Happiness is a journey, not a destination.

The world we live in gives us the idea that we have to strive to perfection to achieve happiness. But happiness is a journey, not a destination. So here are the little things that help me achieve happiness every single day.

Put on your favorite music. There is no better way than music to boost your brain. When you feel uninspired, tired or sad, music can change your state of mind. For me music is a daily essential. It wakes me up in the mornings, gets me motivated to work out, increases my energy level and makes me relax at night before I go to bed. It brings you pure joy.

Clean the clutter. Clutter is an absolute mood killer for me. Look around you, find the things that are out of place and put them back where they belong. A clear space immediately gives you a calm and happy environment. And cleaning with some music on might even go so fast you feel like Mary freakin’ Poppins.

Spread the love. Give someone a compliment. Tell someone how grateful you are to have them around. Help a stranger. Or just smile. It might be a little uncomfortable at first. But there is nothing more rewarding than making someone’s day with some kindness. Be the change you want to see in the world.

Get out there: Take a walk, get out there and explore. Nowadays we are all clustered to our electronics, but we forget about what’s really around us. Going for a walk instantly makes me feel better. It clears my mind and makes me appreciative of the world we live in. Going for a walk makes you see the beauty around you. Sunshine on your face or wind through your hair, a cute old couple that’s crazy in love or kids building a snowman,… I can keep going, but I think you get my point. Enjoy the little things!

Dance it out. Last but not least. Especially for all you Grey’s Anatomy lovers out there. Simple and effective. Just stop overthinking, turn up the music and bust a move. Sometimes the best you can do is “Shut up and dance it out!”.

Keep on smiling,

Han

Castellane

Stop wishing, start doing!

You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.

Stop wishing, start doing!

When it comes to working out everybody has a different starting point and goal. But everybody needs to get motivated to work towards their personal goal. For me my goal is to obtain a healthy body that will take me on many adventures for the rest of my life. Every accomplishment starts with a decision to try.

My workout partner is my Spotify playlist. Music has the power to affect your emotions and give you the edge to push yourself further in your workout. So my workout playlist contains upbeat songs that will get you moving and songs with inspirational lyrics that reaffirm your belief in achieving your personal goal.

Remember to wake up with determination and go to bed with satisfaction.

Hope this inspires you to work towards your personal goal.

Han

Playlist

coffeemix

I love coffee houses! However, I often miss music in the background while I’m drinking my latte. Drinking coffee is just not the same without a soundtrack that makes you feel like you’re at a hipster coffee house in Portland, sipping from your flat white. A lot of coffee houses don’t play any music, or just bad music… So to help you out, I made a playlist that will go perfectly with your coffee. Just hand it to your coffee guy, sit back and relax.

This mix is filled with folk, indierock and alternative music. You can hear the cool sounds of Arcade Fire, the heavenly voice of Sufjan Stevens and the folky tunes of Gregory Alan Isakov. And for all you True Detective fans, I added the themesong by The Handsome Family. I could listen to that song over and over… I hope you enjoy this mix and feel free to share your favorite coffeehouse music!

 

Now I’m off to grab a coffee…Cheers!

Sandy