Healthy Habits Update: Sleep

A few weeks ago, I posted about finding joy and happiness through healthy habits. I said that a healthy body leads to a healthier, happier mind…and I stand by that. But…well, I blithely said that I would start by improving my sleep habits and signed off. It hasn’t been that easy. Not even close. Turns…

Depression: My Journey

Not long ago someone messaged me about their depression, and it got me thinking about the public perception of depression. Mental illness in all its forms is something of a societal embarrassment. It’s something that people look at with discomfort; it’s often considered a weakness. Thankfully, there’s more awareness than ever now, but that doesn’t…

The Joys of Nature

Today, These Running Shoes of Mine and Choose Joy are teaming up to bring you…the joys of nature. It all started last week when I was reading Anne Frank’s diary. I noticed that she had a lot of wisdom about life, but she had some especially interesting thoughts about finding happiness in nature: “The best…

Finding Joy Through Healthy Habits

I want to start out by admitting that not all my habits are healthy. They’re not awful, so don’t go thinking that my history of depression (have I mentioned my history of depression yet?—Surprise!) has something to do with bad health, but they’re not as awesome as they could be. I run every day, try…

Grieving for a Relationship

I’ve spent the last year or so being angry and devastated in turn. Mostly, long periods of joy, happiness, and contentment have been interspersed with these darker moments, and it didn’t make much sense. For the longest time, I blamed myself. Surely these unruly emotions were a personal failing, something lacking in me… It took…

Find Joy…and Write!

I relax through writing, through the meeting of pencil upon paper (or fingers upon a keyboard). However, when you write for your work, you find that you have less time and motivation to write for fun. For instance, my last blog post was probably a week ago; I’ve been so caught up in other writing…

Finding Joy in Grief

Four years ago today, my brother, Adam, died in a tragic canyoneering accident. I’m not going to get into those details because they really don’t matter and they’ve been rehashed time and time again over the last few years (especially the month following the accident). Suffice it to say, it was unexpected and heart-breaking. So…

15 Ways to Find Joy through Service

Remember how I talked about finding joy by helping others? Well, not long ago, I had one of “those” days; you know, the ones when you have a million things to do, responsibilities so heavy that you think your shoulders will crack, and nothing but more of the same on the horizon. It was a dark…

Heal Yourself by Healing Others

Upon reading The Elegance of the Hedgehog, I found this nugget: “If you want to heal, heal others.” In the context of this quote, Paloma—a brilliant 12-year-old girl who feels the meaninglessness of a life as member of the shallow high-class—comes to the conclusion that her unhappiness can be salved by reaching out to others. It’s…

Little Moments of Joy

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how to spread a bit of joy and happiness to others. More often than not, happiness comes in little starts here and there, little moments in time that illuminate your heart like a candle in darkness. So based on this (and a post I saw on a friend’s…