Back Again

It’s been a long time since my last post, but I’ve been so busy with my big move to Los Angeles that I’ve hardly found time to sit down and re-start the Happy Girl Blog. I decided to start again this week in the midst of the 10-year anniversary of September 11, 2001. If there’s any proof that we can overcome hardships and heartbreak more, it’s how  much we’ve grown after 9/11, whether it’s as a society or individually.

Recently on NBC’s ‘Today’ Show, they interviewed a woman named Jennifer Gardner Trulson who wrote a book titled, ‘Where  You Left Me’, about the attacks on the World Trade Center and the death of her husband, who worked in the North Tower. Trulson discusses her struggles as she coped with being labeled a widow, how she would tell her young children about their father and how she found new love.

No matter how deeply you were affected the September 11th, the interview and Trulson’s story is both heartbreaking and inspiring. Trulson truly embodies a person who has been able to find happiness after tragedy, even if she thought she couldn’t. As the anniversary of 9/11 approaches, Trulson’s story can be motivation to stay positive and keep the faith.

Happiness on the Today Show

A while back, I posted about a book called “The Nine Rooms of Happiness”, by Catherine Birndorf and Lucy Danziger.  This morning on “Today” with Kathie Lee and Hoda, Birndorf and Gretchen Rubin, author of “The Happiness Project” stopped by to talk about New Year’s resolutions, figuring out what makes you unhappy before you try to be happy and the value of personal relationships.

Watch the video here

 

Wise words of Stephen Colbert

Recently, I came across a commencement speech from one of my biggest comedic influences, Stephen Colbert. In 2006, he delivered the commencement speech at Knox College. I found a part of the transcript online, and watched the entire speech. I wanted to pass it along on this blog because it’s incredibly inspiring. The audio, video and transcript can be found at the Knox College website. Whether you are a fan of Colbert or not, he delivers a great speech, full of advice and plenty of laughs. My favorite part of the entire speech is his very last paragraph, which I keep in mind every day:

 

“Now will saying “yes” get you in trouble at times? Will saying “yes” lead you to doing some foolish things? Yes it will. But don’t be afraid to be a fool. Remember, you cannot be both young and wise. Young people who pretend to be wise to the ways of the world are mostly just cynics. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say no. But saying “yes” begins things. Saying “yes” is how things grow. Saying “yes” leads to knowledge. “Yes” is for young people. So for as long as you have the strength to, say “yes.””