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Carolyn Northrup
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So many have asked me what has been the biggest challenge throughout my career.  Being fully bilingual, the easiest way to explain it has been through grammar -not that I even remember nouns, adjectives or what-have-you.  

In Spanish we say "sweater red", in English, "red sweater".   Up until a couple of years ago I was totally frustrated on the fact that I just couldn't think 'red sweater' without thinking twice - or working twice.  Until I realized that thinking 'sweater red' was actually my strongest competitive advantage.

In sharing ideas, it's all about perspective
​Ideas are supported by the way we view life.  Our experiences determine our own philosophy. Exchanging ideas gives us perspective.  And our perspective is what makes us unique! 
It's about the how you get to that sweater --thinking "sweater red" especially when everyone else is thinking "red sweater".  That is more than the "out-of-the-box" thinking... I call it the "unique thinker".   And being UNIQUE represents being creative, flexible, adaptable, tolerant, versatile and resourceful.   Because, at the end of the day, THE SWEATER IS STILL GOING TO BE RED PEOPLE!  The path to finding it is what matters.
The Sweater is Still Red: Turning a Challenge into a Competitive Advantage
On what makes my train of thought different, and how it affects my professional and personal life. 

Creativity comes from over thinking how to walk the path to get there. 
Does Being Unhappy Stress You? 10 Ways to Increase Happiness
What IS intentional Happiness? Why is intentional happiness important?

It turns out you CAN be happy. It is not a question of just BEING happy, but actually taking the necessary actions to promote happiness within yourself and those around you. At least 40% of it! 

Amidst all that is going on in our lives, WE CAN BE HAPPY. Just as our surroundings make us unhappy, those same surroundings can be an immense source of happiness. In other words, you CAN control your state of happiness and well being. It’s all about making the necessary conscious and collective actions to get there. And if we are happy, those around us will be happy – for people like me, the WHOLE WORLD will be happy!. And THAT is the Intentional part of our own Happiness equation! 

Read more on the 10 ways to intentionally being happy here

Easy to say? After all, with things being the way they are in our world today, it is hard to believe that we are responsible for our own happiness: the economy, our family, our marriage or relationship, unemployment, cost of living, social media and the information overload, the everyday wear- and- tear, whatever the circumstances… need I say more?  

Is being able to focus a question of mood, or tackling a challenge skillfully? 

Perhaps the "I can do anything" attitude? 

How can this affect productivity? 

Why not start from the begining. 
It seems that the terms “flow” and “mindfulness” are intrinsically related when discussing one’s own happiness. But what is the current research behind any given state of mind and its effect on our health?

Being “zoned in” - focused and concentrated doing something to the point where you “zone-out” the rest of the world is my true definition of flow.   Operative word: DOING - moving from thinking to acting upon your thoughts.

A Mindful Approach to Happiness: Being “Zoned In” to the point of “Zoning Out” & Six ways to Zone In and achieve Happiness 
But how does one achieve flow? In the context of positive psychology, Dr. Csikszentmihalyi defines nine elements of the FLOW puzzle that lead us to achieve an ideal state of flow: a balance between skill and challenge, being aware of our actions, instant and definite feedback, concentration, the seemingly impossible task of letting go of control, transformation of time, loss of self-consciousness, and autotelic experience. ​

Read more on the science behind being focused and the  six ways to do so  here

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It's the frame of mind, the determination to act towards happiness. My own as well as those around me. 

Simple actions that can improve our unhappiness include a lot of common sense.

Being positive is the first step