The One Book That Will Change Your Life

Hey Everyone!

Hope you’re doing well!

Throughout my life as a student I have had to read many books and novels. However, the book that has had the greatest positive impact in my everyday life is The How of Happiness by Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky. This was an assigned reading for one of my psychology courses and it was definitely a worthwhile read that I would highly recommend to everyone!

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The How of Happiness is a self-help book that teaches you how to work towards becoming a happier person. However, what separates this book from the hundreds of other similar books is that this particular book is based on real scientific research that has been conducted on this topic.

Basically, this self-help book is very accurate and reliable because at its core it is based on scientific research. The author herself is a University Lecturer and researcher at the University of California Riverside.

The key idea of this book is that happiness is something that can be attained by actively working towards achieving it. The author points out her research that shows 50 percent of our happiness is based on our genetics, 10 percent of our happiness is based on our life situations (such as whether we are rich or poor; healthy or unhealthy etc.) and most importantly 40 percent of our happiness is based on our own thoughts and behaviors (which we can change).

The purpose of this book is to help you take advantage of this 40 percent that is within our control. The author presents and describes 12 different happiness enhancing strategies. however, not every strategy will work for every individual. This is why the author provides the reader with a (very simple) diagnostic self-test to determine which two or three strategies will work best for him or her.

After determining which strategies will work best for you, you can go to the chapters on those strategies in order to start implementing them in your life. Or you can read about all 12 strategies and see if you would benefit from them. The strategies include:

  1. Expressing Gratitude
  2. Cultivating Optimism
  3. Avoiding Overthinking and Social Comparison
  4. Practicing Acts of Kindness
  5. Nurturing Social Relationships
  6. Developing Strategies for Coping
  7. Learning to Forgive
  8. Increasing Flow
  9. Savoring Life’s Joys
  10. Committing to your Goals
  11. Practicing Religion and Spirituality
  12. Taking Care of Your Body

Some of these strategies may sound too easy or too cheesy however, in the last part of the book the author explains how and why these strategies work. This book also contains a special section with tips for those that may be feeling depressed.

Overall, this book is written in a manner that is very easy to read and understand. I have learned so much from this book and from the bottom of my heart I hope that each person that reads this post will also read this great book and hopefully go on their own personal journey to living a happier and more fulfilling life.

With Love,

Yasmin

Sunshine Blogger Award

Hey Everyone!

Hope you’re all doing well!

I am very thankful to the beautiful and very sweet Nicky from The Shimmer Within Her for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. I absolutely love the layout and design of her blog. More importantly, I love the fact that all of her posts are very inspirational and she is truly successful at cheering me up with her lovely posts. If you haven’t already then please make sure to check out and subscribe to her blog !

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Here are the rules:

1.Thank the person that nominated you

2. Answer the 11 questions from your nominator

3. Nominate 11 bloggers

4. Give them 11 questions to answer

Here are the questions that she asked along with my answers:

  1. What’s the last thing you do every night, before going to sleep?

I usually perform my skincare routine and read a few pages of either a book or magazine that I have in my room. I then say a quick prayer and then just go to sleep after turning of the lights.

2. Think of an adjective to describe yourself that starts with the same letter as your name?

This is a hard one because my name starts with a y. After doing a quick Google search I think the word yeasty can somewhat describe me. According to AdjectivesStarting this word means very creative and marked by spirited enjoyment.

3. How many blog posts have you published so far?

I have posted 10 posts so far and this will be my 11th post 🙂

4. What’s the title of the next post that you’re going to publish?

I am not quite sure right now 😊

5. If you had to choose one color to wear for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Blue just because its my favorite color and there are many different shades of this color.

6. What was the last lie you told?

I recently took an online course and the final exam was quite challenging and although I did pass I scored lower than I usually do on tests. When my parents asked me how I did I totally downplayed it and said: “it was fine”. I am definitely not proud of the fact that I lied.

7. Name one nice thing about yourself?

I am a fairly compassionate person.

8. When we meet for the fist time, what will be the first thing I notice about you?

Currently, I cut my hair into a short voluminous Bob style so my hair may well be the first thing that you notice about me?

9. What do you like to do when it rains?

I get really excited when it rains because I live in drought stricken California. I just enjoy watching it rain if I have time other than that I usually just go about my normal life when it rains.

10. If you had to change your blog name what would it be?

Hopefully I won’t have to change my blog name but if I have to then I may change it to Yasmin’s Corner because I really do view this humble blog as my home on the internet 🙂

11. Name one nice thing that you will do for yourself today?

This morning I went for a walk in the morning and this is a routine that I have had on and off for many years and I hope to maintain this routine for as long as I can.

There are so many wonderful bloggers out there that are all worthy of such nominations. I would like to nominate the first 11 bloggers that followed my blog as a thank you for supporting me from the beginning of my blogging journey! 

I proudly nominate:

stylishablog

Live Breathe Beauty

Rhio Amber

Becoming Rivera

Rationalizing the Universe

dandadiary

from Libby, with love xoxo

Angela’s Avon

Earthbound Pair

Fashion Academicus

20 Something

To all my nominees feel free to do this post if you’re interested but no pressure if you’re not interested or if this doesn’t fit into your blog niche or category 🙂

Here are my 11 questions:

  1. Do you have a specific morning routine and if you do what is it?
  2. Do you prefer hot summer weather or cold winter weather?
  3. What is your favorite type of food to eat?
  4. What is or would be your dream job?
  5. What is your favorite book?
  6. Favorite sport to watch and/or play?
  7. If you could travel anywhere in the world where would it be?
  8. What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing to ever happen to you?
  9. Do you have a favorite celebrity?
  10. What is your favorite app?
  11. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Once again, thank you to the lovely Nicky from The Shimmer Within Her for nominating me and I hope you all enjoyed this post!

With Love,

Yasmin

Liebster Award

Hey Everyone 🙂

Hope you’re all doing well! I am so sorry that I haven’t posted in a while. I have been busy taking a summer session at my university and this crazy summer heat here in California has made me a little lazy!

Anyways, today I would like to thank the lovely Kanza from Faded Rouge for nominating me for the Liebster award. I am truly honored and grateful to the lovely Kanza for nominating me. If you haven’t already please make sure to check out her lovely  blog. I absolutely love the design of her blog and everything she posts about!

IMG_2881The Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you
  3. Nominate 5-11 bloggers that you think are deserving of the award.
  4. Let’s the bloggers know that you nominated them.
  5. Give them 11 questions of your own.

Questions:

What is the one place you would rather be at?

I really don’t want to sound cliche but since its so hot here I would rather be at the beach 🙂

What is your favorite accessory?

A pretty necklace

Name a purchase you regret?

Living Proof Anti-Frizz Hair Nourishing Oil. Perhaps I will do a separate post on this but unfortunately, it didn’t work for me.

What is your favorite dessert?

Currently, it’s my mom’s rice pudding 🙂

Pen or Pencil

Pen.

Coffee or Tea

Tea. Green tea to be specific. 🙂

What do you do to relax?

Watch my favorite shows.

What is your favorite breakfast food?

Currently, it’s thinly sliced cheese with pita bread and lightly sweetened green tea.

What is a skill you would like to learn?

I would like to learn some basic cooking skills. Honestly, I am so fortunate that my mom is a lovely cook so I haven’t bothered trying to learn 🙂

If you could live in a book, TV show, or movie what would it be?

I would live with the family of Atticus Finch from the novel How to Kill A Mockingbird. 

If you could time travel, would you go to the past or future?

This is a difficult question. But if I had to choose one it would be the future because I am interested in seeing how technology will evolve and how much it will change our lives.

The Nominees: 

The Shimmer Within Her

CurlyHairedMinx

Art and Tonia

myreallifeasjess

the minimalist journal

My Questions:

  1. What is/was your favorite subject in school?
  2. What is your favorite book?
  3. Have you voted in any election before?
  4. What’s your go-to summer outfit?
  5. If you could only put on one make-up item which would it be?
  6. If you could travel in any where in the world where would it be?
  7. Do you prefer a good movie or a few episodes of your favorite show?
  8. Mac or Windows?
  9. Fruits or veggies?
  10. Do you have a specific exercise routine?
  11. Favorite weekend activity?

I hope you enjoyed this post and once again, thank you to the lovely Faded Rouge for nominating me!

With Love,

Yasmin

Reflections on Orlando

Hey Everyone,

I hope you’re all doing well!

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I want to start this post off by saying that my heart truly goes out to all the victims and  families of the senseless and completely inhumane act of terror that occurred in Orlando, Florida. From the bottom of my heart I hope that those that have passed away rest in peace and I wish a speedy recovery for those that have been injured.

Yesterday, once again, my heart broke when I woke up and read the news of yet another tragic mass shooting right here in the United States.

I was later further shocked to learn that the suspect was an American with Afghan parents. As some of you may know I am also an American whose parents were born in Afghanistan. So this definitely hit me hard to know that someone from my own cultural group would do something so disgusting and inhumane.

The wide majority of Afghan immigrants came to this beautiful country to flee the violence of their own war torn nation so I would have never imagined that anyone within this community would ever even think of inflicting such pain and suffering on others. I guess like they say there are black sheep within each community.

It brings me great sadness to know that because of the actions of this one inhumane individual there are others who will put the blame on Muslims and the religion of Islam. As a Muslim I know for a fact that these are not the teachings of Islam.

The Islam that I know and love has taught me that taking one life is the same as killing all of humanity and saving one life is as if you have saved all of humanity. Here is the exact verse from the Holy Quran:

“…if any one killed a person, it would be as if he killed the whole of mankind; and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole of mankind…” – The Holy Quran (Chapter Five, Verse 32).

Just last week the United States and the entire world was celebrating the life of “The Greatest of All Time” Muhammad Ali who was a proud American Muslim and now some of those people are blaming Muslims and Islam for this recent heinous act.

As The Champ himself eloquently stated: “The word ‘Islam’ means ‘peace.’ The word ‘Muslim’ means ‘one who surrenders to God.’ But the press makes us seem like haters. ”

I sincerely hope that throughout these difficult and trying times we all stay united in our fight against extremism and that we always remember that the actions of one person or a few people are not representative of an entire religious community.

With Love,

Yasmin

 

Lovely Blog Award

Hey Everyone! Hope you are all doing well 🙂

Today I would like to give a huge thank you to the beautiful and very sweet Tookii for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award. I love reading all of her posts and I really admire her for starting her own blog at such a young age. Her blog is fun and interesting for people of all ages so make sure to follow her if you haven’t already done so!

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The Rules:

Thank the person that nominated you and give a link to their blog.

List the rules

Display the award on your post of the award

List seven facts about yourself

Nominate (up to) 15 bloggers for this award and comment on one of their posts to let them know that you have nominated them for this award.  

Seven Facts About Me:

  1. I don’t really have a favorite color. I like many different colors depending on what the colored object is. For example, I don’t really like to wear white or yellow but I love white roses and sunflowers :).
  2. I don’t like any foods especially desserts with coconut inside them even though I know coconuts are really healthy. Ironically though lately (once a week) I have been loving to massage my hair with coconut oil at night and showering it off the next morning.
  3. I don’t drink coffee. I love the smell of it but I feel like the two or three times that I did drink a cup the next day it made me break out. Instead, I love green tea.
  4. I am an introvert.
  5. I am bilingual. I can speak and understand both English and Farsi. In the past few years I have learned how to read very basic Farsi.
  6. I haven’t traveled anywhere outside of the United States but I definitely would love to do so in the future 🙂
  7. I prefer my moms homemade cooking to any restaurant cuisine. I may be slightly biased but I honestly think that my moms cooking is just the best!

My Nominees: 

Stylishable Blog

Rhio Amber

Becoming Rivera

Life With Ktkinnes

The Cake Faces

Claudia Marie Fit

Glam It Up Online

Jessica Jade

The Chic Community

Mary in Manhattan

Fearfully Wonderfully Me

Reviews by Brandi

Dajana Erd

Fresh Perspectives

Pixie’s Big World

 

Once again, thank you so much to the beautiful Tookii for nominating me 🙂 I hope you all enjoyed this post!!!

With Love,

Yasmin

 

Beauty Blogger Tag!!!

Hey Everyone!

Hope you’re all doing well 🙂

I am very honored that The Chic Community nominated me for the beauty blogger tag in her post. I absolutely love her blog. I love how her posts are always filled with great pictures and I highly encourage everyone to go follow her blog if you haven’t already!

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Here are the questions she asked me along with my responses:

What is the one thing you can’t live without?

My family! I have been blessed with very loving and caring parents 🙂

Favorite TV Show?

Parks & Recreation

Favorite makeup brand?

Bare Minerals.  I usually stick with mineral foundations because of my somewhat oily and acne-prone skin.

Eyelash extensions or hair extensions?

I usually  don’t wear too much eye makeup so I would definitely choose hair extensions.

Are you a visual learner?

Not really. Seeing things definitely helps me understand them better but I would say that I am primarily an auditory and reading and writing type of learner.

When did you start your blog?

I started my blog in April 2016.

Headphones or Earphones?

Earphones

What is the one place you would love to go in the summer?

Turkey

Describe your style?

Overall I would describe myself as casual but when I am going to a gathering or party I definitely opt to dress elegantly.

Favorite purse?

My favorite purse that I currently own is a small Burberry tote that my lovely mom bought for me.

Once again, thank you so much to The Chic Community for nominating me for this tag!

Here are the bloggers that I nominate:

Rebecca from Younique-Rebecca

Cappuccinos and Biscottis

East West Musings

The Beauty of our Imperfection

Here are my questions:

How much do you love makeup? (Love it, hate it, or somewhere in the middle?

What is your favorite makeup product?

What is your favorite skin care product?

What is your favorite color to wear during the spring and summer?

If you could splurge on anything what would it be?

Favorite place that you have already traveled to or would love to travel to in the future?

If you had to choose between earrings, necklace, or bracelet which would you choose?

High heels or flats on a typical day?

Favorite TV show and/or song?

 

 

Hope you guys enjoyed this!

 

With Love,

Yasmin

 

 

 

The Happiness Tag!!!

Hey Everyone!

Hope you’re all doing well 🙂

First of all, I would like to thank the stunningly beautiful Claudia Marie for tagging me in her happiness tag. Her blog is definitely one of my favorite blogs and I have learned so much from her!!! Make sure to follow her blog if you haven’t already!

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Here are five of the things that make me happy!

Family: I am super grateful for having such a loving and caring family and no matter how much I say about them I feel like I can’t do justice to how much they mean to me. I am very blessed that my parents are very supportive of me and everything that I do. I view them not just as parents but as friends and I really enjoy spending time with them! Of course, I am grateful for my entire family and I love spending time with all of them especially my fun-loving grandma!

Nature: I love spending time in nature. Okay so I admit that I don’t do this as much as I should. However, now that I am a student at UC Irvine I am very blessed that I am surrounded by beautiful nature. Not to brag but one of the cool things about the campus is that there is a large park right in the middle called Aldrich Park. I wasn’t such a huge nature lover but lately I have really been enjoying walking through the park in the early morning when the weather is crispy cool and I feel like I can feel the oxygen!

Psychology: As some of you may know my college major is psychology. Without sounding like a nerd I have to admit that I really do enjoy learning new things each day. I guess what I love about my major is that its very practical and many of the things that I learn can be applied to my everyday live.

YouTube: Lately I have really been enjoying myself by watching YouTube videos. I love how YouTube has a little something for everyone. My all time favorite You Tuber is Rumena Begum . Although I haven’t met her in real life I can tell from her videos that she is such a sweetheart, so humble and sweet. Her YouTube channel is filled with amazing and super helpful beauty tips and tricks and some of her

I use  YouTube for both work and play. As a student I feel that YouTube can help clarify some concepts that I might not quite understand.But for the most part I use YouTube to relax and unwind after a long day of studying and going to classes. I think they key to this is moderation. I make sure to allocate around 30 minutes a day and I skip this if I have an exam the next day.

Instagram: Finally, I really enjoy Instagram. Although I am not very active myself I really enjoy seeing all the beautiful photos that people post! If you’re interested you can follow me @yasminraoufi.

Five Favorite Songs (that make me happy)

  1. Lean on Me by Bill Withers: This was the song that was played at my elementary school promotion. 🙂
  2. You Raise Me Up by Josh Groban
  3. La Isla Bonita by Madonna by Madonna
  4. Hello by Adele
  5. Perozi (This is a happy Afghan song that is a bit patriotic but I think that many people can enjoy its upbeat nature)

I would like to tag:

Parveen

Dasilvax

Simply Saroosh

Samrah: “This Girl Does It All”

Katie: “Becoming Rivera”

I hope you enjoyed this post and stay tuned for the next post which will be the Beauty Blogger Tag and a special thank you to the Chic Community for tagging me in her post. Unfortunately, I have exams coming up in the next few weeks but I will try to do it as soon as possible 🙂

 

With Love,

Yasmin