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Happy days are here again

Happiness doesn’t depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude.

Dale Carnegie

aristotle

I spent most of yesterday sleeping and eating following my 6:30 AM Colonoscopy. I had spent more than a day fasting and had little sleep the night before due to the required pre-op prep work and constant trips to the bathroom. The good news was it went well, only two polyps to remove versus last time when he cut out eleven. Things look so good that I may never get another. So needless to say I am happy. Of course I am usually happy so maybe today I am in an unusually happy a state.

Luckily I always start my day assuming I will be happy and I am almost always right. Here is an article that may help you do the same.

How to have a happy start to the day (even if you’re not a morning person)

By: Susanna Haloneng

Every day is a new opportunity for us to have a happy, productive, fun day. At the end of the day, we want to look back at the day and be amazed with how well everything went. Having a happy start of the day sets you up better to have good days. It means you will feel more energized to start your day as well as more prepared to deal with unexpected challenges. To help you have a happy start to the day, there are a few things you can do.

  • Have a good, healthy breakfast. It’s surprising how easy this sounds but how difficult it can be. Eating a croissant on the go or at your desk when you get to work is not ideal. Sit down to eat your balanced, nutritious breakfast and savor every bite (think porridge, muesli with yogurt & fruit, omelet). The nutritionists didn’t lie when they said breakfast is the most important meal of the day – it starts your body systems up and gives you the energy boost you need to get your brain working in the morning.
  • Start the day with exercise. If you’re a sporty one and up for getting up 30 minutes earlier, go for a quick jog in the fresh air. If you’re not quite the morning person and not a fan of chilly mornings, simply get off the bus one stop earlier when heading to work so you can walk longer to get the blood flowing. Car drivers? Park farther away from the office or walk around the office building before going in.
  • Use positive visualization. Have you got an important meeting or a challenge you’re nervous about? Visualize the ideal situation and believe in making that happen. It helps you put into a more confident, positive mindset which in turn will make you more likely to deal with the challenge more effectively.
  • Dress to feel good. From socks to matching underwear, every bit counts. When you feel good with what you’re wearing, you will feel more confident and more productive. I know this can be a tricky one, especially for you ladies (at least I struggle with this sometimes) but it’s got to be done. You can even decide on the outfit the night before and have set outfits you know are good for certain special occasions.

Bonus: Say thanks for what you have. The gratitude journal is very good in putting you into a happier state. Some choose to do it at the end of the day writing down 3 things you’re grateful for from today. However you can also start the day thinking of what you’re grateful for as it also sets your mind up for more positivity so you’re more likely to notice the good things throughout the day.

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“The belief that youth is the happiest time of life is founded on a fallacy. The happiest person is the person who thinks the most interesting thoughts, and we grow happier as we grow older.”

William Phelps

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QUOTES FROM 11-YEAR-OLDS’ SCIENCE EXAMS:

“Water is composed of two gins, Oxygin and Hydrogin. Oxygin is pure gin. Hydrogin is gin and water.”

“When you breathe, you inspire. When you do not breathe, you expire.”

“When you smell an odorless gas, it is probably carbon monoxide”

“Mushrooms always grow in damp places and so they look like umbrellas.”

“Vacuum: A large, empty space where the pope lives.”

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Always do right. This will gratify some people, and astonish the rest.

Mark Twain

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A man was going out of town and needed to board his horse for a couple of months. He asked a local farmer about it and was told, “Sure, but I charge $50 per week, and I keep the manure.”

The fellow can’t afford that, so the farmer referred him to ol’ Jones, down the road. When approached with the request, Jones said, “Yup, I can do it for $40 a week, and I keep the manure.”

This is still too much, and Jones suggested that he try Mr. Brown. When our desperate friend asked Mr. Brown, he is surprised to hear, “Sure, Sonny. I’ll be glad to for $5 a month.”  With delight, the young man exclaimed, “WOW! I suppose for that price you’ll want to keep the manure.” The old man looked at him with kind of a squint, and replied, “Feller, for $5 a month, there ain’t gonna be none!”

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Son to father:  Can you help me with my ethics homework, or would that be missing the point?

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The proud father brought home a backyard swing set for his children and immediately started to assemble it with all the neighborhood children anxiously waiting to play on it. After several hours of reading the directions, attempting to fit bolt A into slot B, etc., he finally gave up and called upon an old handyman working in a neighboring yard. The old-timer came over, threw the directions away, and in a short while had the set completely assembled. It’s beyond me,” said the father, “how you got it together without even reading instructions.”

“To tell the truth,” replied the old-timer, “I can’t read, and when you can’t read, you’ve got to think.”

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Lively infants can make days shorter, nights longer, love stronger, bank accounts smaller, and the future brighter.

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A man driving in southern Indiana saw a sign that read, “LAST CHANCE FOR $1.75 GAS.”

As he was getting his change from the attendant, he asked, “How much is gas in Kentucky?”

“A dollar fifty.”

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One reason it’s often difficult to coax men to go to church is that men aren’t interested in what other men are wearing.

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The pastor was talking to a group of young children about being good and going to heaven. At the end of his talk, he asked, “Where do you want to go?”

“Heaven!” Suzy cried out.

“And what do you have to be to get there?” asked the preacher.

“Dead!” yelled Little Johnny.

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It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.

Charles Spurgeon

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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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