Daniella Whyte

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Nothing Exciting Happens on Most Days: A Message on Happiness and Meaning (Soul. Musings. 03/26/17)

People have long debated the question of what is happiness? We often use the term “happiness” as a catch-all to describe a range of emotions from excitement to contentment and every positive feeling in between.

Over the last several years, scientists and researchers have done solid work to help us understand what happiness is and how we can cultivate it in our lives. As it turns out, happiness has nothing to do with how much money you have in your bank account or how many clothes you have in your closet. Read more…

7 Questions to Ask Yourself at the End of the Day (365 Days of Spirited Living — DAY 345)


“We thought that we had the answers, it was the questions we had wrong.”
— Bono

In my psychological research studies on perception, I have learned that a major part of conducting research is being able to ask the right questions in order to receive the right answers or a series of possible right answers. The same is true in every area of life. To make progress, you have to be willing to ask the right questions because asking the right questions will help you to keep discovering new ways of doing things and gain insight within your field. Read more…

Stop Avoiding People (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 289)


(30 Things To Stop Spending Time On If You Want to Be Successful #21)

“When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are.”
— Donald Miller

There’s a reason why Barbra Streisand sung about our natural human need for “People” in the movie Funny Girl. Research has it that, “People who need people are the luckiest people in the world.”

It has been said before that things don’t start to go wrong until other people start getting involved. There is some truth to that statement. And that may be why so many of us are striving for the illusion of independence. Not that independence is bad, but it can keep us hiding from vital relationships and connections. Read more…

3 Extra Habits of Mind Maestros (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 221)

3 Extra Habits of Mind Maestros

“Failing to understand the workings of one’s own mind is bound to lead to unhappiness.”
— Marcus Aurelius

The mind is the thinking tool that you use for many different things every second of every single day. Whether you know it or not, there is never a day that you do not use your mind in connection with your daily life. This is why you must have control over it. You must be able to focus your mind on what you do, think, and say so that other areas of your life will not evade control. Read more…

10 Habits of Highly Optimistic People

We all know a person or two who always see the sunny side of life. These people are happy, outgoing, vivacious, energetic, and full of spunk and spirit. They look for the positive in every situation. They have a clear head and an open heart. Their glass is always half-full, maybe even, overflowing. Their lives revolve around the good things that they do, the good thoughts that they think, and the good things that they choose to see.

An increasing number of scientific studies and independent research has shown that optimistic people have better mental and physical health. Optimistic people tend to live longer, overcome difficulties faster, manage stress better, have lower rates of depression, and focus more on their true purpose in life. Overall, the studies behind the benefits of being optimistic prove that it pays great dividends to develop a positive outlook on life.
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