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“Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.”

Margaret Lee Runbeck

 ! 00000 wellbeing

I sometimes wonder why I enjoy my life so much even when things are not going all that well. Folks often comment on my usual positive outlook. I am not sure I am all that much different than most people I just find that if I concentrate on what is good in my life it does not leave much time to think about what isn’t so good.

I think the reason that I worry less and enjoy more is from a sense of wellbeing. I have had some tough times in my life since childhood, most people have. I have learned that you can get through the bad days if you don’t let them take you down. It may rain today but that will provide what is needed for the flowers to bloom tomorrow when they sun calls them forward.

Here are tips on how you can develop your sense of wellbeing from the Top Life Blog that I find interesting, you might as well.

5 Key Components of Mental Well-Being

Discover Your Main Purpose and Develop Some Goals that Would Fulfill that Purpose

Your main purpose doesn’t need to be complicated.  There are many resources that will help you discover what your main life’s mission would be.

I was able to come up with my own purpose or mission statement.  I wrote it on an index card: My purpose is to use my creativity and love of learning in business and personal development areas of life to encourage and inspire others to reach their potential in living a life of purpose, joy, and freedom.

Develop Your Own Bias for Action Each Day

One of my favorite quotes about the topic of taking action is from the great Italian painter, Leonardo da Vinci: Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity, and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor’s of the mind. I believe that one of the biggest hindrances to mental well-being is the feeling of listlessness.

Having a purpose statement and sets of goals is a good start.  What really makes a difference is when you take action on your objectives in life. You begin to feel better about yourself and about life when you develop this bias for action every day.  Even one small step in the right direction makes a difference.

Write Out and Review a Daily Gratitude List

The practice of daily gratitude has a profound effect upon our mood and attitude in life. It’s easy to focus on negative aspects of life.  The weather may be gloomy.  We tend to think about the things we lack in life. Someone once said (or wrote) that we often forget the things we ought to remember, and remember the things we ought to forget. It’s easy to forget good parts of our lives when we face obstacles or challenges. That’s why the practice or habit of daily gratitude is so important.

Monitor and Carefully Choose the Thoughts That You Dwell Upon

On a recent holiday, I remember reading a quote in a café that said “Don’t believe everything you think.” This is wise advice. If we all decided to consciously and wisely choose the thoughts that we dwell upon, the quality of life that we all have would improve.

A major feature of positive or productive thinking is to live your life in the present.  Many of us tend to either regret the past, or worry about the future and the things that we cannot control in life. Rather than live in the unchangeable past, or the unknown future, begin to think about how you can make the most of each present moment.

Choose Your Influences Wisely

We are all influenced in many ways by television and print media, the Internet and the people that we associate with. If you’re not careful, these types of things and people may “bring you down”, lead you away from your goals, or affect your mental well-being. What you allow into your mind will influence your day.  It can either lead you to a path of growth, development and progress for your life or your goal, or it can distract you, hinder your progress, and derail your goals and dreams.


“The man who has no inner life is the slave of his surroundings.”

Henri Frederic Amiel


He said: I’ve sure gotten old.  I’ve had 2 by-pass surgeries, a hip replacement, new knees, fought prostate cancer, and diabetes.  I’m half blind, can’t hear anything quieter than a jet engine, take 40 different medications that make me dizzy, winded, and subject to blackouts. Have bouts with dementia.  Have poor circulation, hardly feel my hands and feet anymore.  Can’t remember if I’m 85 or 92. Have lost all my friends.

But… Thank God, I still have my Florida driver’s license!


The person who agrees with everything you say either isn’t paying attention or plans to sell you something.


In 1964, a US Navy cruiser put into port in Mobile, Alabama for a week’s R&R. The first evening, the Captain was more than a little surprised to receive the following letter from the wife of a very wealthy plantation owner and industrialist:

Dear Captain: Thursday will be my daughter Susan’s debutante ball. I would like you to send four well-mannered, handsome, unmarried officers. They should arrive at 8 p.m. sharp, prepared for an evening of polite Southern conversation and dancing with lovely young ladies.

PS: No Jews, please.

Sure enough, at 8 p.m. on Thursday, the lady followed her butler to answer a rap at the door which was opened by the butler. She found in dress uniform, four handsome, exquisitely mannered and smiling African American naval officers. Her lower jaw hit the floor, but pulling herself together she stammered, “There must be some mistake.”

Madam,” said the first officer, “Captain Cohen doesn’t make mistakes.


Hello. Incontinence Hotline. Can you hold?


“So, what’s the matter? I thought you just got back from a nice relaxing fishing trip with your husband.”

“Oh, everything went wrong: First he said I talked so loud I would scare the fish. Then he said I was using the wrong bait; and then that I was reeling in too soon.

“All that might have been all right; but then, to make matters worse, I ended up catching the most fish!”


“As a child my family’s menu consisted of two choices: take it, or leave it.”

Buddy Hackett


One of the joys of living in a small town was revealed to me while I vacationed in a northern Michigan village.  At the post office, I noticed a poster with a photograph of a woman smiling.  Just below the picture was this message: “Have you seen this person?  If so, give her a hug. Today is her birthday.”


He who slings mud loses ground.


He said: I know I’m not going to understand women. I’ll never understand how you can take boiling hot wax, pour it onto your upper thigh, rip the hair out by the root, and still be afraid of a spider.


The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.

James Openheim


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

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