taking in all the wonders of life —
its smiles —
learning from the experiences each one brings you,
and then, from a caring heart,
giving them all away again.
They say ‘tis the season to be jolly, so why not be happy, you can be you know. I think most of us are basically happy, that is until we talk ourselves into why we are not. If we spent more time appreciating what we have and less time wanting the things we don’t have we would have more time to see what we do have, family, friends, lovers, and those that smile at us who we often never see.
Stop and think about those around you, those who are so often taken for granted because they are always there. It might serve you well to see them as a stranger so that you can appreciate them for the gifts they give to you each day. I would gladly trade a shiny new sports car for what I get from others, for the greatest gift I ever got is the people that care for me, they are my happiness.
It seems to me happiness is ninety percent personal choice and only ten percent luck. Here are some investments you can make in your own happiness.
- Compliment 3 people everyday!
- Watch a sunrise
- Be the first to say "hello"
- Treat everyone as you want to be treated
- Live beneath your means
- Forget the Joneses
- Never give up on anybody ~ miracles happen!
- Remember someone’s name
- Be kinder than you have to be
- Wish not for things, but for wisdom and courage
- Be tough-minded, but tender hearted
- Don’t forget that a person’s greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated
- Keep your promises
- Leave everything better than you found it
- Show cheerfulness even when you don’t feel it
- Remember that winners do what losers don’t want to do
- Remember that overnight success usually takes 15 years
- When you arrive at your job in the morning, let the first thing you say brighten everyone’s day
- Don’t rain on other people’s parades
- Don’t waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them!
I don’t know who wrote this but I honestly believe that if we all did it every day we would not have to look for happiness, it would find us.
When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.
The Dalai Lama
A seven year old boy was at the center of Chicago courtroom drama this week when he challenged a court ruling over who should have custody of him.
The boy has a history of being beaten by his parents, and the judge initially awarded custody to his aunt, in keeping with the child custody law and regulations requiring that family unity be maintained to the degree possible.
The boy surprised the court when he proclaimed that his aunt beat him more than his parents, and he adamantly refused to live with her.
When the judge suggested that he live with his grandparents, the boy cried out that they also beat him. After considering the remainder of the immediate family and learning that domestic violence was apparently a way of life among them, the judge took the unprecedented step of allowing the boy to propose who should have custody of him.
After two recesses to check legal references and confer with child welfare officials, the judge granted temporary custody to the Chicago Cubs, whom the boy firmly believes are not capable of beating anyone.
Q. What is worse than being a bachelor?
A. Being a Bachelor’s son.
Top Ten Signs You’re Being Stalked by Martha Stewart
10. You get a threatening note made up of letters cut out of a magazine with pinking shears, and they’re all the same size, the same font, and precisely lined up in razor-sharp rows.
9. You find a lemon slice in the dog’s water bowl.
8. On her TV show she makes a gingerbread house that looks exactly like your split-level, right down to the fallen licorice downspout and the half-open graham cracker garage door.
7. You find your pet bunny on the stove in an exquisite tarragon, rose petal & saffron demi-glace’, with pecan-crusted hearts of palm and a delicate mint-fennel sauce.
6. The unmistakable aroma of potpourri follows you even after you leave the bathroom.
5. You discover that every napkin in the entire house has been folded into a swan.
4. No matter "where" you eat, your place setting always includes an oyster fork.
3. Twice this week you’ve been the victim of a drive-by doilying.
2. You wake up in the hospital with a concussion and endive stuffing in every orifice.
AND THE NUMBER 1 Sign You’re Being Stalked by Martha Stewart…
1. You awaken one morning with a glue gun pointed squarely at your temple.
People who live well are experts at giving. They give their money; they give their time. They share their wisdom and their skills. They quickly say yes when asked to help. For them…to give is to love and to love is to live. It’s a formula for a successful life.
Wendy was waiting her turn at the bakery, when she heard a prospective bride give the cake decorator a hard time as she previewed her wedding cake. She demanded many extras and was critical of the work he’d done so far. After she left, he muttered, "I’m glad I put my special golden award on this cake. That young woman is sure eligible for it."
Curious, Wendy studied the cake closely, but saw nothing.
Finally the decorator pointed to the tiny bridegroom atop the cake with his tiny bride and there it was. Barely visible was the "golden award", a tiny wedding ring, inserted in the groom’s nose.
Streakers beware: Your end is in sight!
According to experts at the National Institute of Mental Health, depressed people die much sooner than everyone else. Well, that’s just what depressed people need to hear! That should cheer them up!
The most I can do for my friend is simply to be his friend.
I have no wealth to bestow on him.
If he knows that I am happy in loving him, he will want no other reward.
Is not friendship divine in this?
Henry David Thoreau
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
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