What makes you happier, Lisa Stone?

series_whatmakesyouhappierThis week we are thrilled to talk with the awesome Lisa Stone, co-founder and CEO of BlogHer, award-winning journalist, and just a really insanely great person. You can follow Lisa on Twitter @LisaStone.

What makes you happier, Lisa?
Laughing at The Onion with my amazing teenage boys. Walking our Australian Cattle Dog with @ccarfi late at night. Riding my bike – anywhere! Baking…ANYTHING!

lisastoneHave you realized something about being happier that maybe you didn’t know when you were younger?
Love is how you spend your time — work and at home. The children won’t remember the clean house and they don’t understand the job for most of their young lives. They will remember that you cracked a joke and told them they are your own personal rock stars every time you sent them out on their day.

Don’t be afraid to squash anything toxic around you — friends, habits or plastics.

Forgiveness starts with forgiving your own self. LET IT GO.

Generosity is contagious.

Write short.

You’ve built BlogHer into a really successful company. What have been some of the happiest moments along the way?
Paying 5,000 women — and men! — $25 million from 2009-2012. These checks pay for groceries, rent, mortgages, nice things and small business growth!

Creating 64 jobs in media.

Laughing with my co-founders, Elisa and Jory, whose partnership is even stronger after eight years together.

Watching President Barack Obama talk about the quality of conversation on BlogHer.com as he introduced/opened BlogHer ’12 in NYC via live video.

If you’re having a rough day, what are your standbys for a positivity boost?
Coffee. My baby sisters and brother — texts, emails, calls. Prayer.  Working out.

What advice would you give your kids about being happy?
Thank you for all you have given me.

You can call me any time about any thing in the world.

Happiness is a gift economy — the more you give to other people — love, charity, faith, hope — the happier you will feel.

Keep working out.

Cut out the toxins — people, habits, substances. But not cinnamon rolls or pie.

Find something that makes you laugh and go read it.

Call your mama, she will lift you up 🙂

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