3 TOP TRANSFORMATIONAL HAPPINESS IDEAS FROM WOHASU – MIAMI WORLD HAPPINESS SUMMIT

Dear Royal Friends~

I’m back from the phenomenal World Happiness Summit in Miami. Woohoo WOHASU!

As promised I’m excited to share my 3 TOP TRANSFORMATIONAL HAPPINESS  takeaways from the WOHASU conference on happiness, where I was honored to be a facilitator.  Here they are, in random order:

#1 Happiness starts with a smile                                      Profound in its simplicity and power. Who knew you can start seeding a world with less misery and more happiness by smiling more!  You can! Your very presence can, more than words, bring a change in vibration, the way you can feel the vibration shift all of a sudden when a baby or a puppy enters the scene. You must be the change you want to see in the world. Happiness starts with a smile!  Serve with your smile! – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

#2 Don’t pursue happiness directly – the happiness paradox – Tal Ben-Shahar                                                Just like you can’t look directly into the sun, you don’t want to directly pursue happiness, as there’s a happiness paradox; people who pursue happiness are often more depressed! The solution?  Focus on wholeness, which is   Shahar’s definition of happiness.  How to attain wholeness? Focus on  these categories: spiritual, physical, Intellectual, relational, and emotional, otherwise known as S.P.I.R.E.

#3 Joy can be experienced even when life isn’t pleasurable – Shawn Achor                                            Happiness is “the joy you feel moving toward your potential,” so you don’t have to be all ships & giggles to be happy.  By way of example, Achor told how a marine carrying a heavy backpack slithering through the mud on a military exercise described himself as happy because he felt he was upholding the safety of the United States.  Achor states, “Our goal is joy and meaning in our life and how we can help other people.” Thus, while pursuing meaning and helping others, we can experience joy even when life kinda sucks. Awesome!

I hope you enjoyed these key happiness takeaways! If you did, keep your eyes peeled because I’m putting together a FREE DOWNLOADABLE REPORT with more KEY HAPPINESS TIPS put forward by the leaders at WOHASU.

There’s also a spoiler alert coming soon, but I’m not going to spoil the spoiler just yet. Maybe next post! 

XOXOXOXOX,

PRINCESS DIANE VON BRAINISFRIED

 “Live your royally happy life!™”

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FRIDAY IS PRINCESS PUN DAY WOOHOO! This one’s “cheesy”

Q: When did the French cheese maker….

Benjamin Rabier [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Benjamin Rabier [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

…… know when his cheese making was done for the day?  

And the royal answer is:

A: When he realized that it was a “feta” compli!                    

TA TA FOR NOW PRINCESS!

XOXOXOXXO,

PRINCESS DIANE VON BRAINISFRIED

“LIVE YOUR ROYAL LIFE!™”

LEARNING TO BE HAPPIER IS LIKE TAKING SINGING LESSONS

Dear Royal Friends ~

Learning to be happier is like taking singing lessons.

This occurred to me as I was warming up today, not in my Lululemons for yoga class, but in my heels and tiara for a master class in voice I’m giving this afternoon.  I am a tad worried, as my voice is a little horse.horse-576493_640

When we sing, if a note is flat and under pitch, we need to brighten the sound. How do we brighten the sound? One simple technique is to imagine a teeny weeny little smile on the inside of our head. We actually think the smile, and the sound becomes brighter.  Another technique is to give ourselves a little more support for the sound. 

That is incredible.  All it takes is the slightest suspicion of a smile, and we can go from being flat to being brighter and on key!  Or we might need to give ourselves a little more support. Then it hit me.  On the journey to our happier, brighter selves, often it merely takes small inner changes.

Before we can make these changes in life and in singing, we first need to be aware that we’re “off key.”  For those of you who are tone deaf, take heart; every day’s a new shower.

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Here’s the “key.”  Even in our awareness, change doesn’t happen over night.  You might hit flat notes regularly until all the moving parts become second nature. Practice makes Puccini!

Life and singing lessons.  Small, learned changes, practiced over time, stamp out the flat notes, leading us to our inner bright sounds.   We just have to be aware that it’s possible, desire the outcome, learn the technique, and do the work.

I’m here for you, princess!

Bisous et tra la la,

Xoxoxoxo

Princess Diane Von Brainisfried

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Out of the closet – gratitude

Dear Princess ~

Yesterday was colder than the hair on a polar bear’s arse. But a princess goes where a princess must. Last night’s gala at the Hard Rock Cafe for New York Road Runner’s 36th Annual Club Night brought me and parts of my family into the city.  117900-default_4x6

The snow was hammering down on us, the slush was spraying up on us, and I was worrying that the whipping wet wind would shmear my makeup.  In an effort to travel light, I had docked my emergency make up kit at the palace, as it generally weighs as much as a small cannonball. 

In between that perilous worry, and trying to avoid the  slippery designer tribute medallions plastered along the 7th avenue sidewalk like bronzed man hole covers, I realized something.  Major gratitude… for my coat.

This was my first whirl in a gorgeous new winter coat, and she was keeping me truly protected from the elements.  It was a tad too long, which was perfect, because it made for a generous overlap with the top of my cutie faux fur cuffed shoe boots.  It had an elegant collar which transformed as a hood for extra protection over my Downton Abbey-ish hat. Once hooded, I was rendered invisible except for a small surface area of my face.  I had morphed into a walking cocoon, totally in control of when and where in this wicked weather I would re-emerge as my butterfly self.  

Gratitude, man.  My coat.  It made me stop and think, once again, how very important it is to count our blessings.  Cold is cold is cold. Wet is wet is wet. Cold and wet. Hungry and thirsty.  These things I am not.  Gratitude man. 

Let’s link pinkies to remember to have gratitude for our protections, and to  help those who are less fortunate.  Take away a great coat, we’re all in the same boat. 

“LIVE YOUR ROYAL LIFE!™”                                                     XOXOXOXO

PRINCESS DIANE VON BRAINISFRIED

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YOUR MOST FABULOUS PRESENT EVER!

Bonjour Princesses~        

WANT TO KNOW  YOUR MOST FABULOUS PRESENT, EVER?  RETHINK YOUR PRESENT. 

A good place to start is the lyrics of the classic “gimme” Christmas song, “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth.”  

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They’re all about longing for something in the future, about not feeling good with who you are and what you have in the now.  The truth is, the more we appreciate and love where we are in the now, and what we have in the now, the more big, bold, beautiful and wonderful our lives will be — right now!                                                                                

Funny thing too, much of the time we don’t even realize how wonderful our now truly is.  I mean, how much cuter can you get than a kid with her two front teeth missing! Or a Guinea pig! (Or is that a hamster?) Same idea!

It may seem counterintuitive, but the more grounded with who we are and what we have right now,  the firmer is our foundation and jumping off point for manifesting our next level of greatness.  

Whether  you live in a castle or carriage house, you’ve got muffin top or model  shape,  you’ve landed Prince Charming or Pointdexter,  your “now” is all you’ve got.   Life sends us so many curveballs, challenges and changes, it is imperative to acquire  a world view of appreciation for what we have and who we are in any given moment, or we may end up with a palace pant load of regrets.   We can still keep our eyes on the prize, whatever it is we are going for,  in the future, be it all the wonderful dreams and goals we have.   But we mustn’t do so at the expense of appreciating the sacredness of our being, right where we are.   

I dare say someone close to their last breath would say, “Yes please!” to a bigger helping of this stuff of the “now.”  Knowing that, I double dare say living fully, deeply, majestically, hopefully, energetically, magically, lovingly, in  your “NOW” is the best, most awesome holiday present  you could ever give yourself!                            

It’s not always easy to live fully and gratefully in our “now”, but easy is for wimps. And we’re not wimps, we’re princesses!   Let’s vow together,  here and now, not to get to the end of our days before we recognize just how precious “being” is.  Let’s live, laugh and love our “now” no matter what it looks like — now.   The present of the present.  Wow!  What a fabulous gift.     

For more on this topic and and other ways to be happier, I invite you to follow me at this website www.princessdianevonbrainisfried.com.

MAY YOU LOVE ALL YOUR PRESENT(S)

Bisous et tra la la,

Xoxoxoxo,

Princess Diane Von Brainisfried

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