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How My Bullet Journal Makes Me Happier

I’ve been using my bullet journal for almost a year. The system works for me. This is the longest I have ever kept a journal. The key to the bullet journal for me is its flexibility. I use what works, stop using what doesn’t, and can change my pages any time I want or need to. It feels good to feel organized. My bullet journal makes me happier. The bullet journal system might not work for every one, but I recommend giving it a try. You might be pleasantly surprised to see it works for you too.   What is Read More

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13 Blogs that will Add Happiness to Your Day

While researching ideas for my posts, I have come across some wonderful resources that I want to share with you.  I began blogging to spread positive ideas and messages in a world that seems to be focusing more and more on the negative. My Cup of Cocoa is all about creating happiness, how to add good things to our daily lives, and how to lift each others (and ourselves) up. I like the phrase “creating happiness.” Being happy is an active pursuit. We can’t just sit and wait for happiness to find us. I actively choose to look for the Read More

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When Anger Disrupts Our Happiness

There are numerous studies that show how dangerous holding onto to anger can be. It not only disrupts our happiness, but it can also damage our relationships, injure our professional lives, and literally make us ill. Everyone feels anger. We are all human and anger is a basic human emotion. The key to keeping anger from having a negative influence in our lives is to recognize it for what it is and find positive ways of dealing with it. Don’t get me wrong. I get angry. In fact, I spent a number of years being really angry at several things/people. Read More

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One is Silver and the Other, Gold

Remember the old sing-a-long “Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver, and the other, gold”? This time of year makes me think of old friends and new friends and this old song has been on my mind. I love my friends. My life would not be half as rich without them. An old friend of mine was visiting over the Thanksgiving holiday. She and her family live on the opposite side of the country. They spent a week here in sunny California and had Thanksgiving dinner with us. I hadn’t seen her in more than a year Read More