by Ashley Logsdon

100 Ways to Happiness (Special 100th Family Episode)

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Life isn't always perfect. We aren't always happy, and things don't always go as we hoped. However, we believe happiness is a choice, and we like to make it a verb that we act on. In this celebration episode, the whole Logsdon family shares how we navigate when we're sad or mad, and our punch list of 100 ways to "happy". 

Let the emotions flow - feel what you need to, and then...LET IT GO.

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Life isn't always rosey

Not every moment is rainbows and unicorns.

And I’m the first to say our life is NOT perfect. We can get mad and sad and have crazy things happen that aren’t what we want or expect.

I post some of our trials on Instagram, with crazy RV mishaps and things our kids may do, but yeah, most of my pictures are happy.

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It’s in those beautiful moments I am reminded of all I want to cherish, all that gives me gratitude and all I want to be with my family. I love being able to snap a beautiful moment and look back and say, yes, even when everything went to hell in a hand basket and we were all fried, even on those “terrible horrible no good very bad days”...even then we can find a glimmer of light.

A sweet moment, noticing something small and perfect in nature, or simply pushing myself to wrack my brain for anything to be grateful for...I jump on those. To spread light to you, to me, and to my whole family. To reset my mind and remember the good in each and every day, and take me through any storms that come my way.

So yes, I’m happy to share the not so great. But know this- for me, sharing the light isn’t fake or hiding the “real” me; it’s showing you my choice each and every day- go find something to be grateful for. That’s what makes it all worthwhile and keeps my focus on the good.

A bad moment doesn't have to become a bad day.
We can always choose to wipe the slate clean and start over.

It's a time for Celebration!

15 years ago today I committed in front of a sea of friends and family to stand by Nathan for better or worse, in sickness and health, till death do us part. Like so many, that day is a blur of nerves and excitement - yet that promise I made that wasn't simply stated once. 

This is my every day. Today, I choose to love you, Nathan Gray Logsdon, in sickness and health, for better or worse, through whatever today brings us, I choose love. I choose to work WITH you as a team, to communicate clearly what I need and feel, and to be willing to step up and own my part in making a loving, lasting and healthy relationship.

I choose to reach out and touch you, to intentionally see all that I'm grateful for in you, and to let you know on a daily basis what I love about you. That wedding day may be a significant date for all things legally binding Nathan and me together, but every day since has been a significant moment for me to choose love. It's a verb, not a timestamp. 

How do you choose love every day?

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MamaSaysNamaste & the FieldTripGypsies!

What Can YOU do to add Light to this world?

Every day, look around and see what one person you can impact in a positive way. Smile. Give a compliment. Say hello. It can jar someone out of what's in their head and elicit a smile that goes beyond your own impact. It's a "pay it forward" approach, where smiling is contagious! 

Allow for Privacy

Emotions are personal. Not everyone wants to broadcast it all out there. Sometimes it's solitude and creating space for a "reset" - to clean the slate and let go of the intense emotions. 

Taking a walk in nature, solitude, journaling, creating art...these have all been ways our children have processed through their emotions. 

Shake it or dance it out. Write a list of all the things you need to do and check them off (add easy ones for quick wins). Cook it out. Acknowledge your emotions. Sit with them. And then...choose to let them go. 

100 Ways to Be Happy

We can get stuck lean toward negativity…sometimes it takes creating a list to remind you how grateful you are and how much you really have. 

  1. Feel the ground under your feet
  2. Smile at a stranger
  3. Close your eyes and take in a deep breath
  4. Wake up early
  5. Get a full night’s sleep
  6. Laugh, laugh and laugh some more
  7. Be a joy-seeker
  8. Tell a joke
  9. Hug someone
  10. Hold hands
  11. Remind someone they are awesome
  12. Focus on your breath
  13. Play your favorite song
  14. Sing out loud
  15. Dance
  16. Play tag
  17. Eat a treat just because 
  18. Go for a run
  19. Spend an afternoon playing
  20. Take a nap
  21. Hike in the woods
  22. Swing in a hammock
  23. Play at a playground
  24. Turn off the news
  25. Think of 5 things you’re grateful for
  26. Long, hot showers
  27. Caramel bedtime tea
  28. Instant pots
  29. Homemade kombucha and other brews
  30. Sitting around a campfire
  31. Playing with your pet
  32. Make an easy “to-do” list and check it off
  33. Finding that perfect outfit
  34. Finishing a craft/art project
  35. Family game night
  36. Family movie night
  37. Capturing that perfect picture
  38. Potting and/or planting plants
  39. Holding a newborn baby
  40. Swimming in the springs
  41. Building a blanket fort
  42. City Museum
  43. Running naked and free in the woods
  44. Snuggling in bed and sleeping in
  45. Building a waterproof lean-to
  46. Making fairy houses
  47. Playing in the mud
  48. Walking through leaves
  49. Baked goods straight out of the oven
  50. Eating warm brownies
  51. Playing hairdresser
  52. Organizing
  53. Helping someone else - go volunteer
  54. Seeing new local places
  55. Going to an animal sanctuary
  56. Explore a new trail
  57. Family bike ride
  58. Hiking the Appalachian trail
  59. Visiting a state you’ve never been to
  60. Write in a gratitude journal
  61. Getting all fancied up to go out to something special
  62. Giving a gift to someone you love
  63. Jumping on a trampoline
  64. Playing with a baby animal
  65. Baking
  66. Taste-testing
  67. Day dreaming together
  68. Afternoon drive with the windows down
  69. Audio books on long drives
  70. Rock climbing
  71. A long hike that ends in hot springs
  72. Going to a busy place to just people watch
  73. Finding fresh berries
  74. Yoga
  75. Meditate
  76. Star-gazing
  77. Sitting outside with a cuppa joe
  78. Hide toys/favorite things and then pulling them out 6 months later
  79. Finding a new playground
  80. Swimming in the rain at nighttime
  81. Exploring a creek
  82. Watching animals play
  83. Sunbathing on big warm rocks
  84. Watching rocks sparkle in the riverbed
  85. Secret love notes
  86. Going through past pictures together and reminiscing
  87. Working together
  88. Watching silly videos
  89. Mad Libs
  90. Good Mexican food
  91. Be a tourist in your hometown and see it in a new way
  92. Learning a new language
  93. Mountain-biking
  94. BMX tracks
  95. Spontaneity
  96. Down time
  97. Rehabbing and creating something beautiful out of what is. 
  98. Soaking in the present moment
  99. A great craft beer (preferably a stout)
  100. A delicious veggie burger with smooshy fries

Your Weekly Challenge:

What is your list to happy? What can you do together? Some things may surprise you? We are all unique - we all will find other ways to be happy, and the more we can share and seek joy, the more we'll find it! 

Get to know your child and what they want to do...and keep in mind their own beautiful personality style. The uniqueness in each of us strengthens all of us. 


Nathan and Ashley Logsdon

Questions or comments?

Personality styles, marriage/intimacy, parenting, education, minimalism or travel - what is pressing on your mind?

Or, hop on over to the Mama Says Namaste or Unschooling Families FB groups and ask your question there!

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About the author, Ashley Logsdon


Ashley Logsdon is a Family and Personality Styles Coach and Lifelong Learner. She and her husband Nathan are RVing the States and unschooling their 3 girls. Her mission is to shift the mindsets of families from reaction to intention, and guide them in creating the family they love coming home to. Looking deeper than the surface, we assess the strengths, triggers, and simplifying your lifestyle so you truly recognize how the uniqueness in each of us strengthens all of us.

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