It was a grey overcast sunday morning New Years weekend. I was sipping my favorite coffee trying to wake up and I started to channel surf. Oprah's Soul Sessions appeared on my TV screen like a golden light from the universe LAAAAAAAA....  and you know.. Oprah is the super ninja queen!

 Shawn Achor author of "The Happiness Advantage" was the guest. I was so impressed with  the "5 ways to turn happiness into an advantage" and find it so ninja worthy that I actually took time to post it here! 

Check it out & get happier!

Keli :)



1) Write down three new things you are grateful for each day!

Research shows this will significantly improve your optimism even 6 months later,

and raises your success rates significantly.

I just started using the cool and free app I Journal on my iphone. :)

2) Write for 2 minutes a day describing one positive experience you had over the past 24 hours.

This is a strategy to help transform you from a task-based thinker, to a meaning based thinker who scans the world for meaning instead of endless to-dos.

This dramatically increases work happiness.

3) Exercise for 10 minutes a day. This trains your brain to believe your behavior matters, which causes a cascade of success throughout the rest of the day.


Meditate for 2 minutes, focusing on your breath going in and out.

This will help you undo the negative effects of multitasking.

Research shows you get multiple tasks done faster if you do them one at a time.

It also decreases stress and raises happiness. 


5) Write one, quick email first thing in the morning thanking or praising a member on your team.

This significantly increases your feeling of social support, which in a study at Harvard was the largest predictor of happiness for the students.

Now you have some super ninja happy skills!


Like ninja queen Oprah says.. What I know for sure is that..If you work these 5 steps

you will be happier! :D  

Here's to your HAPPINESS & SUCCESS!!

Keli Squires Taylor Photography