Ist Weihnachten wirklich sinnlos?

Als ich vor 3,5 Jahren nach Teneriffa gezogen bin, habe ich ca. 100 Gefühle auf einmal in mir gehabt. Neben großer Freude endlich bei meinem Partner leben zu können, war einerseits Angst in der neuen Umgebung nicht akzeptiert zu werden, dabei, andererseits Trauer gepaart mit schlechtem Gewissen meine Familie in Österreich verlassen zu haben.  Als dann langsam die Weihnachtszeit anfing, habe ich richtig gespürt wie sich eine große Abneigung dem Thema gegenüber in mir aufgebaut hat. Ich habe plötzlich alles hinterfragt, mich gefragt warum es eigentlich genau an diesem Tag sein muss, warum man eigentlich so viel Geld für (oft

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Insecurities Part III

Welcome back and let’s jump right into it! Learn how to break free from your insecurities.  Of course, there exist several practices on how to fight them but, for now, let me introduce you to one of the most powerful ones:  Marisa Peer, a Therapist and Speaker who I truly admire, created the powerful practice of “I am enough”.  The goal is to calm your inner child`s longing for love and acceptance and tell yourself that you ARE enough! Enough in every aspect of your life. You are beautiful, smart, brave, strong, funny and everything else you might think of-

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Improve your Happiness Score 🙂

According to Martin Seligman, we need to find balance within all factors of the PERMA model to live a truly fulfilled and happy life.  If you haven’t read my previous article yet, please do so 🙂 Here is the direct link Now, let me give you some simple tips on how to improve your PERMA score. If you put some work into it, I promise, you will enjoy your life so much more 🙂 Positive EmotionExpress Gratitude! As already explained in another blog, gratitude helps us to focus on the positive things in our life. By doing that, we do

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How to NOT go crazy in 2020

What a year right? With all the terrible things going on in the world, one starts to believe that this has been the worst year ever. As this wouldn’t have been enough already, many countries have decided to make a second lockdown in order to fight against the Corona cases.  If you are feeling overwhelmed, frustrated or scared, I can assure you that you are not alone. This situation is really challenging, both emotionally and mentally, for the majority of people.  I’m writing this blog hoping to help you to cope with this craziness.  First, it’s important to always keep

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Feeling powerless? Then this blog is for you!

Do you often find yourself unhappy with a situation in your life but don’t know how to change it? Or do you even think that you cannot change it at all? If you know what I mean then you might suffer from the so-called “learned helplessness”. This term was invented by Martin Seligman and describes the state of mind in which a person has unlearned to trust his/her own power to transform something in his/her life or reach a goal. People might constantly find themselves in the “role of the victim” and feel like everything just happens to them and

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Get to know your partner like never before…

I receive a little book called “the 5 love languages” (by Gary Chapman) from a friend of mine and it completely blew my mind! My first thought was “well, another one of that self-help-relationship-quick-fix-tips kind of book” but wow… I’ve been wrong! The theory and experience behind it just impressed me! It’s super simple to understand, and once you work with it, you will see what a great impact it will have on your life. At least it had for mine 🙂  ⁠The fundamental theory of this book is that every one of us has a specific love language. Once

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You are what you eat! Support your Happiness Journey from within!

Did you know that there are several foods that you can eat which will help to boost your happiness level?  No, I’m not talking about ice cream and chocolate bars (although they might help as well for a little while)… what I’m really talking about are foods that contain compounds which will naturally help you on your journey of becoming truly happy.  Unfortunately, the hard work of self development cannot be replaced by one magical food, BUT why not support our mind from within to “go the extra mile”?  Happy body- happy mind, right? 😉 Let’s start by telling you

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Find a goal that really matters to you!

Did you already make your New Year’s resolutions? Years ago I hated this question and was like “I don’t know, leave me alone… why do I even need to have one?”. Of course, I only said it in my head and often responded with the typical things like eating more healthy stuff or doing more exercise but did not actually mean it. So do we really need goals for the new year? In my opinion, it should be an important part of our life to set goals and work on them in order to keep growing personally and also to

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Let this year be the year where you finally reach your goal!

You know what you want in life but it seems so hard to get there? Well, maybe it always felt overwhelming because you did not have the right plan on HOW to make it happen! Of course, the best plan in the world won’t do the work for you… it’s still going to be challenging some days BUT with the right strategy, you can work through it. Ready to build a strategy that works for you? Then let’s start!  First, I want you to do a small exercise. I would say close your eyes, but that’s kind of hard while

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Stop finding excuses for NOT working towards your goals, by following these strategies:

In the last two blogs, I was talking about how to define your goal and how to build a master strategy for reaching it. But I know… sometimes “life happens” and it gets super difficult to actually stick to your master plan! That’s why, in this blog, I will share some tricks with you that will make it so much easier to take action and keep working towards your goal.  1. Plan ahead!Did you know that every human being has a limited capacity for decision making? This means the more decisions you have to make during your day, the less

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Feeling bad about saying NO? 

Do you know those situations where you just don’t want to do something but you are too afraid to say no because you don’t want to risk disappointing the other person?  Don`t get me wrong- this is amazing and shows that you are a loving and caring friend. But at the same time it also means that you put your friend`s needs over your`s… and done over and over again it can get quite unhealthy. So what can you do? Just ignore your friend?  I think the goal should be to listen to your needs but also let your loved

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Change your mindset and enjoy Christmas to the fullest!

This short blog is the second part of my previous one “feeling guilty”. Here I will dive a little bit deeper into this topic and give you some practical tips. Especially in the upcoming weeks around Christmas, many women (including myself) experience a lot of guilt related to food. There are several things that happen simultaneously: we break our routines, there are more people in our house than usual (or we are at someone else’s place), there is a great amount of food on the table, etc. and so, naturally, we tend to eat more than usual.  A lot of

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Feeling guilty?

Do you know this uncomfortable feeling while doing or NOT doing something? Almost like somebody is standing next to you and shaking their head like “no no no, look at you, what are you doing?”  This feeling, called guilt, often arises when there is an imbalance between what we think about who we are and the way we are acting and hinders us from enjoying our life. For example:  You think you should eat more healthy and avoid junk food because you want to be a healthy person. But then, it’s getting late, you start to feel hungry and you

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The Science of Happiness

When I first heard about the field of Positive Psychology I was mindblown!  “What, there exists a whole science of happiness?”. Seems like more people struggle with it and have the feeling as if they could get more out of their lives. Do you know that feeling as well?  I knew that, scientifically, I did not suffer from depression, but I knew that I was not living to my fullest “happiness potential”. To change that, I took some extra courses in Positive Psychology and studies all the techniques. Let me share with you what I found to be the most

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The world is constantly against you? Then read this:

Having the impression that only bad things happen to you? Every day is a struggle and you are simply reacting to the next problem ahead?  The good thing is that you are not alone and there is even a scientific explanation for your feeling. Evolutionary, as an aid to surviving, we naturally focused on the negative or dangerous things and did not just ignore them (well, the people who chose to ignore the tiger instead of running away, are definitely not our ancestors…). Additionally, analysing negative situations can help us to improve ourselves by preventing the repetition of the same

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Good Morning

Even after your third cup of coffee you still cannot find the motivation to do anything? Try this.  Doesn’t matter if you are working from home or at an office, sometimes it can be very hard to keep the eyes open and focus on the tasks of the day. Before you even start working you are already counting the hours until you can go home and take a nap. Does this sound familiar? Oftentimes the problem is that we don’t allow ourselves to fully wake up before we head out of the house or enter our workplaces in the morning.

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Insecurities Part II

Welcome back to the second part of this Blog series 🙂 As we have already learned in the first part, the main reason why we feel insecure is that we are longing for the feeling of love and acceptance.  Knowing where insecurities come from is actually very powerful because even if you felt pretty secure at home you might have felt insecure when you entered a new group of friends as a kid or teenager or even when you entered your first job. Thoughts such as “OMG am I even smart enough to work here?”, “Wow, all the girls here

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Insecurities Part I

Why Insecurities are actually a Good Thing.  You might think “Wait! What? Nobody wants insecurities!” and I totally agree with you. When we enter adulthood most insecurities just stand in our ways of living the life that we really want and we want to get rid of them. But in order to get control over them, it’s good to first take a step back and analyse where they actually come from. So let’s travel back in time.  We enter this crazy world as infants and are completely helpless. We depend on our parents to  feed and protect us in order

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Welcome

Hello and welcome to my very first blog entry!! I’m super excited to finally share my knowledge and bring life to this platform 🙂 I don’t know what brought you here, but you might feel like you could get more out of your life especially regarding your happiness. And let me tell you that I truly believe with all my heart that happiness is a choice and everybody can achieve it.  Sure, for some the path to happiness might be a bit rocky and for others, it even may seem impossible to get there, but I believe that even by

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