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“Happiness is not an accident. Nor is it something you wish for. Happiness is something you design.”

Jim Rohn

 ! 00000 happiness road

I don’t know about you but it seems to me that there are a lot of unhappy people around these days, there are even more who while not being unhappy don’t see themselves as happy either. I think far too many of us are not even sure what would make us happy, we tend to describe the things that we would have once we found it only to learn that it is not things that are key to a happy life.

My concern is that many are not even prepared to make a successful journey to a happy place. I found the following article on the Inspired Personal Development web site and saw that it includes many things that I have found that provide me a platform of wellbeing that is the foundation of my surprisingly happy existence. If you follow the advice offered you might have the same experience I have had.

9 Building Blocks for Authentic Happiness

There are some vital basics on how to be happy, yet they are often overlooked in our fast paced world. Take note of the following 9 keys. Treating your body and mind the way it loves to be treated is a vitally important key in how to be happy. You don’t put polluted petrol into your car, nor do you expect it to run on an empty tank, so don’t expect yourself to find the key to happiness if you don’t give your body and mind what it needs!

Sun, Glorious Sun – Get fresh air and sunshine every day. Sunshine has been highly underrated in the past few years as many people became paranoid of the negative affects of burning. Never the less, sunshine is the greatest supplier of a vitamin that we cannot live without, Vitamin D.

Take a drink – Of water that is! Your body is made up of about 70% water. Imagine if your cells and molecules are swimming happily one day, and the following week they’re trying to make their way through a desert. Yes, knowing how to be happy can be this easy… drinking clean fresh water each day is vital to maximizing your happiness quotient.

Kick Your Heels Up – Exercise is a vibrant stimulant for your happiness chemicals. Jasper Smits, director of the Anxiety Research and Treatment Program at Southern Methodist University has reported that exercise plays an important role in helping you grasp your keys to happiness. He succinctly states,  “Exercise appears to affect, like an antidepressant, particular neurotransmitter systems in the brain, and it helps patients with depression re-establish positive behaviors.”

Eat well. Wean yourself off a diet of predominantly processed foods, and replace with raw and freshly cooked. Combine lots of vegies, fruit, protein, some dairy and grains and give thanks for the goodness and abundance you have.

Is That a Silver Lining You See? – Look for the best in a situation. Even in dismal circumstances, there is invariably something to learn and benefit from. Practice positive self talk and positive personal affirmations.

Give Yourself a Rest and Relaxation Prescription – It’s no secret that people are renowned for getting ‘tired and grumpy’. You can translate the opposite traits to being ‘well rested and happy’. Take heed,… get your sleep and enjoy time for relaxation.

You Mean It’s Not All About Me? – Spare a thought or two for some of the other 6 billion plus people in the world. When researchers asked ‘what is happiness correlated with?’, meaningful relationships with others showed a strong correlation. You might find that when you reach out to help someone else, and forget about yourself for a while, then life’s goodness shines through a bit brighter.

Appreciate Your True Wealth – Authentic happiness and wealth is not about the money… people have differing amounts and happiness is not dependent on that. Neither is it about the ‘time’ you have…. everyone in the world has exactly the same amount of time, yet some are happy and others not. Explore what your true wealth is and savor it.

Mix your Personal Recipe for Happiness – It’s time to turn up the heat and bake up your personal recipe for happiness once you’ve started to integrate the above points into your daily routine. Your personal recipe is full of what you love about yourself and your life. When you mix your values, passions and highest purpose into your daily life, your authentic happiness will naturally rise and get richer! You’ll be a living example of how to be happy.


Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.

Albert Schweitzer


A precious little girl walks into a pet shop and asks, in the sweetest little lisp, between two missing teeth, “Excuthe me, mithter, do you keep widdle wabbits?”

As the shopkeeper’s heart melts, he gets down on his knees so that he’s on her level and asks, “Do you want a widdle white wabbit, or a thoft and fuwwy bwack wabbit, or maybe one like that cute widdle bwown wabbit over there?”

She, in turn, blushes, rocks on her heels, puts her hands on her knees, leans forward, and says in a tiny quiet voice, “I don’t think my python weally gives a thit”.


“Man has never made any material as resilient as the human spirit.”

Bernard Williams


A generally good-humored boss was finally compelled to call an employee into his office about the sick leave policy. “It has not escaped my attention,” he pointed out, “that every time there’s a home game at the stadium, you have to take your aunt to the doctor.”

“You know you’re right, sir,” exclaimed the bashfully grinning employee. “I didn’t realize it. You don’t suppose she’s faking it, do you?”


And remember, aim low, reach your goals, avoid disappointment.


Father, Mother and their 3 sons, John (the oldest), Mike (middle) and Steve (youngest) are conversing around the table after dinner. The subject of traits of parents being passed on to children comes up. The Father says, “John has my eyes, Mike has my creativity, and Steve has my intelligence.”

Steve responds, “Daddy, what’s intelligence?”


Why does life keep teaching me lessons I have no desire to learn?


It was a typical Fall Saturday and the wife happened upon her husband sprawled on the couch, beer in hand, staring at a college football game on the TV. After taking in the scene a few moments, she said, “Ya know George, somehow I find it difficult to believe that you’re the end product of millions of years of evolution.


She’s been married so many times she has rice marks on her face.

Henny Youngman


I was talking on the phone with my son, who was stationed in Hawaii with the Air Force. He was explaining how the troops were learning to scuba-dive. “We used the buddy system,” he said, “and occasionally dived into shark-infested waters.”

Listening on the extension, my daughter asked, “What do you do if you see a shark?”

My son said, “Swim faster than my buddy.”


“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

Mahatma Gandhi


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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