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Share the Joy link up #16

Share the Joy link up #16

Do you wake up happy?

Research shows that when you start the day negatively it impacts on the rest of your day (hello sleepless nights and daily commutes!). But the converse is also true – being happy in the morning will cast a positive lasting glow. So how can we make sure we wake up happy every day?

We don’t need to. As I’ve been reading in my three new happy-making books (can’t wait to share them with you!) we can train ourselves to be happy and even fool ourselves into happiness! Try this… SMILE. No, not a little smirk, a big, meaty, jaw stretching GRIN. Now add a little chuckle. How do you feel?

What you just did releases endorphins and serotonin in your brain. And guess what? That’s the what happens when you’re happy too. So here’s an idea. Let’s smile more. Even when we don’t FEEL like it. It might just get us all starting off the day happy and that’s definitely something worth sharing.

Happiness never decreases by being shared


Right, on to the link up!

Thank you so much to everyone that joined in last week. I’m loving reading all your joyful posts and I hope that sharing the joy brightens your day too. Please do share this linky too – if you think another blogger has written a post that will make others smile  invite them to join in!

Don’t forget that all genres are welcome here – new posts or old favourites. Posts that might have made you laugh out loud, opened your heart, raised your spirits or just made you smile!

Sharing my joy


Each week, I’ll pick a favorite post and feature it on the following week’s Share the Joy link up (I’ve also made a  where you’ll find all my favorites in one place).

Mum in a nutshell

Last week the lovely Ali over at Mum in a Nutshell shared a fabulous post about positive parenting that spoke so much to me after my Mama fail moment last weekend.

This week I’m sharing a post all about that Mama fail moment and how I’m moving forward by taking action and a review of a book that aims to show children they can be whatever they want to be – a big YES to that from me!

Let’s Share the Joy!

1) Link up posts that have brought you JOY – Writing them might have made you laugh out loud, opened your heart, raised your spirits or just made you smile. All genres are welcome, new posts or old favourites and as many links as you like!

2) Link back to me either by including the Share the Joy badge (below) or a text link back to this Share the Joy linky page in your own post.

3) Please comment on one of my posts and a few others. Let’s Share the JOY through commenting as well as through our posts!

Share the Joy will run for a whole week until the following week’s linky is open, so you’ll never be too late. And don’t forget to tweet me the url to your post using the hashtag #sharethejoylinky so I can retweet it.

Feel free to invite your friends to join in – JOY is always better when it’s shared!

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  1. Perfect. About 20 years ago I started on my positivity journey and I decided back then I would wake and tell myself the day was going to be good. I had all these mantras about how I was in control and I coudl face whatever was thrown at me etc etc and it worked wonders. Mich x
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  2. Couldn’t agree more – a smile is a much underused component of our daily toolkit, it’s so easy to focus on what’s wrong rather than what’s right it’s just human nature. thanks for hosting – I’m currently in a twitter free zone (don’t ask – it’s my inlaws!) so will catch up properly later when I’m home x
    Stephanie Robinson recently posted…A Mag a Month: Olive magazine, May 2012

  3. I’ll have to start!! Mr M’s going to think I’m nuts grinning away to lyself in bed 😉

  4. Oh my days, yes! Just smiling can make sooo much different to our day (and those around us!). Smiling at someone who doesn’t want to smile is just as effective! :)
    Carol Cameleon recently posted…‘V’ is for Vibration #AtoZChallenge

  5. Isn’t it just amazing how one simple thing can make a world of difference in our day? Smiling, chuckling, just thinking positive thoughts–they don’t cost money, nor do they take a ton of effort, but the results echo through the hours in our day. Thank you for such a reminder. Starting my day off with a smile more often because of you! Have a great week!
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  6. Happy to be back to your linky. So true about waking up happy. For me it’s all about the weather. When it’s sunny, I am happy, but when I wake up to grey skies, straight away feel like crawling back to my bed. Really need to emrace this!
    Mirka Moore recently posted…I did it again! I swam #2.5km #swimathon15 #blogsquad

  7. Smiling outside when you don’t feel like it inside? My goodness I have made a career of it! Being in constant pain makes every day tough. I LIVE by the motto, laugh and the world laughs with you, cry and you cry alone. The world just doesnt see me on my bad days, I close the curtains and deal with them.

  8. Thanks for hosting – linking up two posts from a series this week. Have a great week x
    Mummy Fever recently posted…Allergy awareness

  9. Such a true point. I always find if I wake up happy I tend to have a better day. Today isn’t one of those days after bubba keeping me up :( oh well! On wards and upwards! Thanks for hosting this (actually my first linky!!) xxX

  10. I’ve never heard that quote before but I like it! Thanks for hosting again!

  11. Thank you for the reminder that starting the day in a positive way helps to give in a much better spin. Mine started too early and I needed something to kick me out of the grumpiness that usually goes with it. Thank you for hosting and encouraging me to be more joyful and each week.
    Louise recently posted…From the mouths of babes #17

    • Oh I know that feeling Louise! It’s amazing how a simple thing like reminding ourselves to smile (I’ve set up a reminder on my phone!) can lift our mood. Hope your day gets better and thanks so much for linking up x


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