About Me

My photo
My journey as a writer began as a child, but my first published book came as a result of my ovarian cancer diagnosis. The title is Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir which received three awards. All proceeds are donated to gynecologic cancer research. I am a member of Rave Reviews Book Club. Follow me on Twitter @KIngallsAuthor www.facebook.com/KarenIngalls, and you can find my books at www.amazon.com. ALL ORIGINAL CONTENT COPYRIGHT 2011 THROUGH 2018.

Thursday, July 25, 2013


"Are you happy?"

          "Do you think other people are more happy than you?"

                           "Are you a smiler 

                                           or a frowner?"

A branch of psychology called positive psychology focuses on helping people to be more happy. Here are some tips:

  • Express gratitude: let others know you are grateful for their deed, word, or just being them.

  • Challenge yourself: Use and develop your strengths, whatever they might be.

  • Be optimistic: it can reduce mental and physical illness, and increase coping abilities.

  • Laughter: appropriate laughter releases endorphins that relax and decrease stress.

Do you remember the song "Don't Worry, Be Happy"? Here are the words: sing along and let them fill you with happiness. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DWgm48jIFE

Positivity was, and continues to be today, a very important coping tool for facing ovarian cancer. I know gratitude, challenging myself, optimism, and laughter work for me...I am HAPPY!


Proceeds from Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir go to ovarian cancer research.


Kathryn Treat said...

Thank you for the positive words.

Karen Ingalls said...

You are welcome!

Hanna said...

Great post, Karen!

Karen Ingalls said...

So good to hear from you, Hanna.