HEALTHY LIVING
12/06/2013 08:11 am ET | Updated Jan 23, 2014

8 Photos That Prove Happiness Can Be Discovered In Unexpected Places

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The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you find your way back to balance.

GPS Guides are our way of showing you what has relieved others' stress in the hopes that you will be able to identify solutions that work for you. We all have de-stressing "secret weapons" that we pull out in times of tension or anxiety, whether they be photos that relax us or make us smile, songs that bring us back to our heart, quotes or poems that create a feeling of harmony, or meditative exercises that help us find a sense of silence and calm. We encourage you to look at the GPS Guide below, visit our other GPS Guides here, and share with us your own personal tips for finding peace, balance and tranquility.

Happiness can be found even in the smallest of places. Whether you're having the best or the worst day ever, more joy is just waiting to be discovered. Just looking on the bright side of life -- whether you feel like it or not -- can help you have a healthier heart, manage stress and live longer.

Next time you're feeling blue, remember that happiness really is unavoidable and may even be right within your reach. These eight photos prove it.

Joy can be found in the seat that grounds you...

In the food that nourishes you...

In "happy" accidents...

In your morning rituals...

During your mindful walks...
smile in tree

In your kitchen...

After a relaxing shower...

And finally, it can even be found in the sky (but only if you're looking up!)
finding happiness

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