The Feel Good Soup

The philosophical ramblings of a psychology enthusiast who endeavours to live a passionate, meaningful life.


Words of wisdom from Disney, on the road to following your passion

I watched the remake of Cinderella recently, and I was surprised at how strongly I related to the message it conveyed. In this rendition, two words resonated throughout the entire story:

Have COURAGE, and be KIND.

Two words never held so much meaning for me, as they do now.

Have Courage

In a world where following your passion is something only adolescents and millennials are supposed to do, where it becomes dangerous to do once you’ve finally jumped into “adulting”, following your passion takes courage. (more…)

Four important ingredients in creating the life you want

to do list

I was out for a walk the other day, during my lunch break, and I’d been craving shawarma from my favourite little spot near by. Interestingly enough, I had just watched an extremely powerful talk by Simon Sinek about Millennials (it’s not what you think). Anyway, I finally arrived at this tiny little shawarma takeout place, which is family owned and where the men who work there always serve you with bright beautiful smiles. The pleasant, friendly service is half the reason why I like that place so much; the other half is of course the delicious food on which I always put way too much garlic sauce for someone who has to work in close proximity with colleagues all afternoon.

That day, I noticed that the youngest in the family wasn’t feeling it. I’d spoken to him before and he had shared his passion of working in the fitness industry and his dream of opening his own gym. But he hadn’t been successful and so had taken this job. His smile was usually the brightest… but today, when I asked him how he was (as people do when they greet each other), he smiled kindly, allowed himself to be authentic with me for a few seconds, and admitted that he was just “alright – same old, same old”. I offered something along the lines of “Well it’s better than a lot of other people, right?”. But I knew, as I walked away, that I had missed an opportunity.  (more…)

How to win a promotion or get that job you want

promotion

Some things happened to me recently that have really made me think. I’ve experienced some success in a way I’ve never done before. And as I watched it all happen, feeling like an observer, outside of myself, I thought: “How can I use this to help others?”

So what happened, you ask. I got a promotion. (more…)

One easy tip to get you on the path to more happiness

1000 reasons to smile

As I’ve started this new journey, I’ve been thinking a lot about some key words that have been popping up in my readings, and what each one means to me.

Flourishing

Contentment

Joy

Happiness

That last one is so big.

What is happiness? I mean, what is it really, to YOU? Have you ever actually taken the time to truly define what your version of happiness looks like? (more…)

What makes perpetually happy people so special?

Happiness-Is-An-Inside-Job

Do you know someone who always seems to be in a good mood? Or worse, even when they go through something difficult, they’re unnaturally optimistic? Ever wonder what makes them so special? What makes them so different than the rest of the population?

I was watching a Ted Talk by Martin Seligman, the so-called father of positive psychology. And he said something that I found interesting. He said (more…)

It’s ok to fall… what’s important is to get back up

You'll never find beauty if you're looking down.

You’ll never find beauty if you’re looking down.

On the journey to bettering myself and my life, I am finding that the ups and downs seem to be more pronounced. It’s as if now that I’m “awake”, aware of the nature of my thoughts, words and actions, and aware of (or noticing) what they create into my reality, everything is becoming more obvious to me.  (more…)

Dare to follow your passion

Daring to begin

You know, I started this blog as part of a challenge. It was a super fun exercise. And now that it’s completed, I find that I have to really work to keep the momentum of it going. I have to remember, day in and day out, what I’m doing, and why I’m doing it. And if I lose sight of it, or don’t feel it, I’ve signed up to tons of e-mails from inspirational blogs and sites that help boost me back to the passionate place where I mean to stay.  (more…)

Gratitude, appreciation, and giving thanks

An attitude of gratitude cultivates love and compassion.

An attitude of gratitude cultivates love and compassion.

Although I don’t celebrate American Thanksgiving (I celebrate the Canadian version which was in October), the topic of gratitude was suggested as an article topic and so I’d like to take some time to consider it today.

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November 21, 2015

Having fun is just as powerful as setting goals

back that ass up

You laughed when you saw that meme didn’t you? Good! It made me laugh too.

Sometimes, I think we need to take a break from the work we are doing to better ourselves and our lives, and just let ourselves be silly.

You know how I keep telling you to not be so hard on yourself? To give yourself a break? This is what I mean.

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You have control over everything that happens to you

so I changed

Are you feeling stuck, frustrated or even angry with a person or situation in your life? Would you like that to change… right now? I’m not kidding. It can begin to change RIGHT NOW.

Don’t believe me? Let me explain and then show you.

First, let’s talk a little bit about the Law of Attraction. You’ve heard me mention it, and you’ve probably asked yourself “What is this Law that she keeps talking about?” Let’s start by taking a few steps back and starting at the beginning.

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