Posts By: dukeslee

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Saturday 24th September 2016

Do Opposites Really Attract?

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Post by Amy Smith Opposites attract. I suppose I have always believed that this was true, at least on some level. And yet, I never cease to be amazed at all the ways this plays out in my every day life. I met my husband when we were both seniors in high school. We bonded […]

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Tuesday 20th September 2016

what we all need to know when the storms come – #tellhisstory

what we all need to know when the storms come - #tellhisstory

Hi. This is the version of me who ran through a literal storm last week. In this picture, I am clearly and completely soaked, as if I had jumped into the lake that I was walking around. But I didn’t jump in the lake. The skies opened, and out poured a storm. When it hit, […]

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Thursday 15th September 2016

How Being Weird Can Make You Happier

How Being Weird Can Make You Happier

I am always amazed at the tremendous amount of feedback I get whenever I write about being “weird.” I am beginning to think this is why: people need permission to be their truest, fullest selves. Maybe the world has tried to beat the “weird” out of all of us. Well, ...

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Tuesday 13th September 2016

What One Girl Taught Me About Vulnerability – #TellHisStory

What One Girl Taught Me About Vulnerability - #TellHisStory

Meet Maddie. She’s a sixth-grade girl who, several years ago, taught me an important lesson about vulnerability in friendships. Her story impacted me so much, that I included it in The Happiness Dare. On Saturday, Maddie showed up at the library for my book signing. She bought a book, ...

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Wednesday 7th September 2016

what we need to know when life takes a detour

Embrace the journey

My suitcase was packed. Every item on the to-do list had been crossed off. And we had left for the airport with plenty of time to spare. We took the swiftest route to the airport from our Iowa farm — a quick shot up the county highway, into Minnesota. Thousands of acres of lush fields […]

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Tuesday 6th September 2016

That Time When Anita Renfroe Took The Happiness Dare

That Time When Anita Renfroe Took The Happiness Dare

When I wrote The Happiness Dare, it was a way to say, “Look what I discovered! I can’t keep this is a secret!” As the author of that long letter, I was super excited. But I was super scared, too. I had this fear, early on in the writing — a fear that I’m going to ...

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Tuesday 30th August 2016

Put the Brakes Today On This Happiness Hijacker – #TellHisStory

Put the Brakes Today On This Happiness Hijacker - #TellHisStory

Recently, I ran across an old photograph taken when I was dating Scott, whom I’d eventually marry. In the photo, Scott has his arm around my waist. I’m smiling, but it looks like a smile I’m not feeling inside. I remember why. Before our date, I stood in front of my mirror with a mascara […]

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Friday 26th August 2016

30 Ways to Boost Your Happiness Today

30 Ways to Boost Your Happiness Today

It was almost sundown. I was in a bit of a hurry, but I knew that if I took the long way home from the day’s last appointment, I would capture a beautiful view of the sunset, as it slid down the sky behind our country church. If I took the shortest route home, I would […]

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Tuesday 23rd August 2016

The Fastest Way to Make Someone Else Happy — #TellHisStory

One of the surest routes to happiness!

It’s my fourth birthday, and Mom stands on the hem of my memory. I’m playing musical chairs with cherry-cheeked friends in the next room. And I think I see Mom on the edge, putting candles in a cake while standing barefoot in the kitchen. But it’s all so fuzzy. Fast-forward to another ...

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