
to come your way. You take out the old and you
allow the new to enter. Lightening your material
load can be a real therapeutical experience.
On this day, make time to go through your house,
your closets, your basement, etc. and take out all
the clothes, shoes, bags, books, and any other
stuff you no longer need or use. Give it all away
and see how much better, lighter and happier you
will feel.
 
“The more you have, the more you are occupied, the
less you give. But the less you have the more free
you are. Poverty for us is a freedom. It is not
mortification, a penance. It is joyful freedom.
There is no television here, no this, no that. But
we are perfectly happy.” ~ Mother Theresa
 
Day 10: Awareness Day
A few years ago I came to the realization that one
day I will die (yes, it took me quite some time to
realize that one day I will die). I saw in my
mind’s eye this image… It was me on the death bed,
looking back at my life with regrets, many regrets
about the many things I didn’t had the courage to do.
 
That image really scared me! As a result, on the
same day, I made a commitment to myself to start
living life fully and to make the rest of my life
the best of my life. To stop running away from my
fears and from life and to start living. In those
moments the words of Franklin D. Roosevelt made
more sense to me than ever:
“The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.”
 
On this day I want you to use your imagination, to
see how your life would look like if you continue
living your life the way you are living right now.
When you will be on your death bed ready to leave
this world, looking back at your life would you be
happy with what you see, would you have any
regrets?
 
I don’t want this exercise to scare you but rather
to give you the push you need to start living life
fully.To use one fear (fear of living with
regrets) against another fear (fear of doing the
things your heart desires) and in the end to get
the push you need to start living life fully. If
you don’t do the things you fear doing and if you
don’t follow your heart, chances are that you will
live a life full of regrets…
 
“Remembering that you are going to die one day is
the best way to avoid the trap of thinking you
have something to lose. You are already naked.
Follow your heart.” ~ Steve Jobs
 
You see, happiness is not so hard to achieve.
By giving yourself permission to practice these
things for 10 days, not only will you become a lot
happier, but you will also become more disciplined
and focus on building other new positive habits in
different areas of your life.  If you tell your
mind you want to try something for 10 days, it
will most likely be willing to co-operate. 10 days
doesn’t feel like a very long time.
 
After you have completed your 10 days, your
conscious mind will have the choice of stopping or
carrying on with these healthy and positive
practices… or at least that’s what it thinks. Your
neural pathways have formed already and chances
are that you will continue with the new healthy
habits.
 
You have seen the benefits along the way
and your unconscious mind will want to continue if
it has been beneficial. After the 10 days, you can
pick some of your favorite things from this list
and continue for 11 more days, to make it a total
of 21 days… Your 21 day happiness challenge. Use
your imagination and just have fun with it ??
 
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