7 Benefits of Listening to Music

Music actually does make you happier!

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So let me start this out by saying that I have always had a love for music, as most people probably have. As a child, I was a competitive dancer and loved to make music using my tap shoes, and later on, I played the piano. When I was in middle school and high school, I did choir and show choir, and over the years, I have often looked to positive, uplifting music to help me boost my mood. Continue reading “7 Benefits of Listening to Music”

5 Ways to Practice Mindfulness in the Morning

A mindful morning will prepare you for a wonderful day.

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Is it just me, or are mornings sometimes *a little* hard to handle? Even if I don’t have to go to class or work until 9 or 10 o’clock, I find myself staying in bed until the last possible moment, until I eventually roll out, brush my teeth, grab a granola bar, and head out the door. In my mind, I reason that staying in bed as long as possible will help me be nice and rested for the day ahead. But unfortunately—as I’m sure we have all figured out at some point—this is not the case. Continue reading “5 Ways to Practice Mindfulness in the Morning”

Why You Need to Start a Gratitude Journal Right Now

It will change your life.

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When I was first brainstorming ideas for this little blog of mine, I came up with the idea to talk about gratitude journals. But as I was getting ready to start writing about it, I realized something: I haven’t been keeping a gratitude journal! You might be thinking, “What?! Sonia doesn’t follow her own advice?!” And the answer to that is sometimes I don’t (although I know I would attract an abundance of joy into my life if I did!). Anyway, I definitely was not about to be hypocritical, so instead of writing my post, I got out a cute little notebook, and I started listing the things I was thankful for. I’ve been doing it for about a week now, and I already feel like I have grown so much. So, without further ado, I am so excited to share one of my FAVORITE happiness-inducing techniques with you! Continue reading “Why You Need to Start a Gratitude Journal Right Now”

Mindfulness 101

Mindfulness has everything to do with present-moment awareness.

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I’m writing this post about a very important topic: mindfulness. It is something near and dear to my heart, and I strive to practice it each and every day. I want you to be able to practice it, too, so that you can see all the wonderful benefits of it! Mindfulness has been a hot topic lately, and for good reason. It’s essential to living a happy, balanced life. Not entirely sure about mindfulness? Read on to find out what it is and how it can help you. Continue reading “Mindfulness 101”

Welcome to Hello to Sunshine!

I’m honored that you have taken the time to click on over to my newest creative project.

Hello, Sunshine!

Welcome to my blog. I’m honored that you have taken the time to click on over to my newest creative project. I’m relatively new to blogging, but I really look forward to seeing how this hobby can grow into something bigger for me, as well as how the words I write can *hopefully* impact my readers for the better. Continue reading “Welcome to Hello to Sunshine!”