“In all of living, have much fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.”
Gordon B. Hinckley
If you are like I am you delight in being around people who always seem to be pleasant and generally happy. Their positive outlook on life is contagious and I always leave my time with them feeling good. The thing that they same to have in common is their ability to focus on finding pleasure in what they see and what they do.
I have learned that seeing the positives in our daily activities and developing a habit of appreciating what we have is the secret of living a happy life. Have you noticed that the grouches never seem to have time to appreciate what they have, they are too busy complaining about what they don’t have. Even the rain gives us flowers and rainbows so I am glad when it storms once in a while and those are great days to sit by the fireplace and read.
Here is an article written by Peter Clemens a number of years ago where he shares his tips for living a happy life.
How to Enjoy Life
I want to challenge the common perception that it is only possible to enjoy your leisure time. In particular, this article is targeted at the professional stuck in the 9 to 5 grind who longs for the weekend and, in the process, has given up on trying to find pleasure in the ordinary experiences we have every day.
Appreciate Beauty. Each day we come across beauty in a number of shapes and forms. It’s a shame, then, that many people have become so accustomed to this beauty that it largely goes unappreciated. I suggest looking again at the people, plants, gadgets, and buildings (to name but a few examples) around you and taking a moment to appreciate what makes them so special.
Connect With Nature. Nature is an amazing healer for the stresses and strains of modern life. Eating lunch in the park, attending to a vegetable garden in your backyard, or watching the sunset are just a few simple ideas for how you can enjoy the outdoors on a daily basis.
Laugh. E. E. Cummings once said “the most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” How very true. Never be too busy to laugh, or too serious to smile. Instead, surround yourself with fun people and don’t get caught up in your own sense of importance.
Have Simple Pleasures. A good cup of coffee when I first wake. Time spent playing with my 8 month old son. Cooking a nice meal in the evening. These may not seem terribly exciting, but they are some of the simple pleasures I enjoy in life. If you slow down for just a moment and take the time to appreciate these ordinary events, life becomes instantly more enjoyable.
Connect With People. In so many ways, it is our relationships with people that give us the most happiness in life. Perhaps, then, the best way to enjoy your work more is not to get a raise or a promotion, but rather to build rewarding relationships with your co-workers.
Learn. There is a strong link between learning and happiness. Given this, there is no excuse not to be stimulating your brain and learning something new each day. My favorite way to find time for learning is to make the most of the commute to and from work. Audiobooks and podcasts are great for this purpose.
Rethink Your Mornings and Evenings. Are the mornings a mad rush for you to get out the door? Do you switch off the TV at night and go straight to bed? I have personally experienced the profound benefits of establishing a routine in the morning and evening. For example, in the morning you may choose to wake an hour earlier and spend the time working on yourself, whether it be reading, writing or exercising. In the evening, consider spending some time just before bed reviewing your day or in meditation.
Celebrate Your Successes. During a normal day we are sure to have some minor successes. Perhaps you have successfully dealt with a difficult customer, made a sale, or received a nice compliment for your work. These aren’t events worth throwing a party for, but why not take a moment to celebrate your success? Share the experience with someone else, reward yourself with a nice lunch, or just give yourself a mental pat on the back.
Discipline your mind to think positively; to see the good in every situation and look on the best side of every event.
After the church service, a little boy told the pastor, “When I grow up, I’m going to give you some money.”
“Well, thank you,” the pastor replied, “but why?”
“Because my daddy says you’re one of the poorest preachers we’ve ever had.”
Family planning: The art of spacing your children the proper distance apart to keep you on the edge of financial disaster
The woman was always frequenting small antique shops, but regardless of what she saw there, she always complained about something. The quality was poor, the prices too high, or the selection was limited.
The shop owners took it in stride, but one day, while ranting and raving, she yelled at the clerk, “Why is it I never manage to get what I ask for in your shop?”
The clerk simply smiled and replied, “Possibly, ma’am, because we’re too polite.”
“Whoever said you can’t buy happiness forgot about puppies.”
While teaching children about world religions, a teacher asked her students to bring a symbol of their family’s faith to class. The next day, she asked each student to come forward and share the symbol with the class.
The 1st child said, “I’m Muslim, and this is my prayer rug.”
The 2nd child said, “I’m Jewish, and this is my family’s menorah.”
The 3rd child said, “I’m Roman Catholic, and this is my Mom’s rosary.”
The 4th child said, “I’m Greek Orthodox, and this is an icon of my patron saint.”
The 5th child said, “I’m Southern Baptist, and this is my casserole dish.”
TEACHER: Willy, name one important thing we have today that we didn’t have 10 years ago.
My daughter-in-law, pregnant with her second child, was certain she wanted an epidural for pain management during childbirth. Her doctor asked her at which stage of labor she wanted the epidural administered.
Her response: “Just meet me in the parking lot!”
I know so little that it astonishes me how many people know even less.
My phone bill was past due and I needed to change my service, so I had to visit the local office. The line wasn’t clearly formed, and there was an old man with a cane nearby me. It was unclear as to who was next.
When we got to the front of the line, the man gestured to me and said, “After you.”
I smiled at him and said, “No, please, after you. I have all day.”
The he said, “No. You go ahead. My doctor says I have at least six months.”
Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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