Amy Rees Anderson

happiness

What Joy Looks Like

Did you know that Psychologists have linked family tradition and routine family rituals to overall family happiness, emotional well-being, lower anxiety levels, higher academic success and higher marriage satisfaction?  Cause they have… Family Traditions are what joy looks like. As a kid my family moved a lot.  With all the moving from State to State,

Have You Ever Met A Hater Doing Better Than You? Me Neither.

“Haters don’t really hate you. In fact, they hate themselves because you’re a reflection of what they wish to be.” – unknown Today was World Day for Bullying Prevention, so it seems appropriate to share some past thoughts I’ve shared about bullying: Haters, bullies, mean people – they all suffer from one of the following:

Don’t Carry Excess Baggage

I’d packed and unpacked my suitcases so many times this last year that I wouldn’t even finish unpacking for one trip before I began packing again for the next one. Then I finally got around to unpacking them after my last trip but I left my suitcases sitting open on my bedroom floor because I

Don’t Let Your Mind Be A Dumping Ground

“If you suffer from worry, from grief or shame, from jealousy, disappointment, or envy, I have something to tell you. Somewhere near your home there is a vacant corner lot. Although adjoining yards may be well tended, a vacant corner lot somehow is always full of weeds. There is a footpath across it, a bicycle

All It Takes Is One Day To Change Everything

It was 12 years ago today…my friend Steve and I pulled into the parking lot of a shopping complex to meet up with two guys driving down in a second car that were going to follow our car down to Lake Powell for a houseboat trip.  When the other car pulled in an the man

Life Flashing Before Your Eyes

It was nine days ago and my husband and I had just arrived down to our houseboat on Lake Powell to prepare things for the group of families we would be hosting for the upcoming week.  I began unloading groceries as my husband climbed down into the hull of the boat to check our tanks

Forgive, Forget, And Leave It Alone

“When we believe or say we have been offended, we usually mean we feel insulted, mistreated, snubbed, or disrespected. And certainly clumsy, embarrassing, unprincipled, and mean-spirited things do occur in our interactions with other people that would allow us to take offense. However, it ultimately is impossible for another person to offend you or to

From A Cloud Of Depression Into The Sunshine

“To press on in noble endeavors, even while surrounded by a cloud of depression, will eventually bring you out on top into the sunshine. – Ezra Taft Benson Ezra Taft Benson also suggests several things we can do to help pull us out of a cloud of depression and help bring us out into the sunshine:

To A Footstool A Chair Is Everything

Every Sunday our family has a tradition that as we sit around the kitchen table for dinner together we always go around the table and each take a turn sharing something that touched us in church that day. Then we discuss the thoughts shared.  This tradition is something we value tremendously because it’s a time

Choose Your Perspective

My Mother is a woman of many talents. She writes poetry, she’s written song lyrics, she’s published a book, she draws, she does beautiful sculptures, and the list of her talents goes on and on, but at the top of that list has to be raising ten children. Having raised two children myself I can

Paying It Forward With A Reminder That Today is #FreeSlurpeeDay!

I decided to post tonight’s blog early today because I want to make sure everyone is aware that because today 7/11 it is FREE SLURPEE DAY at 7-Eleven. But to get your free Slurpee but you’ve got to get in there by 7pm today so I wanted to post today’s blog in plenty of time

Let The Celebration Begin!

As we prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday this week may we remember to “pledge ourselves to each other, and to the cause of human freedom, the cause that has given light to this land and hope to the world” as described by President Ronald Reagan in his speech given July 4, 1986:

Give Your Mental Health A Fighting Chance

Tonight I’m flying back from two back to back trips I’ve been on the last few weeks. I had some awesome experiences on my trip that I’m super excited to share with all of you, but given that my plane won’t get me back home until long after midnight tonight I think I’ll postpone sharing

Some Words Of Advice Are Timeless

Some words of advice are timeless…the words in this poem qualify as such… Wear Sunscreen  -by Mary Schmich Wear sunscreen.  If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than

The Fastest Way To Turn A Bad Day Around

Have you ever noticed that no matter how tired you are or how worn out you feel, the instant someone puts on great dance music you can’t help yourself from starting to bop your head and tap your feet to the beat. Nothing can lift your spirits faster than an impromptu dance party. For those

Why Is It That When It Rains It Pours?

Seriously, why is it that when it rains it pours…why can’t it ever just be a light drizzle?! If it was someone else asking me that question I’d probably respond with something motivational like – the harder it rains the bigger the rainbow – but after the week I’ve had I’m thinking I might just

We Are Ultimately In Charge Of Our Own Happiness

“So often we get caught up in the illusion that there is something just beyond our reach that would bring us happiness: a better family situation, a better financial situation, or the end of a challenging trial.The older we get, the more we look back and realize that external circumstances don’t really matter or determine

The Day That Changed My Life Forever

I can’t believe that it has already been 26 years…26 years ago I was at work when my water broke. It took me a minute to figure out that’s what was going on because, let’s face it, wetting yourself isn’t that unheard of when you are nine months pregnant with a baby kicking your bladder.

Lessons Learned From The Easter Bunny

I hope everyone had a marvelous Easter weekend. I don’t know about you all, but I ate far too many jellybeans over the weekend – I’m about as sugar-rushed as a person can be as I head into this week ahead, which may prove to be a good thing because I’ve got all kinds of

Key Elements That Led To My Success

Today I spoke at a business leaders conference where I was asked to speak on how my values helped me succeed in business. The fact is that my values didn’t just help me succeed, they are the very reason FOR my success. Because when you know who you are, and what you are going to

Greater Than Our Fears, Our Doubts, Our Anxieties

All of us have moments of fear, doubt, anxiety, and loneliness in our lives. Some battle it only occasionally while others may deal with it on an ongoing basis, but I have yet to meet anyone who hasn’t dealt with those emotions in their life.  One of the most powerful talks on this subject was

How To Have A Mental Breakdown

Some days…especially days when you are still awake at 1:45am in the morning working on your taxes that are due in less than a week …well, let’s just say those days are NOT a whole lot of fun. Days like that you’ve gotta find something to laugh about or you will lose your mind buried

Incredibly Uplifting Quotes To #Inspire You

As I shared in my Thursday night blog, this weekend I have been watching the Semi-Annual General Conference broadcast with its incredibly uplifting and motivating speakers on a myriad of topics. I’ve watched the first 8 hours already and I have 2 more hours left to watch that start momentarily. But I have been so

The Love Of Work Is Success

“The privilege to work is a gift. The power to work is a blessing. The love of work is success.” – David O. McKay Last Friday I woke up at 4am to get ready to drive up two hours to Logan Utah so I could give the opening keynote speech for the Huntsman Venture Forum

April Fool’s Day Funny Advertising Pranks Today

Today was April Fools and as always, pranksters were out in full force.  Some of the funnier pranks I saw today that at least gave me a good laugh were in the form of funny advertisements that were put out today.  Here are a few of the ones that gave me a good laugh: Pizza

A Pep Talk In Every Drop

Last week I started losing my voice a bit. By Friday morning I was feeling unbelievably sick. I had a horrible chest cough and was really weak. I ended up staying in bed all day Friday and Saturday coughing up a lung. When I woke up Sunday morning I could no longer take staying in

Totally Technology Dependent

I forget how totally dependent my life is on technology until something stops working and it sends my world into total chaos.  When I found out today that my email server hadn’t been sending or receiving a bunch of emails I about lost my mind! Not only that but the emails I sent to people



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