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Casey Mullins of moosh in indy is widely known for her unintentional authenticity and honesty on topics ranging from antenatal depression, parenting, pregnancy, and nipple hair. Her ability to relate to others through difficult feelings, situations, emotions and experiences earned her the #19 spot on Babble's Top 100 Mom Bloggers last year. As the mom of two little girls, Addie, born in 2004, and Vivi, born in 2011, Casey finds some of her greatest inspiration, hope, fodder, and embarrassment courtesy of these two wild and precious little people. More than anything, Casey believes in the healing properties of sunshine, the power of naps, the wonder of babies, the magic of birthday cake, and the pure awesome that are cats.

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How to Be a Happier Person For the Rest of Your Life

By caseymullins |

Awhile back I wrote about 10 things all kids should learn before moving out or becoming adults. But what about the people who never learned simple things like don’t crowd the baggage carousel and let people get off the elevator before trying to getting on? Are they doomed to a life of being unhappy and obnoxious adults? Not at all, anyone can change assuming they want to and are given the opportunity. I’m not a very big fan of specific resolutions on New Year’s because I have crashed and burned with so many of them (Make my bed every day? Pffft, that one was cute.) But being happy? I can manage that one just fine, thank you.

I am really happy here at the beginning of 2013, really my only goal is to end the year just as happy, if not happier. But how does one do that, being happy in today’s society is so haaaard. It’s actually pretty easy, it’s just about making a few changes in yourself and your lifestyle and building upon them throughout the year until kindness is second nature and before you know it? Boom, you’ll be a happier you come 2014 (heck, before next week if you’re ambitious. Happiness is contagious like that.)

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Easy Ways to Be a Happier Person

Help a crying stranger

Most people feel uncomfortable around someone who is crying, especially if that person is a stranger, yet a lot of us want to help but aren't sure how. I've learned the absolute best way to help a crying stranger is to have a little pack of tissues on your person at all times. You can hand them off silently, you can offer them with an "Is there anything I can do for you?" or if you're comfortable you can even add in a shoulder pat. No one wants to resort to using their sleeve when they're crying, stepping in and simply saving a shirt from snotty future is a very good thing indeed.

Equally important? Surround yourself with good people.

If you’re angry and downtrodden after being with someone? Phase them out, check in occasionally with them, but do not spend your precious time and energy allowing them to trample your spirit. You should walk away from your friends and family feeling uplifted, not dejected. The same goes for you, how do people feel after they walk away from you? Good, I hope.


Find more of Casey’s writing on her blog moosh in indy. She’s also available on twitter, facebook, flickr and Instagram. If you can’t find her any of those places? Check the couch, she’s probably taking a nap.

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Casey Mullins is a writer, photographer, and nice person living in Indianapolis with her two little girls, husband, and a one eyed cat. She writes regularly at her personal blog moosh in indy and can be found trolling local bakeries and napping whenever possible. Read bio and latest posts → Read Casey's latest posts →

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3 thoughts on “How to Be a Happier Person For the Rest of Your Life

  1. Shannon says:

    I loved every, little, tiny piece of this. I am taking special note of the acknowledge others and respect your family ones. Sometimes we all need to be reminded of these things. Thanks for the reminder!

  2. Amanda C says:

    All terrific suggestions! Thanks for reminding me of some that I have forgotten to observe (like road rage!). With all the technology out there and the speed with which most days fly by, these are all good rules of thumb to live by. :) ) Thanks for sharing!

  3. Joules says:

    You? Are loverly. Spread kindness like a virus, yo.

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