Body Experiment #4: Get an Accountability Partner/Team

Beep. Beep. Beep. Beep. 6:30am alarm. Snooze. 6:39am. Snooze. 6:48am. Snooze. [Cue my husband grabbing my phone and throwing it across the room so I’m forced to physically get out of bed to retrieve it.]

dogsnoozeSound familiar? If you are anything but an upholder, you have probably snoozed, procrastinated, or flaked out on something …even things that you know will make you happy. Thankfully, we can (more…)


Tuesday Teacher Feature: Tara Milhem


 Tara Milhem

Lifestyle Blogger at   •  Recipe Developer   •  Yoga Instructor   • Author

Age: 21

Happy Food: Watermelon and Almond Butter

Happy Workout: Physique 57 Barre Class


Is this real life? I hope you guys are excited as I am to have instagram sensation @TheWholeTara all to ourselves this Tuesday. In her very successful first years as a food blogger and recipe developer, Tara has won over the hearts (and stomachs) of tens of thousands of people (and that’s just the virtual fans). Being a twentysomething herself (21 to be exact, WOW!) I thought she would be the perfect guru for us, as we experiment with happiness and our bodies. #youhadmeatsavasana

1. Here at What’s Happyning? we value the importance of creating healthy habits. As a board certified holistic health coach and Bachelor’s in Nutrition, what would you say is the most underrated food habit to cultivate in our twenties so that we may lay the foundation for a healthy body? Teaching yourself that eating well isn’t about (more…)


Body Experiment #3: Host a Healthy BBQ

If you are a healthy eater, or at least trying to be one, the word barbecue probably gives you the sweats. nervous

I imagine myself in a backyard with coolers of beer and pitchers of margaritas. I’m tempted by burgers, hotdogs, chips, and potato salad. Of course, sometimes, there are no healthy options and I’m forced to indulge in the lesser of the evils (woe is me! Cheeseburgers!!!). But just because summers are bound to have BBQ’s with these basic staples, doesn’t mean you have to be one of the basic b*tches! If you’re hosting the party, it’s (more…)


The Connection Between Success & Being In Shape

Success and happiness are often used as synonyms. And they should be! …assuming that your successes are your own, and not defined by others. For example, if your parents want you to be a doctor, but you really want to go to art school, getting into Medical school is not going to feel like a victory, and probably won’t make you happy long-term.

So, we’ve concluded that success on your own terms leads to happiness. What else do we need to be successful? Here is my list: (more…)

Body Experiment #2: Make a Habit of Trying New Forms of Exercise

I’ve already established that exercise does wonders for my body and for my happiness. I have more energy. I gain muscle and stamina. I can even see an ab or two! The happiness I feel from working out the first few weeks is EUPHORIC. Researchers attribute this feeling to the release of a protein called BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor). It’s released along with endorphins to minimize the discomfort of exercise.

But according to best selling author Gretchen Reynolds, it’s really the first 20 minutes that give (more…)