Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Feeling crappy?

I'm a total junkie when it comes to motivational posters, super girlie when it comes to quotes, large appreciator of fun forwarded emails and the biggest believer in that it's the smallest things in life which make you happiest.

Now that you know this about me, I'm ready to reveal my secrets! Don't tell anyone :) , but this is what I call my Magic Etiquette/ my Happiness Project/ the Tanya Protocol on how I like to live my life...

  • Eat like you want to live for ever, live like there's no tomorrow
  • Drink water from a wine glass
  • Always have a mopped floor and vacuumed rugs
  • Own at least one painting you know the whole history on
  • Wake up being grateful
  • Fall asleep being grateful
  • Smile at a stranger for no reason (grin if they don't respond)
  • Have a blender/juicer take up the most prominent part of your kitchen
  • Take regular walks
  • Re-read your favourite book of all time
  • Admit that you've been wrong
  • Cherish silence. Just listen. Shhh...
  • Always have clean hands and nails
  • Stretch often
  • Think of those that matter to you and truly wish for them something you know they really want
  • Be specific when giving a compliment
  • Have a favourite snack recipe and always the ingredient for it in stock
  • If looking at a photo that doesn't bring you joy and take you back to that moment, bin it
  • Own pot plants, many of them
Recent trip to Rome. Felt amazing energies at St Peter's Basilica
  • Write a list of all that upset you, forgive them individually, burn the list
  • Always keep a clean kitchen bench
  • Call someone out of the blue
  • Remember what it was like being 5 years old
  • Look forward to your birthday and celebrate with joy
  • Love the body you've been gifted, no other has the same
  • Think of the real reason why you eat and love your food for that
  • Go to the park and blow bubbles
  • Be on time. No, be early
  • Detox often- your wardrobe, your desk, your body
  • Say hello to a tree. It also likes hugs
  • Buy a product/ brand/ food you are not familiar with
  • Love for no reason, carry on loving for many
  • Meet a new person each week
  • Show real interest in people
  • Thank the bus driver
  • Sing out loud
  • Make a healthy treat and share it with a neighbour you've never met
  • Take a different route to work
  • Enrol in a random class
  • Love herbal tea
  • Remember to breathe

Think I'm a geek yet? Just wait till I rock up with the rest of the list, this is just what I have in memory right now. Do you have a Happiness Rule you go by? A favourite quote? I'd love to hear it in the comments...

Cherish your own hopes and dreams... even when noone else believes in you

My top 25 in one image


  1. Oo i love this game! My favorite quote is "What would you be doing if you couldn't fail?". Love your suggestions! Love, Mel

  2. What a great idea! You've just inspired me to start my own list. Mind if I borrow a few of yours though he he

  3. My rule of happiness is always treat others how you want to be treated. I especially love your #1 rule. Much Love, Sally Castledean

  4. Acceptance. In the words of the Rolling Stones
    'You can't always get what you want
    But if you try sometimes you might find
    You get what you need' :D

  5. Tasmanian Vegan and MinimalistSeptember 1, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Compared to 90% of the world we are rich beyond our wildest dreams, how can we not love that ?

  6. My favorite thought of the moment is "Freedom lies in the space between stimulus and response"... the profound realization that as humans, we have the ability to choose how we react to any given situation.

  7. VeganPrincess SarahSeptember 1, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    I love this hun, I love all the stuff you wrote on there

  8. Happy birthday dear Tania. Love from Mihaela

  9. Aw I love this guys! Amazing suggestions, I will have to repost of this for sure! xTanya
    PS thanks for the Bday wishes Mihaela :)

  10. Drink water from a wine glass? I love that Idea! Funny how one little sentence can shift things in your head. Not drinking alcohol does not mean that I cannot borrow the elegance of wine. Sometimes I hide my eating habits and my spiritual interests from other people. But maybe I should put the things I like into a wine glass, be proud of them.

    My favourite quote: Anything anybody do, from their perspective at that point in time, they could not have done it differently. Thus, you cannot judge anyone. We're all doing our best.

  11. Oh, I do like you list. I don't know if I've got any that I live by, but some do stick in my mind.

    Women are like tea bags - you don't know how strong you can be until you're in hot water.

    If you keep things that give you pleasure safe and only use them on 'special' occasions, you'll get no pleasure from them at all. Use them every day.

    If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.