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Happy?

The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness.  You have to catch it yourself.

Benjamin Franklin

 

I wish there were more people who learned that they have the ability to live happier lives. Just getting through life can be challenging but at the same time rewarding and even fun. I just would like to see more of us recognized that we overlook far too many of the good things we have and experience. It boggles my mind sometimes when I see folks who seem to have unconsciously chosen to be unhappy by focusing their thoughts and energy on what’s wrong to the extent that they can’t see what’s right. To a large degree I think happiness is a matter of choice.

Not long ago a personal growth observer, Warren Wojnowski offered five tip’s on how to make our lives work better. What he suggests can go a long way in developing a happier life. Here is what he wrote in part:

5 Simple Ways It Makes Your Life Work Better

When was the last time you actually, deliberately stopped and decided it was time to make your happiness a priority for yourself? If you’re like most people, it has been a very long time because for the most part, you are placing all of your time, energy, and focus on all of the things you feel you have to do. No doubt you have heard the phrase “change the way you look at things, and the things you look at change.” Well… here’s a novel suggestion. If you’d like to make your life work better, start focusing on your happiness instead of the absence of it. Consider the following five ways in which by you focusing your thought and attention on what makes you happy — and making a point of looking for and acknowledging those things each day — you will begin to notice things working better in your life.

 1. You’ll be more attractive to others. As you place your focus and attention on what’s right and what’s working in your life, you immediately start to feel a little bit better. Because you feel better, you begin to behave and carry yourself differently. And that shift in how you carry yourself makes you much more attractive to others, which means you’re going to start receiving more invitations, more opportunities, and more things that are working well for you.

2. Your relationships will work better. Because you are carrying yourself differently, you begin to come across as friendlier, and you’ll find that you’re better able to listen because you’re not so preoccupied with what isn’t working.

3. Your job or business performance will improve. Your shift in focus carries benefits over to your overall work performance. You will find yourself thinking more clearly, more alert, and making better decisions.

4. Your health will improve. Because you are feeling happier as you place your attention on what is working, a whole set of physiological changes start to occur. Your blood pressure lowers. Your blood flow improves. Your immune system starts working better. These all have a positive impact on the state of your health.

5. You will start to have more flow. By law of attraction, you attract more of what you focus upon. Since you have repositioned your focus and attention on your happiness rather than your unhappiness, guess what happens? You get more of the things that are working better. And now you’ve got a positive spiral that you’ve started that is going to deliver more flow and positive momentum into your life going forward.

 

Think about it, who would you prefer to be with an unhappy person or a happy person? Pleasant people live and unpleasant people exist, I choose to live, what about you?

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What a wonderful life I’ve had!  I only wish I’d realized it sooner.

Colette

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Religious Thought

1. Some people are kind, polite, and sweet-spirited-until you try to sit in their pews.

2. Many folks want to serve God, but only as advisers.

3. It is easier to preach ten sermons than it is to live one.

4. The good Lord didn’t create anything without a purpose, but mosquitoes come close.

5. When you get to your wit’s end, you’ll find God lives there.

6. People are funny, they want the front of the bus, the middle of the road, and the back of the church.

7. Opportunity may knock once, but temptation bangs on your front door forever.

8. Quit griping about your church; if it was perfect, you couldn’t belong.

9. The phrase that is guaranteed to wake up an audience: “And in conclusion.”

10. If the church wants a better pastor, it only needs to pray for the one it has.

11. Not only are the sins of the fathers visited upon the children, but nowadays the sins of the children are visited upon the fathers.

12. God Himself does not propose to judge a man until he is dead. So why should you?

13. To make a long story short, don’t tell it.

14. If your left hand doesn’t know what your right hand is doing, you should consider running for a job in Washington, DC.

15. Some minds are like concrete, thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.

16. Peace starts with a smile.

17. I don’t know why some people change churches; what difference does it make which one you stay home from?

18. A lot of church members who are singing “Standing on the Promises” are just sitting on the premises.

19. We were called to be witnesses, not lawyers or judges.

20. Outside of traffic, there is nothing that holds this country back as much as committees.

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For people who like peace and quiet – a phoneless cord.

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Two youngsters were walking home from Sunday School, each deep in his own thoughts. Finally one said, “What do you think about all this devil business we studied today?”

The other boy replied thoughtfully, “Well, you know how Santa Claus turned out. This is probably just your Dad, too…”

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Accept no one’s definition of your life, but define yourself.

Harvey Fierstein

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“When a woman says she’ll be ready to go out in five more minutes, she’s using the same meaning of time as when a man says the football game just has five minutes left. Neither of them is counting time outs, commercials, or replays.”

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“There are bigger things in life than money — bills, for instance.”

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Ronnie volunteered to strip the bricks from the exterior of his parent’s house.  One morning he was out front chipping away when a man came by looking for his father.

“He’s not here,” Ronnie said.

The man thanked him, watched him remove a few more bricks, and said, “I’ll bet next time they’ll leave the key for you.”

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We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.

Frederick Keonig

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 

Ray Mitchell

 Indianapolis, Indiana

 

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