Silver Lining

A loving community finding the silver lining.

Lifestyle Changes for Happiness

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  1. Drink more water! Experts recommend drinking half your weight in ounces of water.
  2. Journal! Think about the highs and lows for each day.
  3. Exercise! Even taking a walk outside will clear your mind and help you feel less stressed.
  4. Cook a meal! Knowing what goes in your food gives you insight on how you’re fueling your body and what it can do for how you feel throughout the day.
  5. Take naps (if necessary)! Getting enough sleep is important for cognitive functioning and happiness.

Who says sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me?

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Q: Who says sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me?

A: A guy who has never been hit by a dictionary


Q: Why did the golfer wear two pairs of pants?

A: Just in case he got a hole in one


Q: Why did the calendar write its wills?

A: Because its days were numbered

“Never judge someone without knowing the whole story. You may think you understand, but you don’t.”

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“Never judge someone without knowing the whole story. You may think you understand, but you don’t.” -Anonymous

You don’t know me and I don’t know you. That is the unfortunate truth. And as much as I would love to get to know each and every one of you (I really would!!), we will never truly know a person’s full story. Even if we do, we may not know the whole thing. Not only is it important to respect a person’s privacy, but we should not judge them if they decide not to share their story.

For me, these cases have never truly hit home. I do, however, know people who chose to judge others based on appearances or what they first believe. It’s not that they want to be mean or insulting to someone, it just comes out of their mouth, sometimes on accident. Situations like those make me uncomfortable. I know the importance of seeing the good in people, and I always try my best to do that. I give people second or third chances because everyone deserves that. We don’t know a person’s full story, so it isn’t fair that we judge them on what little we do know.

In those cases where we do know what is going on, it still is important not to judge. Someone may be going through a rough time, and the last thing he or she needs are judgmental stares. My friends always know when I’m having a bad day. They may not ask me why, but they do not judge me because of how I behave around them. Instead they give me a warm hug, which is definitely something that is always needed in a person’s life. (Besides, who doesn’t like a hug from their friends?). We should be there for others as a kind friend, not as a judgmental peer.

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Happiness :)

Many people say that if you do what you want in life you will be happy. I truly believe that is true but apparently there was a study done which shows that happiness is a practice. You have to learn to be happy… Which is quite weird. But if you think about it… you are only happy while doing what you want because you are enjoying it… you have learned how to be happy doing it! Here is the article that talks about this very interesting view of Happiness 🙂

A Better Kind of Happiness By Will Storr

This is amazing “because it makes finding happiness a real possibility” 🙂

Hope you like it!

What Is Family?

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Family is a beautiful thing, full of sacrifices and disagreements. Our hosts share their family experiences, in relation to our week’s theme.

Listen to the new podcast about family below:

Choose to See The Best

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The mirror tends to speak the
Truths that you’re too afraid to
Say out loud,
A blunt reminder of adventures lived,
Of years savored,
And of delicious moments ingested
Like fresh fruit,
Sweet and bright—
The mirror has no filter, but it’s
Most often just what we need—
Take a look and see…
Choose to see the best,
And do not fear its honesty,
But be glad that you’re alive to
Witness it.

—G. Boston

“Anything that gets your blood racing is probably worth doing.”

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“Anything that gets your blood racing is probably worth doing.” – Hunter S. Thompson

We’ve all had those moments in which we froze, and were tempted to turn back and stray away from the unknown,  back towards our own havens. Whether it be an uneasy rendez-vous, an unfamiliar experience, an unquestionable and shaky journey ahead, so many unsettling premonitions can cause your heart to skip beats and confidence to fall. Fall as they may, only you have the ability to pull yourself up and continue forward and wherever you end up, it will be worth it if you are proud of yourself for taking the chance and continuing on in the first place. As cliché as it may sound, you will truly never know what you can achieve if you don’t bother to try!

In all honesty, in order to even have the opportunity to achieve something great, and to create new and powerful memories that can be treasured forever, we must learn to trample our fears and step out to reach beyond our circle of comfort. Don’t just live vicariously, but rather reach  forward, do what you have always desired, and add some exhilarating elements to your own story! As with most aspects of life, what may come out of the exhilaration and risk may be a feeling of triumph, loss or something in between, but the rush felt and the feeling of knowing that you were able to reach the end and fight on is definitely worth it.

You don’t have to be naturally talented, fully confident, or even somewhat assured of the results to continue on with something that you love or even something that you might grow to love! Take risks with your head held high and give yourself the confidence to carry on and trek towards the unknown. Reaching clear-cut accomplishments or achievements don’t necessarily make the journey worth it, but the confidence that you build and the memories that you make are truly priceless, so don’t ever feel like the path you are on is worthless.